New Friend Website Print E-mail
Written by Fernando Camilo   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Friend Magazine has updated its website and released it at The new site aggregates several resources for parents and teachers to help them teach the gospel to children. Some of these resources include ASL Primary Song videos, Children's Lesson Helps, Games and Activities and more. Magazine articles from 1971 until present are also available on the site, with complete PDFs of the magazine starting from 2001.

Friend Website

Instantly see your ward boundaries and members on a map Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Van Drimmelen   
Sunday, 15 April 2012

I remember working several years ago to map out all the members of our ward. We wanted to create a map for an emergency preparedness plan so that families could check on other families who lived nearby. This was a long and tedious process that involved pasting copies of maps together and adding hundreds of little pins. Eventually we advanced to where we could use some software to do this, but it was so complicated that at times it felt like the paper and pins would be easier.

Well, those days are long gone. Did you know you can now see a listing of your ward instantly on LDS Maps, as well as the ward boundaries? LDS Maps has a variety of uses. Here are a few that come to mind:

  • Emergency preparedness planning
  • Home and visiting teaching
  • Membership cleanup (those members outside your ward boundaries are easy to see!)
  • Bishopric and other leadership visits
  • Missionary work (our ward mission split the ward up into districts)
  • Realignment of ward boundaries in the stake

The application is pretty straightforward. From, go to Tools > Maps, and click the Sign In button in the upper-right corner. You can also go directly to (Note that you need an LDS Account to sign in.)

Google Groups now integrated with LDSTech projects Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Saturday, 14 April 2012

Google Groups is now integrated with LDSTech projects. When you join a project, you'll automatically be added to the Google Group set up for the project. Google Groups functions as the e-mail listserv for the project, and facilitates communication among project members. 

Projects can have several types of Google Groups: Announcement only, Discussion, and Commits groups. Announcement only groups provide one-way communication from the project managers to the team. Discussion groups allow for conversations and discussions among all team members. Commits groups allow members to receive updates when code is committed to the Subversion repository.

Previously, communication within project teams was non-standard and varied from project to project. Since frequent communication is essential for project success, the team needed to implement a seamless and low-overhead method for increasing the communication among project teams. 

You can control your subscriptions to various Google Groups by clicking Projects on the top menu, and then clicking the Groups button (see below). For more information about the integration of Google Groups with LDSTech, see Google Groups integration with LDSTech projects.

Google Groups integration with LDSTech projects

LDSTech Wiki Editing Tutorial Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012

LDSTech WikiNearly every LDSTech project uses the LDSTech wiki as a platform for project information. Besides project information, the wiki has information about applications, meetinghouse technology, clerk-related topics, family safety, and more.

The LDSTech wiki uses Mediawiki, the same wiki platform as Wikipedia. On the LDSTech wiki, any user who logs in with an LDS Account can make edits to pages. However, you do have to understand a little about wiki syntax and rules as you make contributions to the wiki. As a learning resource, a Wiki editing tutorial page is now available. The tutorial provides about 20 steps you can walk through to get up and running on the wiki.

LDSTech wiki editing tutorial

Check out the wiki tutorial. If you complete the tutorial steps, add a comment to this post about your experience.

LDSTech 2012 Conference Starts Today Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Today kicks off the first day of the LDSTech Conference, with a keynote from Clark Gilbert, president and CEO of the Deseret News Publishing Company and Deseret Digital Media, at 5pm MST today in the Riverton Office Buildings Zion room. You can read more about Clark here.

While today’s event is a keynote speech, Thursday and Friday are the heart of the conference. Expect two days of information-packed sessions about Church technology, community sessions for testing and developing Church software, and opportunities to interact with other community volunteers.

Each day starts with a keynote at 8:30 a.m. in the Zion room. Thursday’s keynote will be from Blaine Maxfield, the CIO, and Friday’s keynote by John Edwards, portfolio director, and Michael Carter, CISO.

You can view the LDSTech Conference schedule by going to (If you haven’t registered yet, you’ll be prompted to register prior to viewing the schedule. Go ahead and register.)

If you can’t make it to the conference, you can still watch the live stream. Although not all sessions will be recorded, keynotes and popular sessions will be streamed. You can view the stream links and schedule at Live session streams.

New this year, conference attendees can share their ideas for Church products. These Open Community sessions are taking place from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. each day in Zion A/C. You can also add your ideas to this wiki page: Sharing ideas for Church projects.

If you have questions, see the Questions and help section of the LDSTech Conference site. Expect more posts and tweets about the LDSTech conference and tomorrow.

A Few Last-Minute Reminders about the LDSTech 2012 Conference Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 28 March 2012

We look forward to seeing you at the LDSTech 2012 Conference this week (March 28-30). For those of you attending the conference, we have a few last-minute reminders:

  • Print your schedules. Schedules now include room information and other details. To print your schedule, go to the LDSTech Conference Schedule application at Make sure you have signed up for the sessions you want to attend. Then click Print. For more instructions, see LDSTech Conference schedule.
  • Complete your user profile. If you're planning to work on various projects during the conference, you need to sign the Individual Contributor's License Agreement. This is part of your LDSTech profile. To sign the agreement, go to and sign in with your LDS Account. Then click Projects on the top menu. You will be prompted to sign the agreement. You can also complete the Skills and Profile subtabs, as well as browse and join projects on the Projects subtab.
  • Stay tuned to conference news. The LDSTech Conference website homepage includes news and other information. For example, we added an informal idea showcase where you can share your ideas for Church projects. You can also share notes on presentations you attend. If you're driving in from SLC, avoid the construction delays on Bangerter.
  • Know whom to contact. If you need help with anything, see this list of contact points. If you're trying to contact your project manager, the project manager's contact information is listed in the project team details. On LDSTech, click Projects, and then click the Projects subtab. Click your project's name. Then click the person listed as the 'Project Manager & Contact.'
  • Watch the streams. If you're not coming to the conference, you can still listen to the keynote sessions and some of the more popular sessions, as they will be streamed. You can watch the session streams by clicking the links on the live session streams page.
New General Conference "Invite Others" Page Print E-mail
Written by Fernando Camillo   
Friday, 16 March 2012

A new resource is now available to help members invite others to watch or listen to general conference. The "Invite Others" page is available on the general conference page of and on the Church's official Facebook page. Along with an introductory YouTube video that can be easily shared through several social networking platforms, banners and widgets are also available for those willing to place these on their websites or blogs.

General conference widgets

Mormon Channel Site and Mobile App Videos Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Mormon Channel team released a couple of engaging videos about their newly redesigned website and mobile app. The following video provides a tour of the Mormon Channel website.

And this video provides a tour of the Mormon Channel mobile app.

Ward/Stake Directory 2.0 Released Print E-mail
Written by Danie Probst   
Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Directory 2.0 has been released. You can access the Directory by going to and selecting Tools > Directory. This release contains the following enhancements:

  • New privacy options
  • Improved household layout
  • Stake Leadership PDF
  • A-Z Index quick navigation bar
  • Missionary information view

New Privacy Options. You can set privacy levels for almost every part of your Directory profile. These privacy settings determine who can see your household information.

When viewing your profile, click the Edit tab to edit your settings. Then click the Edit link next to any type of household information to set the privacy options for that information.

edit options for Directory

For more information about the Directory privacy settings, see Data privacy settings in Directory.

Adding an LDSTech 2012 Conference Badge to Your Website Print E-mail
Written by Lianne Kruger   
Tuesday, 13 March 2012

If you have a blog and you would like to promote the LDSTech Conference to your readers, you can add an LDSTech conference badge to your blog's sidebar. This badge is simply an image that links to the LDSTech Conference wiki page.

You can select from two sizes of badges: 180px wide or 136px wide. If you have a WordPress blog, you can even install the badge through a plugin. For details on the badges and instructions for installing the badge on WordPress or Blogger, see Adding LDSTech conference badges to your website on the wiki.

LDSTech Conference badge

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