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New Navigation Menus: Resources Easier to Find Print E-mail
Written by Office of Communication Services   
Friday, 15 May 2015

The phone rings on Saturday night. It’s your child’s Sunday School teacher asking you to be a last-minute substitute for his class. “You can find the lesson on,” he says before hanging up. is easy to find, but now where do you go? will get a new navigation menu in a release scheduled for mid-May, the latest of the Church’s continuing improvements to make its official website more personalized and easier to use.

Aware that any changes may be temporarily confusing for anyone who regularly uses the site, the Church has prepared an introductory video as well as instructional video tours to ease the transition. These will be found on the home page and linked from social media and other sources to help visitors learn about and navigate the new menu structure.

Why change at all?

Studies by the Church show that members rely on to help them

  • Become better followers of Jesus Christ
  • Serve in their callings and assignments
  • Feel inspiration and hope
  • Find practical helps for life’s challenges
  • Stay connected with the Church

But users’ feedback over the past few years regarding has been clear: resources are difficult to find, and the navigation could be more intuitive.

7 Tips for LDS Members Using Social Media in Church Callings Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Chances are pretty good you have social outlets on the web to connect with friends and family. Maybe you use the Internet to communicate with members or do missionary work. You may not realize that what you post, share, or display on the web in any form says a lot about you, and a lot more about the Church you represent, so a periodic assessment of your web presence is timely and appropriate.

7 Tips for LDS Members Using Social Media in Church Callings - YouTube cleverly displays what you need to know. Collectively the seven tips serve as a checklist for anyone using the Internet to spread the gospel message.

LDS Face to Face Event to Feature Elder and Sister Bednar Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 08 May 2015

You are invited to participate on May 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. MDT in a live, worldwide, online activity with Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Susan. This LDS Face to Face event is an opportunity for you to ask questions and join in a conversation about strengthening testimony while learning new patterns for receiving answers to questions.

The event will be streamed live in 10 languages from the LDS Youth Facebook page, the Mormon Channel YouTube, and the Youth Activities page at It will also be available live via the Church satellite system in North and South America.

Questions may be submitted before the event by commenting on the Youth Activities page any time before the stream begins, and during the event on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #LDSface2face.

Gospel Library for Windows 8.1: Improving Personal Study and Lesson Preparation - Part 2 Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 08 May 2015

Gospel Library for Windows 8.1 is closer to becoming a universal app that will work the same across all Windows devices. Your LDS Account keeps annotations in sync on all your devices and platforms.

As a Windows 8.1 user, the new releases for Windows mobile and desktops have added refinements that support peripherals, accessories and traditional file management tools. Links to social media and email make sharing easy throughout.

Part two features more suggestions...

Gospel Library for Windows 8.1: Improving Personal Study and Lesson Preparation - Part 1 Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Thursday, 07 May 2015

Many members use Gospel Library for Windows (GLW) for reading, reference, and multimedia activities, hesitating to do more because they have not yet upgraded to Windows 8.1, and because Windows apps formerly did not have all the features of iOS and Android. With the recent release of GLW, the gap is closing. GLW now shares the same iconography and navigation features as other platforms, and makes use of some very helpful tools native only to Windows environments.

According to Jim Byer, one of the coders for the project, “Gospel Library is meant to be used every day for deep gospel study, inspiration, reference, and teaching.” He is one of over 300 volunteers who are part of a global effort to develop Gospel Library for Windows. He and others do coding, testing, debugging, and building of user interfaces, capitalizing on developments that are bringing Windows mobile and desktop applications closer together.

Create Memorable Impressions with the Media Library Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Media can be a wonderful enhancement to a gospel lesson. It can bring a spiritual tone that leaves memorable and lasting impressions. The LDS Media Library at offers many resources for teaching, learning, and sharing gospel media. Instructions for accessing and using technology tools that support media use are also available in the media library.

If you have been reluctant to use audio and visual components in your teaching due to the potential for unforeseen technical difficulties, the following suggestions will help you avoid technical glitches.

2015 LDSTech Conference: Get Set for a Day of Information and Sharing Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Plans are underway for the 2015 LDSTech Conference on for October 15 in Salt Lake City at the Institute of Religion Building on the University of Utah campus.   Get set for a day of information packed sessions about Church technology with opportunities to interact with other technology minded members.

This year the conference will also feature an “Idea Share” session designed to give onsite access to discuss your software and technology project ideas.  You will also have opportunities to experience the newest gospel related software from the 2015 App & Game Contest.

Visit LDSTech Conference 2015 for more details.  Save the date on your calendar. Session and registration information will be coming in July!

LDSTech Broadcast April 17: Recap on, LDS Tools, and Gospel Library Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Judging from the range of questions submitted, presenters for the new, LDS Tools, and the Gospel Library for Windows apps captivated both an onsite audience at the Church’s Riverton Office Building and over a hundred online viewers who participated in the LDSTech broadcast on April 17. The following recaps a concentrated hour of inspiration and insight:

Jeff Isom explained the background and rationale behind recent and proposed changes to, emphasizing evolutionary improvements over less frequent revolutionary changes. A guiding mantra has been to make resources easier to find online through better search capabilities and better navigation. Based on research and user feedback, test results demonstrated an improvement overall from 57% to 75% in ease of access performing 96 common navigation tasks. Several new navigation pages are planned and will be shared with Church departments and stakeholders before becoming final. New training and awareness materials are also planned and will be integrated to ease transitions. Look for the next upgrade in mid-May.

A Website Devoted to President Thomas S. Monson Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Did you know there is an official website devoted entirely to President Thomas S. Monson? Recent news has emphasized how Church leaders have taken to social media and the Internet without mentioning the 16th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has an official Church information website. A visit to the site will both inform and inspire you regarding this remarkable prophet, leader, humanitarian, and role-model. To get started go to

2015 Gospel App and Game Contest: Help Getting Started Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 24 April 2015

Now that the 2015 Gospel App & Game contest is underway, you may be thinking about creating an app, polishing a submission that is in progress, or finding someone to help you develop an idea that has been stewing in the back of your mind into a really awesome app. Good sources for information to get you started, and collaboration tools with like-minded creative people are available at LDSTech in the Wiki and on the Forum.

To get started, follow this link to the Registration Form. Use search fields in the wiki and forum and the links below. Help is on the way!

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