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LDSTech 2015 Conference
Plan to Come to the LDSTech Conference! Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Thursday, 27 August 2015

It’s happening! Plans and preparation are coming to fruition for the 2015 LDSTech Conference on October 15. It’s not too late to make your own plans to attend. The 2015 schedule is set and the day-long conference will be held at the Institute of Religion Building on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, USA. It is free and everyone is invited regardless of technological skill level.

Last year’s conference had 500 attendees and survey evaluations from 2014 said repeatedly, “First time attendee…have enjoyed learning and look forward to more,” or “This is my first time, but not my last,” or “Thank you, plan to come again.” The presenters for 2015 are as diverse and the topics as relevant for this year’s attendees, and a formidable number of LDS Apps and Games are “in the works.”

If this is your first opportunity to participate, you’ll not want to pass up a chance to brush shoulders with technology experts, network with like-minded tech enthusiasts, and enjoy free breakfast and lunch while making new friends and learning new skills to take back home and share with friends and family.

Don’t wait another day to register. The 2015 LDSTech Conference will be something to remember!

New Gospel Library for Windows Phone is Released! Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 21 August 2015

Windows users have reason to celebrate a new release for Gospel Library (GLW) for their phones. The new release is much like the tablet version, with a full complement of rich content and enviable features on par or better than peer-apps for the iOS and Android platforms.

Developers for this all-volunteer project have come closer than ever to a universal app for Windows on a phone. The mobile form-factor has the expected features desktop users have come to enjoy and a few more besides. Version is now available in the Windows store, and reviews are for the most part very positive.

If your Windows phone is preconfigured to auto-update, the next time you open your GLW phone app, you’ll experience a brand new interface, one that will be familiar yet enticingly fresh and appealing. If you have been using the beta version, the new Windows release can be downloaded and co-exist on the same device.

"Interoperability" in LDS apps: Making Your Life Easier Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 14 August 2015

Have you noticed how many LDS apps are built to work together to make using them very intuitive and natural?

This is “interoperability.” Interoperability refers to a product or system (usually a computer program), that has the ability to work with other products or systems without restricted access or extra implementation steps on the part of a user.

While the term seems a bit technical, the results are non-technical so you won’t have to think about what’s happening in the background when using a software program.

Customizing Your Gospel Study with "Notes" Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 05 August 2015

Did you know you have your own personal, private online space at to collect your gospel content and notes and organize your gospel study?

If LDS mobile apps are your primary source for gospel study, you should know about the tools that are available online in Notes (also called Notes and Journaling). This “study space” is where all the bookmarks, tags, highlighted passages, and notations created in Gospel Library apps or online at come together and stay in sync.

Tools available at this site help you organize the results of your gospel study, edit or remove items, and filter and see items you have categorized.

The interface is also very helpful when you are preparing a talk or lesson plan because as you are browse resources across, you can gather all your ideas, authoritative quotes, and scripture passages together in one place, then download or print the results so you are not dependent upon the meetinghouse Internet!

Live LDSTech Broadcast - July 17 Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 07 July 2015

The LDSTech Broadcast will be July 17, 2015 at noon MDT. The broadcast will review some of the new functionality in Leader and Clerk Resources, including the ability to manage callings and Home and Visiting Teaching, presented by Brian Fromm.

You may join the onsite group in the Riverton Office Building (ROB), Zion Rooms A & B at 3740 West Market Center Drive in Riverton, Utah, or connect remotely from the Internet to the live stream from the LDSTech Broadcast page a few minutes before noon.

LDSTech Broadcasts are an excellent way to keep up to date on Church technology projects, applications, and upcoming events of interest to technology-minded individuals. The July 17 broadcast will be one hour, with time for Q&A at the end in the conference room for onsite participants and from the Internet through Twitter using the #LDSTech hashtag.

If you are unable to attend live and do not want to miss great information on this topic, the broadcast will be recorded and available later from

The Beauty of the Gospel Shines in Country Communication Pages Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Thursday, 09 July 2015

The beauty of the gospel as expressed in the lives of Latter-day Saints shines through the languages, cultures, and customs of Church members worldwide.  It is “richness” you can experience first hand by visiting Country Communication Pages.

Country websites have been around and evolving for a while in many parts of the world. In 2013, country communication pages were approved and directed to be supervised by area presidencies.  Recent integration with navigation and web design provide enhanced, enlarged, and better communication pages so that people all over the world may benefit.

An LDS Account: a Powerful Tool for User Access Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015

With improvements to Church websites, new navigation menus, links to social media, and more interactive web resources, an LDS Account is one of the most overlooked and powerful features of the Church’s web presence. It allows you to use a single user name and password multiple places, and in many places connects you seamlessly from one location to another. Single sign-in has been around for a while. It has reduced development costs, improved user security, and facilitated web integration.

Obtaining an LDS Account is an easy process from wherever you see a sign-in link on a Church-sponsored website. LDS Accounts are managed centrally from When logged into your account profile, you can change your password, display name, preferred language, and a number of other things related to online access.

LDSTech Has a New Social Media Correspondent Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Sunday, 05 July 2015

Kayley Birdsall is LDSTech’s new Social Media Correspondent. She has already taken charge of LDSTech’s social media communication channels and is doing a superb job posting updates, announcements, and inspirational quotes on technology topics from Church leaders.

Over the last five years Kaylee has discovered her love for promoting ideas while working as a field marketing promoter. She brings marketing experience to her new role in LDSTech and enthusiasm for using and promoting technology tools that bring messages of value to our readers. She will continue with many traditions established by her predecessor and add her own special touch to social media communication channels over the next few months.

Registration Open for LDSTech Conference! Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015

Registration opens July 1 for the 2015 LDSTech Conference which will be held Thursday, October 15, at the Institute of Religion Building, 1780 E. South Campus Drive, on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The day-long conference is free and everyone is invited regardless of technical skills.

If you are planning to be onsite the day of the conference, you need to register. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for onsite participants. If you will be viewing remotely, video streaming of conference sessions will be available online after the event.

Conference organizers promise an immersion experience in Church technology, and in-person attendees will have an opportunity to participate in discussions, product demos, and Q&A with developers and Church employees.

Area Technology Specialist Missionaries Have Unique Opportunities Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 03 July 2015

Ask an Area Technology Specialist (ATS) missionary what a typical day is like and you won’t get the same answer twice. The ATS mission experience differs for each couple and the area where they serve. Ask about where technology missionaries find their greatest rewards, and most will say working with people, being ambassadors for the use of technology, and training leaders are their most successful activities.

According to Elder and Sister Bentley, who are serving in the Caribbean, “We are planting seeds and growing the process. It has been wonderful working with members who are happy to lend us people from a resource perspective, and we are working on creative ways to share equipment resources. No situation has been anything other than 100% positive!”

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