Back in 1984, five years before Tim Berners-Lee had invented the
Internet World Wide Web, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was already busy putting computers to work to help further the mission of the Church. As technology has continued to progress, the church has adopted different technologies to reduce repetitive, administrative tasks and to help reach a larger number of its members. Now, over 20 years later, you can listen to the worldwide semi-annual general conference online or visit mormon.org to learn more about the church. One of the most well known efforts of the church is family history research and members and non members alike are able to access the largest collection of free family history at familysearch.org, another web site run by the LDS church. With a 95 year-old leader and a group of 14 other leaders with an average age of 75, you might expect the LDS Church to be afraid of technology, falling behind the times. The reality is that the LDS Church continues to embrace new technology when they feel it makes sense instead of shying away from it. Think of any organization organized in the early 1800s and ask yourself how many of them have several web sites, use satellite broadcasts for their conferences, and run their own TV and radio stations. Regardless of your feelings on religion, you’ve got to admit, that’s pretty remarkable.