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Sharing Goodness Using Social Media Print E-mail
Written by Kurt Hills   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Social media has caught the attention of people around the world for its ability to share ideas, create conversations, and make connections. “The Church’s presence in social media has expanded significantly,” says Jared Covington, a social media advisor for the Church. “It’s been growing year after year.”

In a 2014 address, Elder David Bednar called on members to “sweep the earth” with righteousness and gospel messages, and social media is an important and effective tool to accomplish this.

While social media does not replace in-person contact, the Church’s Handbook 2 says that, “When carefully used, the Internet can help coordinate the work of the Church, strengthen faith, and minister to the needs of others. The Internet can also help people connect with one another and share Church content with friends and family.”

 
Leader and Clerk Resources (LCR) Upgrade Puts New Tools into the Hands of Leaders Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A recent update to Leader and Clerk Resources (LCR) gives leaders even more tools for ministering to members in their ward and stake. This update continues the transition of functionality from MLS to LCR.

LCR is available to members of stake presidencies and bishoprics, stake and ward clerks, executive secretaries, ward council members (including their counselors and secretaries), as well as home and visiting teaching supervisors and visiting teaching coordinators. The new features offer easier access and more intuitive integration.

 

 
Celebrate "A Savior is Born" Christmas Initiative Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Church has announced a new world-wide Christmas initiative and released original media content with the theme “A Savior is Born.” You are invited to use the content, add your own creative touches, and help to “flood the earth” with messages of the Savior Jesus Christ throughout the Christmas season.

 
5 Apps & Games That Make Family History a Family Affair Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Monday, 07 December 2015

Many apps from the 2015 LDSTech App & Game Contest have family history themes, with great potential for fostering a love of family heritage among all ages.

The apps include puzzles and games, easy-to-use apps for beginners, and robust web tools for training others in family history methods and doing serious research.

If you want to get involved and include your family, look at the apps and download your favorites from the appropriate app store, or visit the designated website using links in the Contest Gallery.

 
LDS Tools Now More Versatile for Members and Leaders Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Thursday, 03 December 2015

LDS Tools has long been the go-to app for member-to-member contacts, viewing calendar events, and locating meetinghouses. A recent update adds new functionality and features for iOS and Android platforms that make the app even more versatile for members and leaders. This new functionality includes more membership data and more reports from Leader and Clerk Resources (LCR) that let users drill down to specifics and use in-line filters.

Developers are working to create an intuitive experience by taking advantage of platform-specific features and connections to companion apps like LDS Maps that deliver useful information. The value is enhanced when members take time to upload their photos and set visibility settings for the directory to allow other members in their ward and stake to see their contact information.

 
The Way LDS.org Visitors Find a Meetinghouse Online is Changing Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Tonioli Smith   
Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The maps feature on LDS.org is getting a facelift for a more friendly experience when looking for a meetinghouse or viewing your own branch, ward, or stake. The update introduces two new applications—Meetinghouse Locator and Ward Map.

While both applications will be simpler to use and mobile friendly, each version will also offer its own features.

The new Meetinghouse Locator will:

  • Improve search functionality.
  • Provide targeted options for finding a meetinghouse by location, time, language, and ward type.

 

 
LDSTech Conference Videos Can Help You with Your Calling? Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Monday, 16 November 2015

Salt Lake City, USA was the epicenter, but the scope of the LDSTech Conference was global, with many topics of interest to members world-wide.

If you have a technology-related calling, or want to become a better user of Church technology in your present calling, the videos are very informative.

Plan to watch and make notes of things that will help you and share what you learn with others who may benefit from your insights. Here are a few highlights:

Did you know there is a place to submit feedback on meetinghouse technology issues? Church leaders are sensitive to user experiences and they are working on solutions for the challenges presented by languages, travel, and cultural diversity. Check out “Meetinghouse Technology – What, Why, How?” with Bret Bassett. Bret will tell you where to find training and what the Church is doing to support members world-wide.

 
The Piano Guys Have a Message to Share Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 13 November 2015

Did you happen to notice before, during, or after the recent Face to Face event with the Piano Guys that there were more links on LDS.org for sharing inspiring messages?

Did you know you can download the video of the conversation as an MP4 file from the Media Library and save it to watch again, or share it from your local media player without depending on the Internet?

 
Get Set for Roots Tech 2016 "Innovator Summit" and "Innovator Showdown" Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 11 November 2015

LDSTech is teaming up with RootsTech to promote two events associated with RootsTech 2016, a global technology conference celebrating family connections across generations.

The conference is scheduled for February 3-6 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah USA. There is something for everyone at RootsTech, no matter the level of experience in family history or skill level with technology, but the following events are of special interest to technology innovators:

The Innovator Summit

The Innovator Summit, on February 3, is a day-long event for technology builders from around the globe and will focus on content specific to emerging technologies in the family history and genealogy industries, with emphasis on business and technological opportunities.

A keynote session with a well-known speaker will begin the day. The evening will end with a social event for Innovator Summit attendees to network with like-minded family history innovators and technology enthusiasts.

If you appreciate opportunities to learn about cutting edge technologies and innovative ways to connect families past and present, follow the registration link and browse the conference schedule. Class codes that begin with “IS” on Wednesday are part of the Innovator Summit series.

Promotional discounts apply to those who register from October 20, 2015 to January 18, 2016.

 
The People's Choice Winner for 2015: "LDS Daily Verse" Simply Fits Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 10 November 2015

If you are into simple for your scripture study and want to ponder a bite at a time, “LDS Daily Verse,” an iOS app that won top honors for the People’s Choice Award in the 2015 App & Game contest, is a perfect fit. Versions are available for all your iOS devices including Apple Watch.

Hilton Campbell, the author and developer, has packed a lot of simple into one little app that does a great job delivering content. It is an excellent source of inspirational content, and travels with you anywhere.

 
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