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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. Calendar Version 2.0 Released Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Version 2.0 of the calendar was released today. This version contains a number of new features that will be helpful to calendar editors and administrators. A few of these new features include the following:

  • More intuitive interface for scheduling events and making reservations
  • New administrative interface that provides better navigation through tabs
  • More stability and better application performance

If you haven’t already transitioned to the new calendar, now is the perfect time since most wards and stakes are entering the 2012 planning period. With the inclusion of locations, privacy controls, and callings-based rights, the calendar is designed to meet the needs of wards and stakes. Calendar Interface

Becoming Familiar with the Resources under Tools on Print E-mail
Written by StacyAnn Allen   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The resources under the Tools menu on provide a wealth of new applications to help members and leaders in wards and stakes.

When you sign in with your LDS Account, the options that appear in the Tools menu are personalized to your calling. Many of the tools are standard for all members, such as the directory and calendar, but some are more specialized for bishops and stake presidents, such as Leader Resources and Clerk Resources. The following screenshot shows the resources available to a stake president’s login. Tools Menu

Below is a brief introduction to some of these resources. If you don’t have an LDS Account yet, go to and register for one first. You will then be able to access these resources.

LDS Music App for iOS Released Print E-mail
Written by Whitney Denney   
Friday, 21 October 2011

LDS Music 1.0 for iOS, released in October 2011, is available for free download in Apple’s App Store.

LDS Music contains the content of the LDS Hymnbook and Children’s Songbook, with each song presented in two views: the sheet music or simply the text of the verses. The songs are listed by number as well as alphabetically, by topic, by author, and by composer.

LDS Music app screens

Authors and composers are listed by first or last name. There is a search option that covers not just song titles but also each song’s content. The application also plays instrumental music for each song, which is especially useful when there is no pianist around.

LDS Mobile Apps Infographic Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Thursday, 20 October 2011

The following infographic shows the LDS mobile apps available from the Church: LDS Gospel Library, Scripture Mastery, Mormon Channel, LDS Tools, LDS Youth, and LDS Music (new). Feel free to print off this graphic and pass it out to your members or pin it up on your meetinghouse bulletin boards. You can download the apps by searching for the titles in your smartphone's application store. 

To print the file, click the graphic below. Then press Ctrl+P to bring up your browser's print window.

Special thanks to Cindy Garber Iverson, a volunteer on the LDSTech blog project, for creating and sharing this graphic.

Using the Community to Beta Test Church Applications Print E-mail
Written by Whitney Denney   
Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The Church calendar is being updated with a new and improved back-end architecture and a simplified work flow, easing the scheduling of resources and events and introducing a more intuitive design. The latest version, Calendar 2.0, is due to come out in a couple of weeks.  As part of the development of this product, the calendar team engaged the community using a new model for beta testing. It was a great success.

How It Worked

In July 2011, the calendar team asked for testing volunteers through the LDSTech Forum. Next, an article published on the LDSTech blog (Upcoming Calendar 2.0 Beta Test) advertised the opportunity for community members to conduct application testing. The article called for at least 30 participants, preferably from various geographical areas and having callings as stake or ward administrators, clerks, and building schedulers. These simple recruiting tactics encouraged over 200 community members to respond, and about 30 participated actively.

Church Service Missionary Opportunities Within the LDSTech Community Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 07 October 2011

See the Church service missionary opportunity page on the wiki. The wiki page contains up to date information about current opportunities.

Additional reading

The following articles provide more information about LDSTech Church-service missions.

Profile of a Technology Service Missionary Print E-mail
Written by Curtis Palmer   
Monday, 03 October 2011

Wanted: Young men or women who love the Lord, have a testimony of missionary service, are willing to sacrifice, want to dedicate a portion of their life at their own expense, and have a fondness for… technology.

When we think of full-time missionaries, we often have a definite image in mind: conservative dress, modest hair styles, white shirt and tie, and traveling in pairs. We normally don’t see missionaries carrying an iPad to their next meeting, working on lines of code, or testing the latest smartphone app. But this is exactly what Alan Smoot, manager for the LDSTech community, hopes to see more of in the near future.

“Not every young man or woman can serve a mission for various reasons, yet they may still have a desire to contribute their time and talents,” Alan explains. “As a bishop, I had one such young man come to me recently. He was tech-savvy and wanted to serve a mission, but for various reasons, a proselyting mission wasn’t appropriate. He was nevertheless able to contribute by coding.” 

Meet Elder Aaron Monson from Lindon, Utah. He recently completed a technology service mission for LDSTech. Growing up, Elder Monson played computer games, as do most kids today. Okay, he played a lot of computer games and was so involved with the games that he wanted to build his own, so he learned how to program. He took some intro to computer programming, information systems, and Java classes at BYU. Elder Monson then took a break from his studies at BYU to serve a mission.

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