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LDSTech Broadcast: The Gospel Topics Explorer Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Monday, 29 October 2012

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.

Gospel Topics Explorer

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.

Asking Questions

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 When you ask a question, include the hashtag #ldstech in your tweet. For more information, see Twitter and LDSTech.

Recordings of LDSTech Broadcasts Available Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 26 October 2012

If you missed one of the previous LDSTech Broadcasts, you can view recordings of the sessions on the LDSTech Broadcasts page.

LDSTech Broadcasts

The following 2012 broadcasts are available:

You can also access recordings from 2011.

Usually about 400 to 500 people watch the live broadcast. About the same number watch the recording later. Altogether, that's about 1,000 people per broadcast.

This year was the first time we made the LDSTech broadcasts a regular monthly feature. In looking at the topics, you can see we have alternated with the meetinghouse technology group.

We would like to hear your feedback about the broadcasts. Is this a feature you enjoy? Are there topics you want to see? Does the format work for you?

Help Shape the Technology Future of Family History at RootsTech 2013 Print E-mail
Written by Amy Smith   
Tuesday, 30 October 2012

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!


Register for RootsTech

About RootsTech

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.


» Register for RootsTech.

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.

To learn more about RootsTech, see
MLS 3.5 Release Update Print E-mail
Written by Justin Krebs   
Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The MLS 3.5 release has now been staged to all units in all areas of the world with the exception of Central America, North America Central, North America Northeast, North America Northwest, North America Southeast, North America Southwest, and North America West.

MLS 3.5 will be staged to these remaining areas over the next few weeks, starting with the North America Southwest and North America West areas on Tuesday, November 6th.

In addition, a final build of MLS 3.5 is scheduled to be staged to all units running MLS 3.5 on Friday, November 2nd. To verify which build of MLS you are on, you can click the Help on the MLS menu bar and then click About.

The build number is the number after the version. In this example, the build number is 21021.

Priesthood leaders and clerks in units that haven’t yet upgraded can visit for more information on preparing for the upgrade. If units experience any problems with this new version, they can provide feedback by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . In the e-mail subject line type: MLS 3.5 feedback. In the e-mail message, give specific details about the issues.

For more details about what's included in MLS 3.5, see the "Review the release notes for MLS 3.5" section at

About LDSTech Print E-mail
Written by Emily Cutler   
Wednesday, 05 June 2013

"Today the information highway, with all of its means of communication, affords an opportunity for us to carry the mission with a thousandfold greater speed and ease than Peter, James, and John and the other intrepid disciples." —President James E. Faust, Ensign, May 1999, 18-19

Welcome to the official technology website for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are excited to share with you information and resources to learn more about how the Church is using technology to carry the gospel message to all the world.

The mission of LDSTech is to enable Church members to donate their time and talents to the building of the kingdom, to facilitate ICS (Information and Communications Services Department) in magnifying its efforts through community engagement, and to enable portfolios to reach their goals in hastening the work.

LDSTech knows that the best ideas are powered by discussion, and discussions don’t happen without a community. LDSTech is all about community involvement. It takes a village to develop, test, and publish each technology used in the Church, so we need your involvement!

This site provides opportunities for those who want to help with technological developments and includes information for those who want to know more about how to use them.

Learn how to contribute your time and talents on the Contribute page. [Change title from “Contribute” to “Join the Community” ?]

The Wiki page will connect you with a multitude of projects where you can volunteer your talents. Watch this broadcast video where engineer Tim Riker gives an introduction presentation on how to sign up for projects and get started as a volunteer.

The Forum page is where anyone can ask and answer questions addressed to the entire LDSTech community. While making relevant comments on blog posts is appropriate, you are encouraged to search the Forum page where your question might already be answered, and if it isn't, the Forum is the environment with the widest reach to find people who have answers.

Search past forum topics to see for yourself the camaraderie and culture of the LDSTech community and the developments being made day by day. The various topics encourage community discussion, support, help, and feedback about technology and how it helps us serve in the Church. Come join in for a chat!

Once signed up for projects, users can manage issues and project progress on the LDSTech Jira page. Review this Wiki page to learn more about JIRA.

The Projects page lists all the available projects underway that you can browse through and join. Be sure to sign up as an LDSTech community member to join projects!

You can also learn about how to become a Church-service missionary. The Church-service missionaries who work with LDSTech make up an irreplaceable force for good. Their contributions and accomplishments are invaluable.

Our purpose is to communicate to the public how technology is being used at the Church and all the behind-the-scenes efforts of so many selfless volunteers help us to achieve that purpose.

Other helpful links:

Stay current using our RSS feed and by following LDSTech on Facebook and Twitter.

LDSTech Church-service Missionary Profile: Sister Vicki Haws Print E-mail
Written by Rachel Brutsch   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013

vicki haws church-service missionary

When Sister Vicki Haws’s grandson turned 16, she found herself out of a job. Though retired, she was used to acting as a chauffeur and nurse to her two grandchildren while her daughter worked.

But now that her grandson could drive himself around, Sister Haws’ services were no longer necessary.

“I was sitting at my computer, indexing, and started to cry and thought I needed something to do to make life meaningful for me. So I got online and looked at the Church-service missionary opportunities,” Sister Haws said.

At first, she couldn’t find anything that fit what she wanted to do.

“I wanted to do something outside of the home. I just kept getting deeper and deeper and deeper, and I ran into an organization called LDSTech and had no idea what it was,” she said.

BYU LDSTech Chapter Teaches Provo Ward Relief Society about Technology Print E-mail
Written by Emily Cutler   
Monday, 13 May 2013

sisters and helpers learning technology

In April an LDSTech Church-service missionary couple, Elder and Sister Eliason, held a Church-application training session for the Relief Society in a Provo Utah ward. First the sisters listened to a 25-minute presentation conducted by an IT student involved with the BYU LDSTech Chapter. The sisters intently followed as he instructed the class on how to download the Gospel Library and how to use several of its functions. He also pointed out proper etiquette for using electronic devices in Church meetings.

Following the presentation, 40-minute workshops were led by experts in technology, including students and young single adult members. These young people are interested in helping Church members discover how easy and effective it is to use Church apps on any technological device. The sisters sat at designated tables determined by the technological device they brought. The ratio of students to experts was about 2 to 1.

Several sisters in attendance expressed how helpful the training was and that they hope to continue with additional training sessions. Comments heard: “Thanks for a spectacular and useful class!” and “Best Evening RS class ever.” The excitement for an understanding of Church technology is spreading, too. Several sisters told friends and family members about the class, and now other wards want to organize a similar training in their own wards.

Receiving training on the many helpful resources available to Church members inspired these sisters to hasten the Lord’s work in their own hearts, families, and communities. When we increase knowledge about our resources, our ability to share the gospel improves. There are members in your ward who would benefit from sharing your knowledge of technology!

We suggest that you try using a similar training event in your own ward. Those who want to share and those who want to learn will both benefit. For training resources and information, contact Elder and Sister Eliason through email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

LDSTech Broadcast: Where Can I Turn for Help with Meetinghouse Technology? Print E-mail
Written by Emily Cutler   
Thursday, 30 May 2013

Date: Friday, June 7, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time
Topic: Meetinghouse Technology Help

*Click this button to watch the broadcast live at 12 p.m. MDT on June 7, 2013

Keeping up with the various technologies available for meetinghouses can be challenging. Fortunately, many resources are also available for stake technology specialists around the world to help them magnify their callings.

This month’s LDSTech broadcast will discuss where a stake technology specialist and others can turn for help with meetinghouse technology. This broadcast is geared specifically to stake technology specialists, but may also be useful for stake presidencies, high councilors, bishoprics, clerks, and secretaries.

The broadcast will include several guest speakers representing the various resources available.

How to Attend the Broadcast

To watch the LDSTech broadcast, click the "Watch it now" link at the time of the broadcast. If you would like to attend the broadcast in person, you may join us in the Riverton Office Building (3740 West Market Center Drive, Riverton, UT, Ground Floor, Zion Room A).

Each broadcast is recorded, so if you miss one, you can re-watch the recording at any time. In fact, if you tune in late to the broadcast, you can rewind the broadcast and play it from the beginning. See the Broadcast Archive to view previous broadcasts.

Asking Questions

Viewers can ask questions through Twitter during the broadcast. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one at When you ask a question, include the hashtag #ldstech in your tweet. For more information, see Twitter and LDSTech.

Learn More about the LDSTech Meetinghouse Technology Helps Broadcast Print E-mail
Written by Emily Cutler   
Thursday, 13 June 2013

If you missed last week’s excellent broadcast about meetinghouse technology helps for the Stake Technology Specialist, watch it here.

Read over these acronyms used in the broadcast before you watch it. See our acronyms page for more. Below the acronyms you will find helpful links to popular items discussed during the broadcast.

FM – Facilities Manager      PFR – Physical Facilities Representative     

TM – Technology Manager      MLS – Member and Leaders Service     

GSC – Global Service Center      STS – Stake Technology Specialist     

PVC – Personal Video Conference      TSR – Technology Service Representative     

Mhtech – Meetinghouse technology     

Helpful Links redirects users to the Meetinghouse Technology page on The site provides video and instruction for technology in Church meetinghouses around the world.

The Global Service Center (GSC) provides IT support, distribution ordering support, local unit MLS support, and family history center support services.

In addition to the Meetinghouse Technology page, the LDSTech Forum page provides a vast community of users with experience ranging from technology experts to ordinary people interested in Church technology. Specifically, the forum about Clerk and Technology Support was mentioned in the broadcast.

To learn about the forum and how it differs from the Wiki, read the Self Support page. Anyone can read various forum topics, and those with an LDS Account can sign in and join the conversations, provide advice, or ask questions.

LDSTech Chapters are groups of people interested in Church technology who live near each other. Find out how to join or start one in your area.

Church-service missionaries provide invaluable contributions to the technological advancements in the Church. If you're interested to know more about Church-service missions, visit the opportunities page where you can see all available options and complete the LDSTech Missionary and Service Opportunities form. You can also volunteer your time and talents by joining projects on the Wiki.

If you have questions about meetinghouse technology or other topics, we encourage you to visit the forum. Otherwise email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Prepare for the Broadcast: How Church-Service Missionaries Help Build the Kingdom Print E-mail
Written by Emily Cutler   
Friday, 05 July 2013

The number of full-time missionaries serving around the world has soared since President Monson announced that members can begin missions at a younger age. The response of faithful youth and couple missionaries accepting missions is clear evidence that the Lord is encouraging members to serve and share the gospel.

However, there may be some members who wish they could respond to those same desires to serve, and yet for one reason or another, find that full-time proselyting service isn’t an option. These individuals can still apply for Church-service missions.

It may be common knowledge that the Church has service missionary opportunities, but are you aware of just how many opportunities there are? Church-wide, there are more than 32,000 positions for Church-service missionaries (CSMs) to fill. Currently there are just over 16,000 of those positions filled, leaving more than half of the opportunities open to volunteers! Some of these opportunities even allow missionaries to serve from home.

The Church-service missionary website provides resources to help candidates understand qualifications, get started, browse opportunities, and fill out forms, and it offers additional material such as videos of missionaries sharing their service experiences.

The upcoming LDSTech broadcast will be a presentation on the opportunities and processes surrounding Church-service missionaries. It will provide visual aids to help Stake Presidents and clerks better understand how to manage their CSMs. It will also help worthy young men and women whose circumstances prevent a proselyting mission to discover new avenues for service.

The broadcast will cover the wide variety of volunteer opportunities as well as how volunteers can become Church-service missionaries for LDSTech. There are currently 62 missionaries serving LDSTech-specific missions. LDSTech offers full or part-time Church-service missionary opportunities for those single and couple missionaries who are interested in helping Church technology build the kingdom.

This broadcast will be the perfect introduction for those wondering how to take the first step to become a Church-service missionary, a great reminder for missionary coordinators and stake presidents on the missionary management tools, and a review for general Church membership on just how much Church-service missionaries can do! Mark your calendars for July 12, 2013 at noon MDT for the upcoming broadcast.

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