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LDSTech 2012 Conference summary Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Thursday, 26 April 2012

Thanks to everyone who participated in the LDSTech 2012 Conference. Over the course of three days, there were 41 presentations and 32 projects. For a quick summary about the conference and the LDSTech effort in general, see this infographic:

LDSTech Conference infographic

Overall, 475 unique volunteers (non-employees) attended the conference. On Wednesday, 130 attended; on Thursday, 300 attended, on Friday another 300 attended. Some volunteers attended only Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, but the unique number of attendees was 475 overall.

New getting started guides available Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 27 April 2012

New getting started guides for Maps, Youth, Personal Progress, Duty to God, and have been added to the getting started guides page on the wiki. The new guides are highlighted in red below.

Updated getting started guides

These getting started guides provide simple, introductory information about the application on one page. There are now a total of 15 getting started guides available. 

Introduction to LDSTech Projects Print E-mail
Written by David Morris   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Latter-day Saint history is one of sacrifice and service in building the kingdom of God on earth. Through the early saints’ contribution of their skills, tools, and organization, the saints built temples, constructed chapels, and established vibrant communities. Skilled engineers, stone masons, designers, wood workers, architects, and other saints all worked together in a collaborative, service-based community.

LDSTech projects

LDSTech projects are a modern version of the same principle of service practiced by early Latter-day Saints.

LDSTech projects are founded on this same principle of community service. The goal of these projects is to draw upon the technical talents and skills of its members to hasten the work of the Church.

Rather than build temples, LDSTech project members focus on building software and other technical solutions. Through LDSTech projects, more than 800 people work on various technical projects. Thousands more are willing to help. The projects emphasize quality assurance, technical writing, beta testing, and development.

There's a new wiki page available -- Introduction to LDSTech projects -- that answers many introductory questions about LDSTech projects. Questions addressed include the following:

  • How do you communicate with members?
  • Why do we have LDSTech projects?
  • What is the purpose of LDSTech?
  • Who works on LDSTech projects?
  • What if I want to contribute service long-term?
  • How else can I serve?
  • How do I find out what volunteers in my area are serving?
  • What projects are available?
  • Why is testing an emphasis in volunteer work?
  • How much time does it require?
  • Can I start my own LDSTech project?
  • Who leads LDSTech projects?

To read more, see Introduction to LDSTech projects.

LDS Maps Version 3.0 released Print E-mail
Written by Keri Marler and Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012

A new version of LDS Maps is available. Version 3.0 of LDS Maps includes a host of new features that improve your experience in finding meetinghouses, members in your stake, and a variety of Church locations.

From, you can access Maps by going to Tools > Maps. The direct URL for accessing Maps is

LDS Maps

The features included in the 3.0 release include the following:

  • Single line search
  • Household verifications
  • "Maps 101" overlay help
  • "What’s Nearby" feature
  • Improved print options
  • Numerous map display options
  • New layers
  • Unit boundary maps
  • "Locate me" feature
  • Improved iPad and tablet support
  • Metrics units options

To read more detail about each of these features, see the LDS Maps release notes.

For introductory information about LDS Maps, see the LDS Maps getting started guide. You can also view quick reference guides for other applications on the getting started guides wiki page.

MLS 3.4.3 released Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012

MLS version 3.4.3 was released this week. The release includes updates to various Seminary and Institute reports, Ward/Branch and Stake/District Organization Application forms, the Bishopric Action and Interview List, Visiting Teaching Reporting, Membership Audit, and more. For details about the updates, see MLS release notes.

Look for the "Church Websites" link Print E-mail
Written by Fernando Camilo   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012

A new link has been added to,, Newsroom and Mormon Channel, showing some of the major Church websites in one single place. The link briefly explains the purpose of each website and has quick links from each page for faster navigation. The link can be found on the top right corner of each page under "Church Websites".

Church Websites Link

When you click the link, a panel drops down showing other Church websites.

Church websites panel

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.

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