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Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

Defending Our Families Against Digital Destruction

Taught by Blaine Maxfield


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 1 p.m. Smith 240
Blaine Maxfield

Blaine Maxfield


Blaine Maxfield grew up in Magna, Utah. After graduating from Cyprus High School, he attended Ricks College for a year before serving a mission in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. He loved his mission and the life-changing experiences he had there.

Following his mission, Maxfield returned to Ricks College where he played football for the Vikings, earning All-American honors. While at Ricks, he also met his wife, Jennifer. Following their marriage in the Salt Lake Temple, they moved to California to attend Stanford University where he played center for the Stanford Cardinal football team.

Once after a big game, a TV reporter asked Maxfield who his hero was. Instead of a sports figure, he answered that it was Jesus Christ.

Maxfield graduated from Stanford with a degree in Organizational Behavior and a master’s degree in Business Strategy. After graduating, he worked for several large companies. As part of his work, he was able to travel throughout the world, appearing in television interviews and writing articles for national magazines.

Maxfield is the CIO of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Managing Director of ICS (the Church’s IT department). He is responsible for the global technology of the Church.

Maxfield, his wife Jennifer, and their three children have lived in South Jordan for 10 years.

Class Outline

Today, everyone in the family is using technology. Traditionally parents controlled media in the home, but now many children have access to laptops, tablets, and smart phones wherever they go. How do we strengthen our families to make correct choices so that when defenses we put in place fall our children are still strong?

Learning Objectives:

  1. The technology we have today is inspired by the Lord in order to spread the gospel and help His children. (President Howard W. Hunter, "We Have a Work to Do," Ensign, March 1995)
  2. Satan will exploit the negative power of new technologies to neutralize any effect for good; we can see that he has done this with many modern technological inventions. (Elder LeGrand Richards (quoted in Boyd K. Packer, The Holy Temple [1980], 239)
  3. Understand ways we can protect our families and others against the negative influences of Satan in the world of technology. (Elder M. Russell Ballard, "Let Our Voices Be Heard," Ensign, November 2003)
  4. Understand positive ways to use technology to do the Lord's work. (Elder M. Russell Ballard, "Sharing the Gospel Using the Internet," Ensign, July 2008)

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