This week my eyes were opened to how much missionaries live in the stone ages.
A few days ago we were supposed to meet someone on campus, and she had told us where to meet her in a text. Unfortunately, we forgot the phone at home, so we had no way to find her. But I thought to myself, "It's ok! We'll just go to her dorm room and find a neighbor that has her phone number and they can call her for us!" A very resourceful idea, if I do say so myself.
First we had to convince a random student to illegally let us into the dorm building though. Sorry William and Mary campus police. Thank you random guy that trusted three girls in skirts.
So we got up there and started knocking on doors, but it turns out that none of them had her number. "What in the world?" I thought to myself. "How do these people communicate?"
After talking to a few of her neighbors with no luck, one of them said, "Have you tried facebooking her or anything?"
I looked at her, dumbstruck. Facebook. Facebooking. The magical place where you can be friends with strangers and strangers with friends. Huh. "No. No, we have not. Could you do that for us?"
And she did! She facebooked her right there, and we arranged the whole thing! No phone involved whatsoever. Just mysterious, incredibly useful instant internet communication. Wow.
And right then and there I gained a testimony that Facebook can be used for good. So much good. An apostle said so:
"I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth—messages that are authentic, edifying, and praiseworthy—and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood."
- Elder David A. Bednar
Have a great week!