Glossary (Maps)

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This article contains a glossary of terms used in the LDS Maps documentation.

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 clerk for membership, 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.


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 two categories:

  • Emergency Response
  • Special Needs

The Emergency Response category is for:

  • 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, heavy equipment. or communications equipment such as short-wave radios) that could be used in an emergency.
  • Those with other skills identified by leaders.

The Special Needs category is for members who may need help in an emergency.

See Edit household details for instructions for assigning members to those categories.

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.

See Edit household details for instructions for assigning members to the Emergency response category.

Filtering households

Church leaders and members who sign in to LDS Maps can filter a list of households by typing information in the filter and search field at the top of the Households list.

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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.

Church members can choose to prevent their name, address, and other information from appearing on lists and maps available to other congregation (ward and branch) members. See View or hide your information for instructions to make personal information hidden or visible to members of your ward or stake.


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.


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.


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.

Grouplocation.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 on the Navigation Control bar 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 icon on the Navigation Control bar.

    Nav Control Place Marker.png
  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.

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.

Sketch tools

Sketch Tools is a collection of drawing tools that allow a limited number of users to add a wide variety of graphic elements to a map and save the map as a composition separate from the map displayed on the screen. The users can save the elements separately or as a collection that can be placed on any map available.

Only those who are granted rights by LDS Maps administrators will see the Sketch Tools icon and be able to use Sketch Tools.

Special needs

See Members with special needs.


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 October 2013, at 08:31.

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