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Hastening the Work 
Through Digital Service 
1
Overview 
1. The Growth of the Church 
We will learn about the worldwide growth of the church, 
missionary work, and the i...
Joseph Smith 
“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no 
unhallowed hand can stop the work from 
progressing; persecutio...
Video 
Church Growth by Stake, 2007 
Video from LDS.org, no longer available. 
http://www.lds.org/videos/0,20069,6635-1,00...
Current Church Membership 
(31 December 2014) 
Wards and Branches: 29,253 
Stakes and Districts: 3,621 
Members: 15,082,02...
Assuming the standard scientific 
view of the world, 
why did dinosaurs exist? 
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Joseph Fielding Smith 
“I maintain that had there been no restoration of 
the gospel, and no organization of the Church of...
Joseph Fielding Smith 
“The inspiration of the Lord has gone out and takes 
hold of the minds of men, though they know it ...
Howard W. Hunter 
“In recent years we have begun using 
information technology to hasten the sacred 
work of providing ord...
“[E]very time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” 
Image and quote from 1946 classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” 
Im...
Image from video “Church Growth by Stake, 2007” (previously available on LDS.org). 
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Traditionally, proselyting missionaries are 
sent out throughout the world to preach 
the gospel. 
Not every country is “o...
The Lord speaks to Isaiah 
“[M]y thoughts are not your thoughts, neither 
are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as 
t...
Alma speaks to his son Helaman 
“[T]hese plates of brass, which contain these 
engravings, which have the records of the 
...
Alma speaks to his son Helaman 
“[I]f they are kept they must retain their 
brightness; yea, and they will retain their 
b...
Why did dinosaurs exist? Fossil fuels. 
→ So the prophet and apostles can preach the gospel 
throughout the world. 
Why do...
Spencer W. Kimball 
“I believe that the Lord is anxious to put into our 
hands inventions of which we laymen have hardly 
...
Video 
We Have a Challenge, 
and It’s Growing! 
Video from ICS Department / LDSTech. 
Not available online. 
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Brigham Young 
“Every discovery in science and art, that is 
really true and useful to mankind, has been 
given by direct ...
Video 
Elder Bednar’s invitation to 
Sweep the Earth as with a Flood 
(condensed version) 
Video from LDS Pacific Area cha...
Sustaining the Growth of the Church 
Church Membership Full-Time Missionaries 
Church Employees 
This chart is meant to sh...
Many church members are looking for 
opportunities to serve. 
The internet makes it easy for people to 
contribute from ar...
FamilySearch Indexing 
23
LDSTech Projects 
24
Adding Image Search Words 
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Donating Photos and Media 
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Vineyard.LDS.org 
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Volunteer.LDS.org 
Creating a Profile 
In order to create a profile on 
Volunteer.LDS.org, you will need an 
LDS Account 
...
Vineyard at BYU 
facebook.com/vineyardbyu 
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Weekly Meetings 
Every Wednesday, 6:00 PM, in the Y-Serve 
Office (2330 WSC) – indexing, photo 
keywording, transcribing 
...
Upcoming Events 
Wednesdays: Weekly volunteer meetings 
October 4: General Conference #ldsconf Party 
October 16–17: LDSTe...
Volunteer Experiences 
32
Questions? 
33 
If you want to be involved, 
join our mailing list or like 
“Vineyard at BYU” on 
Facebook!
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Hastening the Work Through Digital Service

Learn about the growth of the LDS church and how you can use technology to hasten the Lord's work!

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Hastening the Work Through Digital Service

  1. 1. Hastening the Work Through Digital Service 1
  2. 2. Overview 1. The Growth of the Church We will learn about the worldwide growth of the church, missionary work, and the impact of technology. 2. Volunteer.LDS.org We will talk about the church’s crowdsourcing projects and show you how to set up a profile on Volunteer.LDS.org. 3. Hastening the Work at BYU We will introduce you to Vineyard at BYU and talk about upcoming events where you can use your skills to hasten the work. 2
  3. 3. Joseph Smith “The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.” Source: Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 4:540 Image from LDS Media Library 3
  4. 4. Video Church Growth by Stake, 2007 Video from LDS.org, no longer available. http://www.lds.org/videos/0,20069,6635-1,00.html. 4
  5. 5. Current Church Membership (31 December 2014) Wards and Branches: 29,253 Stakes and Districts: 3,621 Members: 15,082,028 Source: Mormon Newsroom Chart from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LDSGrowth.png. GNU Free Documentation License. 5
  6. 6. Assuming the standard scientific view of the world, why did dinosaurs exist? 6
  7. 7. Joseph Fielding Smith “I maintain that had there been no restoration of the gospel, and no organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there would have been no radio; there would have been no airplane, and there would not have been the wonderful discoveries in medicine, chemistry, electricity, and the many other things wherein the world has been benefited by such discoveries. Under such conditions these blessings would have been withheld, for they belong to the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times of which the restoration of the gospel and the organization of the Church constitute the central point, from which radiates the Spirit of the Lord throughout the world. Source: Joseph Fielding Smith, Conference Report, Oct. 1926, p. 117 Image from LDS Media Library 7
  8. 8. Joseph Fielding Smith “The inspiration of the Lord has gone out and takes hold of the minds of men, though they know it not, and they are directed by the Lord. In this manner he brings them into his service that his purposes and his righteousness, in due time, may be supreme on the earth. “Now let me say briefly that I do not believe for one moment that these discoveries have come by chance, or that they have come because of superior intelligence possessed by men today over those who lived in ages that are past. They have come and are coming because the time is ripe, because the Lord has willed it, and because he has poured out his Spirit on all flesh.” Source: Joseph Fielding Smith, Conference Report, Oct. 1926, p. 117 Image from LDS Media Library 8
  9. 9. Howard W. Hunter “In recent years we have begun using information technology to hasten the sacred work of providing ordinances for the deceased. The role of technology in this work has been accelerated by the Lord Himself, who has had a guiding hand in its development and will continue to do so. However, we stand only on the threshold of what we can do with these tools. I feel that our most enthusiastic projections can capture only a tiny glimpse of how these tools can help us – and of the eternal consequences of these efforts.” Source: Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, Mar. 1995 Image from LDS Media Library 9
  10. 10. “[E]very time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” Image and quote from 1946 classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Images no longer in copyright. 10
  11. 11. Image from video “Church Growth by Stake, 2007” (previously available on LDS.org). 11
  12. 12. Traditionally, proselyting missionaries are sent out throughout the world to preach the gospel. Not every country is “open” to traditional missionary work. Countries closed to traditional missionary work are now open to us through technology. 12
  13. 13. The Lord speaks to Isaiah “[M]y thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. ... “[A]s the rain ... watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Source: Isaiah 55:8–11, KJV Bible, LDS.org. Image from LDS Media Library 13
  14. 14. Alma speaks to his son Helaman “[T]hese plates of brass, which contain these engravings, which have the records of the holy scriptures upon them ... Behold, it has been prophesied by our fathers, that they should be kept and handed down from one generation to another, and be kept and preserved by the hand of the Lord until they should go forth unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, that they shall know of the mysteries contained thereon. Source: Alma 37:3–6, Book of Mormon, LDS.org. Image from video, “Alma Counsels His Sons,” LDS Media Library 14
  15. 15. Alma speaks to his son Helaman “[I]f they are kept they must retain their brightness; yea, and they will retain their brightness; yea, and also shall all the plates which do contain that which is holy writ. “Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.” Source: Alma 37:3–6, Book of Mormon, LDS.org. Image from video, “Alma Counsels His Sons,” LDS Media Library 15
  16. 16. Why did dinosaurs exist? Fossil fuels. → So the prophet and apostles can preach the gospel throughout the world. Why do we have electricity? → So the work in temples can go on at any time of day, providing saving ordinances for our ancestors. Why are Apple and Samsung pushing to sell connected devices in as many areas of the world as possible? → So the world can have easy access to the internet, to learn about and study the gospel. 16
  17. 17. Spencer W. Kimball “I believe that the Lord is anxious to put into our hands inventions of which we laymen have hardly had a glimpse. ... [M]issionaries could be supplied with small portable cassette tape players and go into the homes with prepared messages to humble family groups all around the globe. Millions of people are anxious and willing to learn, if only they can hear the “sound” in their own language and in a manner that they can grasp and understand. “Just think what can be accomplished when we broadcast our message in many languages over numerous radio stations, large and small, around the world, and millions of good people listening on their transistors are being indoctrinated with the truth.” Source: Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Oct. 1974 Image from LDS Media Library 17
  18. 18. Video We Have a Challenge, and It’s Growing! Video from ICS Department / LDSTech. Not available online. 18
  19. 19. Brigham Young “Every discovery in science and art, that is really true and useful to mankind, has been given by direct revelation from God. ... We should take advantage of all these great discoveries ... and give to our children the benefit of every branch of useful knowledge, to prepare them to step forward and efficiently do their part in the great work.” Source: Brigham Young, Deseret News, 22 Oct. 1862, p. 129 Image from LDS Media Library 19
  20. 20. Video Elder Bednar’s invitation to Sweep the Earth as with a Flood (condensed version) Video from LDS Pacific Area channel on YouTube, with clips from Elder Bednar’s address at BYU Education Week 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vYBgvC10Wg 20
  21. 21. Sustaining the Growth of the Church Church Membership Full-Time Missionaries Church Employees This chart is meant to show overall trends and does not show exact proportions. 21
  22. 22. Many church members are looking for opportunities to serve. The internet makes it easy for people to contribute from around the world. We can help meet the digital needs of the church by serving online. 22
  23. 23. FamilySearch Indexing 23
  24. 24. LDSTech Projects 24
  25. 25. Adding Image Search Words 25
  26. 26. Donating Photos and Media 26
  27. 27. Vineyard.LDS.org 27
  28. 28. Volunteer.LDS.org Creating a Profile In order to create a profile on Volunteer.LDS.org, you will need an LDS Account 28
  29. 29. Vineyard at BYU facebook.com/vineyardbyu 29
  30. 30. Weekly Meetings Every Wednesday, 6:00 PM, in the Y-Serve Office (2330 WSC) – indexing, photo keywording, transcribing Monthly Events Sharing the gospel online, technology training, generating photos, indexing, transcribing, etc. Leadership Opportunities 30
  31. 31. Upcoming Events Wednesdays: Weekly volunteer meetings October 4: General Conference #ldsconf Party October 16–17: LDSTech Conference October 18: LDS Music Transcription Hackathon II Beyond October: Gospel Library Training, Graphic Design Challenge, Reflection Meeting, Indexathon, Photo Walk, Community Outreach Day, Video Tutorials, History Department, Especially for Youth You can join our Vineyard at BYU events on Facebook or look at photos from previous events. 31
  32. 32. Volunteer Experiences 32
  33. 33. Questions? 33 If you want to be involved, join our mailing list or like “Vineyard at BYU” on Facebook!

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