Elder Perry to young adults: 'Keep up'

Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve and Elder David S. Baxter of the Seventy spoke April 18 to the young single adults of the Las Vegas Valley.

Elder Perry spoke about the technological changes in the world.

He said things have changed since his youth.

"I'm of that vintage: the slide ruler age," he said. He described how he used a 10-key adding machine, then a Frieden Calculator, the comptometer and the IBM 1401 — technologies largely unknown by the audience.

"I found I needed to retool myself every couple of years," he said. Then came along the small office computers, desktops and laptops, and now smart phones and tablets.

"It's so important that you keep up," Elder Perry said, "but don't let worldly things overpower you."

Change will be a marker in life, he told the young adults. "The good news is you're graduating," he said. "The bad news is you'll be obsolete in six months if you don't keep up with it."

Elder Perry told the young adults to prepare for the future in two ways: by continually pursuing education, and always being ready for change while holding firm to the iron rod.

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