President Henry B. Eyring, Technology a Blessing

“The Lord’s plan is to advance ever more rapidly His word and His works and the effects of His gospel throughout the world,” President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, said.

He noted that the Lord “has revealed the technology that enables the Church to take full advantage of these advances,” but added that while technology can and does bless lives, “never forget that while we have computers, cameras, microphones, fiber-optic networks, clouds, and satellites, we have failed if we do not rely on the Holy Ghost.”

He said, “If our technology does not improve the lives of others and help bring them home to [the Lord], we have missed the mark.”

President Eyring made the comments at the dedication of the Broadcasting Building and the Information Technology Building at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, on Friday, August 12, 2011. Elder Russell M. Nelson, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, and Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles joined President Eyring at the dedication service, as did other Church and university leaders.

Ground was broken for the Broadcasting Building on May 7, 2009. At that time, Elder Ballard said the true purpose of technological advances in communication is to “draw those who are seeking to know the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ” and to change “the spirit and attitude of the world.”