The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is heavily invested in proclaiming the gospel in the digital community.
Official church content appears on more than 150 websites. To access many of the church websites and resources online, only one thing stands in the way: an LDS account.
Although the LDS Church offers numerous pages of free content, registering for an LDS account allows users to customize their experience and gain access to additional resources. Several sites cannot be accessed without an LDS account.
Getting an LDS account involves a little bit of work, but it is open to those who are LDS Church members as well as those who are not. Members will need to register by entering a membership record number. For a members to find out what their membership records are, they should talk to their ward or branch clerk. Those who are not LDS Church members will need to answer a few questions to create an account. To begin the process, go to ldsaccount.lds.org/site/login.
So what kinds of things are available to someone who has an LDS account?
One LDSTech user, Samuel Bradshaw, made a list of 57 things. The inspiration for this article came from his posting on the LDSTech website. The original post can be found on tech.lds.org.
Drawing from Bradshaw's list of possible activities, the 10 most interesting things a person can do with an account are listed here in greater detail.
The church keeps a record of patriarchal blessings.
Through the natural events of life, a blessing might get lost or be destroyed.
Members can request a copy of their own blessings or even a copy of a deceased ancestor.
For details on how to request a copy of a blessing, go to history.lds.org.
Finding time to get to the church cannery to get some needed help with food storage can be difficult.
With an LDS account, a person can order food storage products online and have them shipped right to their door. Find out how at store.lds.org.
It is hoped that most people have a visual copy of their family tree, but how many people have seen their ancestors displayed in a full-color fan chart? It's a new feature on the church's family history site.
Adding a million records almost every day, FamilySearch.org is the place to find out about ancestors even if Aunt Mary told everyone the work has already been done. Take a look at FamilySearch.org/tree.
For the unemployed, underemployed or the unhappily employed, LDSjobs.org is a place to visit.
Not only is it a website that allows people to search thousands of job postings, it also helps employers find employees.
The site also allows users to develop a comprehensive career plan.
Go to LDSjobs.org to start. If you are interested in employment with the church, go to LDS.org/emp.
Keep up to date and informed about all of the gospel-themed Mormon Messages from church leaders, new or updated websites, and opportunities to beta test or develop church software.
Go to LDSaccount.LDS.org and login. Look for a screen that lists personal account information. In the left-hand column is a link labeled "subscriptions." Click on it. Click the green "continue" button. There should now be a page with more personal information with a tab called "profile" at the top. Next to that tab is a tab labeled "subscriptions." Click it and on the new page click the boxes of the items you would like to be notified about.
Share photos, video clips, short videos and musical arrangements for others to enjoy.
Upload creative works for review and possible inclusion in the church's online library. If accepted, items could be used in church magazines, brochures, posters, blogs, videos and websites, and in members' blogs, lessons, websites, videos and other media.
Go to create.lds.org for more information.
Learn about opportunities to help build the kingdom of God by visiting vineyard.lds.org.
Helping in the vineyard is an exercise in service. The website contains a basket of service activities that can be completed in minutes.
Regardless of a person's location in the world, participants can find service activities that take as little as a few minutes to perform.
With the generous help of volunteers, the church is able to publish and share more resources worldwide.
Often LDS Church members need training about how to serve in a specific calling. Hosting how-to videos from members around the world, the leadership training library shows practical instruction to help strengthen and guide those who have been called to serve.
Videos cover all organizations in a ward. Find the library at www.lds.org/service/leadership.
Members across the world have been featured in member profiles and videos called the "I'm a Mormon Campaign."
Every member is part of a community that is more than 15 million strong. Members are encouraged to create their own profile at Mormon.org and share their feelings about the gospel.
The website is a missionary tool and is intended to provide information about the LDS faith. Find out how at mormon.org/create.
Church magazines accept submissions from members of the church.
The Ensign, Friend, Liahona and New Era would not be able to fulfill their purpose without the help of contributors.
Members can submit articles and photos to be considered for publication at www.lds.org/topics/service/create/submission.