LDS Tools - Add "My home and visiting teachers" to all members own profile page

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LDS Tools - Add "My home and visiting teachers" to all members own profile page

Postby jamesarnellgale » Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:17 pm

My wife is in a leadership calling and as such has access to see a lot more information than me.
One feature that those in a leadership position have that I think all members should have access to is the names and contact information of their own home and visiting teachers.
Is this a plausible future feature?

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Postby russellhltn » Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:35 pm

jamesarnellgale wrote:Is this a plausible future feature?

Only if approved by the priesthood department.
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Re: LDS Tools - Add "My home and visiting teachers" to all members own profile page

Postby WilfordEJ » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:18 pm

You know, this would be a very nice feature to have, and I can't for the life of me understand why it is not there. It would also be nice for the individual member to sign in and see their home/visiting teaching assignment as well. It is kind of silly in this day and age that we still have to rely on handing out a paper printed handout for this type of thing. As a priesthood leader, that's just more unnecessary administrative overhead on my part that I have to go through.

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Postby russellhltn » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:05 pm

WilfordEJ wrote:You know, this would be a very nice feature to have, and I can't for the life of me understand why it is not there.

HT/VT isn't just a grocery list or task list. (Yes, the statistics gathered tends to reduce it to that.) The decision as to what is available to the end users is not made by the developers, but by the Priesthood Department. Since the information is there for the leaders, I doubt if there's any technical reason why it's not available to the members.

My personal theory is that the Brethren will not approve anything that shortcuts the personal contact in handing out assignments or in reporting back. We've already been told there will be no electronic reporting by the end membership.
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Postby ajh77 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:54 pm

I agree with everything that has been said. This is something that really needs to happen to help people fulfill their HT and VT responsibilities.

All members should have access to is the names and contact information of their own home and visiting teachers and those they are responsible for.

I know this has been discussed but the bigger this thread gets, hopefully we get some more attention to the matter. Our local leaders and members would really like this feature.

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Postby russellhltn » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:08 pm

ajh77 wrote:I know this has been discussed but the bigger this thread gets, hopefully we get some more attention to the matter.

It doesn't work that way. First, the church doesn't run by popular vote. Second, none of the decision makers or their assistants look here.
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Postby johnshaw » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:13 pm

I create a list, easy, easy, sure better than the old days when I was forced to remember them by writing it down or having a printout. Bet I've saved myself dozens of minutes remembering who exactly I home teach.
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Re: LDS Tools - Add "My home and visiting teachers" to all members own profile page

Postby margolies » Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:05 am

If the point is to serve and be served it seems lost on those refusing to add this simple functionality. HT would go up if people could easily see who their Home Teachers are. I cannot count how many members have said "if I knew who my HTs were I'd call them, ask them for blessings instead of always going to Ward leaders" etc.

Letting us see this would increase our ability to bless each other's lives. The current system diminishes it and makes personal contact more difficult.

I guess we just have to wait for more of the old guard move on before there is enough leaders who do not fear technology to let it advance.

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Postby russellhltn » Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:22 pm

I don't think it's a technology issue. The features are already there, but just restricted to leadership.

We don't know the reasons, we can only speculate. But if a member doesn't know who their HT/VT are, then those teachers have already failed to carry out their responsibilities outlined in the Handbook.
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