LDS Maps release notes
A new version of LDS Maps is available. Version 3.0 of LDS Maps includes a host of new features that improve your experience in finding meetinghouses, members in your stake, and a variety of Church locations.
From LDS.org, you can access Maps by going to Tools > Maps. The direct URL for accessing Maps is http://lds.org/rcmaps.
Single line search
The most striking update is the single line search, which appears at the top of the map. This universal search box accepts a variety of text. You can type in an address, partial address, member name, or search for a unit. The search box is smart enough to recognize what you’re searching for and returns the appropriate results.
You can verify the location of your home on a map and update the location if it is wrong. To verify your home location:
- Sign in to LDS Maps.
- In the sidebar, click View Your Ward . If you’re not signed in with your LDS Account, you’ll be prompted to sign in.
- Select your name from the ward list, or type your full name in the search box and press Enter. Your location is highlighted on the map with a callout window. If the callout window does not appear, click your name in the search results.
- In the callout window, click Move. Then follow the on-screen instructions to drag and drop the selected marker on your new location. Zoom in to see better.
"Maps 101" overlay help
Maps 101 is a feature that helps you learn how to use the map quickly and easily. When you click Maps 101 in the sidebar, a transparent layer of labels and arrows appears over the map, describing what each feature does.
This transparent layer even resizes as you change your browser size.
"What’s Nearby" feature
Based on a map location you select, you can see all the LDS meetinghouses and other facilities near the selected location. This is especially helpful if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, and you want to see all LDS sites available in a particular location. To see what’s nearby:
- Navigate to a place on the map. You could enter an address in the search bar to go to a specific location, or you could click and drag the map around using the map’s controls.
- Click the Place Marker icon on the map toolbar to activate it. Your cursor will change into a cross-hair. Place the cross-hair on the map by clicking the mouse where you want it to go.
- In the Selected Location dialog box that appears, click Find LDS Places nearby.
Improved print options
Among the most impressive features, Maps 3.0 has robust printing features. You can print a map showing each household in your ward, with an indicator of the member’s name on each household. This ease of printing simplifies emergency planning, home and visiting teaching routes, presidency visits, and other needs.
To print a map of your ward:
- In the sidebar, click View Your Ward.
- Zoom in to the area you want to print. You can zoom in with your mouse’s scroll wheel, by double-clicking, or by clicking the plus button on the map’s controls.
- In the lower-left corner of the map, click the Printer Friendly Map button .
- Drag and double-click the map to adjust the area you want printed.
- Configure the household list below the map. Scroll below the map to view a detailed list of household locations. This household list reflects the households shown on the map in the area you selected to print. You can control the household list options by clicking Display Options in the toolbar above the map. You can also select the number of columns, the sort order, and page setup.
20 map display options
You can select 20 different map display options by clicking the Map Display Options button on the map toolbar. For example, the image below shows the ESRI Topographic view, which shows topography lines.
The display options are as follows:
- Google: Road, Satellite, Hybrid, Terrain
- Bing: Road, Aerial, Hybrid, Road
- ESRI: Road, Hybrid, Satellite, Topographic, USA Topo, Shaded Relief, Delorme, Ocean, Gray, National Geographic
- Open Street Map
- Map ABC
Maps 3.0 has various “layers” that you can turn on and off. (The previous maps application called this a legend, whereas Maps 3.0 refers to it as layers.) You can also view several new layers: Temples > Announced, Under Construction, and Under Renovations.
Unit boundary maps
Maps 3.0 allows you to search for and download poster-size unit boundary maps and KMZ files. These unit boundary maps are only available to certain leadership callings and Church employees.
To view unit boundary maps:
- In the sidebar, click Explore Map Applications.
- In the sidebar, select the area you want to view.
- Select the Mission or Stake button and continue to narrow the options until you find the specific ward, branch, mission, stake whose area you want to see.
"Locate me" feature
If you’re away from home, you can click the Locate Me button in the sidebar to see your location on a map. The Locate Me feature will identify your location information from your browser (based on the location of your ISP’s server). The map then inserts an orange icon that approximates your location, with a shaded circle showing the general area.
The Locate Me feature is more applicable to mobile applications. If you’re exploring a new area, you can use Locate Me to see what LDS locations are nearby.
Improved iPad and tablet support
LDS Maps 3.0 has an improved architecture that makes the experience more stable, easier to navigate, and functional on tablet devices such as the iPad.
Metrics units options
Feedback and help
If you have feedback about the Maps 3.0, you can post it in the LDSTech Forum. There’s a specific forum for maps, which you access by going to LDS.org Web Site > Maps.
Additional help is available from LDS Maps 3.0 Beta Help.
For legacy reasons, the previous version of maps will still be temporarily maintained. To get the previous version of maps, go to https://maps.lds.org. Maps 3.0 is available by going to https://lds.org/rcmaps.