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Needed: Church Service Missionary Needed with Marklogic Development Experience Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012

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.

Required Skills

  • CS Bachelors or equivalent experience.
  • 2 yrs. Enterprise web application engineering experience.
  • Java, Javascript, XHTML, CSS3, XML, XSLT, Web Services (REST)
  • XQuery (Marklogic), Responsive design, mobile web, LESS

It would also be helpful to know Eclipse, GIT, and agile methodology, but this is not required.

Application Process

If you're interested in this position, complete the LDSTech Church Service Missionary form here. When you fill out the form, reference the desire to work on Church History MarkLogic applications.

If you have specific questions, contact Michael Cobbley for more details at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Gospel Library Version 2.3 for Android Released Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Thursday, 15 November 2012

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

As long as you're logged in with your LDS Account, all of your annotations sync to, and likewise, your annotations on sync to your Gospel Library app.

LDS Tools Outages on Sundays Print E-mail
Written by Justin Krebs   
Monday, 05 November 2012

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 Calendar Version 2.2 Released Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Monday, 13 August 2012 calendar version 2.2 was recently released. Version 2.2 includes a host of new features, including the following:

  • Agenda view
  • New Settings button and interface
  • Churchwide calendars
  • Overview canvas 
  • Private calendars on Initial Setup
  • Unit information on events
  • Primary contact information for building schedulers

For a full list of the release notes for 2.2, see the Release Notes in the calendar help. calendar version 2.2

Current LDSTech Church-Service Mission Opportunities Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012

LDS Church service missionsIf you desire to serve a Church-service mission, you can become a missionary for LDSTech.

LDSTech missions are ideal for people who work or have worked in the IT industry. You may be a young (or young-at-heart) tech expert who is worthy to serve a proselyting mission but cannot. You may also be retired or on a leave of absence and looking for an opportunity to serve a mission. LDSTech is a welcome place to serve for people from all backgrounds and ages.

Church Service Missionary Listings

The latest Church service missionary opportunities are listed on In the Select an Interest dropdown box, select Information Technology and Computer Science.

Needs for Testers

Right now we have a strong need for testers. Testers work with project teams to test applications for bugs, defects, and other issues. Testers need to be thorough and creative as they check applications against requirements, functionality specifications, prototype designs, and other standards.

Personal Progress Integrated with Notes and Journal Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012

Entries that young women record in the Personal Progress application are now integrated with Notes and Journal (formerly called “My Study Notebook”).

Both Personal Progress and Notes and Journal are applications. Young women use Personal Progress to complete and track value experiences as part of the Young Women program. As young women complete experiences for each value, they record journal entries about the experiences.

Notes and Journal allows members to annotate and record notes and journal entries about scriptures, magazine articles, and other content that they read on

The integration of these two applications gives you a more unified experience on When you record journal entries in Personal Progress, they sync to Notes and Journal. The sync is two-way: If you update the entry in Notes and Journal, the entry in Personal Progress is also updated.

Personal Progress on

The New Menu Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 has a new menu in place. The Menu and Tools menus have been replaced with four new navigation options: Scriptures, Teachings, Resources, and News.

New menus to navigate to content

These new menus are designed to help members easily find the most used content on the site, such as scriptures, General Conference, magazines and manuals, First Presidency messages, ordering church materials, and more.

Straightforward Naming

As you explore the menus, you’ll notice that names are more straightforward and plain than in the past. Rather than “Church Media Library,” the option is now “Video, Audio, and Images.” Rather than “My Study Notebook,” the option is “Notes and Journal.” Rather than “Online Store,” the option is “Order Church Materials.”

LDSTech Broadcast on Friday, August 3: Personal Video Conferencing and Meetinghouse Webcast Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Personal Video Conferencing and Meetinghouse Webcast Broadcast

The next LDSTech broadcast, scheduled for Friday, August 3, at 12:00pm MDT, will focus on Personal Video Conferencing (PVC) and Meetinghouse Webcast.

You can attend the broadcast either online during the live stream or in person at the Riverton Office Building. Kurt Olsen and Rod Hyde, meetinghouse technology product managers in ICS, will give the broadcast.

What Is Personal Video Conferencing?

Personal Video Conferencing (PVC) provides local Church leaders and members of the Church workforce the ability to personally interact with one another, regardless of their location, using just a personal computer.

PVC is a telecommunication technology that allows for two-way video and audio transmissions. The Church provides PVC to local leaders and employees worldwide for the purpose of reducing travel while still accomplishing face-to-face communications for meetings, interviews, trainings, and other purposes. You can use PVC for one-on-one meetings and for small groups.

New in JIRA 5.106 -- Rapid Boards, Customizable Issue Fields, Mentions, and More Print E-mail
Written by Rob Goates and Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012

All users who have access to JIRA, an application used for software defect tracking and project management on many LDSTech projects, may have noticed some important changes in the most recent update to JIRA.

In JIRA 5.10.6, you can now use Scrum Rapid Boards to manage the agile workflow, customize the Create Issue fields to hide fields that aren't relevant, include "mentions" to notify specific team members about updates, and more. Together these new features help improve collaboration and workflow on project teams.

Scrum Rapid Boards

Scrum Rapid Boards are a new tool in JIRA to help streamline and improve the agile workflow. Ray Maxwell, an application systems engineer over JIRA on the Application Lifecycle Management team, says, "JIRA Rapid Boards provide a flexible way to view, manage, and report work in progress. In this update, both Kanban and Scrum Agile methodologies are supported. The Scrum Board supports planning, prioritizing, sprinting, and reporting."

The best way to understand Rapid Boards is to create one for your project. To create a Rapid Board, go to your JIRA project page, and then click Agile > Getting Started. Click the Scrum tab, and then follow the on-screen steps to create a new Rapid Board.

Creating a new rapid board in JIRA

Book of Mormon App for Android and iOS Now Available for Beta Testing Print E-mail
Written by Rob Goates   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012

A new app for Android and iOS called “The Book of Mormon” is now available for beta testing. Intended for missionary efforts, this app provides a simple, footnote-free digital copy of the Book of Mormon in a variety of languages.

Instead of giving tangible copies of the Book of Mormon, missionaries (both full-time and members) can give out cards with QR codes directing investigators to the new app.

A QR code operates on a graphic that consists of black modules (square dots) arranged in a square pattern on a white background. This QR code, after being scanned by an iOS or Android device, opens a site where investigators can download the app. 

The following screens show the Book of Mormon app on Android and iOS.

Book of Mormon App for Android

Screens from the Book of Mormon app for Android. Reading the Book of Mormon (left) and listening to the audio narration (right).

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