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Bloggernacle Back Bench: 'Miraculous technology'

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 30 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks at the dedication of the BYU Broadcasting Building.

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On Friday, Aug. 12, President Henry B. Eyring dedicated “BYU’s State-of-the-Art Broadcasting Building.” While that was exciting in and of itself, I appreciated his counsel regarding technology:

“These buildings have been built to take advantage of the wonderful and miraculous technology … The Lord’s plan is to advance ever more rapidly his word and his works and the effects of his gospel throughout the world. … The Lord has revealed the technology that enables the church to take full advantage of these advances.”

While technology is miraculous and marvelous, we must “never forget that while we have computers, cameras, microphones, fiber-optic networks, clouds and satellites, we have failed if we do not rely on the Holy Ghost. … If our technology does not improve the lives of others and help bring them home to (the Lord), we have missed the mark.”

So in that vein, I thought I’d discuss how the church is lately taking advantage of technological advances.

Did you know that the Bible page at LDS.org has been reorganized? Curt Noble, SEO strategist for the LDS Church, explains, “Until now, LDS.org only had navigational pages for the Old and New Testaments. Now we have a page that will be more familiar with non-members and make it easier to navigate the entire Bible from one page.” Awesome!

Also, you may notice that many of the LDS.org sites I highlight (especially the ones with interactive features like notetaking or calendaring) require an LDS Account. So you may wonder, “Why Do I Need an LDS Account?” Well, as I said, the Web is now much more interactive, and the church is taking advantage of that, allowing you to personalize your experience.

As Tom Johnson of LDSTech explains, “Without an LDS Account, you’re missing a huge part of the online church experience. You may be able to see some website information without signing in, but often more personalized information appears after you sign in.”

Johnson lists all the sites the church operates (16) that use an LDS Account, giving you access to even more resources. Plus, this informative blog post lists exactly how to sign up for an LDS Account, as well as outlines how the “Subscription” tab helps both you and the church.

And if all that didn’t convince you, maybe this tease will: “Additionally, over the next six months, LDS Account will be enhanced with a more customizable profile. You will be able to access and manage your subscriptions, privacy controls, account settings and other elements to control your experience across all church sites. This will help LDS Account become a more complete online identity management tool.” Wow!

Now let’s look at last week in the Bloggernacle:

Power pick: Bro Jo, the informal advice columnist blogger, delighted me with a conclusion to a story that began almost a year ago. A recently returned missionary had written to ask Bro Jo what he thought about him possibly “Dating a Pregnant Girl.”

Bro Jo counseled, “I’m not saying don't date her. I'm saying be aware. Talk to her. Be sensitive. Be understanding and be prepared to be patient.”

A second letter arrived a few months later detailing how the woman had decided to give up her baby for adoption — to which Bro Jo said, “Something that, as someone who was adopted, I have a lot of gratitude and admiration for” — and that they were still dating "with extreme caution.” Well, the concluding letter just posted, and it has a glorious resolution. Check it out!

Techie tip: Continuing my theme from above, this techie tip teaches how you can “Use Scripture References for Easy-to-Remember Secure Passwords.” Ingenious, since you normally have to have a capitalized letter, a number or two, and a certain amount of letters, all things a favorite scriptural reference can provide!

As this blogger explains further: “One day I received a reminder that I should change my password on a regular basis. At that point, I started using passwords/scripture references of verses that I wanted to memorize. I would use a new verse as my password and would continue using that password until I had it completely memorized, at which point I begin using a new scripture reference. This solution helps me to constantly remember the scripture(s) throughout the day and prompts me to review the verse that I want to memorize.”

Emily Warburton Jensen loves searching through the LDS blog world for developments and testimonies that best capture the ever-evolving LDS online experience. Email: ejensen@desnews.com

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