LDSTech 2015 Conference
People Helping People at LDSJobs Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

In today’s competitive world, few things are more discouraging than being out of work. If you are looking for a job, wanting a better job, or know someone seeking employment or education, the Internet home for LDS Employment Resource Services (ERS) at http://jobs.lds.org is more than a website for job leads and job information. It is a resource powered by people helping people who are making a difference in lives of individuals and families.

 
LDSTech 2015 Gospel App and Game Contest is Off and Running! Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 17 April 2015

After a successful contest last year, the 2015 Gospel App and Game contest promises to be bigger and better than ever! Get your creative juices flowing and plan to participate! The registration deadline for participating in the 2015 LDSTech App & Game contest is July 18, 2015, and submissions will be accepted up through September 18, 2015.

The theme “Create Something Worthy” continues from last year, with the same contest rules. Developers of all levels and abilities, including those who missed last year’s deadline or who have revamped their apps with significant improvements, are encouraged to participate in 2015.

The call is for something new, distinctive, and different in any of four categories: (Children, Youth, Families, Other). Ideal entries should help members and their families teach or learn the gospel, feel the spirit, or serve one another better. Games should be fun, free of graphic violence, and connect with gospel-oriented themes.

 
LDSTech Live Broadcast April 17th Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Monday, 13 April 2015

LDSTech 2015The next LDSTech Broadcast, scheduled for 12:00 noon to 1 p.m. MDT on Friday, April 17, 2015, will bring three exceptional presenters together to discuss three fascinating and timely topics.

1) Jeff Isom will discuss the new LDS.org including current and future plans for the new web design.

2) Justin Krebs will present an update overview of LDSTools. (Replacing John Edwards’ presentation on Gospel Media.)

3) Tony Spencer from ICS will demo features of the most recent release of the Windows 8 Gospel Library and planned upgrades

Come in person to the Riverton Office Building (ROB) at 3740 West Market Center Drive in Riverton, Utah. Arrive a few minutes early to get registered at the reception desk and locate Zion Room A on the ground floor.

If you prefer, connect remotely from the Internet to a live stream...WATCH IT HERE

 
Technology and Conference Messages: How will you change? Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, concluded the 185th General Conference with a stirring call to action. He said: “The question for each of us is: because of what I have heard or felt during this conference, how will I change?” Elder Nelson enumerated many technology resources provided by the Church that help with parenting, keeping the Sabbath, and strengthening family ties.

Resources furnished by the Church are meaningful only if members use them to teach, learn, serve, and live the gospel better each day. As you reflect on your own conference experience, how will you use LDS.org, FamilySearch.org, Mormon.org, Bible Videos, the Media Library, Church magazines, and other technology tools to set or re-align priorities for yourself and your family in the coming months?

As you ponder, recall how on Sunday morning, Elder Jose A. Teixeira of the Seventy also referenced how immersed our lives are in technology.

 
Partnership Announced for FamilySearch.org and AmericanAncestors.org Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Sunday, 12 April 2015

FamilySearch.org recently announced a new partnership with AmericanAncestors.org, the premier research website for the New England Historic and Genealogical Society (NEHGS). The new partnership provides LDS members access, at no cost, to all the tools, features, and affiliate-level resources at http://www.americanancestors.org.

 
Technology Supports the Joseph Smith Papers Project Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 07 April 2015

The release of new content on the Joseph Smith Papers website provides readers with an illuminating walk back in time as documents disclose new chapters in early Church history. The latest release includes the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, hundreds of miscellaneous documents from 1840, Parley P. Pratt’s two volumes on the Church’s persecutions, the Book of the Law of the Lord, and the introduction to the Manuscript History. All are priceless for their historic value. The work of historians, editors, and text and imaging experts who study the documents and prepare them for publication is a story behind the story. The way technology is being used to tell that story is truly remarkable!

 
"Talking Technology" in Social Media Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Have you noticed a new feature titled “Talking Technology” on LDSTech’s Facebook page and Twitter feed? If you are not yet following the posts, short quotes are shared from general authorities on technology and its role in spreading gospel messages. As a result, likes and re-postings are at an all-time high for visitors to LDSTech’s social media sites. There have been more than 36,000 “likes” on Facebook in the final week of February alone with more than a thousand conversations!

 
LDS Tools Connect Members, Leaders, and Missionaries Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 27 March 2015

The LDS Tools mobile team has just released an upgrade for Android and iOS (Apple). New features make the app more versatile for connecting with other members, leaders, and missionaries. According to Justin Krebs, product manager for LDS Tools, “The addition of missionary contact information in LDS Tools makes it easier for members to contact missionaries and coordinate their efforts in hastening the work of salvation." 

 
Social Media and Technology are Extending the Reach of General Conference Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 27 March 2015

Millions of members and their families will watch or listen to general conference sessions in homes, on personal devices, or at meetinghouses on March 28 and April 4-5. Participation in general conference now extends to members in more than 200 countries and in 95 different languages. To extend that reach, the Church will post short excerpts from speakers on social media using the #ldsconf hashtag, and viewers will have the opportunity to respond with tweets or online posts of their own.

 
Church Service Missionary Combines Faith and Experience for LDSTech Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 20 March 2015

When Elder Dennis Keating contemplated serving a senior mission for the Church, he was receiving the LDSTech Newsletter by way of his Bishop, who knew his technical background would fit a technology mission. At the time, he thought becoming a tester for some of the new applications and products being developed by the Church would capture his interest and give him experiences with new software while he was semi-retired.

After submitting an application and receiving his call, Elder Keating was immediately asked by Alan Smoot, LDSTech manager, if he would be a project manager. What a surprise! Although he had some experience with legacy programming languages, had worked for General Dynamics, and had enjoyed being a project manager deploying software for customers with Hewlett-Packard, he confessed that he knew almost nothing about the structure of current programs and couldn’t picture how he would fill the role of project manager, his team would be located at the Church’s Riverton, Utah office building. He knew he couldn’t pick up and leave the family business to move to Utah.

 
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