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Check Out "Something Worthy" from 2014 App & Game Contest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Thursday, 28 May 2015

Are you waiting anxiously to get your hands on some creative new apps with gospel-centered themes? Are you looking for something worthy to occupy your children and teens? While the 2015 App & Game Contest is gearing up, take a moment to check out the many creative apps from the 2014 contest. You will find all the 2014 contest entries in the LDSTech Wiki. Use the descriptions to guide your selections and follow active links to the respective app stores and sponsor websites. Here are a few winning entries that invite exploration:

Quiet Games for LDS Kids (Primary, First place – Android)

Five quiet, fun, and ad-free games for children from Clint at C & R Mobile are bundled into one mobile app for a nominal fee. The “Memory” game matches each picture with its matching counterpart. “Word Search” is a fun way to find Church terms that will keep children engaged while developing visual perceptual skills. “Bingo” follows a conference-related theme with randomized selections. “Prophet Matching” connects pictures with corresponding names in a challenging and fun way. “Hangman” is a guessing game that uses LDS words built letter by letter as a classic stick figure is drawn. For a mobile app that has variety and interest, you will find this entertaining for preschoolers up through elementary age children.

Improving Member Communications Online PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 22 May 2015

With the Church’s recent statements on ways digital media can be used to spread gospel messages online, and encouragement for members to use the Internet to flood the earth with truth and righteousness, many have questions about sharing beliefs without appearing to be “preachy” or “pushy.” This concern is understandable. In an era of crowded and confusing voices online, it can be difficult to tell if communications will be heard and understood.

With this in mind, the following questions will help you assess whether your online content will convey your meaning and intent:

~  Have I considered the audience’s perspective or frame of reference?

Messages intended for Church audiences often reach those outside the Church as well. When you share what you believe, select wording that is simple and straightforward. Starting with “I feel…,” “I believe…,” or “I have come to learn…” adds personal context to what follows. It leaves the door open for other opinions and questions from your readers.

7 Tips for LDS Members Using Social Media in Church Callings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Chances are pretty good you have social outlets on the web to connect with friends and family. Maybe you use the Internet to communicate with members or do missionary work. You may not realize that what you post, share, or display on the web in any form says a lot about you, and a lot more about the Church you represent, so a periodic assessment of your web presence is timely and appropriate.

7 Tips for LDS Members Using Social Media in Church Callings - YouTube cleverly displays what you need to know. Collectively the seven tips serve as a checklist for anyone using the Internet to spread the gospel message.

Face-to-Face with Elder and Sister Bednar: a Historic Event PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

If you missed the live Face-to-Face event with Elder and Sister Bednar on May 12, or want to revisit the Q&A session held with youth from around the world, the conversation is available online at the Youth Activities Website. Tune in and as you watch and listen, open your mind and heart to the influence of the Spirit. You will be richly rewarded.

New 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,” he says before hanging up. is easy to find, but now where do you go? 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 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 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 has been clear: resources are difficult to find, and the navigation could be more intuitive.

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2015 Technology Conference: October 15, 2015