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After citing various quotes by past and present leaders of the church regarding the use of technology to spread the gospel, Larry ends with this call to action:
These are ways to be a pioneer—to use the God-given miracles of technology to share your testimony with the world without ever leaving your home. No one at any time in the history of the world has been able to do this. But you can do it, if you want to be a pioneer. May we all be modern pioneers and use the God-given miracles of technology around us to fulfill the Lord’s purposes.
Spreading the gospel via the internet is also a fundamental goal of the More Good Foundation. Like anything else the Lord uses to further His kingdom, Satan tries to use these methods to further his own purposes. We’re all keenly aware of the filth that exists on the internet. But I’m inspired by the following quote by President Hinckley, which shows that it is the Lord who has facilitated such an explosion in technological advancements:
“Going hand in hand with this increased temple activity is an increase in our family history work. The computer in its various ramifications is accelerating the work, and people are taking advantage of the new techniques being offered to them. How can one escape the conclusion that the Lord is in all of this? As computer facilities improve, the number of temples grows to accommodate the accelerated family history work” (Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov. 1999, 4-5).
Family history has accelerated dramatically with the help of the internet. Also, the church is currently beta testing a Family Search Indexing program, heavily dependent on the internet, which will greatly speed up the process of extracting names from documents such as the 1910 census, among many others.
The Lord is in this, as Pres. Hinckley said. I have no doubt that family history work will continue to accelerate as the church develops more tools, and as people learn the existing ones that make doing their research so much easier.