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

The maps feature on 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 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.

The 2015 LDSTech Conference: A "Virtual" Feast Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Thursday, 29 October 2015

Did you take notes of things that interested you at the LDSTech Conference? Did you find presentations so rich in detail, so timely, and so good you hope to revisit the sessions to enrich your conference experience? Have you been planning all along to be a “virtual” attendee once the sessions are available online?

We're happy to announce that the 2015 LDSTech Conference have been posted on the 2015 Conference Session Streams at You’ll find lots of examples and suggestions for using Church technology to the fullest, and a preview of what Church technologists have envisioned for the future. Click Read More below for highlights from some of the most popular presentations.

Do You Know What Happens to Feedback at Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Monday, 26 October 2015

Have you had trouble finding something, or have you wanted to ask a question or comment about something you saw or read at

A link to Feedback formerly on the right of each web page is now at the bottom and remains a valuable tool for getting answers and communicating with the Church through its official website. The Church uses feedback to identify what is most important to site visitors who may or may not be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and who may reside in many countries and speak many different languages.

Since 2009, over 276,000 feedback items have been submitted at This does not include many other Church websites that have their own feedback mechanisms.

The 2015 LDSTech Conference: Did You Miss It? Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The equipment is stored and the dust has settled, but talk still lingers about a very successful 2015 LDSTech Conference. If you missed it, it was held on October 15 at the Institute of Religion building on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, USA. Words like “impressive,” “interesting,” “informative,” “interactive,” and “insightful” echoed in the halls. Many conference participants brought their own energy and expertise in the form of well-thought-out questions and valuable experience using Church technology in many ways.

There were about 500 attendees, 29 formal presentations that were approved and available, and demos by App & Game Contest winners. Great ideas were all around. Church employees and many volunteers were on hand to answer questions and direct participants around the conference venue.

LDS Face to Face Event to Feature the Piano Guys Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Monday, 19 October 2015

You are invited to participate in a live, worldwide activity featuring the Piano Guys on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. MDT. This LDS Face to Face event is an opportunity get to know the world-renowned musical group while feeling the Spirit and being connected to and in conversation with LDS youth from all over the world.

Winners Announced for the Gospel App & Game Contest Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Thursday, October 15, the winners of the LDS Gospel App & Game Contest were announced at the opening of the 2015 LDSTech Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gary Miner, Contest Manager from the office of the CIO of the Church, recognized the efforts of all the contest participants in saying, “Judging was hard because so many creative ideas were put forth that were very well executed by experienced developers.”

The apps may be downloaded from the various app stores and accessed on public websites through an online Contest Gallery. You will find many have amazing graphics, engaging interactions, and easy-to-follow on-screen instructions. Others are more specialized, with a clear gospel impact for the lives of potential users.

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