Well, I haven’t lived in Utah for 20 years, and didn’t read the article. But I did teach Elders Quorum a few weeks ago in my ward about social media and how to use it to spread the (LDS) gospel. I urged them to pick their social circles carefully. I urged them to know what they believe and why they believe it. And I urged them to develop a thick skin and practice the martial art of ‘water off a ducks back’ when people send grief their way.
We looked at lds.org, and we practiced doing a couple topic searches. We looked at lds.net, and we looked at the various discussions happening there. And we talked about Facebook a lot.
I cautioned them with a tale: Occasionally I hear about a Mormon who hasn’t really thought much about the LDS faith. Maybe they just go to church because their parents took them and the habit stuck. Maybe they do it because they married a mormon and it’s expected. Maybe they do it to help their kids have the blessings of an LDS upbringing. These folks, like any of us, will have a list of things they believe to be true. But some of them won’t really be based on much - just stuff they’ve always assumed to be true, but really aren’t. Like “anything a prophet says is automatically true and scripture”. These folks will then go online and encounter something that counters their belief, and their faith will take a hit.
So I cautioned them, before they go looking for a fight with a critic of their faith, they first make sure they know what the heck they believe and why.