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Increase Your Employment Potential by Getting Involved in LDSTech Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011

When you’re looking for a job, you’re often faced with the following challenges:

  • Gaps in employment. When you haven’t been employed for a period of years, the gap creates a problem with your resume. Employers are suspicious as to the reasons for unemployment and prefer to see an uninterrupted track record from one company to another.
  • Lack of experience. If you’re looking to move into a specific professional field, you need experience demonstrating competence in this field. Without experience, assertions about skills often have no credibility.
  • No portfolio samples. You can compensate for lack of experience or education by showcasing an impressive portfolio of work you’ve completed. But without a strong portfolio, you’re often at the mercy of your resume alone.

Involvement in the LDSTech community can help overcome these three challenges and increase your chances of finding employment. LDSTech is the community effort of the Church for IT projects. In the LDSTech community, project teams work together to develop solutions for technical problems. For example, every one of the official LDS mobile applications (Gospel Library, Mormon Channel, etc.) was developed by the LDSTech community effort.

New Leadership Training Library Released Print E-mail
Written by Whitney Denney   
Wednesday, 16 November 2011

A new Leadership Training Library site has been released on The Leadership Training Library is a collection of training videos that accompany Handbook 2. You can access the Leadership Training Library on by going to Menu > Service > Leadership Training Library.

Leadership Training Library

The Leadership Training Library is now available on by going to Menu > Service > Leadership Training Library.

Ray D. Robinson, a director in the Priesthood Department, says the intended use of the site is two-fold. First, it is meant for self-teaching. For this reason, there are “learning helps” at the beginning and end of the videos. Learning helps typically include questions posed by the video narrator. For example, the questions may encourage viewers to do the following:

  • Reflect on inspiration the viewer received during the video
  • Develop specific goals in the viewer's callings
  • Discuss leadership qualities seen in the videos
RootsTech 2012 – A New Technology Conference Print E-mail
Written by Gordon Clarke   
Monday, 14 November 2011

RootsTech Conference 2012Developers, engineers, and technology enthusiasts are invited to participate in RootsTech 2012, a leading edge conference at the heart of the fast growing genealogy technology industry. RootsTech 2012 will be held February 2–4, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and presents outstanding opportunities for technology creators. At this conference you can:

  • Explore the latest development technologies and techniques using cloud computing, mobile apps, social networking, geo-mapping, and more
  • Learn practical software development skills from industry leaders and pioneers
  • Create solutions to challenging problems in a rapidly-growing market segment
  • Consider possibilities of connecting genealogy market with other consumer applications
  • Compete in the 2nd annual RootsTech Developers’ Challenge

Genealogy is one of the top consumer hobbies and interests worldwide, and family-related web applications are at the core of some of the most popular social media sites. The field of genealogy specifically offers unique opportunities for technology developers to tap into a profitable and rewarding market category or help bridge it to other value-added applications and markets. RootsTech encourages innovative minds to join this evolving industry and help define future consumer experiences.

Calendar 2.0 Frequently Asked Questions Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 09 November 2011

In preparation for the calendar 2.0 webinars, we recently combed through the forums and pulled out as many questions as we could feasibly answer. The calendar 2.0 FAQs page has been updated with answers to these questions. If you're watching the webinar and you have a question, consider checking the list of FAQs prior to submitting your question via chat. We'll be adding to this FAQ page throughout the webinars as we receive more calendar questions.

Also note that the more general homepage for calendar 2.0 has links to quick reference guides and videos. About 4,000 people have signed up for the webinars so far. Based on this participation, we're looking to do more technology webinars in the coming months.

The slides and a recording of the webinar will be available here later this week.

Results of an Affinity Diagramming Study for Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Cruz   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011

Last month, the team conducted an online study to find out why people visit On Tuesday and Friday evenings, one percent of site visitors were randomly asked about their experience with the website.

Visitors were asked to explain, in as much detail as possible, why they came to that day. Then they were asked to continue doing whatever they came to the site to do. Lastly they were asked to rate how easy it was to complete their task and comment on the main challenge they faced in completing the task. The team gathered more than 800 responses to various questions.

Faced with a wealth of valuable feedback from site users, the next step involved processing and interpreting the data. While it was relatively straightforward to report the quantitative data—time on task, satisfaction ratings, etc.—dealing with the large volume of qualitative responses was a bigger challenge.

To handle these responses, the team used a brainstorming technique called “affinity diagramming.” Affinity diagramming organizes different pieces of qualitative data in a way that surfaces overall themes.

When done properly, affinity diagramming can prevent researchers from being overwhelmed by too much information. It also helps them avoid imposing their own interpretation based on just a few of the most memorable sound bites.

Creating an International LDS Music App Print E-mail
Written by Meg Stout   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011

Meg StoutI remember sitting at my mother's knee, listening to stories about my Mormon convert ancestors. They were early missionaries and pioneers, men who tamed the wilds of California and Deseret, and women who built a paradise of milk and honey from a desert of thistle and crickets.

One of the things I missed, living in modern times like I do, was the chance to make a positive contribution to the entire Church and the world. The times when common Church members could reach out and bless hundreds or thousands were over, or so I thought.

Then I found out about LDS Vineyard and LDS Tech—websites where members can volunteer on Church projects. Let me tell you about one effort I’m involved in—the project we have on LDSTech to create an international version of the new LDS Music app for iPad and other iOS devices.

LDSTech and The Vineyard Coming to San Francisco November 7 - 10 Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 04 November 2011

Representatives from LDSTech and the Vineyard will be giving a series of presentations in the San Francisco area about opportunities to serve in the Church. The presentations will be given between November 7 through 10 in Oakland, Walnut Creek, Concord, San Jose, and San Francisco. For more details about times and locations, click the graphic below.

 LDSTech and Vineyard

These presentations are sponsored by the BYU Management Society and LDS Employment. If you plan to attend an event for the BYU Management Society, register with the specific chapter at the BYU Management Society page.

Whether you are a computer novice or software developer, the Vineyard and LDSTech provide opportunities for you to serve. These presentations will give you information to get started as well as time to interact with leaders from both of these volunteer efforts.

The Gospel Library for Feature Phones Print E-mail
Written by Gary Lee Davis   
Friday, 04 November 2011


If you live on the Philippine island of Mindoro, you likely speak Tagalog. It’s also likely that one day you will be able to download the Gospel Library in your native language on your cell phone.

More than five billion people in the world have access to cell phones, also called feature phones. Although the Gospel Library app is available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows smartphones, a good majority of the world’s population do not have smartphones.

The goal of the Gospel Library for Feature Phones project is to make the Gospel Library available to feature phone users. Hal Rushton, project manager for this effort, says that when he first came to work for the Church, he noted that there were lots of good applications for high-end smartphones but few for regular feature phones. Given his experience developing games for cell phones, Hal looked for ways to put the Gospel Library app on cell phones.

Hal says, “We can get the Gospel Library in nearly every language, in nearly every tongue, and in nearly every place in the world via cell phones. There’s no publishing cost for that—just the difficulty of making an app that is compatible for the thousands of different cell phone models and platforms.”

The earliest cell phones had no operating systems. They were simply telephones. But nearly all mobile phones manufactured today have Java-enabled technology, which means they have the capability to download content.

Calendar Training Webinar Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 Calendar Training Webinars

As 2012 approaches, many of you are planning your ward and stake calendars for the coming year. With the release of the 2.0 version of the calendar, we thought it would be appropriate to provide a few training webinars to help you get started and to answer any questions.

We are providing two webinars: one for administrators and building schedulers, and another for calendar editors and members. The webinars will be repeated three times each to accommodate different time zones. The webinars will also be recorded for later viewing.

Note that these webinars are introductory. If you have problems you’re trying to troubleshoot, or edge-case scenarios, or other more advanced needs, refer to the LDSTech Forum.

Much of the webinar information to be covered is also available in six quick reference guides and three videos—available on the home page of the calendar help material, or on this LDSTech post.

Book of Mormon App for Windows Phone 7 Released Print E-mail
Written by Whitney Denney   
Friday, 28 October 2011

A new Book of Mormon app is available for Windows Phone 7. The Book of Mormon app is available as a free download in the Windows Marketplace.

The Book of Mormon app is geared toward a non-member audience largely unfamiliar with the Book of Mormon. It provides another way for people who are curious about the Book of Mormon to access a copy of it. David Staheli, a senior engineer on the project, says, “If anybody out there is curious, they’ll come along and see the Book of Mormon, and they can download it for free just to see what it’s about.” 

The following screenshots are from the Book of Mormon app:

The Application and its Features

The project started in December 2010 as an experiment. Brother Staheli says, “We thought, ‘Why don’t we take what we’ve already done—the whole gospel library and all the scriptures—but simplify it a bit for missionary purposes.’” The goal was to make the Book of Mormon less intimidating to investigators, so the team simplified the user interface by removing some of the advanced features, such as footnotes.

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