Help for LDS.org Calendar 2.7 Deserves a Closer Look Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Monday, 22 December 2014

With the release of LDS.org Calendar 2.7, help for Church calendar users is redesigned with new content and new navigation. The new Help uses menus, section numbers, and hyperlinks to get you to what you need to see the easiest and fastest way possible.

Jed Black, Senior Calendar Knowledge Specialist, shared this: “There are no calendars by calling. Callings fit into roles for creating, editing, and viewing the calendar.” The result is a role-based tool which simplifies user interaction with the calendar help system. To increase functionality for all types of preferences, the calendar help also features an extensive Index, Glossary, and training PDFs.

 
Calendar 2.7 Updates Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The LDS.org Calendar version 2.7 has just been released. Whether you are a new or returning user, this update has many improvements that make the Calendar more flexible and responsive to the needs of Church members.

New features and bug fixes are just in time for 2015 stake and ward planning. To see a full list of changes, go to LDSTech Forum. Major changes included in this release are:

  • Stake leadership may subscribe to and view calendars of all units within their stake
  • Building schedulers may create events associated directly with their assigned building
  • Out-of-Unit leadership may subscribe to and view calendars of units where they serve
  • Full-time missionaries may now subscribe to and view calendars for all units in their assigned proselyting area
  • The calendar subscription interface has been updated to make it easier to subscribe to calendars, view calendars, and personalize calendar color
  • New updated Online Help is now available
 
LDS Church Sends Email News to Members Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Did you recently see an email with the subject “Messages from the First Presidency” in your Inbox? The inaugural Inspiration and News email began with, “Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are pleased to announce this new Church email newsletter that we will regularly publish and share with members of the Church…” Beginning December 3 and 4, the Church began sending email from the First Presidency to members. The email explained, “This newsletter is part of an effort to find more effective ways to communicate with our growing global membership in order to share timely and valuable messages that can strengthen our love of Jesus Christ, for our families, and for those around us.” Newsletters will be translated into 10 languages and be sent to Church members who have email addresses listed in their LDS Account contact information.

For those of you who have yet to create an LDS Account, the process is easy...

 
Roots Tech Innovator Challenge Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014

LDSTech has teamed up with RootsTech to promote the “RootsTech Innovator Challenge” for 2015. This contest replaces the developer challenge of years past with new emphasis on creating apps that solve a problem identified in the family history industry, or by another business that uses family history data and services.

The challenge officially launched in November 2014. If you want to participate, there is still time to submit an entry before the deadline on January 15, 2015.

Generous cash prizes will be awarded by a renowned panel of judges for the best apps...

 
2015 LDSTech Gospel App & Game Contest Is Happening Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Gospel App & Game contest will return to LDSTech Conference 2015! Judging from the success of this year’s contest, the LDS community shows a lot of enthusiasm for good, wholesome, gospel-centered apps and games.

If you are a developer with a good idea, or have a submission that missed this year’s deadline, or if you plan to revamp your 2014 submission with significant improvements, it is not too early to prepare your entry in time for the 2015 contest deadline. LDSTech Conference dates for 2015 are in the planning stage. More details will be published as soon as they are available. The Gospel App & Game Contest will again be the culminating event.

For now, apps and games may be developed on Apple, Android, Windows, or an online platform. Contest rules and categories will be much the same as 2014. See http://tech.lds.org/blog/609 for help getting started. The LDSTech Gospel App & Game Contest promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2015!

 
Gospel Library 2.0 App for Windows is now available! Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 05 December 2014

Gospel LibraryGospel Library 2.0 for Windows 8.1 is a major upgrade from the legacy LDS Gospel Library. If you have been putting off upgrading to the latest version of Windows, this new release provides ample justification to do so. Jim Byer, Sr. Engineer for the Gospel Library project says, “Because the Gospel Library has many different users on different platforms, we wanted to make it as easy and simple to find things as we could so anyone using iPad or Android would be able to find the same functionality and features he or she is accustomed to.” This includes the...

 
Thank You, Elder Duerden Print E-mail
Written by Anna Butler   
Friday, 05 December 2014

If “G.C. Duerden” looks familiar, it’s probably because that’s the byline of the Church Service Missionary (CSM) who has been writing most of the articles for our LDSTech blog for the past year or so.

An experienced newspaper journalist, Elder Greg Duerden is a writer by trade, and a talented one at that. He wrote for newspapers all over Utah (Monticello to Ogden), in Colorado, Wyoming, and California before retiring and putting his skills to work for LDSTech.

“Being a CSM is as easy as falling off a log, but a lot more fun,” Elder Duerden said.

 
LDSTech Encourages Participation in #SharetheGift Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014

LDSTech joins a growing number of LDS information sources encouraging readers to share messages of faith about Jesus Christ throughout the month of December. To help you share a personal message, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints introduced the “He is the Gift” initiative with a short video in late November on www.mormon.org, and created a new hashtag (“#SharetheGift”) for social media channels.

The theme “He is the Gift” emphasizes the love of God as demonstrated by the sacred gift of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World, and draws attention to an oft-quoted scripture: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son…” (John 3:16). Elder Russell M. Nelson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, commented on the theme...

 
Contest Winner Highlight: Scripture Mastery SUPERSTAR! Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Monday, 01 December 2014

Nick Pasto and Jonathan Chan authored the Scripture Mastery SUPERSTAR! game for the first-ever LDSTech Gospel Game and App Contest. This game won top honors in the youth division of the contest as well as one of the three People’s Choice awards, which were voted on by the attendees at the LDSTech Conference in October 2014.

This game is based on the 25 scriptures that seminary students are asked to know by memorization as well as the meaning of each scripture. Pasto is an early morning Seminary Teacher, so he was able to have a test audience for the game. “They loved it,” he said. “I would catch them playing it out in the hallway after class.”

 
Live Facebook Event with Lindsey Stirling Print E-mail
Written by Anna Butler   
Thursday, 13 November 2014

Participate in a live event Tuesday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. MST featuring world-famous LDS entertainer Lindsey Stirling. Don’t dress up or buy a ticket. You can participate wherever you are!

Streaming live to the LDS Youth Facebook pageYouTube, or the Mormon Channel, this event will also be hosted in three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese)!

Lindsey Stirling is a dancing, hip hop violinist, a returned missionary, and a self-made success story. Youth around the world will...

 
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