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History of Communication Technology in the LDS Church

This presentation was given on 10/21/2014 to LDS Business College students. The presentation is in three parts. One, some tips using a bit of "commandment" humor, Two, an overview of communication tech in the LDS Church, Three, Content Contest

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History of Communication Technology in the LDS Church
Book of Mormon Published
Brigham Young:
"All that is good, lovely and praiseworthy belongs to this Church and Kingdom. "Mormonism" includes all truth.There is no truth but what belongs to the Gospel."
Joseph Fielding Smith:
"I do not believe for one moment that these discoveries have come by chance, or that they have come because of superior intelligence possessed by men today over those who lived in ages that are past. They have come and are coming because the time is ripe, because the Lord has willed it, and because He has poured out His Spirit on all flesh." (1926)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir First Radio Broadcast (1929)
Radio Telegraphy (1900)
Church Begins Using Transcontinental Telegraph
David O McKay:

Where, however, each missionary of old could speak to one person, the representatives of Christ today can speak to millions. A sentence uttered in an ordinary tone of voice can encircle the globe in less than a minute. The marvels and inventions of science today make it possible to spread the gospel as never before in the history of the world. (1953)
David O McKay:

We must...improve the means of communication until with radio in our pockets we may communicate with friends and loved ones from any point at any given moment. (1935)
First TV broadcast of General Conference (1949)
Wilford Woodruff records his testimony into a "Talking Machine" (1897)
First Radio Broadcast: Heber J Grant (1922)
General Conference Broadcast for first time on radio (1924)
Matthew Cowley:
“One day there will be channels under the control of the Church whereby they can direct this message, this witness unto any nation they desire, and it can be carried through the channels of the air in the very language of the people to whom the message is addressed." (1953)
First satellite broadcast of General Conference (1979)
Church launches www.LDS.org (1997)
Electronic Television (1927)
First Communications Satellite (1958)
Joseph Fielding Smith:
". . . I maintain that had there been no restoration of the gospel, and no organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there would have been no radio; there would have been no airplane, and there would not have been the wonderful discoveries in medicine, chemistry, electricity, and the many other things wherein the world has been benefited by such discoveries. Under such conditions these blessings would have been withheld, for they belong to the dispensation of the fulness of times. . ." (1956)
David O McKay:
"There are discoveries latent with such potent power, either for the blessing or the destruction of human beings as to make men’s responsibility in controlling them the most gigantic ever placed in human hands. …This age is fraught with limitless perils, as well as untold possibilities." (1966)
Spencer W Kimball:
"We shall use the inventions the Lord has given us to awaken interest and acquaint people of the world with the truths, to ease their prejudices and give them a general knowledge. We shall need to answer specific questions, and perhaps that can be done by two-way radio and TV perfected to a point beyond our present imagination. It is conceivable that such a program greatly perfected could be multiplied ten thousand times in ten thousand tongues and dialects in ten thousand places far and near. ... Tens of thousands of young missionaries endowed with the power from on high will follow up the proselyting.“ (1970)
Spencer W Kimball:
“I believe that the Lord is anxious to put into our hands inventions of which we laymen have hardly had a glimpse.” (1974)
Ezra Taft Benson:
“I am confident that the only way we can reach most of these millions of our Father’s children is through the spoken word over the airwaves, since so many are illiterate. …Our Father in heaven has now provide us mighty towers—radio and television towers with possibilities beyond comprehension—to help fulfill the words of the Lord that “the sound must go forth from this place unto all the world." (1974)
Ezra Taft Benson:
“Just think what can be accomplished when we broadcast our message over numerous radio stations, large and small, around the world, and millions of good people listening on their transistors… …The Lord has blessed the world with many Early Bird satellites. They are stationed high in the heavens, relaying broadcast signals back to almost every corner of the earth’s surface. Certainly these satellites are only the genesis of what is in store for the future of worldwide broadcasting.” (1974)
Word Wide Web
Facebook Launches
David A Bednar gives talk on Social Media.
The Church Handbook of Instructions is updated to include instructions on social media use. (2014)
Russell M Ballard:

"We are moving into an era when the Information Superhighway will have the capacity to cut a wide path right into our homes. With fiber-optic computer technology, it can link homes to an incredible assortment of messages and influences. This highway will be the conduit of information that will have the power to change our culture and, thus, our very lives." (1995)
James E Faust:

"The miracles of modern technology have brought efficiency into our lives in ways not dreamed of a generation ago... ...scientific knowledge, the marvels of communication, and the wonders of modern medicine have come from the Lord to enhance His work throughout the world. (1999)
Russell M Ballard:

The emergence of New Media is facilitating a world-wide conversation on almost every subject including religion, and nearly everyone can participate. This modern equivalent of the printing press is not reserved only for the elite.

There are conversations going on about the Church constantly. Those conversations will continue whether or not we choose to participate in them. But we cannot stand on the sidelines while others, including our critics, attempt to define what the Church teaches. (2007)
The Brethren speak much more frequently about member use of social media (2011)
HOw to Tweet Without looking like a Twit
and other advice

LDS Business College October Student Challenge
1. Thou Shalt...Come to Devotional Each week

2. thou Shalt...Share what is meaningful/Uplifting/Edifying to you.

3. thou Shalt....use the network you are comfortable with.

4. thou Shalt...download the mobile apps because they work good.

5. thou Shalt...Use a #Hashtag

6. thou Shalt....Take tasteful Pictures

7. Thou Shalt not... use potty language

8. Thou shalt not...worry about tagging Celebrities...Let the missionaries convert them

9. Thou shalt not...be affraid to be an online missionary

10. Thou shalt not...play games on your phone during devotional. that Next level of candy crush is really hard anyways.
Apps to help:
WordSwag ($2)
InstaQuote (free)
AfterPhoto (free)
Over ($1)

Creative Commons Images:
Remember....the internet never forgets!
Watch out for fake accounts as well
Respect Intelectual Property
Talking Machine/Phonograph
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