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Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Did you recently see an email with the subject “Messages from the First Presidency” in your Inbox? The inaugural Inspiration and News email began with, “Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are pleased to announce this new Church email newsletter that we will regularly publish and share with members of the Church…” Beginning December 3 and 4, the Church began sending email from the First Presidency to members. The email explained, “This newsletter is part of an effort to find more effective ways to communicate with our growing global membership in order to share timely and valuable messages that can strengthen our love of Jesus Christ, for our families, and for those around us.” Newsletters will be translated into 10 languages and be sent to Church members who have email addresses listed in their LDS Account contact information.

For those of you who have yet to create an LDS Account, the process is easy...

...Go to LDS.org and select “Sign In/Tools” at the top. At the sign in window, click on “Register…” below the Sign In button. Use your membership number (MRN) and birthdate to create an account.

If you already have an LDS Account and need to update your profile with a current email address, sign in at LDS.org and select “Account Settings” from the “Tools” menu. If you have problems viewing the newsletter, a link at the top takes you online to view inside your web browser. If you prefer not to receive the newsletters, you may unsubscribe from the message as well.

This is a ground-breaking effort to make a more personal connection with members. What could be more direct, barring a personal visit, than for the First Presidency to contact members by email! Isn’t it great to live in a time when technology makes the possible?

 

Comments  

 
# Robert Maurice Riches Jr. 2014-12-19 18:50
I had reported it as spam. Good to know it maybe wasn't an imposter/spammer masquerading as the First Presidency. A mechanism to opt out is needed, and a link in the message itself does not count, because that is a favorite tool of spammers. The unsubscribe link in the first message I received went to a domain registered to a guy in New Hampshire with no indication of Church connection. I'll block the sending address before clicking a suspicious-looking link in the incoming message. Also needed (for those who choose to not opt out) is a way to select plain text rather than HTML.
 
 
# John Jones 2014-12-20 19:52
I screen/read e-mail from my accounts on a windows phone. On the phone the first message appeared as essentially HTML, and lacked any of the identifying text/content that appears when viewing the message with a full PC web browser. Consequently I ignored the message 'til I could verify the source, which happens to be today and now. I agree with the previous comment. And, my first response was to suspect phishing.
 
 
# Bart 2015-01-03 11:18
Hmm, I definitely have an account but did not receive the newsletter. Does anyone know was it sent only to selected areas?
 
 
# Josiah 2015-01-03 11:50
Do you have an email account associated with your LDS Account? You can check by signing in at LDS.org and viewing your account information. Otherwise, perhaps it went to your SPAM folder?
 
 
# James Dale Sanders 2015-01-03 12:52
Josiah and other brothers/sisters: I have an account and still did not receive the first email. I went in to my account setting and found that I needed to click on the setting "I want to receive emails . . ." Maybe this is a possibility for others as well. Please be well.
 
 
# Josiah 2015-01-03 21:33
Thank you for that tip! I hope that helps others.
 
 
# William Ray Burk 2015-01-03 11:41
I had the same problem as Bart, I did not receive a newsletter either.
 
 
# Josiah 2015-01-03 11:51
Do you have an email account associated with your LDS Account? You can check by signing in at LDS.org and viewing your account information. Otherwise, perhaps it went to your SPAM folder?
 
 
# William Ray Burk 2015-01-03 11:59
I do have an email account, and it was not in my Spam folder either. I did receive your reply to my comment in my email straight to my inbox.
 
 
# Drayson 2015-01-03 12:28
I also did not receive the newsletter and it is not in the spam.
 
 
# Lincoln Talbot 2015-01-03 12:51
I did not receive an email, and yes I have a email address in my LDS.org account, and yes I checked my spam account. Please don't think I'm by any means critical of this wonderful undertaking, I really need an email from my Profit to help me on with my day. Please check to see if there is anyway you or I can solve this problem so I may have a message from the presidency delivered to me.
 
 
# Josiah 2015-01-03 21:32
No worries, I never thought you were being critical. I'm sorry you haven't received the email so far.

I'm actually not part of LDS Tech, but I'll bet they are watching and can use the feedback from you and others to troubleshoot for this new email newsletter. It's only ever been attempted once, so I presume it will only get better as time goes on.
 
 
# Bart 2015-01-03 15:23
I have email address in my lds.org account (I send via LDS Tools App all the time, and receive from others using it). I am also receiving responses to this thread. I also have both checks in the email subscriptions area plus I have checked junk folder on my email account. No emails have come as this said they would.
 
 
# Craig Kilstrom 2015-01-03 18:34
I have also not received the First Presidency email. I too checked my spam as well as my account settings.
 
 
# Wilma Munro 2015-01-04 01:19
I have never received an email from The First Presidency. Is that because I live in a different country?
 
 
# Erin Wallis 2015-01-04 09:05
I received the email and thought it was awesome! Looking forward to more!
 
 
# Alan Smoot 2015-01-05 06:53
I have passed on this discussion to the team who is over the messaging. Hopefully we can at least address the issue of people not getting the email at all. Everyone with an email verified with their LDSAccount should have received it. Thank you for your patience.
 
 
# Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker 2015-01-05 09:57
I'm not sure which list they used for the emails. You can adjust your subscriptions to LDS emails here:

https://ldsaccount.lds.org/protected/profile#detail=subscription

If you are in LDSTech projects then you can adjust what project emails you get from our Google Groups here:

https://tech.lds.org/projects?controller=profile&view=groups

for project leads you can get project join leave messages by setting the option on your profile page:

https://tech.lds.org/projects?view=profile
 
 
# Debie Reid 2015-01-05 10:25
I also did not receive the email. From what I can see, I am set up correctly.

Debie
 
 
# Janet Marie Nazer 2015-01-05 10:59
Sometimes I get emails from LDS.org,or from familysearch.org, but not very often. I have been registered to get these things for quite awhile but don't always get what I'm supposed to get. I've even checked the spam box, and still don't have what I'm supposed to be getting.
 
 
# Rosalie Seamons 2015-01-05 16:55
What can those of us who did not receive the email do to ensure that we don't miss any more?
 
 
# Scott Wright 2015-01-06 00:08
Does anyone know how to do this function at the ward or stake level? I am Ward Clerk and would like to send out an email to our whole ward (that has email addresses stored of course). Does anyone know how to do that within the system? I've checked the local unit directory, but can't seem to find an email function from within there.
 
 
# Drayson 2015-01-06 17:54
What I typically do is go into "Directory" once I have signed into LDS.org. Then go to "Ward Leaders" or "Ward Organizations" on the left. Select the Leadership or the Organization you wish. On the right hand side of the screen you will find "email the ... ." Use this to copy the email addresses into your regular email account. I do not know of a way of copying emails to all people without going through each organization.
 
 
# Bart 2015-01-06 06:27
Scott, I use LDS Tools (iOS Version). I set up a "list" and can, with one click send an email to the entire list.


You can also sen emails within LDS.org to some pre-set groups such as an email to all of the Bishopric, or all of the Relief Society in the ward. I'm not sure if your calling might give more permissions to send to the whole ward or not
 
 
# Christy Satfield 2015-01-18 07:49
I remember receiving the inaugural 1st Pres newsletter but I have received none since. Did I mistakenly delete the newsletter or is there some other answer as to why I haven't been getting it? Do I need to click the above Subscribe button?
 

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