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Monday, July 9, 2012

Obvious, Or Is It?

Almost as soon as I posted my July 2 post a thought struck me: If most new converts come from social media proselytizing then most of our new converts are going to be (drumroll) DIGITAL.


Gee, what a nasty surprise for most of our local church leaders. New converts are going to expect their local congregations to be as digitally astute as the worldwide Church. Boy, are they in for a rude awakening.


The Internet has existed since 1991. The Church's web site got started within about six years or so of that. Local unit web sites (LUWS) have existed since about 2003 and here we are almost 10 years later. Most local units have yet to discover the digital possibilities of the Church's digital tools.


This is most perplexing. If I suggested to people that they ignore FamilySearch.org and do their family history totally via the paper system they would laugh in my face.


However, the Church's digital tools for the living are just as sophisticated as the Church's digital tools for the dead. Why is there such a disconnect in their use?


Mystifying.


I hope we don't have to wait until the new converts gain enough spiritual maturity to be leaders before these tools are fully utilized, but we might.

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