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Church Service Missionary Opportunities for Web Developers Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Thursday, 21 June 2012

Church service mission opportunitiesAre you interested in serving a Church-service mission? We are currently looking for volunteers with experience in web development. Here are the position details:

Web Developer

#9996 in the Salt Lake City Area | #9997 in the Provo Area

Description: A Church-service missionary (CSM) is needed as a web developer at the Riverton Office Building. The CSM's primary responsibilities would be to develop and test XQuery, HTML, and JavaScript code for

Skills: This Church-service missionary would be required to have experience in XML, HTML, and JavaScript. It would be good to have experience in XQuery (will train), JSON, and CSS, but it is not mandatory.

If you're interested in the position and want more details, send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about the location, see Riverton Office Building.

For additional mission opportunities and information, see Church-service missionary opportunities with LDSTech.

Setting Up a Local Web Development Environment Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Thursday, 21 June 2012

If you're working as a developer on a community project, such as the LDSTech community project, you will most likely need to set up a local web development environment on your computer. Setting up a local web development environment allows you to create and modify web applications on your own computer rather than uploading the application files to a server to run the files.

To set up a local web development environment, you will need to download and set up a web server, such as Uniform Server, on your local machine. Uniform Server (similar to WampServer or XAMPP) simulates a web server on your machine with the LAMP Stack resources (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP), which are essential for working with LDSTech Swarm, Joomla, Mediawiki and other applications.

In addition to a web server, there are a few other programs you'll need to work with application files. One is Notepad++, a text editor that lets you write and edit various types of code, including PHP. You will also need to install TortoiseSVN, a subversion client that helps you manage versions of source code.

For step-by-step details on setting up these resources, see this new article on the wiki: Setting up a local web development environment.

Beta Testers Needed for Magazine Online Order System Print E-mail
Written by Jim Baird   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012

The team has redesigned the magazine ordering system. You are invited to help us test the next version of the site and provide feedback about the new process. The most valuable feedback will come from your test of the following scenarios:

  • Renewing a subscription
  • Changing a subscription address
  • Giving a gift subscription

Things to know for testing:

Thank you for your help. Your feedback will positively affect the way users around the world access magazines.


Calendar Beta Version 2.1 Available for Testing Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Version 2.1 of the calendar has been released on the calendar beta site: This release provides a simpler interface, includes a Churchwide calendar, offers private bishopric calendars on setup, and more.

See the 2.1 Community Beta Release Notes for a full list of the new features. calendar

You are invited to test out the calendar and report any bugs, issues, or other feedback. Please submit your feedback in the LDSTech Beta Calendar forum here.

Version 2.1 is expected to be in beta for a couple of weeks before it’s released to production. When it is released to production, you will access it as usual from the Tools menu on

Stay Notified about Testing Opportunities

To stay notified about opportunities to test applications, join the Local Unit Application Beta Testing project on LDSTech. To join the project, sign in to LDSTech, then click Projects on the top navigation bar. If you haven't already completed your profile, click Profile on the submenu and complete the required fields. Make sure you sign the contributor's license agreement.

Once your profile is complete, click Projects on the submenu, click the Local Unit Application Beta Testing project, and scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click Join.

You don't have to be a member of the Local Unit Application Beta Testing project to submit feedback about the calendar. Anyone can post to the LDSTech Forums. However, by joining the project, we will keep you updated about testing opportunities not only for calendar but other applications too.

Spotlight: Elder Joshua Bangerter Print E-mail
Written by Rob Goates   
Friday, 08 June 2012

LDSTech Church Service Missionaries

Elder Bangerter (left) and Elder Rogers (right) are two LDSTech Church service missionaries serving in the Church's Information and Communication Services (ICS) department.

Elder Joshua Bangerter, like many LDS young men, always knew he wanted to serve a mission. And, like many LDS young men with a medical condition, he still had the desire to serve – no matter what.

“Once I was released from full-time service, I met with my bishop the second day home to see what options were available for Church Service missionaries,” he said. “He suggested I go to work in the temple, which I did, and then I was directed to Alan Smoot, who suggested I come serve within the ICS Department.”

During the seven months he has served in the Riverton Office Building as a quality assurance assistant, Elder Bangerter has found working for the ICS Department has brought many blessings into his life. For example, with a desire to become an electrical engineer, serving a mission within the ICS Department is helping him prepare for his career. Widget Print E-mail
Written by Fernando Camilo   
Saturday, 26 May 2012 has announced a new tool for bloggers and website owners to help them easily share the gospel online. The web widget was created to provide a simple way to engage others in learning about the Church and highlight some of the unique members of the Church. It also includes a function that allows those learning about our faith to chat online with the full-time missionaries. You can embed this widget on your blog or personal website. For more information and to get the embed code, visit the Widget page. Widget

New Local Versions of Country Websites Print E-mail
Written by Fernando Camilo   
Saturday, 26 May 2012

The Church has recently created new local versions of called country websites. These new websites contain much of the regular content currently available on the global version, but with additional local information, including messages from the Area Presidency and local news.

The Brazil country website was introduced this week, adding to the current list, which includes Canada (English and French), Caribbean Area, Mexico, Africa Southeast Area, South America Northwest Area, Armenia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

LDSTech Broadcast: "Clerk Computers" Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 25 May 2012

Please join us for the next LDSTech Broadcast on Friday, June 1, from 1:30 - 2:30pm MDT. Product manager Brian Fromm will be presenting on the topic of clerk computers. Stake technology specialists, stake clerks, ward clerks, and anyone else interested in clerk computers will benefit from attending this broadcast.

In the broadcast, Brian will cover the following:

  • The clerk computer lifecycle (acquisition, setup, maintenance, and disposal)
  • MLS download site
    • New computer management software
    • New computer setup instructions
    • Disposal policy
    • Recommended applications
  • Software compliance
  • Remote access
  • Direct e-mail communication with stake and district technology specialists
  • Clerk content migration from the LDSTech wiki to

Summary of Clark Gilbert's Keynote at the 2012 LDSTech Conference Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Friday, 25 May 2012

Clark Gilbert Keynote at LDSTech Conference

Clark Gilbert, president and CEO of the Deseret News Publishing Company and Deseret Digital Media, delivered the opening keynote address at the 2012 LDSTech Conference in Riverton, Utah, on March 28, 2012. Commending the pioneering efforts of LDSTech volunteers, Gilbert focused on parallel pioneering efforts of the Church, and specifically of Deseret News.

Gilbert said that as the saints were heading west in wagons, Brigham Young sent Willard Richards back to get a printing press, which he then brought out on a wagon. This was the real start of Deseret News, which is now over 150 years old. From that point to now, the Deseret News has been a pioneer in media efforts.

Citing the recently revised mission of Deseret Media Corporation, Gilbert emphasized the efforts of Deseret News to stand as “trusted voices of light and knowledge reaching hundreds of millions of people worldwide.” This mission has been the guiding light for Deseret News in their efforts to enter the digital media frontier.

Moving Meetinghouse Technology Content to Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hutchins   
Friday, 18 May 2012

The Meetinghouse Technology Team has initiated a project to move related content from the Meetinghouse Technology section of the LDSTech wiki (pictured below) to

The following are several reasons for the change:

  • Make it easy to provide content in ten languages (99% coverage): English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian.
  • Provide clear delineation from authoritative content and community-contributed content.
  • Secure sensitive content with role-based authentication.
  • Reduce the number of locations where content is published.
  • Integrate content with personalization effort (displaying information related to your Church calling on the home page).
  • Change page layouts (design) without having to write code.
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