LDS Stake & Ward Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide

emergency-preparedness-guideA new Stake and Ward Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide available at provides tools to help ward and stake leaders worldwide create or update their emergency response plans based on local resources and circumstances.

This new guide is designed to help leaders go through the planning process on an ongoing basis by providing principles and worksheets.

emergengy-responseA major change in this emergency preparedness strategy is the focus on disruptions instead of disasters. Rather than making a plan for every potential disaster that could occur, it encourages stake and ward councils to focus on disruptions such as lack of shelter, food, communication services, or heating, which can occur during a variety of emergencies. If a council discusses and plans for a different disruption each month, they could have a thorough plan by the end of the year.

Another key part of the guide is the section on gathering critical information. The workbook encourages leaders to identify where special needs are in the ward such as elderly members or members who require medication. With this information on hand, leaders can make sure any vital needs are met quickly in the case of a disaster.

The planning guide and accompanying workbook walk leaders through five steps of emergency preparations:

  1. Identify Likely Disasters
  2. Gather Critical Information
  3. Outline Assignments and Procedures
  4. Identify Emergency Communication Methods
  5. Encourage Member Preparation

Access the Stake and Ward Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide at



Youth in Mexico Record Mutual Theme Songs in Spanish

mexico-music-workshopSpanish-speaking youth around the world can now enjoy the music of the 2016 Mutual theme in their own language, thanks to the talents and service of young men and young women in Mexico who recorded the songs February 26–28 in Mexico City and participated in a two-day music composition workshop.

press-forward-spanishThe 35 participants came in response to the Area Presidency’s invitation to share their musical talents to help other youth increase their faith in Christ.

The recording effort was just part of the Area Presidency’s goal to build a foundation for LDS music in Spanish for the youth of Mexico. During the music composition workshop, participants learned how to write, perform, and record music. Some of the music they wrote during the workshop was even recorded that weekend.

You can find the 12 Mutual theme songs they recorded in Spanish on the Spanish music site and on the Mexico Area country page. They also will soon be available on Spotify.


Learn more about the music workshop in Mexico.

Learn more about the 2016 Mutual theme song “Press Forward.”





lds-missionary-video-adele-hello-parody-2Just last week, some returned LDS missionaries who are students at BYU posted a video parody of Adele’s song “Hello” set to a theme of Mormon missionaries sharing the gospel. Yesterday, the video Adele “Hello” Mormon Missionary Parody Video passed one million views.

BYU students Marcus Joseph and Korey Smith wrote, produced, and directed the video. Parker Cressman is the lead singer in the video. The other missionary in the video is Conner Hein. The missionaries in the video are not current missionaries, but have previously served LDS missions.

  • Marcus Joseph is a music video director and music producer from Northern Virginia.
  • Korey Smith is a Hurdler on the BYU track team from Roseburg, Oregon, majoring in urban planning. He also hosts live events & parties in Provo, Utah.
  • Parker Cressman is a clinical research assistant and was previously on the BYU track team.
  • Conner Hein is a student at BYU.

Quickly, the video gained attention on local news and even got international attention. There is also a version of the video with Spanish subtitles.


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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New LDS Maps Applications

For the past several years, LDS Maps ( has helped leaders and members find a variety of Church locations, facilities, boundaries, and members. In an effort to simplify and focus on the most frequently used features, the Church has introduced two new applications: Find a Meetinghouse or Ward and Ward Map.

Find a Meetinghouse or Ward

Find a Meetinghouse or Ward lets you search for a meetinghouse by specifying a combination of location, language, ward type, or sacrament meeting time. Learn more.


Ward Map

Ward Map lets members see where other members of their ward and stake live, get driving directions, and narrow their search for a member by entering a partial home address, household name, or Church calling. This function requires you to log in with your LDS Account to identify your ward. Learn more.


Important Action Item for Clerks

In order for the Ward Map to work properly, ward clerks should make sure that member household locations are identified accurately on the map. Learn more


I recently wrote about the redesigned general conference section of In additional to the items I mentioned in that article, here is a great feature you may find useful.

The site now allows you to create a deep link to a specific paragraph of a conference talk. That means you can provide a link that highlights a specific story, teaching, or quote within a talk. Here’s how it works:

Suppose you want to provide a link to the story that Sister Marriott gave in the October 2015 conference about her daughter’s bike accident.

  1. Navigate to the talk and copy the URL. In this example, the URL would be
  2. In this example, the story we want to link to is in paragraph 17 of the talk. Therefore, immediately after the name of the talk, we add “.p17” (the number of the paragraph you want to highlight).
  3. At very end of the URL, add “#p16” (the number of the paragraph you want the user to be jumped to—the paragraph before the one you highlight).
  4. Thus, your new URL would be the following:

The image below shows how this link jumps to just before the story, and highlights the paragraph. Users can easily read it and also browse the rest of talk for greater context.

Note: There is currently no ability to link in this way to highlight multiple paragraphs, just a single paragraph.




ldsconf-answersThe redesigned General Conference section of has a page titled Answers to Personal Questions. This page has just been updated with questions and answers from the April 2016 LDS general conference.

You can reach the page with the link at the bottom of any page in the General Conference section at


Text of April 2016 LDS General Conference


The official English text for all the conference talks is now available at and will appear in the Gospel Library mobile app later today. Text in many languages will be posted over the next several days.

At, click the title of the talk to read the text or watch the video. You may then click the icons at the top of any talk page for additional actions (listen, download, print, share, and watch).


LDS General Conference April 2016 Summaries & Videos

facebook-cover-ldsconf-april-2016Over the weekend, millions of people from nearly every country in the world watched LDS General Conference in person or by satellite broadcast, television, radio, online, or with mobile apps. Here is a list of all the ways people could watch conference.

The conference was interpreted live into more than 80 languages and was available in 94 languages total via television, radio, satellite and Internet, making it possible for 97% of the Church’s nearly 16 million members to benefit from conference in their native language.

As usual, members also flocked to social media to share their testimonies and quotes from their favorite talks. The Church facilitated the sharing of those messages by posting quotes, graphic images with quotes, and video quotes during the conference sessions.  As usual, the hashtag #LDSconf‬ trended worldwide on Facebook and Twitter.

Access to video, audio, and text:

See more information about when conference addresses will be available in video, audio, and text.

Over the next few days, I invite you to consider what will you do in the next six months because of what you learned at general conference and share it using the hashtag #next6months. How do you want your life to change?




April 2016 LDS World Report

world-report-april-2016A the LDS general conference every six months, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issues an official World Report of Church news and events around the world.

The video below is the April 2016 edition of The Word Report:


Four New LDS Temples Announced

During the Sunday morning session of LDS general conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced plans to build four new temples in Harare, Zimbabwe; Quito, Ecuador; Belém, Brazil; and Lima, Peru (the Church’s second temple in that city).

Below is a map of where these new temples will be built (thanks to This Week in Mormons):


Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is home to approximately 14.2 million people and over 26,000 members of the Church. The temple planned for Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital and most populous city, will be the first in the country. The Church has three operating temples in Africa (Aba, Nigeria; Accra, Ghana; and Johannesburg, South Africa), one under construction (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo) and three more announced (Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Durban, South Africa; and Harare, Zimbabwe). The closest temple to Harare is in Johannesburg, a 13-hour drive.

Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador is home to approximately 15.8 million people and more than 230,000 members of the Church. The temple in Quito, Ecuador’s capital and second most populous city, will be the country’s second Mormon temple. Ecuador’s first temple, in Guayaquil, was dedicated in 1999.

Belém, Brazil

Nearly 1.3 million of Brazil’s 204 million people are members of the Church. Six operating temples (Campinas, Curitiba, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife and São Paulo) currently dot the country. Another temple is under construction in Fortaleza, and two others are announced for Rio de Janeiro and now Belém.

Lima, Peru

Peru is home to approximately 30 million people and 557,000 members of the Church. The country has two operating temples (Lima and Trujillo) and two temples that have been announced (Arequipa and the new temple announced in Lima). The first temple in Lima was dedicated in 1986.

Watch the following video of President Temple announcing the four new temples:

Earlier this month, the Church reached the milestone of 150 operating temples with the dedication of the Provo City Center Temple on March 22, 2016.

Information from the Mormon Newsroom website.

Learn more about Mormon temples.


Infographic: Mormon Temples Under Construction

Temple-Construction-infographic-The following infographic shows the LDS temples currently under construction, from the Mormon Newsroom, as of April 2, 2016. For each of the 12 temples listed, the infographic includes a pre-construction rendering, a construction site photo, the construction status and the announcement, groundbreaking and, when available, scheduled dedication dates. Download the infographic in its original size.



Children’s Activities for LDS General Conference

children-activities-16x9The Church provides General Conference activities for children at in EnglishPortuguese and Spanish to help them enjoy and learn more from listening to general conference.

Please download and share these materials with others.

There are also useful conference activities available on other websites, such as the following:

If you have any suggestions to improve the Church’s conference activities for children, please comment below.


Short URLs to Access LDS General Conference

conference-centerThe Church provides a number of short URLs you can use to quickly access general conference online.

Conference Page

Conference Music

  • takes you to the conference music playlist (

Conference Children’s Activities

  • takes you to general conference activities for children (


See a list of short URLs to find many other Church websites.


You Should Watch LDS Conference

watch-general-conference-video-ldsconfEnjoy this video “You Should Watch Conference” by James the Mormon.

See my previous post about James the Mormon.

See “8 Ways to Access LDS General Conference.”

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.


lds-ldsconf-women-april-2016-1Video and audio archives of the LDS General Women’s Session of general conference are available online. Hundreds of thousands of women watched the meeting live, but now you can watch again, study, and share it with your family and friends.

Audio and Video

Audio and video recordings of the meeting in English are now published on the general conference section of, LDS General Conference YouTube Channel, and Mormon Channel iTunes. They will also be published to the Gospel Library mobile app this morning. Many language audio and video recordings are already published and the remainder will be published by the end of the week.


The text of the talks in English text is published in the general conference section of and will appear in the Gospel Library mobile app later this morning. Translations will be published as each language is completed over the coming days and weeks.

Social Media

Social media inspirational picture quotes in English, Spanish, and Portuguese are also available in the LDS Media Library.

ldsconf-women-choir-april-2016I Was a Stranger

The general presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary invited women of all ages to help refugees in their local communities through a relief effort entitled “I Was a Stranger.” The video “When We Were Strangers” that was shown during the meeting is also available online.

The Church has also published the website to help members with ideas on serving refugees living in our neighborhoods and communities. Letters have been sent to ward and stake leaders from the First Presidency and from the general auxiliary presidents. Guidelines for leaders are also published on the website. The website is available in Chinese (我作客旅, English (, French (j’étaisé, German (, Italian (, Japanese (, Korean (, Portuguese (, Russian (БылСтранником, and Spanish (

Learn more about the #IWasAStranger effort.

Redesigned Conference Website

The redesigned version of the general conference section of is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. These improvements in other languages will follow in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about the redesign.

Other General Conference Sessions

Enjoy other sessions of LDS general conference this coming Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, at 10:00am and 2:00pm. A priesthood session will also be held Saturday at 6:00pm. Learn about all the ways you can watch and listen to LDS general conference.