Producing dlists from Directory

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Producing dlists from Directory

Postby gpford5 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:17 am

I am the director of our family history center. It would be nice to be able to produce a dlist for Family History Consultants and High Priest Group Leaders rather than have to manually look them up in the Directory. Any likelihood of this in the near future...or ever?

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Re: Producing dlists from Directory

Postby jdlessley » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:53 pm

What is a dlist, if I may be so ignorantly bold to ask?
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Have you tried finding your answer on the LDS.org Help Center page or the LDSTech wiki?

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Re: Producing dlists from Directory

Postby aebrown » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:59 pm

jdlessley wrote:What is a dlist, if I may be so ignorantly bold to ask?

It's a Distribution List, which some email programs simply call a "group".

Since the Directory uses your email program to send emails, it's a simple matter to copy any set of addresses that is generated when you use the Directory's send email feature. With most email programs, you can then save that list of addresses in a group or distribution list.

Of course, such a distribution list is static -- it won't change as people change callings or organizations, but it would provide the basic functionality desired.

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Re: Producing dlists from Directory

Postby gpford5 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:48 pm

Sorry...dlist is a distribution list. If the system produced a distribution list of all consultants, then you could use the addresses to send them email that applied to them.

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Re: Producing dlists from Directory

Postby gpford5 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:54 pm

Thank you for the response. That's basically what I do now...hunt down the email, create a text list and use that. But, like you mention, it's static. Since the information is already in the Directory, and is dynamic, it would be nice to be able to pull a distribution and it would be current.

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Re: Producing dlists from Directory

Postby aebrown » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:57 pm

gpford wrote:Sorry...dlist is a distribution list. If the system produced a distribution list of all consultants, then you could use the addresses to send them email that applied to them.

This capability is already available:
  1. Go to the Directory on LDS.org
  2. Click on "Ward Leaders" in the left-hand menu
  3. Click on "Family History" in the middle panel
  4. Click on "Email Family History Leaders" in the right-hand panel
  5. That will bring up your email program's "compose message" dialog with the "To:" list populated with all the email addresses for FH leaders
  6. You can copy those addresses into a group, perhaps filtering out some addresses you don't want.
  7. You can also repeat this process for all the wards in the stake if you want a list of all FH consultants in the stake
Admittedly, this process can be a bit tedious, but the information is available.

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Re: Producing dlists from Directory

Postby gpford5 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:18 pm

Thank you. This is a step in the right direction.


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