News Release

Reclaiming the Internet

Visitors to the South Pacific next week will speak to New Zealand and Fiji youth about using the internet wisely and deliberately

Michael von Rosen, a director in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Public Affairs Department, and Jonathan Johnson, CEO of the More Good Foundation, will speak to guests at devotionals in Auckland and Nadi next week.


The visitors will talk about ways to use the internet and social media in healthy, positive ways.


"Today's prophets and apostles have asked us to use a new metaphorical 'net' to gather earnest seekers of truth," Johnson said. 

Richard Hunter, Pacific Area Director of Public Affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said, “We're lucky to have two great guests coming to the South Pacific to share some of their experiences and insights with us."

“They will offer suggestions on how to safely navigate the sometimes challenging terrain of cyberspace, and ways to be a force for good in the world."

The Auckland devotional will be at the Latter-day Saints' Pah Road Chapel, Royal Oak, starting at 7pm on Sunday 20 January.

The Fiji meeting will be at the Church's Nadi meetinghouse at 7pm, Tuesday 22 January.

All are welcome.

Biographical information:

Michael S. von Rosen

Michael von Rosen works for the Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently holds the position of Director of the Area Relations Division.

Prior to this assignment, he worked as Area Director of Public Affairs for the Europe East and Middle East areas of the Church, based out of Vienna, Frankfurt, and Moscow.

Prior to joining the Public Affairs office, Michael was involved in several business ventures based in Vienna, Austria, including the rebuilding the Austrian imperial train, founding a regional airline and working for the Leica Company in marketing and sales across Europe and Central Europe.

Michael was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, where he attended the French School. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in economics and a master’s degree of management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He served a full-time mission in the Southeast Asian program of the California, San Diego mission.

He loves working with the global team of public affairs and counts it a great blessing to be affiliated with and learning from the wonderful people engaged in helping establish the Church across the globe.

He and his wife, Kristen, have three children and one grandchild.

Jonathan Johnson

Born in 1977, Jonathan is the Father of four beautiful children, Brigham, Chanel, Max, and Holland, and is married to the wonderful Heather Armstrong. Jonathan served a full time mission in the North Carolina Raleigh Mission.

Jonathan is the President of the More Good Foundation, an organization that supports The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in digital messaging and reputation management. He is also involved in corporate consulting. Jonathan has been highlighted as one of 50 fabulous people in Utah Valley and as one of 40 Entrepreneurs to watch under 40 years old.

Jonathan has spoken at devotionals and forums and has guest lectured at LDS Business College, BYU–Hawaii, Idaho, Provo, various institutes of religions, and has spoken in firesides, youth conferences, and secular conferences in more than 12 countries. In June of 2017 brother Johnson was invited to present the keynote address at the National Congress of Journalism in The Dominican Republic.

Jonathan’s service in the church include: service as a Primary Teacher, Young Men’s President, Gospel Doctrine Instructor, Early Morning Seminary Teacher, Councilor in Bishoprics, High Councilor, Bishop, Second Councilor in a Stake Presidency and currently serves as Bishop of his family ward. 

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