Technology brings 'our beloved church leaders into the room'
Intellectual Reserve Inc.
When I “entered the 21st century,” as my daughter termed it, and received an electronic tablet for Christmas, I had no idea that I would receive a call to teach the 13- and 14-year-olds in Sunday School. That wonderful calling came just a few weeks into the new year, and shortly thereafter, I discovered the real blessing of that tablet I received for Christmas.
When I make reference to the words of our living apostles and prophets during class, especially those recorded during general conference, I can now share a downloaded message rather than just read quotes from a manual. It is like inviting our beloved church leaders into the room, where the young students can watch, listen and feel the Spirit with which the message was delivered.
Often, hymns and other uplifting music provide a background, further inviting the Spirit into the classroom. It seems the very heavens are opened once again, allowing the Holy Ghost to testify of the truth of what is being taught, much the same as when the message was originally delivered. Furthermore, I can use the reference guide for general conference talks published on lds.org to locate conference talks on a variety of topics to fit the lessons I prepare each week.
Videos are definitely a communication tool for this generation. As I told my class a few weeks ago, I get excited when I envision them as future missionaries, privileged to share the message of the restored gospel, sitting in an investigator’s home with an electronic tablet on their knee, inviting the living prophets and apostles to testify of the truths they are teaching.
Recently, the youths in my class were able to feel the spirit of the Christus room in the Temple Square Visitor’s Center, the Sacred Grove and the Garden of Gethsemane as they listened to current prophets and apostles teach and bear their own special witness of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, from each of these sacred locations, courtesy of video clips I accessed through my tablet. Using such video presentations as part of a prepared lesson opens a conduit through which truths are taught and the spirit of revelation is received.
What a glorious time this is for our youths and those of us blessed to lead them as the gospel fills the earth through advances in technology and communication.
Janette Hansen is a member of the Shafer View Ward in the Meridian South Stake in Meridian, Idaho.
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