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LDS Maps 3 help

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LDS Maps is computer-mapping software that combines the mapping power of Bing Maps, Google Maps, and ESRI maps with location information about facilities for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Using LDS Maps, you can view location information and get driving directions to Church facilities. A choice of map providers is offered because road and satellite coverage varies between Bing, Google, and ESRI maps.

Contents

Getting started

To search for and view location and other information about Church facilities:

The search results may include the following:

  • The residential congregation (ward or branch) assigned to the address entered.
  • The address of a meetinghouse.
  • The time of the first meeting and the time of the worship service.
  • A driving directions link.
  • Information about Church facilities (not congregations) including hours of operations and contact information.

Use the search field

Enter an address, location, facility name, or other information in the search field and press the Return key or click the Search Search Icon.png icon.
When a meetinghouse or facility is found, LDS Maps will place a location Searched Location Marker.png icon on the map and display location information in a box to the left of the map. If no Church meetinghouse or facility can be located, follow instructions on the left side of the map. When a location is identified, an information box will display the following information:

  • The name of the Church congregation (the Assigned Residential Ward) or facility. Click on the name of the Assigned Residential Ward and a box will open with links to meeting schedules, leadership, and organizations (stakes, missions, temple districts) to which the congregation is assigned.
  • The address.
  • Meeting times.
  • Driving direction and website links (if available).
  • A Nearby link that will open a list of other Church congregations or facilities nearby.

Use the place marker

  1. Zoom to the area where you want to find a meetinghouse or Church facilities.
  2. Click the Place Marker icon on the Navigation Controls.

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  3. When the Selected Location box opens, click the Find LDS Places nearby link and a box will open on the left side of the map with the following information:
  • The name of the Church congregation (the Assigned Residential Ward) or facility. Click on the name of the Assigned Residential Ward and a box will open with links to meeting schedules, leadership, and organizations (stakes, missions, temple districts) to which the congregation is assigned.
  • The address.
  • Meeting times.
  • Driving direction and website (if available) links.
  • A Nearby link that will open a list of Church congregations and facilities that are nearby. Click any of the facilities that are listed to see more information.

Use the map layers icon

Zoom to the area where you want to find a meetinghouse.

  1. Click the Layers icon on the Navigation Controls.

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  2. When the Layers box opens, click the check box next to the Church facilities you would like to find.

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  3. If no meetinghouse or other icons appear, zoom out to view a wider area.
  4. When you see one or more icons, click on one and a box will open with information about the congregations or facility.

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  5. To get driving directions, click Directions.

Click the View Your Ward link

Church members who click this link are asked to sign into LDS Maps using their LDS Account user name and password. See LDS Account for more information about creating an account. Members can view information about their congregation (ward, branch, stake, district).

Members who log into LDS Maps using their LDS Account may be able to see the location of members of their ward or branch or stake or district if other members make their location visible to other members.

Members may also be able to see the following boundaries that apply to their location:

  • Ward or branch.
  • Stake or district.
  • Mission.
  • Area.

Sign in

Church members and some leaders can view additional Church facilities when they create an LDS Account and sign in to LDS Maps.

Those who are not Church members can still create an LDS Maps account and enjoy the following benefits:

  • LDS Maps remembers your last search.
  • LDS Maps takes you to the location viewed when you last used LDS Maps.

See LDS Account for more information about creating an account.

Navigate the map

You can control the way a map looks by:

  • Zooming in to an area (viewing a smaller area).
  • Zooming out (viewing a larger area).
  • Moving the map up or down, right or left.
  • Selecting the map provider and map style.
  • View maps in full screen mode by clicking the Toggle Full Screen icon on the Navigation Controls.

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How far you can zoom in to a map depends on the type of image you are viewing (roads or aerial) and the map provider (Google, Bing, or ESRI). The quality of aerial images depends on the area of the world and the map provider. If a zoomed aerial image is not available or not clear, switch to another map provider (Google, Bing, ERSI).

Zoom in or out on a map:

  • To zoom in, point the mouse to an area on the map, and then click the left mouse button two times.
  • Move the scroll wheel on the mouse up or down to zoom in or out.
  • Click the plus or minus sign on the Navigation Controls and move the slider bar up or down. Or, click one of the map icons to the right of the slider bar. The map icons provide the following map views:
  • Street
  • City
  • Region
  • State
  • World
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Navigation controls

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The Navigation Controls at the top of the map will help you easily change the way the map looks.

The Navigation Controls include the following icons:

  • Show My Location:
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When you click this icon, LDS Maps will display the latitude and longitude of your location. ‘’’Find LDS Places’’’ nearby and Driving Directions links are on the window that opens.
  • Placemarker:
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Click this icon and then click a location on the map and LDS Maps will place an icon on the map and open a window that includes links to ‘’’Find LDS Places’’’ nearby, Send Feedback about a missing location, and a link to get Driving Directions for this location.
  • Zoom In and Zoom Out icons: Click the plus or minus icons and a slider bar and zoom selections appear. Move the slider bar or click on one of the zoom selections to change the map view.

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  • Map Movement
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The map movement arrows lets you chose the direction to move the map: up, down, left, and right.
  • Map Layers
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Maps Layers lets you select what Church facilities will appear on the map.
  • Map Types
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Using Map Types, you can select which map provider is best for your location. Some map providers may have better images than others for certain areas of the world. View different map providers to find the best maps for your location.
  • Toggle Full Screen
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By clicking this link, you will only see the map with the Navigation Controls and the Search field at the top of the map.
  • Options
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By clicking the options button, you can change the:
  • Measurement System (Metric or U.S.)
  • Marker Scaling (Scale or Static)
  • Location Status (Hide or Show)
  • Opted-Out Household (Hide or Show)
  • Emergency Response (Hide or Show)
  • Special Needs (Hide or Show)
  • My Household (Hide or Show)

Church facilities information

Information displayed by LDS Maps comes from a variety of sources. Maps are provided by Google and Bing, and ESRI. Address information for Church facilities is provided by Church entities.

Map details

Map views and detail available from Google, Bing, and ESRI may be different for different parts of the world. If you cannot see enough detail or the image quality is poor when viewing maps or satellite images from one provider, try viewing the same area with the other provider.

View or hide facilities on the map

You can select which facilities to view. Click the Layers icon on the Navigation Controls to open a list of map layers available. The layers available will depend on you LDS Account login. Visitors to LDS Maps, Church members, and leaders may see different facilities.

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Click the check box next to the facilities you want to see on the map. If you don't see any Church facilities or you want to view facilities in a wider area, zoom out to see a larger area.

To remove facilities from a map, click the check mark next to the facility name, and the icons will disappear.

Click the X in the upper right corner of the Layers box to hide it from view.

If several types of facilities are selected to view on a map or image, some categories of facilities may not be visible if you are zoomed far out. For example, if you choose to view all Church facilities in North America, the icons representing some facilities may cover up the icons for meetinghouses.

Location information

Location information is provided by different Church entities. LDS Maps interprets the information as latitude and longitude coordinates and places an icon in the location according to the address. Occasionally, LDS Maps users may find that the mapped location is incorrect. You can click the Feedback link and enter information to correct the location of some Church facilities.

Congregation meeting times and other information

Congregation (ward and branch) meetings and meeting times are provided by the individual congregations. If meetings or meeting times are incorrect, contact congregation leaders and let them know the information is incorrect. The leaders are responsible to correct meetings and meeting times.

Facility balloon

The facility balloon opens when you click on a facility icon or on the number or name in a list of facilities. The balloon contains information about the location of the facility. Other information may also be available, such as hours of operations, leader's name, and so on.

A Driving Directions link is also available in this balloon.

Congregation balloon

A congregation (ward or branch) balloon opens when you click on a congregation icon. One or more congregations may meet in a meetinghouse. A list of congregations may appear on the left side of the map. Information about the congregation(s) includes the name, address, the time of the first meeting, the time of the main worship service (called "sacrament meeting"), and the name and phone number of the congregational leader(s).

Meeting times and schedules are provided to LDS Maps by the local congregation. If this information is incorrect, contact the congregation leader (bishop or branch president) to request corrections.

A Driving Directions link is also available in this balloon.

View driving directions

A Driving Directions link is available in many areas of LDS Maps. Click the link to get directions from a given location to a Church facility. Directions are turn by turn, which means the directions tell you which way to go and when to turn. The route is also identified on the map. Driving directions are provided by the map providers.

If you enter an exact address when searching, or when zooming in to a location, and use the Place marker to identify a specific location, the driving directions will be more accurate. If you just enter the name of a city, the driving directions to a Church facility will likely begin from the city center.

Correcting information

If any of the following information is incorrect, contact the bishop or branch president and give him the correct information or ask him to correct the information:

  • Meeting times are wrong.
  • The bishop's name or contact information is incorrect.

Ward leader's name or contact information is wrong

If the bishop or branch president's name is not correct, local leaders must change this information in the Member and Leader Services (MLS) software.

Boundary corrections

If ward or branch boundaries are incorrect, the bishop should work with the stake president to correct the boundaries. The stake president is responsible for preparing the documents to change the boundary and then submit the request to the administrative office.

Correct a facility location

If the location of a facility is incorrect, you can help correct it:

  1. Click on the facility to open its balloon.
  2. Click Move.
  3. Click the location on the map where the facility should be located.
  4. Click Submit.

Your suggested location remains on your map for your current session, so you can see what feedback you have submitted.

LDS Maps staff will review the information or send the updated information to the group responsible for the location. The responsible group will determine when and how to update the location information.

If you visit LDS Maps again before the LDS Maps staff has reviewed and updated a location, you will not see your suggested changes and the old location will still be shown. It may take several weeks for corrections to be made.

Congregation is shown in the wrong meetinghouse

Click on the meetinghouse icon to view more details, and then click Feedback to submit a correction.

Meetinghouse street address is incorrect

If the meetinghouse appears on the map, but the address or other details are incorrect, click on the facility to view more details, and then click Feedback to submit a correction.

Household locations are wrong on the map

Church members who sign in to LDS Maps and find that their household on the map is in the wrong location can move it to the correct location. To do that:

  1. Click on your household icon.
  2. Click the Move button.
  3. A Set Location box will open on the left side of the map.
  4. Click the Start Move button, then move the cursor to the correct location.
  5. Click the Submit button.
  6. A ward leader will review the changes and confirm the move. Ward leaders have the responsibility to confirm all changes in household location.

Household name, address, or contact information is wrong

Church members must give correct information to a member of the bishopric or branch presidency or a clerk. The leader or clerk will make the appropriate change.

Print

You can print a variety of maps, satellite images, and lists with LDS Maps.

  • The general public can print maps and satellite images.
  • Church members and leaders can print maps and lists of ward and stake members when they sign in to LDS Maps.

General printing tips

To print maps from LDS Maps:

  1. Zoom into the area of the map that you want to print.
  2. Click the Options button on the Navigation Controls and select view options and icons you want to view on the map. Note: Priesthood leaders, do not distribute maps that include member location symbols if the member has chosen to hide their personal information or if all member information is hidden because of privacy laws. See Visibility of member information for information about privacy controls.

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  3. Click the Layers button and select which facilities icons and boundaries you want on the map.

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  4. Cick the Print button at the bottom of the screen on the left side of the map. Make sure the page setup orientation (portrait or landscape) in your browser is the same as the Page Display options on the Print-friendly screen.

Note: Do not use your browser's print command to print maps and lists. The print quality will be poor. Use only the Print button on the left side of the map at the bottom of the screen.

When you click the Print button, the Print-friendly screen opens. Zoom and pan to select the map you want to print. Icons and information balloons that are visible when you click the print button will appear on the map.

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The Page Setup, Display Options, Sort By, Columns, and Text Size options allow you to determine how a map will look when printed. Some options will be available only to Church members who sign in to LDS Maps. They see additional information that can be printed with maps.

When you are ready to print the map, click the Print button at the top of the map.

LDS Maps and lists are for Church use only. They should not be used for commercial, business, or political purposes.

Other print formats

To print a map in common graphic formats (pdf, jpeg, png, etc.), use your computer operating system tools to take a picture of your computer screen or a portion of it, and then print the picture from your operating system. Below are the titles or common names for screen capture programs for different operating systems. To find how to use these features, click the operating system help button or link, and type in the appropriate screen capture name. Instructions are available in the operating system help file.

  • Windows XP: The screen capture capability is called "Screen capture" or "Print screen."
  • Windows 7: The screen capture capability is called the "Snipping Tool."
  • Apple Macintosh: the screen capture capability is called "Capture screen shots."

Also, there are several free applications available on the Internet that create a PDF of screen captures.

Help for Church members

Church members who have an LDS Account can sign in to LDS Maps and can then view and print a variety of information, including:

  • Their location information (name, address, location, phone number, e-mail address).
  • The location of other ward and stake members.
  • Ward and stake boundaries for their stake, their ward, and other wards in the stake.
  • The location of Church facilities assigned to their ward or stake.
  • The location of other Church facilities worldwide.

General information

Member information (name, address, location, phone number, e-mail address) is stored by the Church. The information can be accessed from LDS Maps, from the LDS.org directory, and by local Church leaders who use the Member and Leader Services (MLS) software to maintain member information.

You can the control whether other ward and stake members can view your name, address, phone number, and email address. To change that visibility:

  1. Click the icon for your location or click your name in the Directory.
  2. When the Edit Household window opens, click the box next to Do not show this household in ward & stake maps.
  3. To change other information, contact your ward leader or ward clerk and give him the correct information (he will make the changes in Member and Leader Services (MLS)).

Visibility of member information

In many areas of the world, household location information is available to view for those who sign in to LDS Maps. However, in some areas of the world, member information is automatically hidden because of privacy laws. The member head of household or spouse must sign in to LDS Maps and make the information viewable to ward and stake members who sign in to LDS Maps. After signing in, Church members can view ward and stake boundaries and the location of other Church facilities not available to the public.

Information that Church members may be able to view or print includes:

  • Their own household location on a map or satellite image.
  • Their own address and contact information.
  • The location of members in their ward and stake (except those who choose to hide their information).
  • The address of members in their ward and stake.
  • Lists of stake and ward leaders.
  • Phone numbers and e-mail addresses, if available.
  • Printed lists and maps of their ward and stake.

Verify your household location

The head of household or spouse of member families can also verify the location of his or her household on a map or satellite image, but a ward leader must confirm the location.

If your location has been verified by a ward leader, you cannot change the location. You must contact a ward leader to make that change.

If your household location has not been verified by a ward leader, do the following:

  1. Sign in to LDS Maps.
  2. Click on the icon for your household, or click on your name in the households list on the left side of the map. A box will open with your household information in it.
  3. Click the Move button and a Set Location box will open. This box contains information about your location.
  4. Click the icon for your location and drag it to the correct location.
  5. Or, navigate the map to the desired location, then click the Start Move button The cursor will become a cross-hair. Move the cross hair to the correct location.
  6. If the icon is in the wrong location, click Cancel in the Set Location box and follow steps 2 through 5 again to move it to the correct location.
  7. When the location is correct, click the Submit button in the Set Location box.

View or hide your information

The head of household or spouse can hide household information from other ward or stake members who sign in to LDS Maps or can make that information available. Household information will still be visible to ward leaders and stake leaders who are authorized to view it.

To restrict the visibility of household information:

  1. Click on icon for your location or click your name in the Directory.
  2. When the information box with your name and location information opens, click the edit your profile link.
  3. The Directory will open with information about the head of household, spouse, and other household members.
  4. An Edit link appears beside each part of your location information.
  5. Click the Edit button and a box will open next to the location information.
  6. Click the appropriate button beside Private – Leadership Only', Ward, or Stake. Instructions in the box identify who will be able to see your information with each selection.

In some areas of the world data privacy laws require that member information be automatically hidden from other Church members unless the head of the household or spouse chooses to make it available. To make household information available, follow steps 1 through 6 above to select what information to be visible to other Church members.

View a list of members in your ward or stake

To view a list of members in your ward or stake:

  1. If the list of Households is not visible on the left side of the map, click the My Ward and Stake link at the bottom right side of the map.

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  2. When the list appears, click the arrow next to the ward or branch or stake or district name, and a list containing the stake or district or ward or branch names will open.
  3. Click Entire Stake or District, or click the name of a ward or branch in the list. Icons for all households in the ward or stake will appear on the map.

Note: Not all member location icons may appear on a map.

  • Church members can choose to hide their icons and other location information from other ward and stake members.
  • In some countries, privacy laws require that member location information be hidden from other Church members unless the head of household takes action to make the information visible on LDS Maps.
  • Stake and ward leaders can view all information for members in their stake or ward.

Search for a member of your ward or stake

Church members who sign in to LDS Maps can search for an adult member of their ward or stake. To do that, enter a first or last name in the search field at the top of the Households list.

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Information for members who choose to hide their information from other ward members will not be visible. In some countries, privacy laws require that all location information is to be automatically hidden.

Note: Searching for the member’s last name will return a list of all those with the same last name. Click on the member's name in the list to view the member’s location on the map and location information. Searching for a member by his or her first name may not return a full list of all members with the same first name if some first names have been abbreviated. You can also click the Driving Directions link to get driving directions to the member’s location.

View a list of leaders in other wards

Ward and stake members who sign in to LDS Maps can view a directory of leaders of a ward in their stake. The information in these directories comes from the Member and Leader Services (MLS) software used by wards to maintain membership information. If ward leaders do not keep leadership information updated in MLS, it will not be updated in LDS Maps or the LDS.org directory.

If ward leaders choose to hide their location information from other ward members, it will not be included in the ward leadership directory.

To view a directory of leaders for a ward:

  1. Click the Directory link in LDS Maps, and you will be taken to the Directory in LDS.org.

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  2. Click the dropdown arrow to see a list of wards, branches, or the stake.

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  3. Click Stake Information or the name of a ward or branch and a list of organizations in the stake, ward, or branch will appear below the name.

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  4. Click on the organization to view the leaders.
  5. To print a list of leaders, click Print at the top of the Directory window.

View boundaries and other non-public information

Church members who sign in to LDS Maps can view a variety of information that is not available to the general public. This includes:

  • Your ward boundaries.
  • Your stake boundaries.
  • Boundaries of all wards in the stake.
  • Other facilities such as bishops' storehouses, canneries, and home storage centers.

To view boundaries, households, or facilities:

  1. Click the Map Layers icon on the Navigation Controls.

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  2. When the Layers box opens, click the arrow next to Houesholds, Facilities, or Boundaries to open a complete list of what is available for viewing.
  3. Click the check box next to the type of facilities or boundaries you want to see, and the icon or boundaries will appear on the map.
  4. Click the X at the top of the Layers or click the Layers icon to close it.
  5. To view information about a household or facility, click the icon, and an information box will open.

You can also search for an address, city, or specific facility by typing information into the Search box at the top of the list of members on the left side of the screen.

View member location icons

If members have chosen to allow ward and stake members to view their location information on LDS Maps, you can see their location icons on the map. The icons represent the following:

To change which icons are visible, click the Map Options icon on the Navigation Controls.

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When the Map Options box opens, click the Show or Hide button in the Location Status section to either show or hide the different household status icons.

Household balloon

When you click a household icon or on a household name on the list of households, a balloon opens and you can see details about the household. That information may include:

  • Name.
  • Address.
  • Telephone number.
  • E-mail address (clicking this link opens your e-mail application).

To view more information, including other members of the household, click the Directory link in the balloon. Information is viewable only by you and members of your ward or stake who have created an LDS Account and who have signed in to LDS Maps. You can hide your information from other ward and stake members. In some areas of the world, information for all households is automatically hidden.

If local leaders have not verified the location of the household, a warning also appears. The head of household can verify the location of the household icon by moving it to the correct location. However, ward leaders still must verify the location. If the address is incorrect, contact ward leaders to correct it. If other information is incorrect, the head of household or the spouse can update the household phone number, household e-mail address, individual phone numbers, and picture for themselves or any of their children who are under 18. Household members who are over the age of 18 must update their own information. If you do not want to correct your information, give the correct information to a ward leader to make the change.

To change your information in the directory:

  1. Sign in to LDS Maps.
  2. Click the Directory link just above the list of members.

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  3. When the Directory opens, find your household name in the list of names and click on it.
  4. When the window opens with your household information in it, click the Edit link.
  5. Click Edit next to the information you want to change.
  6. Make the changes.
  7. Click the Save button.

Note: You can determine who can see information about you and your family by clicking the buttons next to Private – Leadership Only, Ward, or Stake. A statement appears that explains who will be able to see the information. In some areas, the Private – Leadership Only button is checked and all information is hidden from members of the ward and stake.

Balloons for groups of households (such as apartment buildings or homes with more than one family group) just list the names of the different groups living at that location.

There is also a directions link that allows you to get directions to the location.

Ward leaders have additional rights to edit household information and to change the location of household icons on maps and satellite images.

Household group balloon

Households may be grouped together in one location for several reasons. Groupings include:

  • Locations where two or more households live at the same location, such as a family where adult children live with parents.
  • Apartment buildings where several member households live.
  • Several households that have been grouped by ward leaders.

When you click on an icon Grouplocation.PNG for a group, a balloon opens with information about the group. The balloon lists the names of households in the group.

The group name and address or description are maintained by local ward leaders. Contact them to report errors or if you have questions.

To see details about an individual household, click on a household name in a balloon or a household name in the list in the left-hand panel. To collapse household information, click the household name again.

If local leaders have not verified the location of the household, a warning appears.

You can choose to list households alphabetically or by numbers that are assigned to the households by LDS Maps. If you have chosen to number households on the map for reference, the group is labeled with the range of household numbers in the group.

To get directions to the location, click the Directions link.

Ward leaders have additional rights to edit household information and to change the location of household icons on maps and satellite images.

Download GPS information

LDS Maps allows you to download a file that contains household information for those in your ward and stake. I some areas, this feature is unavailable because of privacy laws.

Remember, information is for Church use. It should not be used for business, commercial, or political purposes and should not be posted on any website.

The file format is .csv (comma separated values), which can be opened by spreadsheet programs. Maps are not downloaded.

The file can also be uploaded into a global positioning satellite (GPS) device.

Information downloaded includes:

  • Longitude.
  • Latitude.
  • Household name.
  • Address-1 (street address).
  • Address-2 (city name).
  • Address-3 (state name).
  • Address-4 (postal code).
  • Phone.
  • E-mail.
  • Location-Status (verified, unverified, unmapped, and so on).
  • Group.

To download a file containing household information:

  1. At the top of the membership list, click the Download link. .

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  2. When the Download Households dialog box opens, review the "terms of use" message, and then click Download.
  3. Follow the instructions to open or save the file. The file can be opened by most spreadsheet applications.

You can open the file with a spreadsheet application and format the data for use in a specific GPS device. If you plan to upload the file into a specific GPS device, review the device's file format requirements.

Update household information

Member names or addresses must be updated by local leaders using the ward record-keeping software. Contact one of your local leaders and give them the correct information.

The head of household and his or her spouse can update the telephone numbers, email addresses, and visibility of household information. Single members over 18 living with parents can update same information.

To change telephone numbers, email addresses, or visibility of information:

  1. Click on the Directory icon to the left of the map.

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  2. When the Directory opens, click on your household name in the list of names.
  3. When the window opens with your information, click Edit .
  4. Click Edit next to the name of the person whose information is to be changed.
  5. When the edit information window opens with the personal information, enter the updated phone number or email address in the space available. To change the visibility, click the button next to the appropriate visibility. An explanation of who will be able to view the information appears at the bottom of the window.
  6. Click Save to save the changes.

Help for ward leaders

LDS Maps for ward leaders combines maps from Google, Bing, and other map providers with location information about wards and Church facilities from Church departments and organizations.

Members’ names and addresses in LDS Maps come from the MLS software and must be updated or corrected using MLS. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses may come from MLS or the Directory in LDS Maps. These sources are synchronized, which means that a change made in one source will be changed in the other sources.

Note: In countries with strict privacy laws, ward leaders must not change the visibility of member information unless the member head of household requests the change. Only the head of household can authorize household information to be made visible to other members in their ward or stake in LDS Maps.

Ward leaders

Only the following ward leaders are authorized to maintain and update household names and addresses using LDS Maps. The names of authorized leaders are defined by MLS. (See MLS Main Menu/Organizations/Bishopric/Add Positions. This opens a list of the following bishopric positions.)

  • Bishop
  • First counselor
  • Second counselor
  • Clerk
  • Assistant clerk
  • Assistant clerk (membership)
  • Executive secretary

Make sure the names of people in these callings are current in MLS. Any other positions created using Custom Positions in MLS will not be given rights to update LDS Maps information.

When a person is released from one of the above callings, the clerk should:

  1. Change the name of the person in the calling in MLS.
  2. Transmit those changes using the Send/Receive Changes feature.

The rights to change information in LDS Maps will be removed from the person released and assigned to the person who was called. Those changes may take a few days to take effect in LDS Maps.

Overview for ward clerks and other leaders

The household location portion of LDS Maps provides the following features for ward leaders:

  • View location information on a map or on a satellite image.
  • View maps and satellite images with streets and other landmarks identified.
  • Accurately identify the location of households.
  • Accurately identify the location of groups of households in one place.
  • Verify the correct location of households and groups.
  • Identify members with special needs.
  • Identify members who are emergency response leaders.
  • Prepare, print, and save maps and lists of ward members.
  • Prepare, print, and save customized maps and lists of members with special needs.
  • Prepare, print, and save customized maps and lists of members who are emergency response leaders.
  • Download a file with member information, including latitude and longitude coordinates, that can be uploaded into a GPS device.
  • View the locations of Church resources assigned to your ward.
  • Get driving directions to member locations and Church facilities.
  • Find and view information for wards worldwide.

Note: The use of LDS Maps for leaders is for Church purposes only. Information should not be used for business, commercial, or political purposes.

Correcting ward information on LDS Maps

The bishop's name and telephone number and ward meeting times in LDS Maps come from MLS. If that information is incorrect in LDS Maps, it must be corrected in MLS. Do the following to change the information in MLS:

  1. On the main menu, click in the Organizations pane.
  2. In the Bishopric/Other Callings panel, click Bishopric.
  3. Click Bishop. The Edit Position window opens.
  4. Click the Select button.
  5. Select the bishop's name from the list.
  6. Click Save.

If the bishop or branch president does not live in your ward and his membership record is not in your unit, you may have to add his name as an "Out of Unit Member" and then follow the above steps to select him as the bishop or branch president.

To correct meeting times in MLS:

  1. On the main menu, click System Options in the top-left panel.
  2. Click Unit.
  3. Click Edit next to Meeting Times.
  4. Change the meeting times.
  5. Click Save.

First-time users

The first time you use LDS Maps for leaders, you must verify that the location of every household or group of households is correct. A member head of household can use LDS Maps to identify the location of his or her household, but that information must also be verified by a local leader.

Unverified locations of a household or group are identified by the following icon: Unverified.gif

Unmapped households are those for which LDS Maps cannot identify a location from the address provided by MLS. Local leaders may need to correct the address or contact the member to get the correct address. Unmapped households are identified by the following icon: Unmappelocationicon.png

To verify a household:

  1. Click the household icon or the household name. The household information balloon opens.
  2. If the location is correct, click Move and the Set Location window opens.
  3. Click Start Move and move the cursor to the icon for the household and click on it.
  4. The Start Move button changes to a Submit button. If the location is correct, click the Submit button.
  5. If the location is not correct, click Cancel, and follow steps 1-3 again.
  6. When the location is correct and has been submitted, click Close Window to close the Set Location window.

When the location has been verified, the triangle-shaped symbol is removed and the round icon identifies the correct location. After all household locations have been verified, only the locations of members who move into the ward are unverified or unmapped.

Requests to hide household information

Local Church leaders can hide Church members’ household information from other ward and stake members when members request that their household information on LDS Maps be hidden.

The member head of household who signs in to LDS Maps or into the Directory section of LDS.org can hide his or her household location and contact information from other ward and stake members, or allow ward and stake members to view the information. The same information available in LDS Maps is available from LDS.org. If the head of household chooses to make information visible or to hide information on LDS Maps, it will also be visible or hidden on LDS.org. However, local leaders will still be able to view the household information.

In many countries, information is automatically visible to other ward and stake members and heads of household must take steps to hide the information if they wish.

In countries where privacy laws require it, the information is automatically hidden and the head of household must take steps to make it visible to other ward and stake members. See Hide household information for instructions.

Note: In countries with strict privacy laws, ward leaders must not change the visibility of member information unless the member head of household requests the change. Only the head of household can authorize household information to be made visible in LDS Maps.

The following household information is available in LDS Maps:

  • Name of member head of household
  • Spouse name
  • Household address, including street address, state or province, country, and postal code
  • Telephone number
  • E-mail addresses, if available

Verify a household location

To verify a household:

  1. Click the household icon or the household name and the household information balloon opens and a location dropdown list will appear in the household information balloon.
  2. If the household icon is in the exact location, click the arrow next to the location type for the household, and click on Exact Location, then click Submit.
  3. If the location is not correct, click Move and a Set Location window opens.
  4. Follow instructions in the Set Location window to move the household icon.
  5. When the location is correct, click the Submit button.
  6. If the location is not correct, click Cancel, and follow steps 1-4 again.
  7. When the location is correct and has been submitted, click Close Window to close the Set Location window.

Hide household information

If members ask the bishop or clerk to hide their household and contact information from other ward and stake members, take the necessary steps. To hide household information:

  1. Click on the icon for the member's location on a map, or click on the member's name in the list of ward members. If the household is in a group, click the group icon, and when the group balloon opens, click the name of the household in the group. A balloon with the member's personal information opens.
  2. Click Edit. The Edit household balloon opens.
  3. Click Directory.
  4. When the Directory opens, click on the household name in the list of names.
  5. When the window opens with household information, click Edit at the top of the household information section.
  6. Click the Edit link next to Stake Visibility and a small window will open.
  7. Click the button next to the appropriate setting: Private – Leadership Only, Ward, or Stake. An explanation of the setting selected will appear .
  8. Click the Save button.

Maps and lists that are to be distributed to ward members should not include the names of those who ask to have their information hidden. To have the names of those households visible on printed lists for leaders, do the following:

Move households

To move a household: You must be a ward or branch leader and must “Sign In” and be on the “My Ward and Stake” tab.

My Ward and Stake icon.png

To move a household:

  1. Click the household icon for the household you want to move, Householdlocation.PNG or click the household name. The household information balloon will open.
  2. Click Move and the Set Location dialog box opens.
  3. Follow instructions in the Set Location dialog box to move the household.
  4. When the icon is in the correct location, click the Submit button.

Edit household details

You can edit household information to place the household in two categories: those with special needs or those who are emergency response leaders. Households with special needs are identified by this icon: Specialneeds.gif. Emergency response leaders are identified by this icon: Emergencyresponse.gif. You can filter maps and lists to view or print only those two categories.

Ward leaders identify the emergency response leaders. They may include:

  • Those assigned as a leader over a portion of the ward.
  • Those who have lifesaving or other specialized skills.
  • Those who own equipment (such as chain saws, generators, heavy equipment. or communications equipment such as short-wave radios).
  • Those with other skills identified by leaders.

Ward leaders identify those with special needs. They may include:

  • Those with physical disabilities.
  • Older members who would have difficulty evacuating their homes in an emergency.
  • Those who would not know about an emergency (those without electricity, those without a telephone, and so on).
  • Those with other disabilities.

To edit household details:

  1. Click the household icon or the name in the list and the household information window opens.
  2. Click the Categories button.
  3. Click Edit.
  4. When the Emergency Response and Special Needs categories appear, click the check box next to the appropriate category. In some instances, both check boxes may be checked if caregivers of those with special needs have lifesaving skills.
  5. Enter appropriate comments in the comment box.
  6. Click the Submit button.

.# Click Save.

  1. Click the X to close the household balloon.

To remove a category, follow steps 1 and 2 above, and then click the check mark to remove it.

To print a list of those who are Emergency Response leaders or who have Special Needs:

  1. Enter Emergency Response or Special Needs in the search field juat above the list of households.
  2. Click the Print button at the bottom of the list of households.

    Print Friendly button.png
  3. Select the desired Page Setup, Sort By, Columns, and Text Size options. Make sure the Page Setup selection in the LDS Maps Print window matches the page setup for your browser.
  4. Click the Print button just above the map and list. Do not use the browser's print command or print button.

Note: Members who do not want their personal information visible to other ward members may keep the information from being viewable in lists and on maps. However, ward leaders can still view and print information for those who want their personal information hidden. If those members are included in lists and maps, be cautious about who receives the lists and maps with that hidden information. Leaders should honor the wishes of those who want to maintain their privacy.

Also see Move households and Verify household locations.

Create a group

To create a group:

  1. Click the household icon for the household you want to move, Householdlocation.PNG or click the household name. The household information balloon will open.
  2. Click Move and the Set Location dialog box opens.
  3. Click the Start Move link or click the icon and move the icon or cursor to the right location.
  4. The message The new location is very close to another one. What do you want to do? appears. Click the button next to Group with.
  5. If everything is correct, click the Submit button.
  6. If the grouping is not correct, click Cancel and follow steps 1-5 again.
  7. Click the Close Window button to close the move location window.

Remove a household from a group

To remove a household from a group:

  1. Roll the mouse over the icon for the group and a new icon will appear next to the group icon.

    Edit Group Rollover.png
  2. Click on the lower section of icon and a box will open with the members of the group listed.
  3. Click the name of the household and a window will open with information about the household.
  4. Click Move at the bottom of the household information window and a Set Location window will open.
  5. Click the Start Move button or click on the household icon and move it to a new location.
  6. If the location is correct, click the Submit button. If the location is incorrect, click Cancel and start with step 1 again.

Emergency response categories

LDS Maps allows you to create a category of households called Emergency Response Leaders. Local leaders determine who the emergency response leaders will be. See Edit Household Details for instructions for designating these leaders. Emergency response categories should be used only for ward, stake, and regional emergency response planning.

Comments included in the category of emergency response leaders should provide enough information to help leaders respond in an emergency.

To filter a list of members:

  1. Type either Emergency Response, or Special Needs in the search field at the top of the list of households and press the Return or Enter key.
  2. The list of those who have been identified in the category entered will appear where the Click the check box next to the type of member location icons you would like to view. Boxes with a check mark indicate that the names and icons will be visible. The list and map will include only the names and icons of members with the icons you selected.
  3. To remove a check mark, click on it.

Filter a household list

You can filter or sort a household list to display only the categories Special needs and Emergency response leader.

Ward leaders should identify households where members with special needs would need help in an emergency situation. They should also identify emergency response leaders.

To view or print maps and lists with only those identified as members with special needs or emergency response leaders:

  1. Click the arrow next to the Filter by name field, and a selection box opens.
  2. Click the check box next to Show only households in "special needs" or "emergency response leader" categories.
  3. Click the check box next the category you want to view. If there are check marks in the check boxes, click the check marks to remove them.

Note: One or more of the verification types must be checked to view or print a category list.

To print a list:

  1. Click the Print button on the Navigation Controls bar at the bottom of the map. Do not click your browser's print icon.
  2. Select the desired Page Setup, Sort By, Columns, and Text Size options. Make sure the Page Setup selection in the LDS Maps Print window matches the page setup for your browser.
  3. Click the Print button just above the map and list. Do not use the browser's print command or print button.

Note: Some members may choose to keep their personal information (name, address, and so on) hidden from other ward members. Ward leaders can change that setting when viewing or printing maps and lists. Leaders must be cautious about distributing maps and lists that include the names of those who want to keep their personal information hidden. Distribute those lists only to those ward leaders who need to know that information.

Download or print confidential household data

Some confidential information can be included or excluded when ward leaders download a file for use with a GPS device or for use with other software. The downloadable files are in .csv format (comma separated values). These files can be uploaded to a GPS device or can be opened by most spreadsheet software.

Confidential information includes:

  • Special needs category designation. This information may be sensitive, and distribution should be limited.
  • Special needs comments. This information may be sensitive, and distribution should be limited.
  • Emergency response leader category designation. This information is for use by ward, stake, and regional leaders for emergency planning. Distribution of this information should be limited.
  • Emergency response leader comments. This information is also for use by ward, stake, and regional leaders for emergency planning. Distribution of this information should be limited.
  • Request not to show (those who want their information hidden from other ward members).

To download information to a file:

  1. At the top of the membership list, click the download icon Downloadicon.PNG.
  2. When the Download Households dialog box opens, review the "terms of use" message, and then click Download.
  3. Follow the instructions to open or save the file. The file can be opened by most spreadsheet applications.

You can open the file with a spreadsheet application and format the data for use in a specific GPS device. If you plan to upload the file into a specific GPS device, review the device's file format requirements.

Help for stake leaders

Stake leaders who sign in to LDS Maps can view, change, and print a variety of information. Stake leaders may view all ward and stake member information available in LDS Maps, including information for members who choose to hide their information from other stake and ward members. They also have the same rights as ward leaders to change some information in LDS Maps.

The stake leaders include the following:

  • Stake president
  • Stake president’s counselors
  • Stake clerk
  • Assistant stake clerks (except the stake financial clerk)
  • Stake executive secretary

The stake leaders are defined by MLS. See MLS Main Menu/Organizations/Stake Presidency/Add Positions. This opens a list of the stake presidency positions.

Information available to stake leaders

Stake leaders can:

  • View household locations of all members in the stake, including those who choose to hide their information from other ward or stake members.
  • View, print, and download household locations of members by ward.
  • View and print maps and lists of emergency response leaders in all wards in the stake.
  • View and print maps and lists of members with special needs in all wards in the stake.
  • View stake and ward boundaries of their stake.
  • View stake and ward boundaries in stakes worldwide if this option is selected on the legend.
  • View leader contact information of most wards and stakes worldwide.
  • View and download membership information, including members with special needs and ward emergency response leaders.
  • Search for the names of adult members in the stake by name. Stake leaders can also click on household icons to view the address, phone number, and e-mail address (if available).
  • Download member location information to a file and then upload it into a handheld GPS device.

Stake leaders serving outside their stake boundaries have the same rights listed above for the stake they serve in.

To view the household location of all members in the stake, on the My Stake tab:

  1. Click View all households near the top of the list of households.
  2. The icons for all stake members will appear on the map or satellite image. Also, a list of members in the stake will appear to the left of the map or satellite image.
  3. To view information about the household or the member, click the member’s name in the list or the icon for the household on the map.

Note: If ward leaders have not verified the location of households in their ward, the locations will be unverified on the stake map or satellite image.

View a list of members in a ward or in the stake

To view a list of members in a ward or in the stake:

  1. Click the My stake link Mywardicon.PNG at the top of the list of members.
  2. Click the arrow next to the ward or branch name, and a list containing the stake name and ward and branch names will open.
  3. Click Entire Stake or District, or click the name of a ward or branch in the list. Icons for all households in the ward or stake will appear on the map.

View those with special needs or emergency response leaders

To view a list of members who have special needs or who are emergency response leaders:

Click the down arrow next to the Filter by name field just above the list of members.

  1. Click the check box next to the type of member location icons you would like to view. Boxes with a check mark indicate that the names and icons will be visible. The list and map will include only the names and icons of members with the icons you selected.
  2. To remove a check mark, click on it.

To print the map or list, click the Print button on the Navigation Controls bar at the bottom of the map.

Search for a member of the stake

Stake leaders can search for an adult member of the stake by typing the first or last name of the person into the search field at the top of the Households list to the left of the map on the My Stake tab.

Note: Searching for the member’s last name will return a list of all those with the same last name. You can then click on the member’s name in the list and view his or her location on the map, as well as location information. Searching for a member by first name may not return a full list of all members with the same first name if some first names have been abbreviated. You can also click the Driving Directions link to get driving directions to the member’s location.

Change member location and other information

See Help for ward leaders for instructions.

Glossary of terms

Administrative office

There are several administrative offices around the world that process membership, financial, and other information. The administrative office for the U.S. and Canada is Church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Authorized leader

Stake and ward leaders also mean district and branch leaders. These leaders have additional rights in LDS Maps.

Ward authorized leaders include bishops, the bishop's counselors, ward clerks, assistant ward clerks, and the ward executive secretary.

Stake authorized leaders include stake presidents, the president's counselors, stake clerks, assistant stake clerks, the stake executive secretary, and the stake technology specialist.

Boundaries

Church members are assigned to Church congregations (wards and branches) according to where they live. The boundaries of those congregations are determined by local leaders and approved by Church authorities. Church members who have an LDS Account and sign in to LDS Maps can see the boundaries of their own ward or branch and stake.

Stake and ward leaders can view stake and ward boundaries in their own wards and stakes and in stakes around the world.

Category (households)

Households can be assigned to the following categories which identifies those who will need help in an emergency or those who have knowledge, equipment, or skills that may be needed in an emergency.

Emergency response leaders

Emergency response leaders may include:

  • Those assigned as an emergency response leader over a portion of the ward.
  • Those who have lifesaving or other specialized skills.
  • Those who own equipment (such as chain saws, generators, or heavy equipment).
  • Those with other skills identified by leaders.

Global positioning system (GPS)

GPS is a series of satellites orbiting the earth that can determine the latitude and longitude of a location and transmit that information to a GPS-enabled device.

LDS Maps interprets latitude and longitude coordinates of member households from their address in the Church's membership software and places an icon on a map or satellite image. When local leaders verify the location of member households, LDS Maps identifies the verified location and stores the information.

Local leaders and members who create an LDS Account can download a file containing the latitude and longitude coordinates, along with the address and other information. That file can be opened by a computer spreadsheet or can be loaded into a GPS device that is sold commercially. Those devices can be used to find the exact location of member households if a disaster occurs.

Members can keep their name, address, and other information from appearing on lists and maps available to other congregation (ward and branch) members.

Groups

LDS Maps may group several households together in one location, such as an apartment building that has one address.

A group of households is represented on maps and satellite images by the following icon. It is larger than the icon representing an individual household and has a white border around it and three dots in the middle, which represents two or more households. Grouplocation.PNG

Head of household

The head of household is the person to whom all the other household member records are tied. In LDS Maps, the husband or father is usually the head of household. In certain cases the head of household may also be another member parent, a single adult member, or a member child whose parents are not members.

Only the head of household can change the location of a household or choose to make visible or to hide the household location from other members who sign in to LDS Maps.

Households

A household is a location in LDS Maps where the membership records of all those living in the household are linked together. One household at one location is represented by this icon: Householdlocation.PNG

A household may be any of the following:

  • Father, mother, and children.
  • Husband and wife with no children or no children living at home.
  • Single parent with children.
  • Single person (this may include adult children living with parents who are their own households).

A number of households may be grouped together in one location. See Groups for more information.

Icons

Households are identified by different icons. Below are the icons used in LDS Maps and the explanation for each one.

Householdlocation.PNG This icon identifies the location of a household on a ward or stake map after a ward leader has verified the location. The head of a member household may choose to hide the information from other ward and stake members. In areas of the world where privacy laws require it, location information for all ward and stake members is hidden until the head of household signs in to LDS Maps and chooses to make the information visible to other ward and stake members.

Memberverifiedlocation.PNG This is the icon that identifies a household location that has been verified by a member. Only the head of household or a member spouse can verify the location. A local leader must verify that the location is correct. If necessary, a local leader will contact the member to make sure the location is correct and will verify the location. When he does that, the icon will change to a verified household icon Householdlocation.PNG.

Members'location.PNG:This icon identifies your household location when you are signed in to LDS Maps.

Groupdot2.PNG This icon identifies a group of households. This may include apartment complexes or areas where individual households are not easily identified by addresses. Local leaders may create groups of households when they determine that it is necessary.

Unmappelocationicon.png This icon identifies households for which LDS Maps cannot establish a location.

Unverifiedlocation2.PNG This icon is added to a household or group icon when local leaders have not verified the location of a household or group. Local leaders must verify that the location is correct or move the icon to the correct location. When new members move into the ward or new members are baptized, their household location will be unverified until a local leader verifies the location.

Approximatelocation.PNG This icon identifies the approximate location of a household. Map images from Google and Bing may not include recently built roads, homes, or apartment buildings. When maps and satellite images are not up-to-date, local leaders can use this icon to identify that the household location is only approximate.

Emergencyresponse.PNG This icon identifies an emergency response leader in a ward.

Specialneeds.PNG This icon identifies a member with special needs who may need help in an emergency.

LDS account

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can create an LDS Account that lets them sign in to Church resources. The information or resources they view depend on their calling in the Church.

Member and leader services (MLS)

MLS is the software used by wards and branches to maintain Church membership and other information. The ward clerk or assistant ward clerk creates and updates membership records.

Place marker Place Marker

The Place Marker is a tool that can be used to find Church facilities in an area, to find latitude and longitude coordinates, and to send feedback to LDS Maps about a facility icon that may be in the wrong location.

To use the Place Marker:

  1. Click on Place Marker (don't hold down the mouse button).
  2. Move the cursor to a location.
  3. Click the left mouse button.

The Place Marker is placed on the map or satellite image, and a window opens showing the latitude and longitude of the location. There are two links in the window:

  • Find LDS Places nearby.
  • Send Feedback about a missing location.

Click the Find LDS Places link to view nearby Church facilities.

Click the Feedback link, and a Feedback window opens. You can select the feedback type and add information that will help correct location information.

Filtering households

Church leaders and members who sign in to LDS Maps can filter a list of households alphabetically and by the types of icons representing member households. Click the down arrow next to the 'Filter by name field at the top of the list of members. You can then select the types of icons that represent households in your ward.

Member verified location

Members who sign in to LDS Maps can verify their own location in LDS Maps.

To do that:

  1. Sign in to LDS Maps.
  2. Click on the icon representing your household.
  3. When the information box opens, click Move. Move the mouse to the correct location and click the left mouse button.
  4. Click OK to confirm that the move is correct.

The icon for the household will be Memberverified.PNG.

A local leader will verify that the icon is correct. When that is done, the household icon will change to Householdlocation.PNG.

Members with special needs

Using LDS Maps, ward leaders can identify ward members who have special needs and who may need help in an emergency if the leaders believe this is necessary. Special needs members may include:

  • Those with physical disabilities.
  • Older members who would have difficulty evacuating their homes in an emergency.
  • Those who would not know about an emergency (those without electricity, those without a telephone, and so on).
  • Those with other disabilities.

Special Needs

See Members with special needs.

Status

Status indicates whether the information about a member (name, address, and phone number) are visible to other members of your ward or stake.

Verified households and groups

A verified household or group of households is one whose location has been verified by ward or branch leaders. LDS Maps interprets the location of households and groups of households and places an icon on the map or image. Local leaders must verify that the location of the household or groups of households is correct or move the icon representing them to the correct location.

Members can move their icon to the correct location and a ward or branch leader can verify the location later. All household location should be verified by a ward or branch leader.

Unmapped household or groupUnmappelocationicon.png

An unmapped household or group is one whose location LDS Maps cannot interpret based on the address provided from the ward's record-keeping software.

Local leaders must take steps to find the members and identify where they live. Once the location is identified in LDS Maps by local leaders, the icon changes to "Verified."

Unverified households and groups

The unverified icon represents the location of a household that has not been verified by local leaders. LDS Maps interprets the location of households and places the icon on the map or image. When local leaders verify the location, the icons become a regular household or a group icon.

This page was last modified on 23 August 2012, at 08:07.

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