Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Day Working At Home

We spent today working in our apartment.  I had some tasks to do with the missionaries related to using their iPads.  The new missionaries are given iPads when they arrive, but they are not allowed to use them for awhile.  The concept is they have enough things to learn without having the iPads get in the way.  So after a couple of weeks, I contact the missionaries and let them know they can start the iPad training.  The first thing they must do is complete the on-line training for missionaries using mobile devices.  This is the Church's instruction on how to wisely use the iPads.  After they have completed that, they are then allowed to start using the devices.

The first thing that they must do is to delete a bunch of apps that Apple automatically installs on the iPads, such as GarageBand.  There are a limited number of Church-approved apps that can be installed on the iPad, such as Gospel Library.

The missionaries sync their iPads with Church servers to obtain information on their Area Book/Planner app.  While syncing, the software checks to see what is installed on the iPad.  President Cusick receives a regular report on who has completed the on-line training and what apps are installed on the iPads.  I have the responsibility to follow up on these reports.

At the end of the day, we received at email from President Cusick indicating that he has decided not to implement the plan of having a senior couple work with the newly baptized members in each stake (zone).  The idea was that the senior couples would help the new members research family names and go perform baptisms at the temple within 30 days of their baptism.  While that is a good practice and members who do that are more likely to stay active in the Church, it is the responsibility of the wards not the senior missionaries.

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