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Church Service Missionary Combines Faith and Experience for LDSTech Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 20 March 2015

When Elder Dennis Keating contemplated serving a senior mission for the Church, he was receiving the LDSTech Newsletter by way of his Bishop, who knew his technical background would fit a technology mission. At the time, he thought becoming a tester for some of the new applications and products being developed by the Church would capture his interest and give him experiences with new software while he was semi-retired.

After submitting an application and receiving his call, Elder Keating was immediately asked by Alan Smoot, LDSTech manager, if he would be a project manager. What a surprise! Although he had some experience with legacy programming languages, had worked for General Dynamics, and had enjoyed being a project manager deploying software for customers with Hewlett-Packard, he confessed that he knew almost nothing about the structure of current programs and couldn’t picture how he would fill the role of project manager, his team would be located at the Church’s Riverton, Utah office building. He knew he couldn’t pick up and leave the family business to move to Utah.

What's in the New Mormon Channel for You? Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Mormon Channel recently rolled out updates to its website and mobile apps with a #WhereIAm campaign on social media. The campaign brings new emphasis to the way Mormon Channel goes everywhere you go, and delivers uplifting content wherever you are. Heidi Green, a producer for Mormon Channel, explained, “Mormon Channel’s objective is to deliver content to help our audience in every aspect of their lives— socially, emotionally, and spiritually; and with the app and website our media can be with them everywhere.”

So what’s in the new Mormon Channel for you?

12 "Must Have" LDS Mobile Apps - Part 3 Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 13 March 2015

This third article about LDS mobile technology rounds out an even dozen of the most-used LDS Church mobile apps. All are free and many are packed with features you won’t want to be without.

12 "Must Have" LDS Mobile Apps - Part 2 Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015

This is the second of three articles on LDS mobile apps, many of which are supported in multiple languages and on multiple platforms. You will find an abundance of features. They are offered for your use and enjoyment and provide options you may have overlooked or not yet fully explored.

12 "Must Have" LDS Mobile Apps - Part 1 Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Monday, 09 March 2015

Useful LDS mobile technology is available for a variety of platforms, and development lifecycles continue to enhance product offerings. You may already be familiar with a few apps but not be using them to their full potential. Other apps may be entirely new, with features you will find very worthwile. Follow the next three articles on LDS mobile apps and learn about their supported platforms and features, including some that may surprise you.

Next LDSTech Broadcast Features Three Timely Topics Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015

The next LDSTech Broadcast, scheduled for 12:00 noon to 1 p.m. MDT on April 17, 2015, will bring three exceptional presenters together to discuss three fascinating and timely topics.

      1. Jeff Isom will discuss the new including current and future plans for the new web design.
      2. John Edwards will overview the “big picture” for the Church’s strategy and planning for “Gospel Media”
      3. Tony Spencer will demo features of the most recent release of the Windows 8 Gospel Library and planned upgrades
Finding Community Support on the Forum Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015

Got a question? Need information? Found a solution? Discovered a workaround? If this describes your experience with LDS technology, the discussions at should be your go-to place to collaborate on any number of issues.

The forum at LDSTech is the only official Church-sponsored community discussion board for technology. Since 2006 more than 130,000 posts, on nearly 20,000 topics have been shared, with new entries added every day.

Meet the Mormon Tabernacle Choir App Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Thursday, 26 February 2015

The new Mormon Tabernacle Choir App for iOS, and a pending release for Android, marks the culmination of a multi-year strategy to enhance the reach of the Choir internationally and with younger audiences. With a growing presence in social media and a vibrant website for the Choir, you might wonder what additional benefit you gain from a mobile app.

Really, a lot is packed into this portable new interface. Scott Barrick, General Manager for the Tabernacle Choir, shared this: “The Mormon Tabernacle Choir app will ensure the Choir’s music, latest news, blog, events, concerts, ticketing, and tour information are all in one place, readily available.”

FamilySearch Launches New App Gallery Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 recently launched an online gallery of links to collect services and apps that enrich patron experiences with family history. Go to with your PC, Mac, or handheld device, and in a few clicks connect to a variety of family history resources.

Streaming Church Media - Part 2 Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 20 February 2015

The Church has a keen interest in making the content on its websites, broadcast channels, and mobile platforms widely available in as many languages as possible. If you have a smart TV with a built in web browser, you need only connect the TV to your network and browse Church media. If not, you are a good candidate for an add-on product. There are a number of such devices; some are better or worse for streaming LDS media.

This article explores the more popular Internet TVs and how well they deliver LDS content.

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