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Written by Alan Smoot   
Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Early Latter-day Saints contributed their time and talents to build temples or work on Church farms, often when they were beset by harsh trials of their own. Today we have a similar opportunity to build the kingdom through our consecrated time and talent, but rather than chiseling stone for temples or toiling in the field, we can help build software applications for the Church. Even contributing a few hours a week can have a tremendous effect when the effort is multiplied by thousands of volunteers.

Regardless of your background, you can contribute to the technological work of the Church through the LDSTech community. If you have experience with software development, quality assurance and testing, interaction design, technical writing, usability, project management, database engineering, web design, or another skill, you can help build applications that will move the work forward. Nearly every tech-savvy member can contribute to a project. If you have IT skills and you want to volunteer to help build the kingdom, the LDSTech community needs your help.

What’s the experience like?

In the LDSTech community, volunteers work on teams. Teams can consist of as few as 5 members up to 35 or more members. Each team is led by one or more project managers who divide up the work based on team members’ skills and strengths.

The team members use virtual tools such as Skype or Internet Relay Chat (IRC) as they work together to solve problems, write code, test, design, engineer, prototype, and do everything else that’s needed to complete the application or product. Monthly LDSTech broadcasts bring the community together to receive the latest information about and progress of LDSTech projects.

How do I get started?

To get started on a community project, follow these steps:

  1. Sign up for an LDS Account. Your LDS Account allows you to log in to Church websites, including LDSTech, with a single user name and password. Most likely you already have an LDS Account. If you don’t, go to and register for one.
  2. Sign in to LDSTech. Go to, sign in with your LDS Account, and click Projects. The Projects tab has all the information about LDSTech community projects. This is where you can browse project descriptions, see team activity, and more.
  3. Sign the Individual Contributors License. You'll be prompted to sign this agreement before you can view the list of projects. This agreement allows the Church to use the work you contribute. The license does not prohibit you from using your contributions for purposes separate from the project. 
  4. Complete the Profile and Skills submenus. Your profile and skills information helps other team members get to know your skills and experience. The fields marked with a red asterisk (*) are required.
  5. Join a project. After you sign the Individual Contributors License Agreement and complete your profile, you can browse and join community projects. To view the list of projects, click the Projects submenu. All projects are listed with brief descriptions. Click the project name to view more details about the project. To join a project, click Join on the project's detail page.
  6. Contact the project manager. Don't wait for someone to contact you after you join a project. Introduce yourself to the project manager. The project manager's e-mail address is listed on the project page. Let the project manager know you've joined the project, describe your skills and desire to help out, and ask what tasks he or she would like you to work on.

For a video introduction on how to sign up and get started, review this broadcast: Introduction to LDSTech.

If you have any questions or run into problems, send an e-mail message at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or search the Forum page to see if your questions have already been addressed.



# Robert Alexander Zimmerman 2011-08-30 20:32
A non member with a boy in our scout troop opperates a booth at the county fair. As a fundraiser for our troop they asked that we staff the booth and all proceeds from the booth would be donated from their company to our troop. The problem is the church accounting does not seem to be set up to handle these types of transactions and provide any tax deduction to those making the contribution for our annual fundraiser. If anyone knows how this can and should be handled I would appreciate it.
# Tom Johnson 2011-09-15 12:36
Robert, it would be more appropriate to ask this question in the forum at I don't know the answer to the question, but many financial clerks participate in the forum and could help you out.
# Russell W. French 2011-11-21 16:39
I purchased istake about 2 years ago. I loved it! NOW THE CHURCH IS NOT ALLOWING IT TO COMMUNICATE WITH STAKE/WARD CALENDARS!!!! Instead I am being forced to use LDS TOOLS!!! Why??? There is no integration with ANYTHING!!! What is it with the church and technology???? Are we really afraid that some non-member is going to see our calendar??? It takes hours to type all the ward and stake activities into a real product like INFORMANT. Also the ability to copy a record to my contacts in my phone is now gone!!! WHY ARE WE GOING BACKWARDS???

Russ French
# Tom Johnson 2011-12-06 14:42
Russell, the best place to post feedback like this is in the LDSTech forum. But I can respond briefly. While I understand the frustration, there is a privacy consideration for calendar data just as there is with membership information. Calendars contain many details about primary, youth, and other activities that should be restricted to only those in the ward or stake who can log in with their LDS Account.

To protect the confidentiality of this information, the Church restricts access based on LDS Account. LDS Tools, a free app from the Church, allows you to log in with your LDS Account and access member or calendar information.

There is also an API being created to allow third-party apps to leverage gospel content. (See
# George Vernon, Jr Peterson 2012-02-09 11:35
Two weeks ago, I could add reservations to the Jonesboro Building in Jonesboro, Georgia of the Conyers Stake. As of a week ago Sunday, the Add Reservation button never ever works. It has shut down on me. I feel a need to go back to a paper calendar in a loose-leaf binder.

# Tom Johnson 2012-02-09 11:36
George, can you post your issue in the LDSTech Forum instead? Just click the Forum button on the top navigation bar. I'm not sure why the reservation button isn't working on the calendar, but no engineers or volunteers monitor threads here.
# Mary Louise Leng 2012-03-23 07:56
I hate this I have been looking for phone number and address and have not been able to get to them and also other sights, I get every were but the sights I am looking for It's so Easy, lyre I come in less and less. Bishop and Clerk say you can find every thing Lyer Family History and other sighs are not easy to get around in I will be coming in les and Less!!!!!!!!!
# Tom Johnson 2012-03-23 11:47
Mary, you can find contact info for your ward and stake by going to and selecting Tools > Directory.
# Veronica Pahlevi Zavala Castillo 2012-08-16 14:25
Hello, I'd like to know how I can find a member's e-mail or contact from France. I need to contact somebody in there. I entered to the web site and called to the numbers that appear there, but I didn't received any answer. Would you please tell me how it works? Thanks.
# Jessica HERAUDEAU 2013-11-08 18:22
Hi Veronica,
I don't really know a lot of things about this website as I am starting with it, but I do came from France, and have some Friends and Family around the country in France, so maybe you can join me and told me who and where the person is as I may can find a relative that might get the information for you. Good Luck for your search
# Cesar Alberto Flores Silva 2012-08-16 19:08
Yo no hablo ingles, asi que ya entenderan que tengo dificultad para leer las informaciones pero me ayudo con el traductor de Google.
# Wallace Bryce 2012-10-23 05:18
Please add American Samoa as a country to the list because we are on opposite sides of the dateline with Samoa, with different days and times. I am not sure why it was not changed when Samoa went to the change this Jan 2012. This affects all our times in the MLS update 3.5 and I can't fill out the forms
# Brenda Prete 2013-01-29 07:48
I love the study journal but am very frustrated with the way the notebooks are filed by date rather than alphabetical.Could we have a choice. I am an alphabetical person. I do not file by date and spend so much time trying to find my notebook I just quit and won't use this when it is such a wonderful program.
# Caleen Jeanette Cazier 2013-06-30 18:10
Wanting to delete my address in the ward directory. How do I delete it? Caleen
# Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker 2013-11-21 16:05

Did anyone reply to you on this? You can edit the visibility of your own email and contact information on the directory web site. Just look yourself up and you should be able to change settings on yourself.
# Robert Bradley Simpson 2013-11-21 14:34
I'd really like to see a project in place to look at the ability to integrate the food commodity order form into to have it be delivered electronically to the local bishop's storehouse. I'm often frustrated with the process of manually having to fill in forms and then send in via fax. We could be much more efficient if the Rel Soc. President could key them in through and then send to the bishop for approval and then it would go to the storehouse. Much better for the Stake too as they could receive reports showing quanitities and variances could be pulled to look into from an audit standpoint. All in all, it would create a more efficient and manageable experience from start to finish.
# Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker 2013-11-21 16:03
There is some effort being put into this. The Bishop's Storehouse project on LDSTech built by volunteers has some of this electronic for Central and South America. The US version does not have that feature as far as I am aware. It's probably much farther down on their roadmap. I'm sure it's on the list. :)
# Hyrum Hall 2015-02-27 17:59
How does a person contribute to the enhancement of the LDS Scriptures app?
# Wayne W Summers 2015-09-07 07:18
I'm not sure who to write this suggestion to, but I was in the new PAYSON Temple last week and got assigned a locker with a full width, full height bench. IT WAS Sheer luxury! It's so difficult anymore for us old, big guys to get shoes on, get dressed, etc anymore.

But I have thought of a solution:
Install a bench in front of the interior locker doors. This would necesitate cutting the doors off about 18 - 20 inches from the floor,
so that the lockers are still functional and the doors swing out over the wider bench.
The lockers a plenty big enough to accommodate a man's suit and still allow the full sized bench.

You can get more than one cheek on the bench by this revision. Being in that locker in Payson was Heavenly!
# Patricia Ann Jemmett 2015-09-29 07:14
Brethren and Sisters. I just finished making my 1st online donation and was distressed to find that I had no way to add my husbands name to the donation slip. What can you do to correct this problem.
Rulon and I always make donations as a couple. Will you please make this possible for online donations?
Thank you.
Patricia Ann Jemmett
# Agbai Asiegbu Agbai 2016-05-15 14:46
Am new in LDS tech can some one please brief me about it
# Nicholas John Nascimento 2016-09-26 17:44
When is the next LDS Tech conference? My wife and our "team" have created a new app we want to present to the church to bring members and missionaries together. Feel free to text me if you know. 503-857-2436. Thank you!

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