"Relief of poverty, relief of illness; relief of doubt, relief of ignorance--relief of all that hinders the joy and progress of a woman."
--John A Widtsoe

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Benefit of Technology

Do you know how technology can enhance your spiritual life?

The Church has put out many, many tools to make good use of the advanced technology most of us have access to. At no other time in human history have so many people had such great access to the fulness of the Gospel.

How many of these tools do you know about? How many do you use?

  • www.lds.org This is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' official web site. Anything and everything you could possibly want could be found here.
    • Church magazines including the Friend, New Era and Ensign, including back issues
    • Hymns and Children's Songbook, including the Interactive Music Player
    • Scriptures, in many languages
    • Videos from the Mormon Channel
    • Visiting Teaching and Home Teaching messages
    • Lesson Manuals and Class Study Guides
    • General Conference talks/videos/etc.
    • And more!
  • Want to make the most of the lds.org site and other online church resources? Get an LDS Account. Some sites, such as New Family Search and ward.lds.org (Our ward's website) require an LDS Account to access it.
    Register for an LDS Account. You will need your name and your Membership Record Number (which you can get from Ethan Stokes the Ward Clerk, or you can find on your Temple Recommend.) You'd be surprised what you can do.
  • Do your genealogy and take names to the temple through New Family Search. This excellent tool helps you avoid duplication of ordinances and tapping into the research done by others in your family. A must for every temple-attending family.
  • The Church Calendar is available online. Want to know when our Ward Temple Night is, or when the Temple is closed? you can find it here. The Relief Society is hoping to put this online calendar to better use in the new year.
  • For our Youth, Duty to God ( dutytogod.lds.org) and Personal Progress (personalprogress.lds.org) can help them keep track of their progress.
  • LDSTech (tech.lds.org) has plenty of nifty computery tools to empower you. Download Gospel Library to your iPhone, Android device, iPad, laptop, eBook reader and more. This powerful little app gives you access to the full Scriptures, all church magazines, all class manuals and more. There's even a feature for you to take notes, underline scriptures and save those markings across the board.
  • The Online Store (store.lds.org) Give you online shopping access to Church resources. Buy anything from scripture sets to manuals, official products and, for endowed members, sacred clothing.

If technology is baffling or frightens you, ask one of our Relief Society Presidency to show you how. You're a strong and clever woman who deserves all the benefit she can get. We're happy to show you (or point you in the direction of a mentor) to enable you to access these wonderful and powerful tools to enhance your spiritual growth.