Friday, June 7, 2013


Being a complete addict of modern technology I was curious to see what the prophets and apostles have said about it.  It was a little bit hard to find quotes, but I am happy with what I came across.  The biggest thing that I have learned is that these advances were given to us to help us to learn and share the Gospel.  Each of the church leaders have been prepared throughout their lives to help use this technology to promote and push forward the work of The Church.  We too must be wise in using it appropriately.  Being a pathway student, and soon a web design major, I struggle with not wasting time online.  I really love Facebook; it allows me to keep in touch with friends and family that I just wouldn't be able to otherwise.  I have to be careful though, and make sure that I am not spending all day reading all the posts, and looking at their pictures.  I am excited to make better habits with my tech time.  I am going to use the tools on to help me study and notate my scriptures and general conference talks so that I can recall the knowledge when I need it no matter where I am.  I hope to also teach my children the purpose of technology and how to use it righteously. 

1. "Personal electronic devices...used with discipline, ...can be a tool of protection from the worst of society."
Scott, Elder Richard G."For Peace at Home." Ensign May 2013: 29.

2. "Be wise in how you embrace technology. Mark important scriptures on your device and refer back to them frequently."

Scott, Elder Richard G."For Peace at Home." Ensign May 2013: 29.

3. "The continued expansion of technology will only bring the messages to us. … [But it is] the challenge of each individual and family … to internalize the messages of the gospel."
Perry, L. Tom. "Thou Shalt Give Heed unto All HisWords." General Conference April 2000.

4. "It is no coincidence that Family Search and other tools have come forth at a time when young people are so familiar with a wide range of information and communication technologies. Your fingers have been trained to text and tweet to accelerate and advance the work of the Lord—not just to communicate quickly with your friends. The skills and aptitude evident among many young people today are a preparation to contribute to the work of salvation."
Bednar, David A."The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn." General ConferenceOctober 2011.

5. "Wise use of our technology would include care in that which we invite into our homes by the way of television, videos, computers, including the Internet. There is much that is good and edifying in the media, but there is also much that is gross, immoral, and time-consuming, enticing us to be “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”
Hillam, Harold G."Teachers, the Timeless Key." General Conference October 1997.

6. "It is wonderful to have the means of instant communication quite literally at our fingertips, but let us be sure that we do not become compulsive fingertip communicators. I sense that some are trapped in a new time-consuming addiction—one that enslaves us to be constantly checking and sending social messages and thus giving the false impression of being busy and productive."
Arden, Ian S. "A Time to Prepare." General Conference October 2011.

7. “Never before in the history of the world has the need for faith in God been greater. Although science and technology open up boundless opportunities, they also present great perils because Satan employs these marvelous discoveries to his great advantage. The communication highway that spans the globe is overloaded with information for which no one bears responsibility for its truth or its source. Crime has become much more sophisticated and life more perilous. In war, killing has become far more efficient. Great challenges lie ahead unless the power of faith, judgment, honesty, decency, self-control, and character increases proportionately to compensate for this expansion of secular knowledge. Without moral progress, stimulated by faith in God, immorality in all its forms will proliferate and strangle goodness and human decency.”

Faust, James B. “The Shield of Faith” April 2000 General Conference.
8. "“If our technology does not improve the lives of others and help bring them home to Him, we have missed the mark,”
Eyring, Henry B. "President Eyring Dedicates BYU Broadcast Building" Church News August 2011

9. "Think of this, my beloved brethren. We are joint-heirs with Christ! So, does it make any sense that many of us spend so much of our valuable time, thoughts, means, and energies in pursuit of prestige or worldly goods or to be entertained by the newest and coolest electronic gadgets?"
Uchtdorf, Deiter F. "Four Titles." April 2013 General Conference

10. "For those using the Internet and mobile phones, there are new ways
to invite others to “come and see.” Let’s make sharing our faith online more a part of our daily life."

Christofferson, D. Todd. "Redemption." April 2013 General Conference