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LDSTech 2013 Conference Pre-Registration PDF Print E-mail
Written by Emily Fairchild   
Thursday, 15 August 2013

The LDSTech Conference registration site is currently open for pre-registration for those who plan to attend the conference this October. Only those who will be attending in person are invited to sign up at tech.lds.org/conf. Those unable to attend will be able to watch streaming video online after the event. They should not register for the conference. The schedule of presentations, projects, and speakers will be posted on the Conference Schedule wiki page when available.

To pre-register:

Note: You can change your personal profile or unregister at any time after you register.

You will receive a confirmation email to the address associated with your LDS Account. The Schedule view of the conference page automatically opens on screen. For now on your schedule you will only see the auto-filled lunch session for each day you registered to attend and a session showing a message that you have completed registration.

Because this is a call for pre-registration to attend the event, signing up for sessions and classes to fill your schedule is not yet available. Once the schedule of presentations and projects is available you may return to your conference schedule to sign up. We will announce when the schedule is posted.

The conference will be held all day Thursday and Friday October 17th and 18th. Attendance is free of cost and both breakfast and lunch are provided each day. To learn more about what to bring and how to prepare, visit the LDSTech Conference wiki where more details will be provided as the conference presentations, project sessions, speakers, and other details are finalized.

This year the conference isn't planned to be held at the Riverton Office Building as it has been in past years, but the conference will still be in Salt Lake City. Once finalized, the exact location will be announced on the blog and specifically to all who have registered through the conference web page.

The conference will host many exciting opportunities to meet with your teams and work on projects, share your own ideas and developments, and learn more about mobile applications, LDS.org tools, meetinghouse technology, and much much more. We look forward to seeing you in October!

 
LDSTech Broadcast: Feedback Improving Meetinghouse Technology PDF Print E-mail
Written by Emily Fairchild   
Friday, 02 August 2013

Date: Friday, August 2, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time
Topic: Feedback Improving Meetinghouse Technology

*Click this button to watch the broadcast live at 12 p.m. MDT on August 2, 2013

Meetinghouse technology has come a long way in the last few years, and we want to continue making it even better. Come learn about what the Church is doing to improve meetinghouse technology and how you can help!

The August LDSTech broadcast focuses on meetinghouse technology feedback, including:

  • How to give feedback
  • What happens with your comments
  • Common requests
  • Status of projects that are improving as a result of common feedback

Whether you attend or watch online, you have the chance to ask questions and give live feedback. The broadcast includes a panel of product managers who will present and speak to some of the solutions they are working on. They will answer questions at the conclusion of the broadcast.

How to Attend the Broadcast

To watch the LDSTech broadcast, click the "Watch it now" link at the time of the broadcast. If you would like to attend the broadcast in person, you may join us in the Riverton Office Building (3740 West Market Center Drive, Riverton, UT, Ground Floor, Zion Room A).

Each broadcast is recorded, so if you miss one, you can re-watch the recording at any time. In fact, if you tune in late to the broadcast, you can rewind the broadcast and play it from the beginning. See the Broadcast Archive to view previous broadcasts.

Live Participation

During the live stream of this broadcast you will have the opportunity to participate in interactive polls designed to gather answers and display the results in real time. At the time of the broadcast, navigate to pollev.com/mhtech on your computer or smart phone to contribute your answers.

Viewers can also ask questions through Twitter during the broadcast. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one at Twitter.com. When you ask a question, include the hashtag #ldstech in your tweet. For more information, see Twitter and LDSTech.

 
LDSTech Broadcast: Church-Service Missionary Opportunities and Technology PDF Print E-mail
Written by Emily Fairchild   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013

Date: Friday, July 12, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time
Topic: Church-Service Missionary Program

*Click this button to watch the broadcast live at 12 p.m. (noon) MDT on July 12, 2013

This month’s LDSTech broadcast is a presentation on the opportunities and processes surrounding Church-service missionaries (CSMs). It provides a demo to help Stake Presidents and clerks better understand how to manage their CSMs. It also helps worthy young men and women whose circumstances prevent a proselyting mission to discover new avenues for service.

The broadcast covers the wide variety of volunteer opportunities as well as how volunteers—young, career-driven, and retired—can become Church-service missionaries for LDSTech. There are currently over 60 missionaries serving LDSTech-specific missions.

This broadcast is the perfect introduction for those wondering how to take the first step to become a Church-service missionary, a great reminder for missionary coordinators and stake presidents about the missionary management tools, and a review for general Church membership on just how much Church-service missionaries can do!

Elder Richard R. Langford held positions in store operations, accounting and finance, human resources and payroll, and information technology. The last 12 years of his career he served as senior vice president and chief information officer for Movie Gallery which, at the time of his retirement, was the 2nd largest video retailer in North America. He served as a young missionary in the New York New York City Spanish mission, and has served two full-time missions with his wife in the Utah Ogden Mission Office and the Utah Provo Mission office. He currently is serving with his wife in the Church Service Missionary department in Salt Lake City.

How to Attend the Broadcast

To watch the LDSTech broadcast, click the "Watch it now" link at the time of the broadcast. If you would like to attend the broadcast in person, you may join us in the Riverton Office Building (3740 West Market Center Drive, Riverton, UT, Ground Floor, Zion Room A).

Each broadcast is recorded, so if you miss one, you can re-watch the recording at any time. In fact, if you tune in late to the broadcast, you can rewind the broadcast and play it from the beginning. See the Broadcast Archive to view previous broadcasts.

Asking Questions

Viewers can ask questions through Twitter during the broadcast. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one at Twitter.com. When you ask a question, include the hashtag #ldstech in your tweet. For more information, see Twitter and LDSTech.

 
LDSTech Church-Service Missionary Spotlight: Barbara Gardner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Emily Fairchild and Barbara Gardner   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Sister Gardner sitting at her home computer

Stumbling Blocks Are Removed

Forty years ago, with a brand new degree in journalism from Iowa State University, Sister Barbara Gardner’s career began at the Des Moines Register. Her first assignment, in addition to being the in-house magazine editor, was to write the training manual for “hot type” operators to become proficient in “cold type” technology. Ten years later she conducted a beta site for WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) typesetting technology and set up the first west coast demand publishing application for provider directories.

“Thirty years have passed," Gardner notes," and today ‘toner’ never meets paper, and the entire world is WYSIWYG! Isn’t technology wonderful?”

In 1991, Sister Gardner and her husband, Miles, became Latter-day Saints, three months after their sixteen year old daughter, Brittany, “wheeled” herself into the kingdom after being friendshipped by the wonderful youth of the Church in their area. Brittany was born with spina bifida and has been confined to a wheelchair all of her life.

Through the years, Sister Gardner and her husband attended many senior missionary homecomings and developed a yearning to serve in the Church full time when they retired.

“We knew that we would never be able to leave home due to our daughter’s disabilities," said Sister Gardner. "While we understood we were needed at home, it made us sad—but it made Brittany even sadder. She felt like she was a stumbling block on our path of service.

“Can you imagine her excitement when I found a missionary opportunity that embraced my love of technology, an opportunity to dust off my journalism degree, and an ability to serve from home? This mission allows me to serve in the technology center of the church, Salt Lake City, Utah, while tapping away on my keyboard in Surprise, Arizona. Isn’t technology wonderful!”

Sister Gardner considers it a huge bonus that she isn’t required to give up any ward or stake callings as a Church-service missionary. “I can still be involved with the Early Morning Seminary program, teach Gospel Doctrine class, and serve in the temple each week.”

With LDSTech, Sister Gardner will be interviewing other Church-service missionaries and writing articles for the blog about the impact CSMs have on Church technology and hastening the work of the Lord. She is enthusiastic to use her talents to spotlight the talents of others and invite more members to consider service missions.

She said, “I am excited to serve as an LDS Tech Church Service Missionary, help with the LDSTech blog, put my writing skills to good use, and continue to embrace the technology that I love.

“It is my testimony that the internet is available to us, by design, as an instrument to bring the gospel to all of God’s children. It is my desire to play a small part in bringing the PLAN OF H_ _ _INESS to all the world.

“Oh, yeah, there’s an APP for that!”


If you're interested to know more about Church-service missions, visit the opportunities page where you can see available options and complete the LDSTech Missionary and Service Opportunities form.

 
Prepare for the Broadcast: How Church-Service Missionaries Help Build the Kingdom PDF Print E-mail
Written by Emily Fairchild   
Friday, 05 July 2013

The number of full-time missionaries serving around the world has soared since President Monson announced that members can begin missions at a younger age. The response of faithful youth and couple missionaries accepting missions is clear evidence that the Lord is encouraging members to serve and share the gospel.

However, there may be some members who wish they could respond to those same desires to serve, and yet for one reason or another, find that full-time proselyting service isn’t an option. These individuals can still apply for Church-service missions.

It may be common knowledge that the Church has service missionary opportunities, but are you aware of just how many opportunities there are? Church-wide, there are more than 32,000 positions for Church-service missionaries (CSMs) to fill. Currently there are just over 16,000 of those positions filled, leaving more than half of the opportunities open to volunteers! Some of these opportunities even allow missionaries to serve from home.

The Church-service missionary website provides resources to help candidates understand qualifications, get started, browse opportunities, and fill out forms, and it offers additional material such as videos of missionaries sharing their service experiences.

The upcoming LDSTech broadcast will be a presentation on the opportunities and processes surrounding Church-service missionaries. It will provide visual aids to help Stake Presidents and clerks better understand how to manage their CSMs. It will also help worthy young men and women whose circumstances prevent a proselyting mission to discover new avenues for service.

The broadcast will cover the wide variety of volunteer opportunities as well as how volunteers can become Church-service missionaries for LDSTech. There are currently 62 missionaries serving LDSTech-specific missions. LDSTech offers full or part-time Church-service missionary opportunities for those single and couple missionaries who are interested in helping Church technology build the kingdom.

This broadcast will be the perfect introduction for those wondering how to take the first step to become a Church-service missionary, a great reminder for missionary coordinators and stake presidents on the missionary management tools, and a review for general Church membership on just how much Church-service missionaries can do! Mark your calendars for July 12, 2013 at noon MDT for the upcoming broadcast.

 
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