As reported by LDS Church News, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will no longer be able to access certain social media and entertainment websites in their meetinghouses.
“Non-Church-related internet use in meetinghouses often creates difficulty for those who are trying to use it for Church purposes,” the statement read, which was sent as a notice to local church leaders.
The change will start occurring at the beginning of May and be brought about through updates to the Church’s internet configuration. If a person is signed-in to the Church’s wireless connection, they will not be able to access certain sites. According to the statement, the following sites and apps will be blocked:
- Amazon Video
- Big Fish Games
- Clash of Clans
- Xfinity TV
The goal of this update is to enhance the ability of members to worship and ensure leadership has better access to necessary internet functions pertaining to their callings.
The Church has a number of useful apps designed to help teachers and leaders utilize the internet and media, including the Gospel Library, LDS Tools, Mormon Channel, the LDS Media Library app, and more. You can access all of these apps for free here.
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