In 2008, “technology in the service of the gospel” means websites and satellites and DNA-assisted genealogy.
In 1926, missionaries were no less eager than we are to employ the latest technology in pursuit of perfecting the saints and preaching the gospel:
Elders Var O. Buchanan, Blackfoot, Idaho, and R. Claude Boyce, of Murray, Utah, laboring in Clarksdale, Arizona, have been successful in tracting and re-tracting that city. They have found many friends and quite a large number of investigators, and have been able to hold a number of cottage meetings.
When they finished tracting the town, they began country work among the scattered ranches of Arizona; so scattered, in fact, that it is almost impossible to visit all of them in the usual missionary way – walking – so one of the Saints offered them his car.
After using the car for a week, they had been successful in visiting all the branches within a radius of a hundred miles of Clarksdale. They had wonderful success in reaching many people who had never been visited by “Mormon” eiders before, “and they seemed over-joyed to see us,” they write.
They continue, “The people of the country are surely hospitable. We were able to hold cottage meetings in their homes and dispose of several copies of the Book of Mormon. By modern ways of travel. the gospel is being taken to many who are honest in heart, and who would perhaps not hear it without.”
[“The Work Helped Onward by a Chevrolet,” Improvement Era 30 (1926-27), 279]