I remember working several years ago to map out all the members of our ward. We wanted to create a map for an emergency preparedness plan so that families could check on other families who lived nearby. This was a long and tedious process that involved pasting copies of maps together and adding hundreds of little pins. Eventually we advanced to where we could use some software to do this, but it was so complicated that at times it felt like the paper and pins would be easier.
Well, those days are long gone. Did you know you can now see a listing of your ward instantly on LDS Maps, as well as the ward boundaries? LDS Maps has a variety of uses. Here are a few that come to mind:
- Emergency preparedness planning
- Home and visiting teaching
- Membership cleanup (those members outside your ward boundaries are easy to see!)
- Bishopric and other leadership visits
- Missionary work (our ward mission split the ward up into districts)
- Realignment of ward boundaries in the stake
The application is pretty straightforward. From LDS.org, go to Tools > Maps, and click the Sign In button in the upper-right corner. You can also go directly to http://lds.org/rcmaps. (Note that you need an LDS Account to sign in.)
Now click the View Your Ward button in the left sidebar. In the map area, you will see a map of all the members of your ward (you may need to zoom in a bit). The sidebar will show a detailed list of member names.
You can select different wards from the ward dropdown list at the top at the top of the sidebar. You’ll also see your ward building on the map as a meetinghouse icon , as well as other buildings in the area.
If you click on an individual name on the ward list, a window will appear on the map with the household details.
If there is a phone number listed, it will appear here as well. You can click the directions link to get directions to the house to print out. The blue line shows the ward boundaries.
You should play around with LDS Maps a bit. It really is amazing. One incredible feature is the ability to scale the map, zooming out (click the plus and minus button in the map tools to zoom in or out). You can zoom in to an area to see all the detail, or even zoom way, way out. If you zoom out quite a bit, you can see all the ward buildings in the area.
It's pretty neat to see all the ward buildings in the world, huh?
What other ways are you using LDS Maps in your ward and stake?
Note: For more information about LDS Maps, see the Release notes for LDS Maps Version 3.0.