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May 2nd Broadcast Print E-mail
Written by G.C. Duerden   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Michael Colemere, managing director of the Church's Office of Communication Services, will be speaking about the four elements of a successful communications strategy at the next LDSTech broadcast, May 2, 2014 at noon (MDT).

Brother Colemere will give details on these four elements, including: 1) Who we are trying to reach, 2) What we are trying to communicate, 3) Where our audiences consume information, and 4) How we can best format the messages. 

How to Attend the Broadcast

To watch the LDSTech broadcast, click HERE a few minutes before or at the time of the broadcast. If you would like to attend the broadcast in person, you may join us in the Riverton Office Building (3740 West Market Center Drive, Riverton, UT, Ground Floor, Zion Room A).

Each broadcast is recorded, so if you miss one, you can re-watch the recording at any time. In fact, if you tune in late to the broadcast, you can rewind the broadcast and play it from the beginning. See the Broadcast Archive to view previous broadcasts.

Asking Questions

Viewers can ask questions through Twitter during the broadcast. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one at Twitter.com. When you ask a question, include the hashtag #ldstech in your tweet. For more information, see Twitter and LDSTech.

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Clayton Christensen Speaks to LDSTech Print E-mail
Written by Greg Duerden   
Friday, 14 March 2014

Clayton Christensen, considered the world’s leading management thinker, discussed ‘Disruptive Technology’ at an LDSTech broadcast that included the Church’s IT department on April 5, 2013. He pointed out how LDSTech has taken this concept to heart.

Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth. His ideas have been widely used in industries and organizations throughout the world.

He is also the best-selling author of nine books, including one of his most recent books, The Power of Everyday Missionaries. One, The Innovator’s Dilemma, received the Global Business Book Award as the best business book of the year in 1997 and was named by The Economist, in 2011, as one of the six most important books about business ever written.

Two levels

“Companies make two levels of technology,” Christensen said. The first level “makes sustaining technologies that make good products better.” He illustrated by telling the history of PC processors, which back in the 1980s “couldn’t keep up with most typists’ fingers,” but now processor speeds have increased tremendously and can handle so much more than the Intel 286 chip, once considered so powerful.

The next level of company technology is one that uses what he called disruptive innovations or disruptive technologies. These are innovations that that make something so much more affordable and simple that larger and broader populations of customers can have access to it.

An example he used was Digital Equipment, a very successful company in the 1970s and into 1980s that had a brilliant management team. They were successful until 1988, when they “dropped off the cliff” in the business sense and dramatically failed, because of the decisions of that same management team.

But Digital wasn’t the only one in that time period that failed. The companies that made mini-computers “all failed at the same time.” These were well known and respected companies, like Prime, Data General, Hewlett-Packard, Wang, Honeywell, and more.

Hard Choice

“Here’s what happened,” said Christensen: “When management looked out the window they saw everyone was buying personal computers. Remember,” he said, “this was a time when personal computers were crummy.”

This gave Digital’s management a hard choice:

  • Make better products, to sell for better profits to their best customers.
  • Make what they see as ‘worse’ products.

“It is just a very difficult thing for smart people to do what doesn’t really make sense at the time,” Christensen said.

Restoration of Questions

Christensen brought up the Restoration of the Gospel as an example of the Lord’s disruptive technology. The idea that we could do remarkable things was the basis of the Restoration, he stated.

Until a 14 year-old boy asked which church he should join, religion had stopped asking questions of heaven. Joseph Smith asked a simple question and he got a simple answer. When Joseph prayed again, he asked a question and Moroni was sent several times (repetition is a basic gospel principle). “Step by step, question by question he got answers. The Restoration was Restoration of Questions!”

Brother Christensen gave the large audience a historical quiz, asking who invented Sunday School or Primary in the LDS Church, who gave us Family Home Evenings, Institutes, Missionary Lessons, etc. HE explained that Sunday School came from Brother Valentine in 1859 doing it in his home on 2nd West and 2nd South in Salt Lake City until Brigham Young heard about it and standardized it for the whole Church.

Sister Rogers in Farmington started Primary when she wanted to create boys worthy to marry her daughters and, again, Brigham Young adopted it for the Church.

Family Home Evening was the idea of a Stake President in Richfield in 1912.

Institutes came from a professor at the University of Idaho (Br. Sessions) until President Heber J. Grant developed it into the LDS Institutes of Religion.

Missionary Lessons came from a BYU professor. When he was a zone leader in the Northwestern States Mission, he wrote six lessons that became known as the ‘Anderson Plan.’

“Do you see a pattern here? Almost all programs and institutions of the Church come from the members like you and me,” he said. “That’s the way it works in the Church. People in the peripheries develop the solutions to the problems. When it is solved the Church gives it a place to stick. Doctrine and Covenants 58 tells us we need to be actively engaged in solving problems. I’m worried about those who don’t solve problems.” And then he complimented the people in his audience by saying, “You are solving problems every day, right here. And you get the most important insights as you solve problems at the core.” Christensen closed his discussion with his testimony.

To see all he said, check out the LDSTech Broadcast Archive to watch the April 2013 Broadcast.

LDSTech, as Christensen said above, is already performing disruptive technology. There are opportunities to serve in the LDSTech community right from your home. Those interested in part-time or full-time Church Service Mission (CSM) opportunities can contact the CSM Coordinators at (801) 842-4771, or e-mail them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You could also fill out the LDSTech Missionary Form.

If you have language skills and are interested in becoming Area Technology Specialists in countries outside of the U.S. (Korea, Dominican Republic, Central and South America, etc.) contact the ATS Coordinators at 801-240-6226 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

 

You can check out the current CSM Opportunities on lds.org/callings/missionary/churchservice or servicemission.ldschurch.org/csm-public/home.jsf. 

 
Receive My Word Print E-mail
Written by Barbara Anne Gardner   
Thursday, 27 February 2014

 

The Lord and His church have embraced technology to hasten His work and this blog generally talks about the ‘doing’ of that. But the ‘doing’ doesn’t do much good unless there is someone on the receiving end. In their own words, this is the story of exactly how one brother and one sister, through the use of technology, did receive.  

"My name is Viviane de Sousa Epperson. My conversion story is very closely related with that of my brother's, Vitor, because we became aware and visited the church together.

“Ever since infancy we had been taught to have faith in Jesus Christ. We were raised Catholic by our parents, but always felt as if something was lacking.

“When we became teenagers we had the desire to find and choose the correct path to follow but didn't have a clue how we would find it, and if we found it how would we then know that it was the right path to follow. We had many doubts and we didn't even think that there could even exist a true church in our day. 

“When we reached high school an LDS chapel had just finished being built in the city. Almost every day we passed by this chapel on our way to the bus stop that would take us home. One of these days when we were passing by with some friends we decided to enter the opened chapel to see what it was like inside.

“There were missionaries and we even gave our address to them but they couldn't visit us because the community where we lived was outside the ward boundaries. This moment was the beginning of our curiosity of the church. After that we began researching online at home.

“We found LDS.org and some Mormon messages on YouTube. As we continued researching I remembered a school friend and her sister that were a member of the church. I sought them out at school and began asking questions about the church. At the same time, Vitor posted a question on Yahoo and was responded to by a young man in Sao Paulo who was preparing for his mission. 

“After that, I had the opportunity to speak with one more member of the church through Facebook who became one of my best friends and she gave us our first Book of Mormon. I remember one of our first conversations on Facebook where she expressed her feelings about the Temple.

“I had never seen someone speak with so much love about their religion. Vitor and I researched about the church during the day and at night before going to bed we spoke about the new things we had learned. We learned about prayer and that through it we could know what church was true.

“We read The Book of Mormon and every time a question arose we tried to search for an answer on the internet. One night while we were talking, I remember our eyes full of tears after receiving an answer that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints was the true church.

“We felt we should go to the chapel but we had a few challenges to work out first. We lived about 40 minutes away from the chapel by car and there wasn’t any public transportation on Sundays.

“At home we didn’t have any reliable transportation. We decided to pray as we had already learned, trusting that Heavenly Father would make it possible in some way to get to the chapel and attend the church meetings.

“In response to our prayers two friends and members of the church invited us to sleep over the weekend at their house. We felt very blessed and knew that that was more proof that Heavenly Father had answered our prayers.

“When we arrived at the chapel we attended all meetings and received all of the missionary lessons within two visits to the church. Not too long after that we were baptized. I remember feeling the Holy Ghost very strong. It was an unforgettable moment in our lives.

“The internet continued to bless my life. Eighteen months after baptism, my brother was preparing to serve a mission. At the same time I found my future companion on a dating site for members.

“He lived in the U.S.A. when we first met and we were only able to speak through Facebook messages and Skype video chats for four months. He had served a mission in Brazil and therefore was fluent in Portuguese.

“After four months he was able to visit and by the end of the visit we were engaged to be married. Unfortunately, he had to return to get things in order for the wedding. We spent four more months communicating only by Facebook and Skype.

“In March 2013 he arrived and in April 2013 we were married and sealed in the Recife Brazil Temple.

“Heavenly Father knows each and every one of us. He knows our needs and is a loving Father. He has a special way to touch each of our souls. The internet for me was one of these ways.

“I feel so blessed. I am so grateful for him having responded to Vitor’s and my prayers. Today we know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and for this reason my brother is serving as a missionary in the Brazil Sao Paulo South Mission."

 
JIRA Update Print E-mail
Written by Greg Duerden   
Monday, 24 February 2014

LDSTech is announcing an upgrade for  JIRA ICS and Open Community and to JIRA/JIRA Agile (GreenHopper) with new features for both released March 1, 2014.

JIRA

For JIRA, the upgrade will be to 6.1.7 and was completed Saturday, March 1, 2014.The upgrade includes several new features which will make JIRA more effective in helping individuals and teams alike.

The new features include a new look and feel in the Issue Navigator, a new detail view and view for issue improvements (Learn more...), more integration with coding tools – create Git code branches directly from JIRA (Learn more...), new JIRA mobile for smart phones (Learn more...), and other performance enhancements.

JIRA Agile

For the JIRA Agile plugin, the new upgrade is to 6.3.7, with a “minor upgrade” fixing some issues with the current release and adding one new feature – new subtle color palette for Epics (based on the Atlassian Design Guidelines secondary colour palette.

Get more detailed information go HERE

 
Mesa Chapter's R.S. Tech Fair Print E-mail
Written by Barbara Anne Gardner   
Friday, 21 February 2014

One hundred sixty-two people attended The Mesa Kimball Stake Relief Society Technology Fair on Tuesday, February 18th. Twenty-three separate booths were provided with the four most popular booths being Gospel Library 3.0 and My Study Notebook, downloading individual videos from lds.org, indexing, and Family Tree features. Other classes covered using building resources, family uses of technology for church music and scriptures, Internet safety, and the LDS.org website. Nineteen of the twenty-four instructors were provided through the Greater Phoenix LDSTech Chapter which helped in the planning and execution of the fair.

If you would like to do something like this in your area (but twenty-three separate booths seems daunting), Mike Fish, President of the Greater Phoenix LDSTech Chapter, recommended eight ‘must have’ topics:

1.      Downloading church applications

2.      Gospel Library and My Study Notebook

3.      LDS Tools

4.      Family History

5.      Indexing

6.      Digital Missionaries

7.      Downloading and playing videos

8.      Discovering and using church resources

Contact your local LDSTech Chapter for help in setting up a Technology Fair in your area.  For copies of all twenty-three course descriptions and class content contact Mike Fish at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Knowledge Tech - for beginners - 1 & 2 Print E-mail
Written by Greg Duerden & Cheryl Bottorff   
Monday, 24 February 2014

Knowledge Tech tip #1

How do I read the scriptures

… on my smart phone/tablet?

Download the Gospel Library app onto your phone or tablet. When you open it you will see the Library, and Scriptures could be at the top right of your screen. Touch the picture and choose the book you want. The table of contents will appear and you can choose your book, chapter, or subject.

… on my computer?

Go to lds.org, click on the scriptures link at the top middle of the page. Choose book you want to download. The table of contents will appear and you can choose your book, chapter, or subject.

Knowledge Tech tip #2

How do I study my Priesthood or Young Women or Relief Society. or Sunday School lesson in advance?

… on my smart phone or tablet?

In the Gospel Library app Library, scroll to Youth, select Aaronic Priesthood or Young Women : Come Follow Me and touch the picture. In the table of contents, choose the month. Lessons for each week are chosen from the list of questions.

Or you can go to lds.org/tools, in the drop down menu click on the lesson schedule. Make sure it is for your ward, and the correct lesson for Melchezedek Priesthood, Aaronic Priesthood, Young Women's, Relief Society, Sunday School; and the correct Sunday of the month. Then go to the Gospel Libarary, locate the correct manual, or General Conference talk, and click on it to bring it up.

… on computers?

At lds.org, find the Come Follow Me Youth lessons link (under Live the Gospel) and click on it. Click on the Young Women or Aaronic Priesthood link, and then the month (in the left column).  Lessons for each week are chosen from the list of questions.

For the Melchezedek Priesthood and Relief Society or Sunday School use the lds.org/tools drop down menu and click on the lesson schedule.  Make sure it is the right one you want for the right Sunday. Then go back to the Resources section, locate the manual and that lesson.

 
Church News Article link: Gospel Library app Update Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 February 2014

Church News recently had an interesting article on the android and apple Gospel Library app., which was a presentation during RootsTech 2014.

The article, written by Ryan Morgnegg, starts out by saying:

"In response to user feedback and in an effort to constantly improve a member's digital experience with gospel content, the Church has released a major upgrade to the Apple and Android versions of the Gospel Library mobile app improving search, navigation and other key functionality.  ..."

To view the entire article, click on this link:

http://www.lds.org/church/news/latest-updates-make-gospel-library-app-easier-to-use?lang=eng

 
March Broadcast: CDOL update Print E-mail
Written by Greg Duerden   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014

 

 

Mel Broberg will give a presentation on CDOL (Church Directory of Organizations and Leadership) which is used to locate information of church leaders and organizations. It is accessed with an LDS account either through cdol.lds.org

Details on this tool will be exposed on March 14, 2014, at noon (MDT) during the LDSTech monthly broadcast.

How to Attend the Broadcast

To watch the LDSTech broadcast over the Internet, go to the Broadcast Page and click Watch Now at the time of the broadcast.

If you would like to attend the broadcast in person, you may join us in the Riverton Office Building (3740 West Market Center Drive, Riverton, UT, Ground Floor, Zion Room A).

Each broadcast is recorded, so if you miss one, you can re-watch the recording at any time. In fact, if you tune in late to the broadcast, you can rewind the broadcast and play it from the beginning. See the Broadcast Archive to view previous broadcasts.

Asking Questions

Viewers can ask questions through Twitter during the broadcast. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one at Twitter.com. When you ask a question, include the hashtag #ldstech in your tweet. For more information, see Twitter and LDSTech.

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Br. Black spotlight Print E-mail
Written by Barbara Ann Gardener   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013

  Have you ever wondered just exactly what happens after you submit feedback from any of the thousands of pages on LDS.org? Elder Jed Black, Church Service Missionary (CSM) with LDSTech explains the process.

 “The feedback goes to a central location and they look for keywords,” explained Black. “If the Feedback has the words calendar, directory, or lesson scheduler in it  they send me a notification of the feedback.” Why? Because he is the Knowledge Specialist for those three applications.

Elder Black reviews the information and responds in one of three ways:

  1. User Education – many questions can be resolved by training the user to better interface with the application. This may be as simple as a return email or as involved as a training session at a ward or stake level.
  2. Update Frequently Asked Questions – The centralized Feedback Group answers as many questions as possible prior to forwarding requests to Knowledge Specialists. To do this they utilize a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ database. The more complete the database the fewer questions actually funnel down to the Knowledge Specialists.
  3. Identify Bugs – Because Knowledge Specialists are experts in their applications they can tell the difference between a user issue and a program defect and are capable of communicating with the development staff in a clear and concise manner. Knowledge Specialists are in a great position to beta test and recommend product improvements as well.

Elder Black works in Salt Lake but of the five Knowledge Specialist CSMs assigned to Gospel Library; two work in England,  one works in Colorado and two work in Salt Lake.

Although Elder Black had 38 years of programming with the UNISYS Corporation prior to his retirement, this level of expertise is not necessary to become a CSM Knowledge Specialist. One must be familiar with an identified application and comfortable communicating with both novice users and program developers. If this is you or if you are interested in possible part-time or full-time CSM opportunities contact: Elder Allen Bottorff or Sister Cheryl Bottorff at  (801) 842- 4771, or e-mail them at their email address   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or fill out the LDSTech Missionary Form.    

     For those with language skills, interested in becoming Area Technology Specialists in countries outside of the U.S. (Korea, Dominican Republic, Central & South America, etc.) contact: Elder Gary and Sister Marilyn Peterson, call them at 801-240-7373 or email them at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Or you can check out the current CSM Opportunities on lds.org/callings/missionary/churchservice    or  servicemission.ldschurch.org/csm-public/home.jsf

 
Area Technology Specialists Needed Print E-mail
Written by Barbara Anne Gardner   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Have you spent years of your life immersed in technology? Have you ever considered using those skills to build the kingdom? Do you want to make a real difference in the lives of people throughout the world? Are you ready to join 83,000 missionaries who are called to ‘hasten the work’?

The blessings of technology need to be shared throughout the Church and around the world, and a technology mission is a great way to do it. We need people who are capable of implementing technology solutions and who can support and train the people who live in those areas. Some areas with current openings include Brazil, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Japan, and Korea.  They need you if:

  • You are ready to serve as a full time senior missionary
  • You are experienced with computers, printers, copiers, scanners, wired and wireless networks, the Internet, and audiovisual equipment
  • You love working with and teaching others
  • You can speak one of the languages needed
  • Solving problems is one of your favorite things

These senior missionary assignments are called area technology specialists (ATS) and they provide training and support to stake technology specialists (STS) throughout each mission. Follow the link http://tech.lds.org/mission to learn more.

And even if you aren’t ready to serve a mission, maybe you know someone with the right skills who is looking for an exciting missionary experience. We encourage you to let them know about this great opportunity to serve!

 
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