|Missionaries use technology to share the gospel|
The Elders started out their presentation by skype-ing Elder Bryan Sabin into the room and projecting the video chat onto the screen so all could see. Elder Sabin spoke briefly about how the missionaries use Skype to teach lessons to investigators they have found through the Mormon.org chat. Elder Spencer and Howden then went on to explain that missionaries choosen for the Referral Center mission often have had medical problems that might prevent them from performing the physically rigorous work that may be a part of serving an "in the field" mission (biking, extensive walking, tracting, etc.).
The Elders spoke for about half and hour sharing stories of how they have used the Internet to find, teach, and bring people into the Church as well as taking questions from a captivated audience.
Following the missionaries' presentation, a quartet sang LDS hymn #263 "Go Forth with Faith" which encourages members to "Go forth with hope and courage strong to spread the word abroad." A member of the 61st ward then gave a quick introduction of how LDS Church members can create a profile on Mormon.org which they can then share with their friends.
To finish off the fireside, the digital civilization class group shared ways that members can get involved in sharing the gospel. James Wilcox introduced the audience to Prezi and invited members to join in translating missionary media so the Referral Center missionaries have more language tools at their disposal besides Google Translate. Andrew DeWitt, Kurt Witt, and Rhett Ferrin all helped in showing a quick web-slide-show of the LDS Church's online presence. Most notable of the web-pages were:
- LDS Church on Facebook
- Simple Acts