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New LDS.org Navigation Menus: Resources Easier to Find PDF Print E-mail
Written by Office of Communication Services   
Friday, 15 May 2015

The phone rings on Saturday night. It’s your child’s Sunday School teacher asking you to be a last-minute substitute for his class. “You can find the lesson on LDS.org,” he says before hanging up. LDS.org is easy to find, but now where do you go?

LDS.org will get a new navigation menu in a release scheduled for mid-May, the latest of the Church’s continuing improvements to make its official website more personalized and easier to use.

Aware that any changes may be temporarily confusing for anyone who regularly uses the site, the Church has prepared an introductory video as well as instructional video tours to ease the transition. These will be found on the LDS.org home page and linked from social media and other sources to help visitors learn about and navigate the new menu structure.

Why change at all?

Studies by the Church show that members rely on LDS.org to help them

  • Become better followers of Jesus Christ
  • Serve in their callings and assignments
  • Feel inspiration and hope
  • Find practical helps for life’s challenges
  • Stay connected with the Church

But users’ feedback over the past few years regarding LDS.org has been clear: resources are difficult to find, and the navigation could be more intuitive.

 
LDS Face to Face Event to Feature Elder and Sister Bednar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 08 May 2015

You are invited to participate on May 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. MDT in a live, worldwide, online activity with Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Susan. This LDS Face to Face event is an opportunity for you to ask questions and join in a conversation about strengthening testimony while learning new patterns for receiving answers to questions.

The event will be streamed live in 10 languages from the LDS Youth Facebook page, the Mormon Channel YouTube, and the Youth Activities page at LDS.org. It will also be available live via the Church satellite system in North and South America.

Questions may be submitted before the event by commenting on the Youth Activities page any time before the stream begins, and during the event on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #LDSface2face.

 
Gospel Library for Windows 8.1: Improving Personal Study and Lesson Preparation - Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Thursday, 07 May 2015

Many members use Gospel Library for Windows (GLW) for reading, reference, and multimedia activities, hesitating to do more because they have not yet upgraded to Windows 8.1, and because Windows apps formerly did not have all the features of iOS and Android. With the recent release of GLW, the gap is closing. GLW now shares the same iconography and navigation features as other platforms, and makes use of some very helpful tools native only to Windows environments.

According to Jim Byer, one of the coders for the project, “Gospel Library is meant to be used every day for deep gospel study, inspiration, reference, and teaching.” He is one of over 300 volunteers who are part of a global effort to develop Gospel Library for Windows. He and others do coding, testing, debugging, and building of user interfaces, capitalizing on developments that are bringing Windows mobile and desktop applications closer together.

 
Gospel Library for Windows 8.1: Improving Personal Study and Lesson Preparation - Part 2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 08 May 2015

Gospel Library for Windows 8.1 is closer to becoming a universal app that will work the same across all Windows devices. Your LDS Account keeps annotations in sync on all your devices and platforms.

As a Windows 8.1 user, the new releases for Windows mobile and desktops have added refinements that support peripherals, accessories and traditional file management tools. Links to social media and email make sharing easy throughout.

Part two features more suggestions...

 
Create Memorable Impressions with the Media Library PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Media can be a wonderful enhancement to a gospel lesson. It can bring a spiritual tone that leaves memorable and lasting impressions. The LDS Media Library at LDS.org offers many resources for teaching, learning, and sharing gospel media. Instructions for accessing and using technology tools that support media use are also available in the media library.

If you have been reluctant to use audio and visual components in your teaching due to the potential for unforeseen technical difficulties, the following suggestions will help you avoid technical glitches.

 
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