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Book of Mormon App for Windows Phone 7 Released Print E-mail
Written by Whitney Denney   
Friday, 28 October 2011

A new Book of Mormon app is available for Windows Phone 7. The Book of Mormon app is available as a free download in the Windows Marketplace.

The Book of Mormon app is geared toward a non-member audience largely unfamiliar with the Book of Mormon. It provides another way for people who are curious about the Book of Mormon to access a copy of it. David Staheli, a senior engineer on the project, says, “If anybody out there is curious, they’ll come along and see the Book of Mormon, and they can download it for free just to see what it’s about.” 

The following screenshots are from the Book of Mormon app:


The Application and its Features

The project started in December 2010 as an experiment. Brother Staheli says, “We thought, ‘Why don’t we take what we’ve already done—the whole gospel library and all the scriptures—but simplify it a bit for missionary purposes.’” The goal was to make the Book of Mormon less intimidating to investigators, so the team simplified the user interface by removing some of the advanced features, such as footnotes.


 
LDS.org Calendar Version 2.0 Released Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Version 2.0 of the LDS.org calendar was released today. This version contains a number of new features that will be helpful to calendar editors and administrators. A few of these new features include the following:

  • More intuitive interface for scheduling events and making reservations
  • New administrative interface that provides better navigation through tabs
  • More stability and better application performance

If you haven’t already transitioned to the new calendar, now is the perfect time since most wards and stakes are entering the 2012 planning period. With the inclusion of locations, privacy controls, and callings-based rights, the calendar is designed to meet the needs of wards and stakes.

LDS.org Calendar Interface

 
Becoming Familiar with the Resources under Tools on LDS.org Print E-mail
Written by StacyAnn Allen   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The resources under the Tools menu on LDS.org provide a wealth of new applications to help members and leaders in wards and stakes.

When you sign in with your LDS Account, the options that appear in the Tools menu are personalized to your calling. Many of the tools are standard for all members, such as the directory and calendar, but some are more specialized for bishops and stake presidents, such as Leader Resources and Clerk Resources. The following screenshot shows the resources available to a stake president’s login.

LDS.org Tools Menu

Below is a brief introduction to some of these resources. If you don’t have an LDS Account yet, go to ldsaccount.lds.org and register for one first. You will then be able to access these resources.

 
LDS Music App for iOS Released Print E-mail
Written by Whitney Denney   
Friday, 21 October 2011

LDS Music 1.0 for iOS, released in October 2011, is available for free download in Apple’s App Store.

LDS Music contains the content of the LDS Hymnbook and Children’s Songbook, with each song presented in two views: the sheet music or simply the text of the verses. The songs are listed by number as well as alphabetically, by topic, by author, and by composer.

LDS Music app screens

Authors and composers are listed by first or last name. There is a search option that covers not just song titles but also each song’s content. The application also plays instrumental music for each song, which is especially useful when there is no pianist around.

 
LDS Mobile Apps Infographic Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Thursday, 20 October 2011

The following infographic shows the LDS mobile apps available from the Church: LDS Gospel Library, Scripture Mastery, Mormon Channel, LDS Tools, LDS Youth, and LDS Music (new). Feel free to print off this graphic and pass it out to your members or pin it up on your meetinghouse bulletin boards. You can download the apps by searching for the titles in your smartphone's application store. 

To print the file, click the graphic below. Then press Ctrl+P to bring up your browser's print window.


Special thanks to Cindy Garber Iverson, a volunteer on the LDSTech blog project, for creating and sharing this graphic.

 
Using the Community to Beta Test Church Applications Print E-mail
Written by Whitney Denney   
Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The Church calendar is being updated with a new and improved back-end architecture and a simplified work flow, easing the scheduling of resources and events and introducing a more intuitive design. The latest version, Calendar 2.0, is due to come out in a couple of weeks.  As part of the development of this product, the calendar team engaged the community using a new model for beta testing. It was a great success.

How It Worked

In July 2011, the calendar team asked for testing volunteers through the LDSTech Forum. Next, an article published on the LDSTech blog (Upcoming Calendar 2.0 Beta Test) advertised the opportunity for community members to conduct application testing. The article called for at least 30 participants, preferably from various geographical areas and having callings as stake or ward administrators, clerks, and building schedulers. These simple recruiting tactics encouraged over 200 community members to respond, and about 30 participated actively.

 
Church Service Missionary Opportunities Within the LDSTech Community Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 07 October 2011

See the Church service missionary opportunity page on the wiki. The wiki page contains up to date information about current opportunities.

Additional reading

The following articles provide more information about LDSTech Church-service missions.

 
Profile of a Technology Service Missionary Print E-mail
Written by Curtis Palmer   
Monday, 03 October 2011

Wanted: Young men or women who love the Lord, have a testimony of missionary service, are willing to sacrifice, want to dedicate a portion of their life at their own expense, and have a fondness for… technology.

When we think of full-time missionaries, we often have a definite image in mind: conservative dress, modest hair styles, white shirt and tie, and traveling in pairs. We normally don’t see missionaries carrying an iPad to their next meeting, working on lines of code, or testing the latest smartphone app. But this is exactly what Alan Smoot, manager for the LDSTech community, hopes to see more of in the near future.

“Not every young man or woman can serve a mission for various reasons, yet they may still have a desire to contribute their time and talents,” Alan explains. “As a bishop, I had one such young man come to me recently. He was tech-savvy and wanted to serve a mission, but for various reasons, a proselyting mission wasn’t appropriate. He was nevertheless able to contribute by coding.” 

Meet Elder Aaron Monson from Lindon, Utah. He recently completed a technology service mission for LDSTech. Growing up, Elder Monson played computer games, as do most kids today. Okay, he played a lot of computer games and was so involved with the games that he wanted to build his own, so he learned how to program. He took some intro to computer programming, information systems, and Java classes at BYU. Elder Monson then took a break from his studies at BYU to serve a mission.

 
Interacting Online as a Member Missionary Print E-mail
Written by Beth Kirby   
Friday, 30 September 2011

Last April, President Uchtdorf’s talk Waiting on the Road to Damascus inspired me to look for more ways to be a member missionary. In his talk, President Uchtdorf encouraged us to use our hands “to blog and text message the gospel to all the world.”

Because I am shy in social situations but outgoing on the Internet, President Uchtdorf’s suggestion resonated with me, and I decided to put the advice into practice. As another general conference nears, I’d like to make a few notes about my online misssionary progress so far. 

Blogging

I decided to start a blog to record my experiences with the gospel. When I feel moved, I write entries on things that have powerful meaning to me. You can read my blog here.

The only problem with writing on my blog is getting enough publicity. I am not receiving comments on my entries, so I don’t know if anyone is reading it. Still, I have not given up. I announce blog updates to Facebook and Twitter, and have also included a link to my blog on my Facebook and Twitter profiles.

 
Welcoming and Engaging New Volunteers Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Cruz   
Friday, 23 September 2011

When a new volunteer joins a project, project managers receive an e-mail notification letting them know there’s a new member on the project. The initial role of the volunteer is "observer," and the new volunteer usually waits for some direction from the product manager. During this waiting period, observers usually

  • are not aware that they can get involved in the project.
  • are not aware of the opportunities to get involved.
  • hesitate to get in touch with project leads because they don’t think their skills would be useful to the project.

Although observers do have more permissions -- they can view and comment on issues in JIRA, as well as download source code from Subversion -- volunteers are generally unaware of these autoprovisioned rights, and they tend to wait until invited to act. This period of waiting can extend indefinitely until the project manager reaches out to the observer with a welcome e-mail. Since many observers are too shy to reach out and make contact, it’s essential that product managers reach out and make first contact. Here are four guidelines for effectively welcoming and engaging new volunteers.

 
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