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LDSTech Conference Keynotes Will Be Streamed, Sessions Will Be Recorded Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 30 March 2011

We are excited to announce that the LDSTech Conference keynotes will be streamed, and the other sessions will be recorded for later viewing. This will allow the many members on the waiting list and at home to participate remotely in the conference. You can view the stream at the following URL: The following schedule lists the time for each presentation's stream:

We’re at Full Capacity for the LDSTech Conference! Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Last year we had about 200 participants at the LDSTech Conference. This year we have 400 registrants, with another 200+ on the waiting list. This means we are at full capacity. The interest and growth in the LDSTech conference this year has been phenomenal. Here are a few last minute notes before the conference.

New LDSTech Site Features Integrate with Community Projects Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 29 March 2011

The LDSTech website now includes more advanced integration with the community projects. If you recall, a few weeks ago we rolled out Talent Profile -- you see the Talent Profile tab when you log in to the site. Now we’ve added several more enhancements.

Alan Brown: LDSTech Forum Moderator Print E-mail
Written by Alan Brown   
Monday, 28 March 2011

Alan BrownIf you’ve participated in the LDSTech Forum, with questions or comments, chances are you’ve interacted with Alan Brown. Alan is one of the moderators for the LDSTech Forum, and he tries to stay up-to-date with nearly every forum post and help out where he can. I asked Alan a few questions about what it’s like to be a forum moderator.

Why did you first start participating in the forums?

I joined the LDSTech forums in November 2007 and was invited to be a community moderator in March 2008.

What drives your motivation to participate so actively?

I serve as a stake financial clerk and stake technology specialist. One of my primary responsibilities in those callings is to help leaders and clerks with their finance and technology needs. I can’t possibly learn everything on my own, so I rely heavily on the experience of the LDSTech community to help me as I help members of my stake.

I also enjoy helping people in the world-wide community of clerks and leaders, so it is rewarding to use the experience I gain both in my stake and on LDSTech to help others on the forum.

Meetinghouse Internet Installations Growing Print E-mail
Written by Ken Knapton   
Tuesday, 01 March 2011

Approximately half of the 17,000 LDS Church meetinghouses around the world already have Internet connections. Many more will install Internet access in the near future. For example, the Africa West area is rolling out Internet access to every stake center, district, and mission office in the area – a total of 64 locations. Meetinghouse Internet trends will probably increase, especially since Internet costs are now paid for by area offices.

It’s clear that the Internet has become an important part of communication in the Church – not just for clerk software (such as Member Leader Services), but also for teaching the gospel, helping individuals with provident living, doing family history and temple work, administering in the Church, and ministering to those in need. In areas where members are remotely located, the Internet also reduces burdens related to travel and cost for meetings and training.

The Vineyard: The Church’s First Crowdsourcing Site Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011

The Vineyard, available at, is a new Church site that allows members across the world to contribute their time and talents to do the work of the Church. Designed as a crowdsourcing site, the Vineyard allows large numbers of people to perform small tasks remotely and independently towards a larger goal.

The Vineyard

The Vineyard ( is the first crowdsourcing application created by the Church. You can find minute-sized service opportunities here and spend as little or as much time as you want.

The word crowdsourcing stems from two words: crowd plus outsourcing. You may have heard of astronomy crowdsourcing projects, where volunteers classify shapes from thousands of images taken by telescopes. If you can chunk the work into easy-to-do bits, volunteers are more apt to participate. The work is somewhat anonymous, with no obligation or long-term expectations.

LDSTech Conference, March 31 – April 1, 2011 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hutchins   
Thursday, 10 February 2011

Do you have programming or other information technology skills? Have you ever wondered how you could use those skills to build the kingdom? LDSTech makes it possible for you, regardless of your location, to consecrate your time and talents to technology projects that further the growth of the Church.

If you’ve never been involved in work like this, the second annual LDSTech Conference is a great way to start. Last year, about 150 people attended, including a few international participants. After a keynote address by Elder David A. Bednar, attendees learned about the many forward-looking initiatives currently in progress. Then they signed up for a project that matched their interests and skills and met with the project team. Attendees were even able to start work on the project right there at the conference.

LDSTech Conference

This year’s conference is March 31 and April 1, right before April General Conference. Plan to bring your computer, roll up your sleeves, and get to work. There are almost 30 different projects that need help now. Like the saints who consecrated countless hours building the first temples brick by brick, now you too have an opportunity to build the kingdom—bit by bit.

2011 LDS Tech Conference Details

Riverton Office Building, 3740 W. 13400 S., Riverton, UT
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. both days (there may be an additional event Thursday evening)
For Who: Designers, developers, testers, support staff, technical writers, etc.
Cost: FREE and includes breakfast and lunch
Keynote: Guest speaker
Date: March 31 – April 1, 2011

Attending the conference may not be an option for everyone, but you don’t actually have to attend to help out. You can sign up directly on the LDSTech website and build a talent profile that makes it easy to match your skills with an available project. After signing up for a specific project, a team member will contact you with more information.

LDS Tools for iPhone Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Monday, 31 January 2011

LDS Tools for the iPhone, created by the LDS Church, allows you to view the member directory, calendar, and leadership callings for your ward or stake on your iPhone. Additionally, you can create contact lists and see member locations on maps.

The following screens show the features of LDS Tools on the iPhone.

Talent Profile: Matching Your Skills to Relevant Projects Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Thursday, 18 November 2010

One of the challenges in aligning community volunteers with projects has been matching up the right talent with the right project.

For example, a community volunteer might say he or she has PHP expertise. A project manager begins a project that requires PHP development. If the community had just a few volunteers and project managers, it wouldn’t be a problem matching the two up.

Newsletter: September 2010 Print E-mail
Friday, 01 October 2010

Great Opportunities to Serve

For those who would love to help with various Church projects but don't feel that they have enough technical skills to help on some of the projects on the LDSTech website, the Church has started a beta program called Simply Serving and invites you to get involved. You can get involved by visiting On this site, you can volunteer on projects that deal with Church publications, multimedia, and translations. Many of the projects on this site can be done easily with minimal time, perfect for those who want to help but can't find large chunks of time in their busy lives.

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