Instantly see your ward boundaries and members on a map Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Van Drimmelen   
Sunday, 15 April 2012

I remember working several years ago to map out all the members of our ward. We wanted to create a map for an emergency preparedness plan so that families could check on other families who lived nearby. This was a long and tedious process that involved pasting copies of maps together and adding hundreds of little pins. Eventually we advanced to where we could use some software to do this, but it was so complicated that at times it felt like the paper and pins would be easier.

Well, those days are long gone. Did you know you can now see a listing of your ward instantly on LDS Maps, as well as the ward boundaries? LDS Maps has a variety of uses. Here are a few that come to mind:

  • Emergency preparedness planning
  • Home and visiting teaching
  • Membership cleanup (those members outside your ward boundaries are easy to see!)
  • Bishopric and other leadership visits
  • Missionary work (our ward mission split the ward up into districts)
  • Realignment of ward boundaries in the stake

The application is pretty straightforward. From LDS.org, go to Tools > Maps, and click the Sign In button in the upper-right corner. You can also go directly to http://lds.org/rcmaps. (Note that you need an LDS Account to sign in.)

Now click the View Your Ward button in the left sidebar. In the map area, you will see a map of all the members of your ward (you may need to zoom in a bit). The sidebar will show a detailed list of member names.

You can select different wards from the ward dropdown list at the top at the top of the sidebar. You’ll also see your ward building on the map as a meetinghouse icon , as well as other buildings in the area.

If you click on an individual name on the ward list, a window will appear on the map with the household details.

If there is a phone number listed, it will appear here as well. You can click the directions link to get directions to the house to print out. The blue line shows the ward boundaries.

You should play around with LDS Maps a bit. It really is amazing. One incredible feature is the ability to scale the map, zooming out (click the plus  and minus button  in the map tools to zoom in or out). You can zoom in to an area to see all the detail, or even zoom way, way out. If you zoom out quite a bit, you can see all the ward buildings in the area.

It's pretty neat to see all the ward buildings in the world, huh? 

What other ways are you using LDS Maps in your ward and stake?

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Note: For more information about LDS Maps, see the Release notes for LDS Maps Version 3.0.

 

Comments  

 
# Cameron M Hess 2012-04-15 10:02
The maps.lds.org function is very helpful in locating unit members. It would be even more helpful if it were possible to designate zones within a ward or branch to be able to assign members to those geographic zone boundaries. We can assign geo codes to members using custom MLS fields and run custom reports to get lists of residents of each zone, but it is still very time consuming try to keep such a system periodically updated. Suggestions anyone?
 
 
# ChrisWelch 2012-04-15 11:11
I totally agree. The ability to designate geo unit boundaries an print lists of individuals within those designations would be an incredible time saver. Frankly this would actually endure that this is done. The other methods are tedious and are often difficult for some to implement.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-04-15 14:27
Cameron, thanks for the feedback. I'll relay this enhancement suggestion to the product manager for consideration.

Tom
 
 
# troy bauer 2012-08-23 09:49
i just moved to Mesquite Nevada address is 64 cottenwood drive, 89027 and i cant find out what ward or stake i am in or the time of meetings. can someone help me out
 
 
# rbp 2012-04-15 11:15
Too bad it doesn't work in Firefox. It only displays a blank page.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-04-15 14:28
rbp, I am not able to reproduce the Firefox display issues. Can you post the steps to reproduce this issue in the https://tech.lds.org/forum?
 
 
# Michelle Alane Williamson 2012-04-15 15:13
im on firefox and i can see it fine.

MICHELLE
 
 
# Michelle Alane Williamson 2012-04-15 15:16
im on firefox, and i see it fine, if you cant see id see if your firefox needs any updates, or your flash needs an update. just a suggestion. when ver anything acts all wonkie (weird) on firefox for me, i find its usually an update thats needed.

MICHELLE
 
 
# Michelle Alane Williamson 2012-04-15 15:18
by the way, THIS will hopefully make my sons GPS of the wards members much easier in case the net is down and the cell towers are unaccessible during a natural disaster, we just had a review with the troop scout eagle coach, and the bishop to go forward with the board of review this thursday.

thanks for this techy advancement.

MICHELLE
 
 
# DavidB 2012-04-15 11:52
First off It doesn’t work in Firefox. Second they have done all the heavy lifting for you go to the little green arrow and you can download a .cvs list of the names and there lat and long. Before you had to reformat the ward list to separate city state and zip, then run it through a program online to get the lat & long, and half the time it would place people in china even with a USA address. Now that you downloaded your .cvs file open it up in google earth and create layes/shapes for and bam, you can print by zone, change the houses icons to indicate zone captions, ham operators, safe houses, meating houses, ect.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-04-15 14:29
DavidB, thanks for the feedback. I'm glad the site is working for you. In your comment, did you mean to say that it *does* work in Firefox? It seemed that was the intent from the context.
 
 
# Scot Lassle 2012-04-16 07:16
Quoting DavidB:
First off It doesn’t work in Firefox. Second they have done all the heavy lifting for you go to the little green arrow and you can download a .cvs list of the names and there lat and long. Before you had to reformat the ward list to separate city state and zip, then run it through a program online to get the lat & long, and half the time it would place people in china even with a USA address. Now that you downloaded your .cvs file open it up in google earth and create layes/shapes for and bam, you can print by zone, change the houses icons to indicate zone captions, ham operators, safe houses, meating houses, ect.


I started working with these maps when they came out in beta, right after we did a split with our ward, and they have always worked for me in Firefox, IE, and Chrome. My dad the stake clerk was having a problem seeing anything, and it came down that he needed to turn things on using the map key.
 
 
# Rebecca Turner 2012-05-01 13:29
How do you open it in Google earth, .cvs doesn't seem to be an accepted file.
 
 
# William McGregor Hall 2012-04-15 17:57
We have the newer move-ins mapped automatically but many (i.e. 70% or more of the ward) have been here for a while and they all show as "Unmapped location". Is there anyway to allow one person permission to map all these people so we can make this tool useful?
I think each person can update their own position but there is no ways we'll get many in the ward to do that.
 
 
# Mitchell 3456 2012-04-28 22:17
Quoting William McGregor Hall:
Is there anyway to allow one person permission to map all these people so we can make this tool useful?
I think each person can update their own position but there is no ways we'll get many in the ward to do that.


Bishopric members, Clerks, and the Ex. Secretary have rights to confirm anyone's address.
bishopric members, clerks, and ex. secretaries have rights to confirm anyone's house location.
 
 
# Michel Cochegrus 2012-04-15 19:06
Question. How can some one verify their location locally? My question is oriented toward helping maps being more accurate because our ward show several members outside the ward boundaries but their listed address is correct and belong inside the ward boundaries.
 
 
# Dave Sudweeks 2012-04-15 21:06
Quoting Michel Cochegrus:
Question. How can some one verify their location locally? My question is oriented toward helping maps being more accurate because our ward show several members outside the ward boundaries but their listed address is correct and belong inside the ward boundaries.


The member would click on the "Move" link at the bottom of the information box for their family, and then click on the map location that identifies their home.
 
 
# Chad Arwyn Davies 2012-04-19 10:41
I have found that as I try to verify my location I hit submit to finalize, but I come up with errors on internet explorer
 
 
# Jeff Van Drimmelen 2012-04-16 03:12
Quoting Michel Cochegrus:
Question. How can some one verify their location locally? My question is oriented toward helping maps being more accurate because our ward show several members outside the ward boundaries but their listed address is correct and belong inside the ward boundaries.


There are some callings in the ward that have rights to move all these. I am the bishop and can verify locations as well.
 
 
# Cassandra Scaggs 2012-04-28 11:49
Quoting Michel Cochegrus:
Question. How can some one verify their location locally? My question is oriented toward helping maps being more accurate because our ward show several members outside the ward boundaries but their listed address is correct and belong inside the ward boundaries.


Some people are authorized to reside outside of the ward boundaries but are still part of that ward. Special permission is granted to some by the bishop and/or stake.
 
 
# Stan Moore 2012-04-15 21:08
There is a problem when a member moves within the ward boundaries--even though MLS changes, their old place of residence still shows on the map.
 
 
# Keith Smith 2012-04-16 08:54
Quoting Stan Moore:
There is a problem when a member moves within the ward boundaries--even though MLS changes, their old place of residence still shows on the map.


Yes I have seen this also.
 
 
# David Elton 2012-04-30 14:52
I have seen this also. Worse, the geographical coordinates do not always change, when you change the street address.

It's a mess.
 
 
# Dave Sudweeks 2012-04-15 21:08
Quoting William McGregor Hall:
We have the newer move-ins mapped automatically but many (i.e. 70% or more of the ward) have been here for a while and they all show as "Unmapped location". Is there anyway to allow one person permission to map all these people so we can make this tool useful?
I think each person can update their own position but there is no ways we'll get many in the ward to do that.


I am the only one in our ward that has self-verified my address (I am the Ward Clerk). The clerk can verify all members in the ward - I have done so to about 90% of the ad[censored] in our ward over the past few months.

Be advised that if a member moves within the ward, their marker does NOT move - someone must move it manually.
 
 
# Jordan Chirstensen 2012-04-16 08:05
Anyone know if the map tool currently supports custom geocodes? That would be very helpful for a variety of purposes, such as home teaching, emergency plans, etc. If not now, maybe it can go on the list for a future release?
 
 
# Erin Bourgeous 2012-04-16 10:27
Quoting Jordan Chirstensen:
Anyone know if the map tool currently supports custom geocodes? That would be very helpful for a variety of purposes, such as home teaching, emergency plans, etc. If not now, maybe it can go on the list for a future release?


Not sure if I understand what you're asking for bu a future release of lds maps will allow users to draw and save sketches to the map as well as upload custom map layers.
 
 
# glen walker 2012-04-16 12:23
I moved within our ward boundaries and my location on the map changed. I don't see why it wouldn't since the map is generated from MLS data and once that's updated with a send/receive, seems like the map would be updated.

In the beta version of the maps, there's an option to print larger than the current 4 options. I've printed the 36" map before and it's great. I hope that feature eventually makes it to production maps.

One feature that would be nice is to display all the ward boundaries within the stake, with each ward boundary a different color. The beta maps will show me my home ward boundary within the stake boundary, so that's a start, although both boundaries are the same color. The current maps will only show me a ward boundary or a stake boundary, not both.
 
 
# James F. Carroll 2012-04-22 05:55
Quoting glen walker:
I've printed the 36" map before and it's great. I hope that feature eventually makes it to production maps.

Glen, How did you print it? I think I should "print" to a PDF and then take that to a commercial printer. So far I have tried PDFCreator and Chrome's PDF tool. I am getting odd portions of the map across multiple pages, rather than one large page with a complete map.

Yours,
Brother Carroll

Update: Found the following two discussions in the forums which shed light on this topic:
 
 
# Morgan Clark 2012-04-17 00:46
I was wondering if it was (or could be added) to the project plan the idea of a future maps app for mobile devices. Although nice to access the map through 3G/4G, it would be more convenient to sync the directory (similar to LDS Tools) over a wifi connection before heading out to rescue the members. This would be more beneficial for units with large boundaries. My current work around for my Android tablet has been to use Google bookmarks to star household locations on Google maps. Anyone else have similar needs or thoughts?
 
 
# Lincoln Spencer 2012-04-28 09:47
Morgan, I agree - this would be super handy. One workaround I've used is importing the contacts to my iPhone via vCards, and then mapping them out in an iPhone app called AB Contact Map. I'd bet there is a similar app for Android. The workaround isn't very convenient, but for the time being works.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-04-28 09:38
Just as a note, I updated the screenshots and instructions in this post to match the 3.0 version of LDS Maps.
 
 
# Jeff Taylor 2012-04-28 10:26
Thank you, thank you! This is very useful as I organize home teaching in our ward. Our ward is quite spread out and this tool will allow me to use geography as I assign home teaching in our Elders' Quorum. This will bless many lives as our home teachers are able to make more visits with their given time constraints and provide more personal ministering to the members in their neighborhood.
 
 
# Cassandra Scaggs 2012-04-28 11:52
I do not see any way to verify your own home on the map. Can this only be done by the bishopric and clerks?
 
 
# Cassandra Scaggs 2012-04-28 11:53
Nevermind... Found it.
 
 
# Shelley Francisco 2012-12-08 20:12
Quoting Cassandra Scaggs:
Nevermind... Found it.


where did you find it? I've been looking and don't see the "move" button either.
 
 
# Seth Jackson 2012-04-28 13:56
I love the continued improvements to LDS Maps. What is the reason why users are only allowed to see the boundaries for their own ward/stake, and not all units? Many of us have a keen interest in tracking the international growth of the Church, and I would love to see the ward/stake boundaries throughout the whole world.
 
 
# Robert Slaven 2012-09-05 13:05
Quoting Seth Jackson:
I love the continued improvements to LDS Maps. What is the reason why users are only allowed to see the boundaries for their own ward/stake, and not all units? Many of us have a keen interest in tracking the international growth of the Church, and I would love to see the ward/stake boundaries throughout the whole world.


I just wanted to agree with Seth here. I'm currently looking at some different jobs, in various different locations. I'd love to see the stake/ward boundaries in the cities I might end up moving to, for example. Is this a technical issue or a policy issue? (And if the latter, what's the policy and why is it that way?)
 
 
# James Carroll 2012-09-05 19:48
Quoting Robert Slaven:
Quoting Seth Jackson:
... I would love to see the ward/stake boundaries throughout the whole world.


... I'd love to see the stake/ward boundaries in the cities I might end up moving to, for example. Is this a technical issue or a policy issue? (And if the latter, what's the policy and why is it that way?)


For questions on Church policy involving computer technology, I recommend you contact Brother Welch:
https://tech.lds.org/forum/member.php?1-WelchTC
He is an administrator of the LDS Tech Wiki and consistently and quickly answers questions such as these. Cheers! Brother Carroll
 
 
# Alice Jensen 2012-10-28 07:08
Quoting Robert Slaven:
Quoting Seth Jackson:
What is the reason why users are only allowed to see the boundaries for their own ward/stake, and not all units? Many of us have a keen interest in tracking the international growth of the Church, and I would love to see the ward/stake boundaries throughout the whole world.


I just wanted to agree with Seth here. I'm currently looking at some different jobs, in various different locations. I'd love to see the stake/ward boundaries in the cities I might end up moving to, for example.


I, too, am looking at homes to make a purchase, but want to see the boundaries of that ward so that I can get a better feel of my ward neighbors. I found that by using the Place Marker tool, then clicking on different homes, then each time selecting Find LDS Places Nearby, by trial and error I can discover the boundaries. Hopes this helps others like me.
 
 
# André Eidler 2012-04-28 19:59
Awesome update! Thank you for your job.
 
 
# Scott A. Robinson 2012-04-29 05:11
I'm an Elder's Quorate President. It would be very helpful to add a tool to divide up the map into zones, such as home teaching districts and companionships. Ideally, I'd like to be able to select several households to draw a free form image to encompass an area, that the maps would then link to the closest roads as natural diving barriers.

On another note, this tool is very helpful. We have a ward with significant movement in and out due to two military bases nearby. I usually have the LDS Map open every week in PEC.
 
 
# Nick Goddard -HP GL 2012-04-30 11:12
Our ward is very spread out and we have organized our home teaching regionally, with coordination of the stake and bishop, versus along the EQ and HP structure. Having the MLS HT companionships and districts show up in way that differentiates them would be very helpful in organizing our home teaching each time we have to adjust it.
 
 
# Scott A. Robinson 2012-04-30 11:27
Exactly what I was getting at! This would be very helpful rather than going to an external map program.
 
 
# Cynthia Louise Van Dam 2012-04-29 05:24
Why do some people show up as unmapped? And thanks. This is wonderful, and I just showed it to my husband the ward clerk, who also likes it.
 
 
# Scott A. Robinson 2012-04-30 11:29
It means the address couldn't be recognized by map program. However, you can grab your own icon and move it to the right location on the map.
 
 
# Gary Ellefsen 2012-05-10 09:58
I am in the Bishopric and am unable to verify locations. Also, about 1/4 of the ward members are unmapped, including myself, and I can't figure out how to get us mapped. When I click on the name noting happens. I am getting an "Error on Page" message at the bottom, so maybe I need to modify a setting in IE. Any help would be appreciated, as I can see many benefits to using this app, but as it is now, it's not helpful. Thx!!
 
 
# David Carter 2013-01-01 12:43
Quoting Gary Ellefsen:
I am in the Bishopric and am unable to verify locations. Also, about 1/4 of the ward members are unmapped, including myself, and I can't figure out how to get us mapped. When I click on the name noting happens. I am getting an "Error on Page" message at the bottom, so maybe I need to modify a setting in IE. Any help would be appreciated, as I can see many benefits to using this app, but as it is now, it's not helpful. Thx!!


My same exact problem - I don't show on the map. I found a list of "privacy settings" that are supposed to be selectable by the member (not clerk) but that "info" is not a clickable link - and I can find no way to edit that privacy setting. When I look at my profile, I can change ph, e-mail, but no link to "privacy settings" - How do I make my self show on map? This has been asked in this forum and there has been no satisfactory answer - looks like the issue is being avoided/ignored.
 
 
# Michael Benson 2012-05-17 12:45
I need to see mission boundaries. I'm not finding that here. Is that functionality available, and if so, where?
 
 
# Scott Seegmiller 2012-05-26 15:12
Here is a cool tip that can help you manage the data in your ward list.

You can verify the ad[censored] in the Ward List against the valid Post Office master list of ad[censored].

Step 1

Download the Ward List to Excel. Log in using your LDS ID, Go to Tools Maps Download. Save the file to your desktop as Ward List.xls

Step 2

Go to www.smartystreets.com - Scroll to the bottom, select non-profits. Sign up as a non-profit using LDS Church - XXXX Ward as the non-profit name and LDS.org as your web site. Wait for the account to be approved.
 
 
# Scott Seegmiller 2012-05-26 15:14
Step 3

Login to smartystreets.com. Click on Upload List. Browse to your desktop and find the file Ward List.xls Smarty Streets will look at your ward list and compare it to the master database of valid ad[censored].

Step 4

Download your results. Enter the zip+4 for every address in your ward in MLS. Check for duplicate ad[censored], invalid ad[censored], or shown by post office as Vacant.

http://smartystreets.com/wiki/liveaddress-lists
 
 
# haylee 2012-07-02 17:44
we have a bransd new house and can't seem to find our ward boundaries.. what should we do? we even tried streets around it???
 
 
# James Carroll 2012-07-26 20:28
Quoting haylee:
we have a bransd new house and can't seem to find our ward boundaries.. what should we do? we even tried streets around it???

Is your goal to find your local ward? If so, I recommend searching maps.lds.org for the name of your city and calling the local priesthood leaders. If not, perhaps you could explain a little more what you are trying to accomplish.
 
 
# Tyler Tippetts 2012-08-27 10:16
My YSA ward has 3 family stakes that feed into it. We are starting a new missionary program here in the next month. We would like to be able to export lists of our YSA members who live in each ward boundary of each of the three stakes. If I could download a .kml file of the boundaries that would be sufficient but making it a part of the lds.maps package would be even better! Is there any place currently to download .kml (google map) files of ward/stake boundaries? I've just redrawn them on my own in google maps. They've provided the capability of downloading a .kml file.
 
 
# Andrew Coy 2012-12-16 06:38
This resource is great!

Seeing the boundaries for the Mission is appreciated but could the same thing be done with other wards in our stake? I just would love to know the boundaries for the stake and wards within the stake but that is not a boundary option.
 
 
# Scott Robinson 2012-12-16 08:17
You can see the entire stake boundary and the boundary for each ward in your stake. Simply select the unit in the upper left side of the page you want to see (the default is yor assigned ward).
 
 
# David Carter 2013-01-01 12:58
I don't show on the map. I found a list of "privacy settings" (from LDS.org, Stake & Ward Websites, Directory, My Household) clicked the "Learn More about Visibility Settings" link and "Editing your Profile opened and clicked "Elements for which you set privacy settings" & read 5th line "Link to household on map" - but there was no clickable link to set any of these items in the list! I looked all over the site and could not find any link or page to change these Profile items.
. . . When I look at my "Account profile" I can change phone & e-mail, but there is no link to "privacy settings" - How do I make my self show on map? This has been asked in this forum and there has been no satisfactory answer - looks like the issue is being avoided/ignored.
 
 
# Joseph Heagany 2013-05-13 10:50
Is there a function or service available that could calculate the commute distance or time between a ward building location and a Church office, such as a Family Services office or a bishops storehouse?

Please contact me (x 6529) to talk about this if you would. thanks.
 
 
# Kurt T 2013-05-13 20:26
FYI the smartystreets.com site costs money to download the complete list after upload
 
 
# Matt Holt 2013-11-22 13:38
@Kurt T -- Actually the smartystreets.com service is free for non-profits, including LDS units. You can use it as much as you need, with full results, for free as a non-profit for non-profit use.
 

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