LDSTech Conference: More Details! Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Registration is open and available for the 2014 LDSTech Conference, October 16 & 17 (registration is free online at the LDSTech Conference page). It is never too early to make flight reservations and lodging arrangements.

This year’s conference will again be held at the University of Utah’s LDS Institute of Religion Building, on the University of Utah campus (1780 East South Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112).

The conference will be held all day Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, 2014. Attendance is free of cost, and a light breakfast (if you get there by 8 a.m.) and lunch are provided each day. To learn more about what to bring and how to prepare, visit the LDSTech Conference wiki page. Updates will be provided as training, project, and

 
josephsmithpapers.org Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Friday, 01 August 2014

The Joseph Smith Papers Project is a fascinating trip into the early history of the Church. The project, led by the Church Historian’s Office, gathers documents that pertain to the Prophet Joseph Smith. The project’s purpose is to provide a record of the life and history of the Joseph Smith, Jr. so scholars and students can easily access the foundational documents of the Church.

The Joseph Smith Papers Project not only gathers the documents but publishes complete and accurate transcripts of them, both in print and electronically. Large portions of the collection will be published in many print volumes. In addition, transcripts of all known and available Joseph Smith documents are being published on the Joseph Smith Papers website (see http://josephsmithpapers.org/), along with

 
FamilySearch Announces Partnership Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

At the end of April 2014, FamilySearch.org announced a unique partnership with three genealogical database companies: Ancestry.com, Findmypast and MyHeritage.

As a result of a year’s worth of cooperation and negotiations with these new partner organizations, it was announced that members of the Church with an LDS.org account will receive access to these family history websites at no cost by the end of 2014.

Emails were sent in May, and will continue to be sent for the rest of 2014 to members with family history callings, including family history consultants, family history center directors, stake indexing directors, and high priests group leaders, inviting them to

 
2014 Conference Registration Print E-mail
Written by Gregory Claude Duerden   
Thursday, 17 July 2014

Registration for October LDSTech Conference is Now Open!

By GC Duerden                   

The LDSTech Conference registration site is now open for the conference this October 16-17. If you will be joining us in person, you are invited to sign up at tech.lds.org/conf. If you are unable to attend, you can watch streaming videos of many sessions online after the event.

To register:

Note: You can change your personal profile or unregister at any time after you register.

You will receive a confirmation email to the address associated with your LDS Account. The Schedule view of the

 
LDSTech Partners with BYU IT Students Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Several BYU Information Technology students, under the direction of Associate Professor Derek Hansen, recently wrote test scripts for software used for mission finances and administration.

“They roll out a new version of the software regularly,” Hansen explained. “Each new version needs to be checked for code-breaks. Students helped by writing test scripts to simulate using the software to make sure everything works properly.”

Four students worked for almost two years writing scripts which run as part of the automated testing process. The problems, if they show up, can then be debugged. Several such problems were identified by the students.

“It was a great experience for the students, who were able to develop new skills and interact with professionals in a real world work experience. It was like a short internship, but with an important emphasis on

 
Church Expands Use of Digital Devices for Missionary Work Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Friday, 11 July 2014

An article in the Mormon Newsroom recently noted changes in missionary work as digital media becomes more common throughout the world.

After going through a pilot program of 30 missions and 6500 missionaries – primarily in the US and Japan – the mobile device program will be expanded to 162 missions (and 35,000 missionaries by the end of 2015) all using iPad minis, cell phones, and online chat in their work.

The article highlights a video by Elder David F. Evans and an announcement about missionary technology from the First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve Apostles.

To view the entire article, click on the link http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-expands-use-of-digital-devices-for-missionary-work  .

 
Spanish Full-time Senior Technology Missionaries Needed Print E-mail
Written by G.C. Duerden   
Monday, 07 July 2014

Many members dream of someday serving a full-time mission after they retire.  Many members don't know, however, that there is a new opportunity to serve as full-time technology missionaries.  We currently have these opportunities for Spanish-speakers.

Area technology specialists (ATS) are needed in various locations around the world, but especially in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala.  These Spanish-speaking ATS missionaries will be providing training and technical support to stake technology specialists (STS) in the areas. Applicants need to be fluent in both Spanish and English.

Husbands and wives can serve together as area technology specialists, or one spouse can serve as an ATS and the other can have another assignment based in the same location and/or area office.

ATS assignments may include supporting area leadership, facilities management groups, or missions with help for their technology needs. ATSs serve under the direction of the Area ICS (Information and Communication Services) Manager.

Required experience is not excessively technical but does include "skills with computers, printers, copiers, scanners, wired and wireless networks, the Internet, and audiovisual equipment" as the stated on the opportunities website (http://tech.lds.org/mission).  

If you or someone you know has interest in this missionary service, please contact our ATS coordinators, Elder Gary and Sister Marilyn Peterson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or at (801) 240-6226.  For more information about open positions, go to http://tech.lds.org/mission.

 
Gospel App & Game Contest! Print E-mail
Written by Elder Steve Bentley   
Monday, 09 June 2014

LDSTech announces the 2014 Gospel App & Game Development Contest, held as part of the 2014 LDSTech Conference.

The Contest begins immediately. Everyone is invited to develop a gospel-centered iOS, Android, or Windows game or app that will help flood the marketplace with quality entertainment alternatives for our families.

Harness your creative and programming skills to create something worthy. Pass this along to your family, friends, and neighbors to get them involved. Visit Gospel App & Game Development Contest for rules, starter ideas, and more information.

Final submissions are due October 10, 2014 – a week before final judging at the LDSTech Conference. Get started now!

 
Save the Date! 2014 LDSTech Conference Print E-mail
Written by G.C. Duerden   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Make plans now to attend the 2014 LDSTech Conference, Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17.

This year’s conference will be held at the University of Utah’s LDS Institute of Religion Building, on the University of Utah campus (1780 East South Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112).

An exciting new activity will be the Game Development Contest for Apple, Android, Windows, or online platforms, “Create Something Worthy.” – Watch for more information on this site.

Attendance is free, and both breakfast and lunch are provided each day. More details will be announced soon.

 
Service Missionary, Brenda Frandsen Print E-mail
Written by Barbara Anne Gardner   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014

For the past few years, it seems job applicants have been lining up around the block to fill vacant positions.

While this may have allowed for an overall static human resources budget, recent studies have shown that hidden costs of turnover equal a substantial percentage of a new hire’s wages. While sometimes hard to measure, these costs include recruitment, training, building trust, and loss of productivity.

Recruitment and training of Church service missionaries (CSMs) are provided by fulltime Church employees, and lost productivity hurts the entire organization. Multiply that in a program that depends on personnel that work in six, twelve, and eighteen month increments, and the problem becomes significant.

Sister Brenda Frandsen, LDSTech CSM in Mesa, Arizona, has been able to help resolve that issue. Sister Frandsen and her husband have served three full time missions: as office missionaries in the Taiwan Kaohsiung Mission from 2008 -2009; as public affairs missionaries in Taiwan from 2010-2011; and as media missionaries in Hong Kong from 2012-2013.

During her Hong Kong mission, Sister Frandsen implemented SharePoint throughout the area and developed a high level of skill while also building trust with her peers. As the time for the Frandsens to depart Hong Kong neared, the concern grew as to how to fill the space Sister Frandsen would leave behind. It would not be a simple matter because of her unique programming and language skills.

The solution was found in technology. Sister Frandsen continues her media mission and support of the SharePoint software as an LDSTech CSM from her home in Mesa, Arizona. She meets with her peers by WebEx on a weekly basis and remotely accesses individual computers when necessary to troubleshoot, help, and support those still in the mission field.

LDSTech missions offer an opportunity for highly skilled full time missionaries to continue their work even after they return home. If you are a mission leader and have lost a highly skilled missionary but would like to retain their expertise through an LDSTech Church Service Mission, contact Elder Allen Bottorff or Sister Cheryl Bottorff at  (801) 842- 4771, or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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