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The Mormon Channel Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 06 October 2009

The Mormon Channel iPhone application is the first software release from the LDSTech community. Not only does it stream the Mormon Channel on the iPhone, it also plays recordings of general conference talks, Church magazine articles, and scriptures. The application was given a four-star rating in iTunes and has been downloaded more than 55,000 times in more than 53 countries.

Views of the Mormon Channel iPhone application while streaming the Mormon Channel, browsing magazine content, and listening to magazine articles

The Mormon Channel Project will create version 2.0 of the iPhone application and also create applications to stream the Mormon Channel on Windows Mobile, Palm Pre, Android, and BlackBerry devices.

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Employee Spotlight: Brian Lewis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Question

What do you do at the Church?

Answer

I work on the .NET Stack Team with Bryan Hinton and Jim Byer.

Question

What does the .NET Stack Team do?

Answer

There are two main goals of the .NET Stack Team. The first is to provide general support to all teams at the Church working on projects with components that use the Microsoft .NET Framework. This support can range from answering technology questions to identifying and resolving specific problems that project teams encounter.

The second goal, which facilitates the first, is to maintain and continue to develop the .NET Stack Library and Services, which are a set of tools to help Church developers quickly accomplish common tasks so that teams can focus on the unique and project-specific design issues they face instead of re-writing the code blocks that occur across most ICS projects. The .NET Stack includes tools for ASP.NET web pages, WPF projects, WCF services, authentication through LDS Account, application logging, and much more. We have even developed Visual Studio New Project templates to enable developers to create Stack-enabled projects with just a few clicks.

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FamilySearch Announces Partnership PDF Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

At the end of April 2014, FamilySearch.org announced a unique partnership with three genealogical database companies: Ancestry.com, Findmypast and MyHeritage.

As a result of a year’s worth of cooperation and negotiations with these new partner organizations, it was announced that members of the Church with an LDS.org account will receive access to these family history websites at no cost by the end of 2014.

Emails were sent in May, and will continue to be sent for the rest of 2014 to members with family history callings, including family history consultants, family history center directors, stake indexing directors, and high priests group leaders, inviting them to create accounts on these three websites.

An article (by Thom Reed, on FamilySearch.org blog) states: “The rollout to those without family history callings will be done by individual email invitation, and the rollout will last for approximately three months. After the initial three months and by the end of 2014, access will be given in stages to all members in specific areas.”

“We are excited by the progress in making these resources available to all members free of charge and encourage you use these sites to help you find your ancestors and submit their names for temple ordinances this year,” the blog article further states.

The article then quotes the words of Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said in a recent general conference, “We finally have the doctrine, the temples, and the technology for families to accomplish this glorious work of salvation.”

This new venture has already had an impact on FamilySearch Libraries and family history researchers. Directors of the Riverton FamilySearch Library, Elder Brad Jensen and Sister Pat Jensen said they are already in focused training classes on the MyHeritage site, with training for Ancestry.com and classes for findmypath planned for later in the summer.

Things are really hopping here at the Riverton FamilySearch Library, with the partnership of Ancestry, Find My Path, and My Heritage with FamilySearch. The increased activity is not necessarily because our missionaries now have their own free access from home, as will all Church members by the end of the year,” the Jensens said. “We are working intensely because we have to respond quickly now and add training courses, ‘how to get started’ handouts, and all other related support material for these great new additions to the FamilySearch ‘family.’ We have started the processwith the focused training of our staff.”  

Further details will be available in up-coming Family History Consultant newsletters, from FamilySearch.org. For additional information concerning these partner websites, access for members, or answers to questions, please contact FamilySearch Support at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
LDSTech Conference: More Details! PDF Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Registration is open and available for the 2014 LDSTech Conference, October 16 & 17 (registration is free online at http://tech.lds.org/wiki/LDSTech_Conference_2014_registration). It is never too early to make flight reservations and lodging arrangements.

This year’s conference will again be held at the University of Utah’s LDS Institute of Religion Building, on the University of Utah campus (1780 East South Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112).

The conference will be held all day Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, 2014. Attendance is free of cost, and a light breakfast (if you get there by 8 a.m.) and lunch are provided each day. To learn more about what to bring and how to prepare, visit the LDSTech Conference wiki page. Updates will be provided as training, project,and other sessions are finalized and announced.

Lodging

Special rates have been set up for LDSTech Conference attendees at the following hotels:

IMPORTANT NOTE: On the Marriott website, insert the code LDS into Corporate Group to get a $129 a night rate (based on standard room, length of stay, and day of week). If you arrive Wednesday or Thursday (October 13 or 14) and stay until Saturday (October 17) you’ll get the $129 for each night, but if you only stay Friday night it will be slightly more money with the same discount percentage off since weekend rates are higher.

Make your lodging reservations early as a limited number of rooms at the contracted rate are available.

Gospel Game & App Contest

This year, if you haven't heard, a new fun feature will be the Gospel Games and Apps Contest. Games and apps will be developed and judged for Apple, Android, Windows, or online platforms in the following categories: Primary, Youth, and Family. Winners will be recognized and announced at the LDSTech Conference, so “Create Something Worthy” and submit it by October 10, 2014 to be eligible. See the wiki page http://tech.lds.org/wiki/Contest2014 for all the rules, ideas, categories, and details — we already have 140+ applicants so join in and get working!

More about the LDSTech Conference

Other features of the LDSTech Conference include idea sharing presentations (a real hit last year), networking, learning about Church technology and solutions, and “birds of a feather” sessions where you gather with like-minded techies to talk about projects, innovations, and new ways to accomplish things.

Register now for many exciting opportunities to meet with your teams and others at the conference as LDSTech hosts work on projects, forums to share your own ideas and developments, and presentations to learn more about mobile applications, LDS.org tools, meetinghouse technology.

 
Internet Mission Office System PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Friday, 28 December 2007

Internet Mission Office System (iMOS) is a Web application designed to help mission office staff manage mission information and perform other tasks. iMOS shares data with other applications that contain missionary information, so less manual data entry is required. For example, shortly after missionary calls are recorded in Missionary Management System (MMS) at Church headquarters, the missionaries' information appears in iMOS for the missions to which they are assigned. All missions with an Internet connection will be able to use iMOS, which will replace the current Mission Office System (MOS) during 2008.

 
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