The LDS Church has now adopted the new world of technology 100%. Now even missionaries, who have been prevented from even touching technology previously while serving missions, are now being given iPads and Smartphones to make technology part of every-day missionary work.
First the LDS Church has begun rolling out iPads to missionaries in the United States. North Carolina was one of the first to receive them. Initial missionaries weren’t given much instruction on how to use them in missionary work. Only some guidelines and then were left to their own creativity to connect with members and non-members alike to drive demand to hear the missionary discussions.
Here’s the summary of what LDS Missionaries are now doing with technology:
- LDS Missionaries now have iPads, which the LDS Church has locked down to where missionaries can only use the programs already installed. These programs allow missionaries to create a missionary Facebook account and connect with Mormons and non-Mormons alike. They can actually teach lessons on Facebook as well via messaging back and forth.
- iPads also are equipped with FaceTime and Skype, so they can video chat/teach investigators on their iPads. Once they finish a “live” lesson, they quickly get on FaceTime to connect with others eager to hear the message and do it all online. The number of lessons being taught is beginning to expand rapidly using technology.
- The apps on the missionary iPad also contain all missionary coordination with members and non-members. This includes their appointments, who they’re teaching, when and what they are teaching, progress of each investigator, etc. etc. etc. Ward Mission Leaders also have access to this same information online (called the “Area Book”) that used to be kept in a paper book at the missionary apartment, which no one had access to except for the missionaries.
- Email – yes, missionaries can now send and receive emails (of course, not recommended to be emailing their girlfriends back home every day). 🙂
- Scriptures, Videos & Lessons – And of course, the LDS Tools app and other tools are added to the iPad so the missionaries can play videos right from the iPad, teach lessons from it, and read and study their scriptures on it.
Each missionary receives his or her own iPad to work with. This new change allows the missionaries to carry MUCH more with them on a little device, in terms of teaching tools than they ever could before.
And the way the LDS Church has set them up, they can continually add more features and apps to the missionary iPads simply by having all the missionaries in the world run an “update” to get the new stuff.
The LDS Church has come a long way in the last few years, and now leads the world in using Internet technology to further the work of the Lord.
Checkout this article showing the miraculous progress the LDS Church has made over recent years in “owning” the Internet content around its teachings.