The next LDSTech broadcast, scheduled for noon MDT on July 10, will feature the following topics:
~ Matt Robinson will discuss rich and rewarding content now available on Country Communication Pages.
~ Brian Fromm will review some of the new functionality in Leader and Clerk Resources, including the ability to manage callings and Home and Visiting Teaching.
These timely topics invite your attention and participation. You may join the onsite group in the Church Office Building (COB) Main Floor Auditorium at 50 East North Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, or watch it streamed in the ROB Zion Room A of the Riverton Office Building, or connect remotely from the Internet to the live stream from LDSTech broadcasts page a few minutes before the broadcast is scheduled to begin.
The free LDS Music app for Android recently moved from beta to general release on the Google Play store. Android users can now have the same great experience with LDS music as iOS users. They will find many of the familiar features of other LDS-sponsored mobile apps as they explore LDS Music for Android.
The Android version contains all the music found in Hymns (the LDS hymnbook) and the Children’s Songbook, as well as other selected songs. Content for the Android version is available in 20 languages, available from “Settings” in the upper right corner where you see the three stacked dots.
When Hermana (Sister Alyssa) Pearson was handed an iPad six weeks into her mission she was humbled by the sense of trust that accompanied the ”sacred opportunity to hasten the work of salvation” with technology. She was among the first in a Spanish speaking mission that covers a large urban area to use iPads for direct proselytizing, social media contacting, planning, and personal gospel study. If you were to talk to Alyssa about using technology to do missionary work, you’ll sense that the missionary spirit is still present two months after coming home, and warm thoughts and tender feelings permeate her experiences with people and technology.
If you are planning to enter the 2015 LDSTech App and Game Contest, you will need to register by July 18, 2015 to participate, and submit your app or game for judging any time from July 18 through September 18.
Contest submission rules are found at Gospel App & Game Contest and the Contest FAQs. This is a good place to see that you are on track for creating “Something Worthy” that will meet the contest requirements.
Registration is a quick online process: follow the link to Register Here which will ask you for some brief particulars about your app, intended audience, platform for judging, and how to contact you. This also gets you on the list to receive any communication from contest organizers.
The Tabernacle Choir now has an Android version of the popular mobile app which is running on tens of thousands of iOS devices. The Android app is a free download from the Google Play store. It is gaining followers who want the same portability and accessibility as iOS users to all things related to the Choir. If you’ve not tried the app, you’ll find it an enjoyable way to integrate sacred music into your life.
LDSTech’s web presence at http://tech.lds.org has a new look! Do you recognize the similarity with LDS.org? As an official Church channel for sharing technology news, LDSTech likes to maintain the same feel as LDS.org pages. Notice the way web elements make better use of your screen area, making it easier to see and click or tap on objects and menu items as you navigate around the new interface.
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.
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.
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.
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 LDS.org,” he says before hanging up. LDS.org is easy to find, but now where do you go?
LDS.org 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 LDS.org 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 LDS.org 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 LDS.org has been clear: resources are difficult to find, and the navigation could be more intuitive.