Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn

This entry is part of my general conference application series.

The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn, by David A. Bednar
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

What amazing technological advancements do you think this quietly-learning three-yr-old will see in his next fifteen years? In addition to looking entirely cute, he's learning! Right now he may visit starfall.com for a fun way to learn his ABC's, but what will he use technology for in the future?

Consider a timeline of technology (example here). It's hard for me, as a member of the Church, to not see a correlation between the Restoration (including the necessary preparation for the Restoration) and the Industrial Revolution. As the heavens were once again opened, it seems technology propagated all over the world!

Perhaps these innovations were to aid with the spreading of the gospel.

While some may avoid technological advances like the Internet because of their inherent bad side, others have embraced them for sharing hope, love, and the gospel of Jesus Christ (here's an example—from the good side—my Mormon.org profile). Here's what Elder Bednar had to say about it:

It is no coincidence that FamilySearch 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.

It sounds like computer literacy among young people is a preparation for family history work!

After supplementing his alphabetic instruction at starfall.com and applying math and physics through fun games at coolmath4kids.com, my children—and yours—may point their browser at lds.org/familyhistoryyouth or familysearch.org and unlock whole new doors of opportunity.

Perhaps even the doors of the temple. . .

. . .and the doors of eternity!

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