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Improving Internet Access Following Meetinghouse Firewall Upgrade - Part 1 Print E-mail
Written by Sharon HowellI   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Because the Internet is a shared resource, last year’s changes to meetinghouse firewall configurations affect everyone who signs in to the meetinghouse network on their Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Becoming better informed about the changes will help you improve the experience for yourself and others.

This begins a two-part article on the new configuration. A second article will cover best practices.

The newest version of the firewall increases data throughput to better utilize the speed of local Internet Service Providers (ISP). The reconfiguration applies to Cisco firewalls furnished by the Church and sets up separate zones using dedicated ports. One zone is for the public network, another for facilities management, and where authorized, a special purpose or reserved zone for Family History Centers (FHC).

 
Improving Internet Access Following Meetinghouse Firewall Upgrade - Part 2 Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Observing best practices when using the meetinghouse Internet will reduce network traffic, improve overall performance, and promote successful network connectivity for everyone. If you use the Internet in your meetinghouse, the suggestions below will provide valuable help.

Connecting your mobile devices to the public network

To use your device successfully, plan ahead. Perform Internet-intensive tasks, such as downloading content, installing apps, and performing software upgrades at home. If you are planning to use web content, download and save content to your device and then use meetinghouse audio visual equipment to project from your device rather than stream directly from the Internet. Where possible, disable wireless on the device and use mobile broadband (cellular connection), but be aware of the provisions of your provider’s data plan and the potential costs.

 
"Relative Finder" Makes Connections Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Are you curious to know how you are related to historical figures? A website developed by the BYU Family History Technology Lab uses the power of computer algorithms combined with data from FamilySearch.org to make connections. Providing you have some family history information already entered, you can use the site to test how closely you are related to some interesting and prominent people.

The website is called “Relative Finder.” It uses information in your family tree at FamilySearch.org to connect you with past and present Church leaders, royalty and national leaders, or other groups of individuals including custom groups.

 
LDSTech Conference 2014 Session Streams Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Did you know that the video streams of 2014 LDSTech Conference sessions are available to everyone? This is a welcome extension of the conference experience for members of the LDSTech community who could not participate live, or who missed exceptional sessions due to scheduling conflicts.

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From the LDSTech Conference home page at http://tech.lds.org/wiki/LDSTech_Conference, click on the link for LDSTech Conference session streams. Select what interests you from the list of class sessions available.

 
Mormon Channel Has Something for Everyone Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A brief recap of the first LDSTech broadcast for 2015 on the Mormon Channel hardly does justice to the presentation. The Friday, January 9 presentation is a credit to media experts and LDSTech developers, who, in partnership, have brought phenomenal changes to the way broadcast technologies reach people. Presenters Rob Boshard (General Manager for the Mormon Channel) and Heidi Green (Content Strategist) likened that partnership to building a house’s infrastructure, furnishing it with content, and “turning on the lights.”

For example, the Mormon Channel provides resources for families, messages of inspiration and hope, and uplifting content in real time through many different channels and on many different platforms.

 
Needed: Senior Technology Missionaries Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 16 January 2015

Several key areas around the world need full-time senior technology missionaries. If you have a desire, are technically inclined, and able to serve outside the US, your skills would bless the work of the Church as an Area Technology Specialist (ATS) in Europe, Korea (Korean speaking), South Africa, or the Pacific at this time.

ATS missionaries provide training and technical support to stake technology specialists (STS) where they serve. ATS assignments also include supporting area leadership, facilities management groups, or missions with help for their technology needs.

 
LDSTech Broadcast in January Features Mormon Channel Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Monday, 29 December 2014

LDSTech broadcasts return in 2015 beginning January 9, from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. MST. Rob Boshard will be presenting on the Mormon Channel and what it does on the Mormon Channel Android app. You are welcome to attend in person onsite or connect remotely over the internet to view the live presentation.

 
Joseph Smith Papers Now More Accessible to Mobile Users Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Monday, 29 December 2014

In early December 2014, The Joseph Smith Papers Project announced the publication of the third volume of its Documents series. At the same time, josephsmithpapers.org, announced that the Project also updated the content and the website has a new look and feel.

With the upgrade to josephsmithpapers.org, the rich legacy of Joseph Smith becomes more usable and accessible to mobile users. Both content and functionality bring the full endeavor together as never before.

 
Church Service Missionary Newest LDSTech Writer Print E-mail
Written by Anna Butler   
Monday, 29 December 2014

Sister Sharon Howell, a new Church Service Missionary on the LDSTech Communications team, comes from a rich LDS pioneer heritage . “One ancestor wrote the words to ’We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet’ while serving a mission in England,” she says. “Another ancestor was well-known as a poet, healer, and midwife.”

In some ways, Sister Howell is a “reverse pioneer.” After she graduated from Brigham Young University, she married and moved to Maryland, and then to rural Virginia where many Church members are first generation converts. “Here the members are spread out over many square miles. Living here has been a blessing. My personal boundaries have been stretched beyond my natural abilities as I serve in various stake and ward callings...

 
A Timely Reminder on Use of Online Resources in Church Callings Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Monday, 29 December 2014

In August 2014, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encouraged Church members to “flood the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth.” He was speaking to individuals about social media, but his message is applicable to any online presence created to further the work of the Church. Websites, blogs, and social media posts can strengthen faith, assist with coordination efforts, and share Church content to great effect.

If you are thinking about creating online content…

 
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