Register for the 2015 LDSTech Conference

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Register now for the 2015 LDSTech Conference that will be held October 15.

The all-day conference will be held at the Institute of Religion Building on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. Admission is free and everyone is invited regardless of technological skill level.

lds-tech-conf-pixLast year’s conference had 500 attendees and survey evaluations showed that even first-time attenders enjoyed it and planned to come again.

The 2015 schedule is set and this year’s presenters are diverse and the topics are relevant. Many apps and games are being developed for the LDS Gospel App & Game contest.

If this is your first opportunity to participate, come to talk 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.

Register now for the 2015 LDSTech Conference. It will be something to remember!

Watch this introductory video:

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12 Steps to Change, Step 3: Trust in God

addiction-recovery_3-trust-02This article describes Step 3 in the “12 Steps to Change” video series about the reality of addiction and the power of recovery. (See the introductory article about this video series on the Mormon Channel. See articles about the other steps.)
Addiction is real. So is recovery.

Step 3: Trust in God. Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Learn more about Step 3: Trust in God.

Watch “Trust in God – Sharon’s Story about Crystal Meth Addiction Recovery.” At first, Sharon was addicted to staying thin. She thought small, seemingly harmless doses of crystal meth could help her lose a few pounds. Before she knew it, she was completely addicted to the drug. Her marriage and family relationships were crumbling, but she couldn’t stop and wondered if she actually wanted to. She discovered that trusting in God was her only chance to not just escape, but to find happiness again.

Help is available by using these 12 steps and participating in the Church’s Addiction Recovery Program (see AddictionRecovery.lds.org).

Check back every day from September 1-12, to learn about the next step. And join the conversation using the hashtag #12StepsToChange. Share your experiences, frustrations, and most importantly, hope.

Here is a playlist for all the videos in the series.

Find related articles on LDSMediaTalk.com about

Other resources in overcoming pornography.

#12StepsToChange #addiction #pornography

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12 Steps to Change, Step 2: Hope

addiction-recovery_2-hope-02This article describes Step 2 in the “12 Steps to Change” video series about the reality of addiction and the power of recovery. (See the introductory article about this video series on the Mormon Channel. See articles about the other steps.)

Addiction is real. So is recovery.

Step 2: Hope. Come to believe that the power of God can restore you to complete spiritual health. Learn more about Step 2: Hope.

Watch “Preston’s Story about Drug Addiction Recovery.” Preston was living in a basement with his brother, who was also addicted to heroin and cocaine, when their intense cravings finally drove them to steal. Preston wondered if he could ever be forgiven, so he prayed to find out. The hope he felt in response to his prayer was the beginning of a miraculous recovery.

Help is available by using these 12 steps and participating in the Church’s Addiction Recovery Program (see AddictionRecovery.lds.org).

Check back every day from September 1-12, to learn about the next step. And join the conversation using the hashtag #12StepsToChange. Share your experiences, frustrations, and most importantly, hope.

Here is a playlist for all the videos in the series.

Find related articles on LDSMediaTalk.com about

Other resources in overcoming pornography.

#12StepsToChange #addiction #pornography

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12 Steps to Change, Step 1: Honesty

addiction-recovery_1-honesty-03-03This article describes Step 1 in the “12 Steps to Change” video series about the reality of addiction and the power of recovery. (See the introductory article about this video series on the Mormon Channel. See articles about the other steps.)

video-1Addiction is real. So is recovery.

Step 1: Honesty. Admit that you, of yourself, are powerless to overcome your addictions and that your life has become unmanageable. Learn more about Step 1: Honesty.

Watch “David’s Story on Sex Addiction Recovery.” The one thing David had promised he would never do was ruin his marriage. But when his addiction to sex and pornography hijacked his self-control, he found himself doing just that. David thought maybe he could simply get over his addiction without help from anyone. That is when he learned that confession is the first and vital step to recovery.

Help is available by using these 12 steps and participating in the Church’s Addiction Recovery Program (see AddictionRecovery.lds.org).

Check back every day from September 1-12, to learn about the next step. And join the conversation using the hashtag #12StepsToChange. Share your experiences, frustrations, and most importantly, hope.

Watch the video “What is Addiction?” to learn more about the effects of addiction.

Here is a playlist for all the videos in the series.

Find related articles on LDSMediaTalk.com about

Other resources in overcoming pornography.

#12StepsToChange #addiction #pornography

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6 Apps to Help LDS Stay Inspired

6-apps-inspiredOur smartphones don’t just increase our productivity when we’re away from a computer. They also fill our time when waiting at a crosswalk, riding the elevator with strangers, or taking the bus home from work. But instead of filling these voids with time-wasting games and social media, what if you could find a way to be inspired during your downtime? What if you could look up from your screen and feel a little smarter and more motivated to try harder and live better?

LDS Living has published an article that lists apps that can help to keep you inspired throughout your day.

Read the article “6 Apps to Help You Stay Inspired Always.”

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12 Steps to Change Video Series on Addiction

12stepstochange-imageAddiction is real. So is recovery.

It’s time for a conversation about the reality of addiction and the power of recovery. “12 Steps to Change” is a 12-part video series that follows real people fighting to overcome addictions of all kinds. Experience their stories of hope as they take the steps they need to change their lives.

Beginning September 1, the video series “12 Steps to Change” begins on the Mormon Channel. (See Mormonchannel.org/12steps.) Each day from September 1-12, we will share one more step in the 12-step process of recognizing and overcoming addictions, whether the addiction is to drugs, alcohol, food, pornography, or any other addictive behavior.

12stepstochange-video-trailer-ldsHelp is available by using these 12 steps and participating in the Church’s Addiction Recovery Program (see AddictionRecovery.lds.org).

Watch this video introduction to the “12 Steps to Change” series.

Check back every day from September 1-12, to learn about the next step. And join the conversation using the hashtag #12StepsToChange. Share your experiences, frustrations, and most importantly, hope.

Find related articles on LDSMediaTalk.com about

#12StepsToChange #addiction #pornography

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5 Ways to Make the Sabbath a Delight

family-sabbathWith the challenges in the world around us, honoring the Sabbath helps us to stay spiritually strong.

Because life can get a little distracting sometimes, take advantage of the Sabbath Day to focus on what matters most. Watch the video below and visit sabbath.lds.org.

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video-educationYouTube has more than 1 billion users and hundreds of education channels, many of which have millions of subscribers. Many of the charismatic educators on these channels have hundreds of thousands of child fans watching daily and learning about history, math and science.

The article “How online videos enhance education at home and in the classroom” describes how people are learning in engaging ways through the use of videos.

Veritasium is an educational channel on YouTube with science and engineering videos featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science.

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FamilySearch Plans for the Future

Family-Search-ldsFamilySearch is undergoing a fundamental transformation by pushing toward accomplishing many lofty goals.

FamilySearch is seeing phenomenal growth. Since 2013, FamilySearch.org has seen a 234% increase in LDS patrons and a whopping 1,035% increase from the non-LDS segment. Record collections on the site have nearly doubled since 2012 and the searchable indexed names have grown from 750 million in 2010 to 5.2 billion today.

A senior product manager recently said that future developments for FamilySearch will be focused on the following customer needs:

  • Providing more records—faster.
  • The ability to preserve and share personal family records online.
  • The ability to do more on cell phones and tablets.
  • Creating a more accurate and full-featured search.
  • Allowing patrons to easily and completely gather online sources right at their fingertips.
  • Ensuring the FamilySearch Family Tree is “genealogically sound.”
  • Expanding work with partners and industry leaders to tackle the ominous needs of the marketplace.

The FamilySearch engineers are working on an indexing program that will work on tablets. They are hoping to make it available by the end of 2015 or early 2016. It will be a web-based system, so you won’t have to use a downloaded app.

Coming soon are some impressive tools and more functionality for the FamilySearch mobile apps, Memories feature, online catalog, and more partner initiatives. Advancements in search will be applied to all these applications. Microfilm images and indices will be accessible directly from the FamilySearch catalog and will enable users to quickly browse through digital images or search the film’s indexed records.

Learn more about the future plans for FamilySearch in the article “FamilySearch Undergoing Transformation.”

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Video: How to Use Leader and Clerk Resources

ldstech-broadcast-lcrThe Leader and Clerk Resources section of LDS.org (lds.org/lcr) is a wonderful resource. As a ward clerk, I have really been impressed with how simple it is to use. I also love the fact that I can do so many things from any computer, rather than having to get access to the computer in the clerk’s office.

Leader and Clerk Resources (LCR) is the online replacement for MLS that is on the computer in the clerk’s office.

  • Available worldwide to priesthood leaders and ward council members, including counselors and secretaries. (Home and visiting teaching coordinators and supervisors also have limited access.)
  • Real-time data.
  • Access is based on your calling.
  • Available from any device with an Internet connection.
  • Translated into 35 languages.

Brian Fromm, the product manager of Leader and Clerk Resources, recently gave a presentation that shows how to use it. In this video, he shows how to view reports, make changes in callings, manage membership records, and print attendance rolls. He also covers how to manage home and visiting teaching and how to enter visits made.

In the video below, the presentation starts at 3:50. You can also watch the video by visiting the LDSTech broadcasts page and selecting the broadcast from July 17, 2015. (Currently, it is the video that shows at the top of the page.)

For more information:

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LDS Broadcast Schedule for 2016

broadcastThe Church has announced the broadcasts for 2016:

  • January 10:  Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults
  • February 26: An Evening with a General Authority (Church Educational System personnel only)
  • March 26: General Women’s Session
  • April 2–3: General Conference
  • May 1: Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults
  • August 2: Annual Seminaries and Institutes of Religion Broadcast (Seminaries and Institutes of Religion personnel only)
  • September 11: Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults
  • September 24: General Women’s Session
  • October 1–2: General Conference
  • December 4: First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional

Detailed information, including broadcast times for various areas worldwide, is available at BroadcastInfo.lds.org.

This information should be helpful to leaders as they plan calendars for 2016.

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Below is the music video “Hold on Tight: The Secret to Thriving on the Roller Coaster of Mental Illness.” In the video, Ashley Sargeant and her brother John share empowering messages to the song “Hold on Tight” by Greg Holden.

The video was made by LDS member Ashley Sargeant, who created the website DontstopSargeant.com to support early-returning missionaries and those fighting mental illness. After serving as a missionary in Brasilia for 9 months, Ashley’s own mental health challenges left her unable to complete her mission. She is now active in providing help for others.

Her previous video, “BRAVE: A Message for Early Returning Missionaries,” has been watched 35,000 times. Learn more about the Don’t Stop Sargeant efforts.

Below is Ashley’s description of the video:

My brother and I ride the roller coaster of mental illness all day every day, but we want you to know it is possible to thrive anyway! :)

The secret is to hold on tight to what keeps you on the ride of life: like faith, God, family, friends, regular exercise, healthy diet, enough sleep, reducing stress, counseling, meditation, laughing out loud, and doing what you love and lots of it! These approaches have worked very well for us and we encourage you to find what works for you.

The homemade Thing 1 & Thing 2 t-shirts we wore for the filming of this video represent our fun-loving personalities and sibling bond as we have shared this journey of battling mental illness together. No one in the world understands me better than John, and no one in this world understands John better than me (except our Mom, of course!). We are so lucky to have each other’s support during the highs and lows and everything in between!

Please help us share this message of hope and encouragement with your friends and family — especially those who are fighting to stay on the ride of life or have lost a loved one to suicide. You don’t always have a choice about the trials you receive in this life, but you always have a choice as to how you will respond. Don’t stop! Keep going! You’re not alone on this ride — just look around you. “Don’t take your life for granted! Hold on tight to what you’ve been handed!”

Read the backstory of making this video.

If you or someone you know struggles with mental illness and wants support, see the Church’s page of resources on mental illness.

Here is a list of other member-created videos I have shared. If you find other videos you think I should share, please post a comment below.

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MormonTemples.org Website About LDS Temples

mormon-temples-org-ldsMormonTemples.org is one of the websites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was created to help people better understand the purpose of LDS Temples.

Mormon temples are the holiest places of worship on earth for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Within these sacred walls, participants commit to live ethical and morally upright lives and to be faithful to their spouse and family.

Latter-day saints consider temples to be “The House of The Lord,” and take great care in their construction and maintenance. They are designed to fit harmoniously into the communities they call home and include beautifully kept gardens and green spaces that are open to the public.

Temples are distinct from Mormon chapels. Sunday worship services are held in community meetinghouses and are open to everyone. Temple services are attended Tuesday through Saturday at scheduled intervals by small groups of church members.

Mormons believe that through the grace of Jesus Christ all humanity can return to live with God. Religious observances such as baptism are an important part of accepting the divine gift heavenly Father wants all of his children to receive.

This website about LDS temples also provides a section of commonly questions, such as the following:

  • How are temples used?
  • What is it like inside the temple?
  • Will members of the public ever see inside of the temple?
  • What is the difference between a temple and an ordinary church building?

The website also provides an interactive tour that lets you explore the various rooms inside a temple.

If you have friends who would like to learn more about Mormon temples, please share this site with them.

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david-archuleta-new-zealand-lds-missionariesDuring a special devotional meeting for Mormon missionaries in New Zealand, David Archuleta used his gift of music and the spoken word to share his belief that “through the small and simple things we do each day, great things can happen.”

His advice to the missionaries was, “Even when it gets hard, even when you’re feeling down, even when it’s hard to make those decisions to keep going, please just pray, get on your knees and pray and just do it anyway. Those small and simple things bring about the work of the Lord.”

Read the complete story on the LDS Newsroom site for the Pacific Area.

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10 Ways to Immunize Kids Against Pornography

my-can-do“A disturbing number of children are being exposed to pornography without an understanding of how it can damage their young minds,” said Kristen A. Jenson and Gail A. Poyner, authors of the book Good Pictures Bad Pictures.

In a presentation at the 27th Annual National White Ribbon Against Pornography Week (Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2014), they said they feel strongly that the only way kids can stay safe in a digital world is to install their own internal filter. Since parents cannot monitor their kids’ digital exposure every minute, it is important to teach them how to respond when they see pornography.

They have developed a CAN DO plan (see graphic) to help children reject pornography when they first see it rather than become captivated with it.

To help parents prevent their children from becoming addicted to pornography, the presenters offered ten ways to immunize kids against pornography. Read about them in the article, “10 Ways to immunize kids against pornography” in the LDS Church News.

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