Regarding Wifi - from the wiki in the article, "Strong pass-phrases should
be used and shared only with those whom local leaders wish to grant
access"For my ward, that means most people can't use it. The
password is given out to teachers who need to show a video during a lesson or
for genealogy. Our local leaders fear that everyone will be busy surfing the web
on their phones during church. They should only worry that everyone will be
surfing FASTER with the Wifi instead of waiting on the cell network.Some of the biggest winners in this are the clerks who'd have to wait
(sometimes for the better part of an hour) for dial-up to connect so they can
send/receive from HQ.
Now if we could just access membership records at home (so I can enter
hometeaching records for the Elder's Quorum without a trip to the chapel).
I will be glad to see internet access for the membership. At the present time
our high speed internet is limited to the family history center and to the
clerk's office. While I concede the likelihood of it being misused on occasion,
many people already can access the internet through their smart phones, while
those of us who cannot afford are left with only Wi-Fi. We had a special class
on family history for our combined Priesthood and Relief Society meeting
recently and they had to run a long cord from the clerk's office to access the
internet. This new service will certainly be useful in classes, but please, keep
the smartphones and other devices silenced during Sacrament meeting. As to utter
nonsense's comments, we do not use the internet to contact our Heavenly Father,
just church headquarters. Since we do not pray to Thomas S. Monson or to the
general authorities, the internet will have to suffice.
to utter nonsense---we can and we do but for the record it is much
better to use physical means to create and maintain physical things---
I think a lot of the angst over people using their smartphones in church would
go away if more people understood that people are accessing their scriptures and
manuals on their phones. I honestly think that there are a lot of the older
folks who just don't understand what is going on. Of course, there are sometimes
people on facebook or email, etc. but even that will many times be related to
ward business. Most of us know that playing Angry Birds is not acceptable
behavior during church. We've been taught correct principles.
We've had high speed internet for several years at our meetinghouse in Sandy.
And wireless too given that I stuck a wireless router in the clerk's office
right after they put in the DSL. It made bishopric meetings much easier when I
could remote in to the clerk's computer and MLS on a laptop during a meeting.
Plus I could get work done during the boring stretches.
Will,There is a home and visiting teaching module for LDS.org in the
works, but it has been on hold since May 2010 while the Priesthood dept works on
other priorities. But it is underway and should appear eventually (hopefully
I am thrilled that I can use the internet for my cub scout meetings. It will be
useful for so many of the activities we do.
I am one of the few that (so far) have access to the meetinghouse wifi (I am
ward website administrator), and I love it! I use my notebook to take notes
during sacrament meeting and other Sunday classes (I appear to be the only one
doing so, but arthritis prevents me from writing effectively), and can upload
those notes to my scriptures online. I also can access my scriptures at the
Church's website in real time. I've seen some of the youth texting and surfing
on the Net during sacrament service when their parents aren't watching, but I
don't think very many adults would abuse the privilege. My biggest concern is
for speakers to start using the Net and PowerPoint for their talks! Like every
other thing, we have to act responsibly and teach our children to do the same.
Youth have always rebelled by doing other things in Sacrament meetings...playing
games/passing notes using paper/pens...tabs and smart phones are just an
extension of that...but that doesn't mean that adults do the same...just as we
mature and learn to use paper/pens more appropriately, so we will learn to use
our techie equipment in better ways to build up ourselves and the Kingdom...I
love my smart phone and am awaiting the arrival of my tab so I no longer need to
carry lots of books around...I always have my scriptures/tools at the ready for
that unexpected question by a non-member...technology is a God-given
asset...embrace it, learn to use it wisely, and it will become the greatest tool
we could ever have to do all the work there is yet to be done in order to
prepare the people of the earth for the Second Coming of our Lord...ps I have a question...when will there be a FamilySearch/NFS/Indexing app for
tabs, please? Smart phones are too small, but tabs are very
practical/portable...please, someone, we have the technology and the need :o)
Our building in Virginia has DSL and a wireless router. I had assumed that this
was common all over at least the US but I guess not. However, the wireless
password has not generally been given out, but the high speed is useful for us
that use the clerk's computer. In the student ward building in town, which is
also the institute, they also have wireless and the password is up on the
bulletin board for everyone to see. My son decided to see if the same password
works in our building, and it did. I don't know why it is secret in our building
but common knowledge in the student ward building.
Wonderful, really! Just as we have the printed scriptures as tools for our
spiritual development, now hopefully we will be able to access and use
conference talks and some of the great Mormon Messages and other Church-produced
content for our lessons. This can add interest and emphasis to lessons for
youth and adults who are immersed in the media of our times and respond to this
kind of presentation.The power of the word, a live testimony from a
loving teacher filled with the Spirit, is always the best message, of course,
but you have to get and keep people's attention first. This can help.
As someone who works with the youth in church, I can assure you that just
internet capable phones are a problem there. I'm not an "older folk"
who doesn't understand what's going on. I see exactly what's going on--members
texting each other throughout sacrament meeting, dads checking their e-mail,
etc. Recently I saw a young mother "keeping her child quiet" with a
Disney movie in the middle of sacrament meeting. When technology is used in
church for these purposes, it's not just the person holding the device who is
distracted, it's everyone around them. Sure, there are potential benefits, but
on the whole I'm not a fan.
Have to say I am sorry to read that someone teaching children is using media not
approved by the First Presidency. While I am sure there are a lot
of well-meaning Mormon entrepreneurs with talent who have produced these videos,
they are interpreting and using strong media on impressionable minds. We are
told that once something goes across our visual mind, it is there forever. It
seems to me that anyone using media like this instead of reading from the
scriptures are robbing children, youth and others from being taught by the
Spirit with the distraction and indelible impressions one artist, cartoonist, or
movie-maker can make that will forever thereafter channel their imagination and
the Spirit's ability to portray new or different subtle impressions. I believe the general handbooks (at least in former days) addressed using
media without the First Presidency's "seal of approval" and that it
was frowned upon. I believe the children can get a lot more out of reading, or
having read from the scriptures directly, than from being again babysat and
entertained by other's work.
I like the fact that we will be able to access the excellent tools on the new
church website while we're actually at church. Now it will be possible to use
your study notebook to prepare a lesson and then pull it up in the classroom,
and be able to look up material on the fly for tangents the lesson may go on.
Leaders will be able to reference various organizations' calendars in ward
council and other meetings. I'm sure we'll need occasional "proper
usage" reminders to curb inappropriate activity, but I think this will be a
beneficial service for teachers and leaders.
The Ipads and tablets will be more common than carrying scriptures around. They
can be useful when the presentation on the whiteboards can be sent to them in
mothers' room. There are many more ideas to come but it is only limited to
immaginations that we can produce them.
All I can say is...FINALLY!!!! Thanks for compiling all of the great
articles and info about this important step forward. I certainly hope they will
consider equipping our classrooms with laptop compatible projectors, and adding
adequate blinds to the windows to block the perpetual glare would be very
I look forward to attending meetings via Skype.Nice!
There is a great deal of wonderful content out there to assist with teaching.
But, in the final analysis, all of these things are crutches that attempt to
relieve teachers from the task of communicating with their students. As a
college instructor, I used to use detailed slide presentations. I found that
students were more involved in what was on the screen than what was being said
in the class. Now, I may only use a projector a handful of times during a
course. Now I use a printed outline and actually converse with my students. The
best thing is that they are mastering the material in the course better by
discussing in than when they were bemused by the pretty images on a screen.
... and we also need projector carts. A VCR on a cart is nice. A projector on
a cart with decent sound would be better.I teach adult Gospel
Doctrine and use power points to show art and maps in very large formats where
we can point and discuss. I spend about 5 minutes at the front and back of each
class managing equipment.
We have been holding a Sunday School Family History Class/workshop using our
building's wifi for several months now. Everyone brings their laptop/ipad and
logs on to new.familysearch.org.Great tool for getting folks
started.However when we started the class, I tried streaming the
training videos for the class from the church website only to find they were
blocked in our building along with everything else using the youtube site. Two step forward, one step back.
We've had wireless in our Stake for a few of years now (same password throughout
Stake). Our Stake is geographically large and I've found it useful for a number
of reasons:* It was useful in a family history class I was in. Each
student was able to bring their own laptop computer and work as if from
home.* We use a Stake-wide Polycom video system that uses wireless access
for various meetings (high council, Stake Priesthood, Stake Youth Committee, ad
hoc meetings). There are some glitches, but it is getting better (we are a pilot
Stake). We've used Skype video connected to a wireless laptop so a leader could
attend a council meeting remotely.* Wireless has been very useful for
teaching and being able to access ALL the resources on Church web site.*
I've been able to keep a child occupied while I attend choir practice.*
and yes, if you can enter your home teaching records from home if you set it up
This is great news! I have wished more than once to show some of the Mormon
Messages to my Teacher's Quorum during our weekly lessons. The messages are
excellent and very inspirational.
This has been, to this point, dependent on the Stake President's preference.
We've had wireless internet access in our Stake's chapels for nearly 4 years
Interent access in our ward buildings is nice but is not needed. We can get
along without it, but the question is will we? I dont think so.
I think that internet in the libraries of the church makes so much sense. I am
happy for this new development and look forward to its being implemented.
Even among LDS circles it's interesting to see that when it comes to the
valuable tool Internet access can be in meetinghouses -- ignorance remains
bliss.This technology, as with any great invention, can be abused
(ever heard of radio or television). It has been given to us to perfect the
saints and to spread the Gospel. It's about time greater access be made
available in our buildings.