Monday, March 07, 2011

iPad and General Authorities

For the past couple of years, I have heard various local Church leaders in multiple locations talk about the "evils" of electronic media being used at Church. Many have the opinion that electronic media is inappropriate for church services, Sunday School, Priesthood, Relief Society, etc.

I can only assume they feel this because by leaving electronic media at home will remove the temptation of using it for non-church-related activities; e.g., texting, checking sport scores, etc.

One could say that the same argument is that if we don't have electronic devices in our homes, we will be less tempted to view "inappropriate" items on the Internet.

This past Sunday, I saw and heard Elder Claudio Roberto Mendes Costa of The Presidency of the Seventy use his iPad during his Sunday a.m. talk in Stake Conference. He called his iPad and iPhone (holding both up) something like his "can't leave home without them" devices. He spoke for 45 minutes without paper scriptures.

Smartphones and tablets provide a wealth of information at our fingertips. Reading scriptures, church books and manuals on these devices will become the norm.

I have read the Book of Mormon a couple of times on my mobile phone. I doubt I will ever return to reading and carrying paper scriptures and class manuals to church. In Sunday School and Priesthood, I find it easier and more efficient to reference materials via my hand-held device.

No longer do we need to guess what a general authority said in a General Conference or what Talmage wrote in Jesus The Christ. We no longer need to guess as to what political or cultural life might have been like 2500 years ago in some obscure location in the Holy Land.

Electronic media has become mainstream, especially when you see a General Authority using them in a Stake Conference.


Anonymous said...

I agree wholeheartedly. In fact I suspect. It won't be Lon. Before we start seeing the missionaries carrying iPads around with them. When I was a young missionary in Taiwan, we had to lug around two sets of scriptures (one English and the other Chinese), the discussion manual, flip charts, pamphlets, extra BoMs, a couple of VHS cassettes, and a film strip projector. What a blessing it would be to have all that content and more on an iPad. I'm sure the guys at LDS Tech can figure out a way to give missionaries limited Internet access, filtering out non-essential web content while allowing access to LDS tools and email. At the end of the mission, they could unlock the iPad making it fully functional and send it home with the RM.

Hayes said...

Thanks for your comments.

Mightyfletch said...

It would be great to have that functionality, but when you get down to practicality, missionaries carrying around iPads would be quite dangerous once people would get to know that missionaries are lugging high-priced items. Most often, the people you're teaching are low income people. You're trying to teach them frugality and tithing, while using an $800 peice of electronics... I think that would be taken as offensive.