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Technology boon for LDS, apostle says

Elder Perry says church's scriptures belong to world

PROVO — A top leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says that advances in technology continue to help spread the religion's message.

In particular, said Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the church's Doctrine and Covenants should be shared with people around the world.

"I say it belongs to the world, not just to Latter-day Saints," said Elder Perry, who spoke Sunday at Brigham Young University's Marriott Center.

During the past 200 years, many changes in transportation and communications have facilitated the spread of the gospel throughout the world, Elder Perry said.

"It's a wonderful time to be alive," he said.

Throughout the ages, God has communicated with his children on the earth, Elder Perry said.

The Bible's Old Testament contains the stories of prophets such as Abraham. Through the New Testament, readers learn more of Jesus Christ's ministry and life, he said.

Over time, as these books were copied again and again, many truths were lost from them, Elder Perry said.

But the books LDS members consider to be sacred, such as the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants, contain what was lost, he said.

"It contains the fullness of the gospel," Elder Perry said. "There were prophets who summarized on the pages what men must do to gain the fullness of salvation."

Elder Perry also emphasized the importance of studying all the books considered scripture by the church.

Today, God continues to inspire his prophets to make records of his dealings with them, Elder Perry said.