LDS Maps is the latest software application to help users find Church facilities. Also, Church members who have an LDS Account and log into LDS Maps can see the location of the member households in their ward or branch. The latest version is now available through an LDS Maps link on the new LDS.org website.
LDS Maps provides mapping and location information about Church facilities for three different audiences: the general public, Church members, and local Church leaders (stake or district and ward or branch). Anyone with Internet access can find Church facilities, including meetinghouses, by searching and viewing the results on Google Maps or Bing Maps. Church members and leaders can view additional information if they have an LDS Account and log into LDS Maps.
Searching for Church facilities
Anyone with Internet access can search for and view location and other information about Church facilities using LDS Maps. The application uses Google Maps or Bing Maps for locations worldwide. A choice of map providers is offered because road and satellite coverage varies between Bing and Google applications.
How to search for meetinghouses or Church facilities:
The search results include the following:
- The residential congregation (ward or branch) assigned to the address entered into the search fields. By clicking on the congregation name, the user can view the meetinghouse address, meeting times, leaders' name, and link to driving directions. Links are also available to send corrected location information and feedback about the application to LDS Maps staff.
- Other congregations: These include language, young single adult, single student and married student wards and branches assigned to the address that was searched. The user can click on a ward or branch name and get information about the congregation.
- Other LDS Places nearby: Users can search for other meetinghouses, temples, institutes of religion, visitor's centers, historical places, employment resource centers, family history centers, Deseret Industries facilities, and LDS Family Services offices.
Search the map
- Zoom to the area where you want to find a meetinghouse or Church facilities
- Click the Find Places tab if it is not visible.
- Click Search Map near the bottom of the Home tab.
- When Other Places Nearby appears to the left of the map, click the checkbox by the Church facilties you would like to find. If there are several meetinghouses or facilities in the area, a list of the facilities will be available. Click Open list to view the nearby facilities.
- Click on the name of the facility to view information about it.
- To get driving directions, click Directions To.
Search for an address
- If the Find Places tab is not already visible, click the Find Places tab to the left of the map.
- Enter an address or other information in the address fields and click the Search button. The results of the search will appear to the left of the map.
The residential congregation assigned to the address you searched for is listed under ASSIGNED TO SELECTED LOCATION.
Other congregations (language, or Young Single Adult units) are listed under Other congregations if the checkbox is checked.
If the checkbox next to Meetinghouses under Other LDS Places nearby is checked, other nearby meetinghouses will be listed.
- 3. Click the name of the congregation you would like information about.
- A text box will open with information about the ward or branch, including the leader’s name and phone number, and the meeting time.
- 4. Click Directions To to get driving directions to the meetinghouse.
Use the place marker
- Zoom and pan the map to the location where you want to find Church facilities.
- Click Place Marker at the top of the map.
- Move your mouse to a point on the map and click the left mouse button.
- LDS Maps will search for Church facilities for that location.
- A text box opens with information about the location.
- Click Find LDS Places and a list of Church facilities will appear to the left of the map. If you check the checkboxes next to Other congregations or Additional resources and services, additional congregations will be listed.
- Click the name of the congregation you would like information about. A text box will open with information about the ward or branch, including the leader’s name and phone number, and the meeting time.
- Click Directions To to get driving directions to the meetinghouse.
Use the legend
Zoom to the area where you want to find a meetinghouse.
- Click Legend at the top of the map.
- When the Legend opens, click the checkbox next to Meetinghouses and meetinghouse icons will be displayed on the map.
- If no meetinghouse icons appear, zoom out to view a wider area.
- When you see one or more meetinghouse icons, click on each one and a box will open with information about one or more congregations that meet at that meetinghouse.
- To get driving directions, click Directions To.
LDS Maps for Church members
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can see the same information available to the general public. Additionally, members who have an LDS Account and who log in can:
- View their ward and stake map with boundaries and icons showing where other ward members live (see the Note below).
- View their stake boundaries.
- See a list of ward member's addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses if available (see the Note below).
- View a list of resources assigned to the member's ward, including temples, Bishop's Storehouses, missions, and the stake.
- Search for and find other Church facilities not available to those who have not logged into LDS Maps.
Note: The head of household, when logged in, can choose to hide household information from other ward or stake members. Because of data privacy laws, in some areas of the world, household information is automatically hidden from other ward or stake members. The head of household must log into LDS Maps and chooses to allow household information to be visible.
Member information in LDS Maps, in the Member and Leader Services (MLS) software, on the Ward and Stake Web sites, and on the new lds.org directory have been synchronized. If a head of house logs into any of those applications and corrects or updates membership information, the information is corrected or updated in all the applications.
LDS Maps for ward (congregation) leaders
When ward bishopric and branch presidency members log into LDS Maps, they may use LDS Maps to maintain accurate information about the location of their ward or branch members. These leaders include the following:
- Bishop or branch president.
- Bishop's or branch president's counselors.
- Ward or branch clerk.
- Assistant clerk (membership).
- Assistant clerk (finance).
- Executive secretary.
Before they can log into LDS Maps, they must create an LDS Account.
Ward or branch leaders can use LDS Maps to identify the location of their ward or branch members. The use of LDS Maps is optional.
LDS Maps includes software tools that interpret the addresses of ward or branch members and places an icon on a map to identify the location of the household. The icon represents a latitude and longitude coordinate for the location. Occasionally, LDS Maps is unable to identify a location and marks the household as "unverified" and "unmapped." Only ward or branch leaders can move the icon to a correct location.
Ward or branch leaders who choose to use LDS Maps have the following rights and responsibilities:
- They "verify" that the location of a household is correct. Ward and branch leaders have the responsibility to maintain membership records for those in their ward or branch. The information in LDS Maps comes from the Member and Leader Services (MLS) software used by the ward or branch to maintain Church records. Local leaders are responsible for the accuracy of those records and that is why they must verify member locations.
Ward and branch leaders can also:
- Move icons for households to the correct location when necessary.
- Designate members who have "Special Needs." These special needs are at the discretion of the bishop or branch president.
- Designate ward members as "Emergency Response Leaders." Ward or branch leaders can identify what it means to be an emergency response leader. Some leaders may want to identify members who have equipment that may be needed in an emergency (chainsaws, earth moving equipment, long-distance radios, etc.) or those who coordinate emergency response activities.
- Place all members living in one location (apartment building or complex) into a group. They can also change the groupings to suit their local needs.
- Download a file with household location information that can be loaded into a mobile GPS device for use during an emergency.
LDS Maps for stake and district leaders
Stake leaders who sign in to LDS Maps can view and print a variety of information. Stake leaders may view all ward and stake member information available in LDS Maps, including information for members who choose to hide their information from other stake and ward members.
The stake leaders include the following:
- Stake and district president
- Stake and district president’s counselors
- Stake and district clerk
- Assistant stake and district clerks
- Stake and district executive secretary
- Stake and district technology specialist
The stake leaders are defined by MLS. See MLS Main Menu/Organizations/Stake Presidency/Add Positions. This opens a list of the stake presidency positions.
Capabilities available to stake and district leaders can be found in the LDS Maps help file.
After major hurricanes hit the U.S. Gulf Coast region in 2004 through 2008, local leaders found that address information available to them was insufficient because local landmarks, street signs, buildings, trees and other vegitation, had been destroyed. Those leaders along the U.S. Gulf Coast asked Church leaders for their help to develop a tool to better identify member locations.
In response, Church employees, using existing GPS-generated latitude and longitude systems, began developing software that would allow local leaders to view Google and Microsoft maps and place icons where members lived.
On the main page of mormon.org, click "Worship with Us."
On the main page of lds.org click "Find a Meetinghouse" under "About the Church."
Development of the application began in early 2009. Beta user testing began in mid-2009 with ten stakes in the North America Southeast Area. In September 2009 the beta testing was announced during the LDSTech Talk 2009 broadcast. In December 2009, the beta test was expanded to all stakes in the North America Southeast Area. The URL for the beta application was announced December 1, 2009 in an the LDSTech Newsletter article. That beta test continues today.
LDSTech visitors discovered the url for LDS Maps Beta Version in November 2009 and created a Forum Discussion Thread.