LDSTech Broadcast: Getting Digital Media into Meetinghouses Through Mobile Devices Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013

Date: Friday, January 4, 2013
Time: 12:00pm Mountain Time
Topic: Getting Digital Media into Meetinghouses

The Church produces an abundant amount of video content. For example, the new Youth curriculum, Come, Follow Me, has numerous videos as resource options for lessons; the Leadership Training Library, the Mormon Channel, the Video, Audio, and Images section of, and other sites all have abundant video resources as well.

However, getting video into meetinghouses poses a challenge. Many meetinghouses have wireless Internet, but the bandwidth is too low to support streams from multiple users, especially during peak hours. Teachers who rely on the Internet to stream videos during lessons will find that the videos pause, buffer, and stop — leading to a poor classroom experience.

Lesson Schedules 2.0 Released — Includes New Youth Curriculum Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Lesson Schedules 2.0 was released today. The 2.0 release includes content for all 2013 classes, including the new 2013 youth curriculum, Come Follow Me.

The 2013 youth curriculum has a more flexible, question-based format. When you set up a lesson schedule in the 2013 Come Follow Me curriculum, you can select a question you want to discuss. The question links to resources online for that topic.

Selecting a lesson

You can learn more about the new curriculum from the Church News & Events article, Church Announces New Youth Curriculum for 2013.

New Updates to the LDSTech Forum Software Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The LDSTech Forum software has upgraded to phpBB instead of vBulletin. This is the first major forum software update since the forums were first implemented in 2007.

LDSTech Forum

To view the LDSTech Forum, click Forum on the top navigation bar. The new forum software has a number of advantages:

Better forum filters

You can select four main filters to view the latest forum activity: View Unanswered Posts, View Unread Posts, View New Posts, and View Active Topics. These options appear near the top, above the list of subforums. Especially helpful for forum moderators, these filters help you better monitor forum activity.
Gospel Library for Android Screencasts: Getting Started, Annotating Content, and Studying by Topic Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 07 December 2012

Gospel Library for Android allows you to study the scriptures, general conference, magazines, manuals, and other publications on your Android smartphone or tablet device.

The following three screencasts will help you become more familiar with the Gospel Library app.

Getting Started

LDSTech Broadcast: Managing Meetinghouse Firewalls and Internet Connectivity Print E-mail
Written by Paul Scherbel   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012

The next LDSTech broadcast, scheduled for Friday, December 7 at 12:00pm MDT, will cover Technology Manager, a web-based tool designed to help stake and district technology specialists manage Meetinghouse Firewalls and Internet connectivity.

Technology Manager helps improve self-service options and increases the ability of technology specialists to effectively manage meetinghouse networks.

Technology Manager

The 881W Firewall is required to take advantage of most features being added to this tool.

Needed: Church Service Missionary Needed with Marklogic Development Experience Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012

The Church History group is looking for a MarkLogic developer to help them with various applications. The Church History group has previously developed applications such as Church History and Joseph Smith Papers.

The Church service missionary will work on MarkLogic doing XML and XQuery.

Required Skills

  • CS Bachelors or equivalent experience.
  • 2 yrs. Enterprise web application engineering experience.
  • Java, Javascript, XHTML, CSS3, XML, XSLT, Web Services (REST)
  • XQuery (Marklogic), Responsive design, mobile web, LESS

It would also be helpful to know Eclipse, GIT, and agile methodology, but this is not required.

Application Process

If you're interested in this position, complete the LDSTech Church Service Missionary form here. When you fill out the form, reference the desire to work on Church History MarkLogic applications.

If you have specific questions, contact Michael Cobbley for more details at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Gospel Library Version 2.3 for Android Released Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Thursday, 15 November 2012

Gospel Library for Android Version 2.3 was released today. If you already have Gospel Library installed on your Android device, you should be prompted to install the update. The following new features are included in Gospel Library Version 2.3.

Study Notebook for Viewing All Annotations

Although you could make annotations previously on Gospel Library content, version 2.3 introduces a Study Notebook view that consolidates all your highlights, links, notes, journal entries, and tags in one view.

To view the Study Notebook, tap the App Home button , and then tap Study Notebook.

This consolidated view of all your annotations is similar to the Notes and Journal view on

As long as you're logged in with your LDS Account, all of your annotations sync to, and likewise, your annotations on sync to your Gospel Library app.

LDS Tools Outages on Sundays Print E-mail
Written by Justin Krebs   
Monday, 05 November 2012

Since LDS Tools for iOS version 2.1.1 was released on October 19, 2012, many users have been unable to update their LDS Tools data on Sundays.

We have been working on a fix and ask for your patience as we work to address this issue. We will be releasing LDS Tools for iOS version 2.1.2 to the app store in the next week or so, which should resolve this issue.

In the meantime, this issue will likely occur again this next Sunday, November 11. To avoid potential issues, plan to update your LDS Tools data prior to Sunday.

November 10, 2012 Update

We just released 2.1.2 to the app store. Here are the release notes for 2.1.2:

  • Resolved issues that were preventing the app from successfully syncing on Sundays
  • Added a new feature to preserve current data when performing a sync in case the sync isn’t successful
  • Added support for the following languages: Chinese, French, Japanese, and Korean
  • Resolved a few issues that were causing the app to crash occasionally Calendar Version 2.2 Released Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Monday, 13 August 2012 calendar version 2.2 was recently released. Version 2.2 includes a host of new features, including the following:

  • Agenda view
  • New Settings button and interface
  • Churchwide calendars
  • Overview canvas 
  • Private calendars on Initial Setup
  • Unit information on events
  • Primary contact information for building schedulers

For a full list of the release notes for 2.2, see the Release Notes in the calendar help. calendar version 2.2

Current LDSTech Church-Service Mission Opportunities Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012

LDS Church service missionsIf you desire to serve a Church-service mission, you can become a missionary for LDSTech.

LDSTech missions are ideal for people who work or have worked in the IT industry. You may be a young (or young-at-heart) tech expert who is worthy to serve a proselyting mission but cannot. You may also be retired or on a leave of absence and looking for an opportunity to serve a mission. LDSTech is a welcome place to serve for people from all backgrounds and ages.

Church Service Missionary Listings

The latest Church service missionary opportunities are listed on In the Select an Interest dropdown box, select Information Technology and Computer Science.

Needs for Testers

Right now we have a strong need for testers. Testers work with project teams to test applications for bugs, defects, and other issues. Testers need to be thorough and creative as they check applications against requirements, functionality specifications, prototype designs, and other standards.

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