Get to Know the Mormon Channel Mobile App

Mormon-Channel-iconWatch the video below to learn more about the new Mormon Channel Mobile App. The app provides inspiring content to lighten your day. You can choose from uplifting music, talk radio streams, video series (including Mormon Messages), general conferences, scriptures, and blogs to enjoy and share with friends.

Download the Mormon Channel mobile app for iOS or for Android.

Learn about other LDS Church mobile apps.

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LDS Music Mobile App for Android

lds-music-mobile-app-iconThe official LDS Music mobile app for Android is now available. This popular app has been available for Apple iOS for years.

LDS Music is a free mobile app from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It serves as both a digital hymnal and music player, with sheet music and audio from the Hymnbook, Children’s Songbook, and other collections, with content in 20 languages.

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New Resources in Gospel Library Mobile App, May 2015

Gospel-Library-mobile-app-iconThis article describes recent updates to the Gospel Library mobile app and resources added to the library in May.

With the Gospel Library mobile app, you can download and study the scriptures, general conference addresses, Sunday manuals, and other Church content. The app allows you to search, bookmark, annotate, link, and highlight content. When you log in with your LDS Account, all your notes and highlights will sync across all your devices.  Available for most platforms. See mobile.lds.org.

New Content

  • Triple combination of the scriptures in the languages Marshallese, Xhosa, and Zulu.
  • Book of Mormon in the Twi language.
  • Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, Heber J. Grant, Wilford Woodruff, David O. McKay, and Spencer W. Kimball in various languages.
  • Foundations of the Restoration Institute cornerstone course in English.
  • May 2015 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults (Elder Robbins) in 22 languages.
  • Face to Face event with Elder and Sister Bednar in 11 languages.
  • Monthly issues of Church magazines.
  • More material in non-English languages. The app now has content in 107 languages.

New Features

  • An Apple iOS update 3.4.9 update was released yesterday. That update enabled audio downloading for offline listening and it added the capability to search for text on a given page.
  • For help learning about all the features in the app, select the library item “Help” and read through the User Guide.

Usage

  • The mobile app is accessed by 2.6 million devices every month.
  • There were over 60 million sessions per month.
  • Users made 16 million annotations in May.
  • People listened to 442,000 hours of audio in the last 6 weeks.

Tips

Here are some tips on how to use the new Apple iOS update 3.4.9:

  • You can download all the April 2015 conference talks for offline listening by selecting the “headphones” icon in the action bar of the April 2015 contents screen.
  • You can search and find keywords within a scripture chapter by selecting the search icon, then typing the word and selecting the first option below the search bar (“Find ‘keyword’ on page”).

 

 

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Safety & Health Website safety.lds.org

safety-lds-orgThe Church has just provided a new section of LDS.org about Safety and Health at safety.lds.org.

The site includes the following sections:

The Fact Sheets have very helpful safety guidelines on various topics that are useful in church settings, but also helpful to families in general.

  • Avian Influenza (bird flu)
  • Communicable Diseases, such as Cytomegalovirus (CMV); Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease; and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
  • Disaster Cleanup Guidelines—Church Volunteers
  • Floodwater Facts for Volunteers
  • Food Safety
  • Heat Illness Prevention
  • Pandemic Planning, such as Home and Family Preparedness, Sheltering-in-Place, and Social Distancing
  • Severe Weather Planning
  • Tick Bites
  • West Nile Virus
  • Youth Handcart Trek Guidelines

If your ward or stake is planning a handcart trek this summer, be sure to review the trek safety guidelines.

There are also posters that can be printed to post in the nursery.

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All of the videos in the LDS.org Media Library that have captions now offer an interactive transcript.

With interactive transcripts you can:

  • See the text of what’s being said in the video.
  • Search the text of the what is said in the video.
  • Print the text of the video.
  • Follow along with the text as the video advances.
  • Select sections of text and clip just that section and share it.

With this clipping function, you can now create your very own highlight or quote from a video! Here are the steps to create your own snippet from a video:

  1. Click on the word Transcript below the video to display the transcript, as shown in the example below. Clicking the word Transcript toggles the display on and off. If the word Transcript doesn’t appear below a video, there is not yet a transcript available for that video.
  2. Highlight the text that you want to clip or share by clicking and dragging with your mouse. When you release the mouse click, the word Clip will appear above the text window.
  3. Click the word Clip and select one of these 3 social sharing options:

Facebook. This will show a Share on Facebook window and give you the chance to type a comment about the video you are sharing. (Even though you don’t see the image of the video, it will display on your Facebook timeline.) Note that today (June 5th), there is a glitch with this option so that it shares the whole video without the start and stop points, but this should be fixed soon.

Twitter. This option shows a Twitter window where you can adjust your tweet text, then click Tweet.

Get Shortened Link. This displays a Bitly link. You can right-click and copy that link to share.  Or you can click the link, which will then open a new browser tab showing the entire video in context, but it will start and stop playing at the points you selected. You can then copy that longer URL to share.

Another advantage of these interactive transcripts is that they will also improve the search engine rankings of LDS videos because the full text of videos will be searchable from external search engines, like Google, Yahoo, or Bing.

The video Secure Anchor is an example of where you can see one of these interactive transcripts in action.

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Mormon Game “Scripture Hero”

scripture-hero-iconLDS app developer Dustin Hill has launched a new Mormon game, Scripture Hero: Nephite prophet wall-crossing adventure.

Dustin created this free Apple iOS game to help people have fun, but also be encouraged by uplifting scriptures. He is trying to make a positive impact by creating uplifting apps.

In the game, the prophet Nephi needs to escape from his wicked brothers Laman and Lemuel. You play to help him escape by crossing as many walls as you can without falling. If you fall, you are encouraged to read or memorize an uplifting scripture to keep playing.

Learn about other apps by Dustin Hill.

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Streaming Live Events on the Homepage of LDS.org

LDSorg-stream-bednarTo make it easier for members to find live broadcasts involving General Authorities and general officers, the Church has begun to stream all major Church events on the homepage of LDS.org. In May, the following events were streamed on the home page:

General conference and other major events of the Church are also streamed on the home page of LDS.org.

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Take Part in the Global Family Reunion June 6

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“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” —Jane Howard, Families

We are all invited to the Global Family Reunion slated to be held in New York on June 6, 2015. Because not everyone can get to the main event in New York, branch parties are being formed around the world. The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, is also gearing-up to host a branch party. The Family History Department would like to invite family history centers to open their doors and plan to take part in the Global Family Reunion. If you are a member of the human family, you are invited!

What is it all about? Bestselling author A. J. Jacobs was inspired by a letter from a distant cousin in Israel who told Jacobs that they are 12th cousins. Jacobs began thinking about this idea that we are all cousins and connected by something much bigger than our individual selves. As he worked on his own family tree, he connected with the mega trees on FamilySearch and One World Family Tree. Speaking in his keynote address at RootsTech held in February 2015, he said, “I realized this is the ultimate social network. Instead of one person working on a single tree, you have hundreds creating an interconnected family tree—it’s an Amazonian forest!”

At RootsTech attendees shouted “I am a cousin” to the rest of the world. Jacobs has hopes that as people realize they are related by blood or marriage to millions of cousins around the world, they will have kinder, more caring feelings toward each other.

The Global Family ReIm a Cousinunion would be a wonderful time to invite families to your local family history center. Perhaps you would like to partner with a local public library or society. You can keep the event low tech, with typical family reunion games, food, and fun. You may wish to add some technology and open up your computers to visitors to see their own place in the FamilySearch Family Tree. You can offer photo and document scanning to participants. If you sign up to host a branch party, your activity will be advertised on the Global Family Reunion web page. Any branch party is invited to participate in the world’s largest family photo in history! You will also have access to live streaming of the events in New York.

For more information see the Global Family Reunion page Hosting a Branch Party sign up and FAQ. People attending in New York will pay a gate fee, and all those proceeds will be donated to fighting Alzheimers. Some branch parties are charging admission fees, but no charge should be expected for an event at a family history center. No donations or any kind of gate fee should be solicited at a family history center.

Go ahead! Make it a date, and invite church and community members to the biggest family reunion in history!

From the FamilySearch Blog

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How to Add Family History to an LDS Youth Conference

youth-family-history-familysearchIs your ward or stake planning a youth conference this summer? Family history is a great conference activity that engages youth and provides the protection and direction of the Spirit of Elijah. Several online resources will make it easy to plan activities ranging from a fireside to a full-day event.

Youth Events Organizer’s Admin Tool

Information on this page will help you plan and organize a youth family history event. Ideas here should be supplemented with prayerfully sought inspiration about how best to meet the needs of the youth in your area. See the tool.

RootsTech Family Discovery Day Videos

These videos capture the instruction and inspiration provided by apostles, entertainers, and FamilySearch staffers at RootsTech Family Discovery Day. Video clips can be used as part of other presentations, or run them in their entirety as a fireside-like meeting. See the videos.

The Promised Blessings of Family History

As you involve the youth in family history, there are many promised blessing that will result. See all the recent promises given by General Authorities about doing family history work, and how it will bless our lives here and now, not just our deceased ancestors. See the Promised Blessing of Family History. You may also want to introduce Elder Andersen’s Temple Challenge to your youth to Find a name, Take that name to the temple, and Teach someone else to do the same.

From the FamilySearch Blog

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Elder L Tom Perry Dies at Age 92

Elder L. Tom Perry passed away at his home today at age 92.

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Watch Elder Perry’s last conference talk below:

Watch the video “Elder L. Tom Perry: An Ordinary Man with an Extraordinary Calling:”

Learn more about the life and legacy of Elder L. Tom Perry by watching this video:

Learn more about the life and legacy of Elder L. Tom Perry. #ElderPerry

Posted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, May 30, 2015

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Video: LDS Youth “We Believe”

lds-we-believeYouth and single adults in the Cagayan de Oro East Stake in the Philippines created this video “We Believe:”

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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media-library-ldsThe video and audio sections of the Media Library are now available in 9 languages in addition to English:

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • German
  • Italian
  • French
  • Russian
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • American Sign Language (ASL)

I encourage you to explore the video and audio in the library in these languages. You can reach the videos directly at video.lds.org and the audio at audio.lds.org.

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3 Simple Habits for Healthy Online Activity

meme-teixeira-four-inch-screenIn the April 2015 LDS General Conference, Elder José A. Teixeira suggested three simple habits that will help you establish healthy online activity. He said, “These habits will generate the daily self-reflections that are necessary for us to grow closer to the teachings of our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.”

Habit Number 1: Visit the Church’s Official Websites for Resources

Often visits during the week to these resources will help us to always be sensitive to the teachings of the gospel and encourage our family and friends to think and reflect on what matters most.

Habit Number 2: Subscribe to the Church’s Official Social Networks

This choice will bring to your screen the content that is essential to deepen your searching and seeking of the Lord and His teachings, and it will strengthen your desire to understand the gospel. More important, this will help you remember what Christ expects of each of us.

Just as “there is no good soil without a good farmer,” likewise will there be no good online harvest unless we prioritize from the very beginning that which is accessible to our fingers and our minds.

Habit Number 3: Make Time to Set Aside Your Mobile Devices

It is refreshing to put aside our electronic devices for a while and instead turn the pages of the scriptures or take time to converse with family and friends. Especially on the Lord’s day, experience the peace of participating in a sacrament meeting without the constant urge to see if you have a new message or a new post.

The habit of setting aside your mobile device for a time will enrich and broaden your view of life, for life is not confined to a four-inch (10-cm) screen.

I encourage you to read or watch Elder Teixeira’s whole talk, “Seeking the Lord.”

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LDS Missionaries Release Cover of “Glorious”

glorious-missionariesLDS missionaries released a cover of “Glorious” on Facebook this week.

The video features LDS missionaries serving in the England London Mission singing the popular song from Meet The Mormons.

Sister Holly Jordan, wife of England London Mission President David Jordan, posted the video to Facebook on May 25. It has since been viewed over 22,000 times. The video was reposted by a YouTube user on May 27 and has received additional views there.

“Glorious” was written by Stephanie Mabey and recorded by David Archuleta for the movie Meet the Mormons. David Archuleta’s rendition has been viewed nearly 3 million times on YouTube.

Learn more about the “Glorious” cover from Meet the Mormons.

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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Improving Your Communications Online

member-communicationsLDS Tech has published a helpful article titled “Improving Member Communications Online.”

“With the Church’s recent statements on ways digital media can be used to spread gospel messages online, and encouragement for members to use the Internet to flood the earth with truth and righteousness, many have questions about sharing beliefs without appearing to be ‘preachy’ or ‘pushy.’ This concern is understandable. In an era of crowded and confusing voices online, it can be difficult to tell if communications will be heard and understood.”

With this in mind, the article then poses questions to help you assess whether your online content will convey your meaning and intent:

  • Have I considered the audience’s perspective or frame of reference?
  • Is my message consistent and aligned with the attributes and example demonstrated by the Savior?
  • Is my message consistent with the ideals and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Does it measure well against what the Savior would say and do?
  • Have I valued honesty and authenticity in my message while avoiding idealized portrayals of Church members?
  • Have I used personal stories or declarations of my beliefs to demonstrate the power of Church doctrine to change my life, rather than focusing on the Church as an institution?
  • Have I used words and phrases that may be common in a Church setting, but be beyond the experience of persons not of my faith?

I encourage you to read the article “Improving Member Communications Online” to help you consider these questions.

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