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.
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.
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.
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.
The 881W Firewall is required to take advantage of most features being added to this tool.
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.
CS Bachelors or equivalent experience.
2 yrs. Enterprise web application engineering experience.
XQuery (Marklogic), Responsive design, mobile web, LESS
It would also be helpful to know Eclipse, GIT, and agile methodology, but this is not required.
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 LDS.org.
As long as you're logged in with your LDS Account, all of your annotations sync to LDS.org, and likewise, your annotations on LDS.org sync to your Gospel Library app.
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
The next LDSTech broadcast, scheduled for Friday, November 2 at 12:00pm MDT, will focus on the Gospel Topics Explorer.
The Church publishes topic-based content in a multitude of locations and formats, but these topics generally stand alone, creating duplication and impeding gospel study.
The Gospel Topics Explorer is a prototype application that consolidates a variety of topic-based content published by the Church. This content can be searched using regular keywords or navigated graphically. The relationships between topics can also be explored to deepen the study experience.
The Gospel Topics Explorer is designed to address the gaps in gospel topics and form a foundation for future gospel study tools that will help users guide their personal study, prepare talks and lessons, and fulfill callings.
The broadcast on Friday will provide an overview and demonstration of the Gospel Topics Explorer prototype, with opportunities for questions and answers. You can attend the broadcast either online or in person at the Riverton Office Building. Stewart Shelline, a solutions manager in ICS, will give the broadcast.
How to Attend
To attend the LDSTech broadcast, go to the LDSTech Broadcast page during the time of the broadcast and click the Watch Now button. If you live or work near Riverton, Utah, you can also come to the Riverton Office Building (ground floor, Zion room) to watch the broadcast in person.
Each broadcast is recorded, so if you miss one, you can re-watch the recording at any time. In fact, if you arrive late to the broadcast, you can rewind the broadcast and play it from the beginning.
During the broadcast, remote viewers can ask questions through Twitter. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one at Twitter.com. When you ask a question, include the hashtag #ldstech in your tweet. For more information, see Twitter and LDSTech.
The Family and Church History Departments are conducting photo and document tagging pilots in various communities (for example, Snowflake, Arizona; Family Organizations; and Census Records) to help tag historical images.
WordPress will be the software platform used for the pilot efforts. Advanced WordPress coders are needed to co-develop a plugin (or enhance an existing one) that has the following features:
Tag people in photos: Community users can click on faces (or other objects) in photos and type in names and other information.
Tag location in photo: Community users can type in a location field. Location is tied to a map (geotagging).
Identify the date of photo: Community users can add the date (or the approximate date) of the photo.
Identify the event in photo: Community users can associate an event tag with the image. Users would be able to create or use existing tags.
Post links: Community users can post and associate links to a photo.
Post story: Community users can draft a story and associate it with a photo. The editing tool would have basic text formatting options (for example, bold, italic, underline, styles, font size, bullets, indentation).
Search FamilySearch API: Identify persons in FamilySearch FamilyTree that match with those with photo tags.
Source Posting: Post to FamilySearch the source descriptions and references that match the citations.
If you haven't already completed the Profile subtab, complete it now. This subtab prompts you to agree to the Individual Contributor's License agreement, which is necessary before working on a community project.
Click the Ancestor Story Chain (WordPress) project.
Scroll down and click Join Project.
After you join the project, project leaders will be notified that you joined.
For questions and other information, contact Gordon Clarke at
You’re invited to attend the 3rd annual RootsTech—Family History and Technology conference on March 21-23, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Building on the success and growth of previous years, RootsTech 2013 is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet!
Hosted by FamilySearch, RootsTech offers an opportunity for technology developers to discover the latest family history tools and techniques, connect and collaborate with end users, and help shape the future of technology within the family history industry.
RootsTech 2013 offers a new Developer Day—a collaborative environment where developers can discover available resources and industry trends within the family history industry—all consolidated into a single, impactful day. » Learn more.
Also new in 2013 is a full track of Getting Started classes and labs where those new to family history can learn where to start, how to build their family tree, and how to use technology to explore family connections. » Learn more.
Registration for RootsTech
Take advantage of early bird pricing to attend the full conference. Or register for the Developer Day on Friday, March 22 and get full access to keynote and developer sessions as well as the expo hall.
Full Three-Day Pass
Access to everything RootsTech has to offer.
One-Day Only Pass
Full admission for just one day.
Student Three-Day Pass
Student ID required.
NEW! Getting Started Full Pass
Beginner track with access to over 20 classes.
$39 (early bird)
Getting Started One-Day Only Pass
A selection of fundamental classes to help you get
Developer Day Pass (March 22)
A full-day technology program just for developers.
RootsTech has something for everyone, whether you are an avid genealogist, just getting started, or simply want to discover the latest technologies and solutions to better connect with your family. At RootsTech, come prepared to experience world-class content from speakers all over the country, an exciting exhibitor hall, and great keynote speakers.