President Gordon B. Hinckley’s funeral; modern technology

January 30, 2008 at 6:00 am (Christianity)

President Gordon B. Hinckley will have his funeral at 11 A.M. Mountain Standard Time on Saturday, February 2, 2008. He will be laid to rest the same day.

The funeral will be broadcast live throughout the world via the Church’s sattelite broadcasting system.

I would like to say a few words about today’s technology. Only a short time after President Hinckley passed away, Sobek in the West e-mailed me in the Midwest about it. Latter-day Saints throughout the world soon found out through e-mails and text messages and phone calls. I found out before the Church even put it on their website.

When the Church posted President Hinckley’s funeral information yesterday afternoon, I got two e-mails early this morning from local Church leaders informing me of it. I was one in a long list of people, active members and less active members, who were e-mailed.

It amazes me just how fast information spreads these days.

President Hinckley was at the forefront of the Church embracing technology and using technology. While people may talk about President Hinckley’s temple initiative, the Perpetual Education Fund, inspiring the youth, flying all over the world, and having irresistible humor and wit, perhaps one of his most lasting effects will be the Church’s far-reaching use of modern technology. In this he was a pioneer, bringing the Church out of obscurity while listening to the Holy Spirit, using the many technological blessings God has blessed us with. It was certainly in this spirit, indeed, that Elder M. Russell Ballard challenged the Church to engage the world in preaching and teaching the Gospel, and educating the world about the Church, via the new media, especially blogs.

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