Why Do I Need an LDS Account?

by Larry Richman on October 14, 2011

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers a lot of online information and services, much of which is personalized to your identity and Church calling.

For example, on LDS.org you can sign in and view your ward directory and calendar. You can access resources specific to your calling. You can view Church buildings and sites near your location. There’s even a Study Notebook where you can highlight passages and create journal entries. In fact, there are dozens of new Church websites offering similar personalized experiences. To access these and other resources, you need an LDS Account.

What Is LDS Account?

Your LDS Account provides you with a single user name and password to access all Church websites. One of the benefits of having an LDS Account is that it uses your membership record number to access information about your calling, location, ward, and family. Church websites draw upon this data to personalize the information shown to you and to expand the resources you can access.

What Sites Are Using LDS Account?

Most Church sites have a sign in link that accepts your LDS Account. The following are the most popular sites using LDS Account:

  • FamilySearch.org
  • New.FamilySearch.org
  • LDS.org
  • Directory (lds.org/directory)
  • Calendar (lds.org/church-calendar)
  • Leader and Clerk Resources (lds.org/leader)
  • Study Notebook (notebook.lds.org)
  • It’s About Love (itsaboutlove.org)
  • LDS Jobs (jobs.lds.org)
  • LDSTech (tech.lds.org)
  • LDS Maps (maps.lds.org) - replaces the old Meetinghouse Locator
  • Mormon.org
  • Online Store (store.lds.org)
  • YW Personal Progress (personalprogress.lds.org)
  • Duty to God (dutytogod.lds.org)
  • LDS Youth (youth.lds.org)

Your LDS Account gives you access to all of these resources and more. Without an LDS Account, you’re missing a huge part of the online Church experience. You may be able to see some website information without signing in, but often more personalized information appears after you sign in. (See a list of all the LDS websites.)

For example, after executive secretaries and clerks sign in to LDS.org, a new option Clerk Resources appears on the Tools menu. Clerk Resources is a portal with training, tools, and information specific to clerk callings. A similar portal appears for stake presidents, bishops, Relief Society presidents, stake technology specialists, and others.

For Young Women leaders, after signing in to the Personal Progress site (see PersonalProgress.lds.org), they can track the progress of the young men or women they are called to serve.

How Do I Sign Up for an LDS Account?

  • Go to LDSaccount.lds.org.
  • Click Register for an LDS Account.
  • Complete the required fields. One of the required fields asks for your membership record number (MRN). You can find this on your temple recommend or on your Individual Ordinance Summary. If you don’t have either of these, ask your clerk for your MRN number. Figuring out this number may be inconvenient for some, but it ensures that only the right people have access to Church information, such as the ward directory and calendar. You can sign up without your MRN, but your access will be limited on some sites.
  • Click the link in the confirmation e-mail sent to you.

Anyone who is 8 or older may sign up for an LDS Account. However, children under 12 need their parent’s permission.

Selecting Your Interests

When you sign up for an LDS Account, you can select your interests using the Subscription tab. The Subscriptions tab presents several check boxes you can select, such as keeping updated about new Church websites, meetinghouse technologies, beta software, or Mormon Messages. Selecting your interests allows leaders at Church headquarters to provide you relevant information.

Adapted from the LDS Tech article “Why Do I Need an LDS Account?” by Tom Johnson.

For more ideas on how to use your LDS Account, see “What Can I Do with My LDS Account?” in Church News & Events.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Joseph Scott October 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

And make sure you follow good password policy, specifically create different passwords for each site that you have an account on. That goes double for LDS Account.

R. Gary October 14, 2011 at 9:31 pm

“Why Do I Need an LDS Account?” . . . So I can optionally default OFF those annoying black task bars that must be manually turned off on every page? Will that ever be possible? Please?

Here’s the problem: In Firefox, you can search for words and phrases on the active page using Ctrl-F. The word or phrase you enter appears highlighted and oriented at the bottom of the page being viewed. Unfortunately, on LDS.org the search result is therefore hidden underneath the black task bar that is initially part of every page.

Suggestion: Maybe the little button that closes the task bar could generate a cookie and all future task bars could respond accordingly. Or maybe there could be an “default task bar on or off” check box on my LDS Account to do the job. Just a suggestion.

If I didn’t absolutely love LDS.org and use it so much, I might not even care about this. But it really does get old trying to work around this issue. Thanks for listening.

Larry Richman October 15, 2011 at 9:52 am

R. Gary, thanks for your comment. Good point. I’ll pass it along to the LDS.org team.

R. Gary October 23, 2011 at 4:02 am

It got worse: Search LDS.org for “paradisiacal earth” (include the quotes). There is one result, Click the link. I’ve appreciated how the search words are highlighted and positioned so they can be seen in context. But now there is another annoying task bar and it covers the highlighted search words. Please allow defaulting those task bars OFF.

Larry Richman October 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Gary,

Thanks for pointing this out. I forwarded your suggestion to the development team, and they said they could fix it. I may take several weeks for the fix to appear.

Sean Cox October 26, 2011 at 10:12 am

You mentioned “Young Men and Young Women leaders, after signing in to the Personal Progress or Duty to God sites, they can track the progress of the young men or women they are called to serve.” As a leader in the young men’s organization in my ward I would like to find out more information about how to do this.

Larry Richman October 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Sean, I have corrected the wording above. There is no option for young men leaders to sign off requirements or track the progress of the young men at http://DutyToGod.lds.org, although that functionality does exist on http://PersonalProgress.lds.org.

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