@A Scientist: "That info is uploaded to a central database (a private cloud)
owned and controlled by the church. How many people would be OK with the church
effectively "stalking" them like that? I'm not."How
often do you complain about Google, Facebook, Twitter, or your favorite grocery
store doing likewise? Are you really worried about private databases? Or is this
just another reason to attack The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints?Furthermore, how do you expect missionaries to honor your
desires to never be bothered again if they don't keep records of you asking
them never to come back? Individual missionaries only serve 18 to 24 months
total, usually no more than a few months in any one area.To honor
your wishes not to be bothered, missionaries need to keep records of that
request and pass them on to the next set of missionaries. Or, are you ok if
every 11 weeks, another set of new missionaries knocks on your door?You can't have it both ways.
Scientist, assuming you are correct, that's what happens in every other
aspect of our lives when you swipe your Smiths card or talk to or refuse to talk
to someone knocking on your door or calling your house for a political survey.
It's what advertisers do when they analyze what you click on to see what
ads to throw at you. Why shouldn't the church take advantage of technology
like every other entity in this country? Maybe you think all Mormons have long
beards and ride a horse?
It's probably wise to test updates and other things first on a small scale
before widespread dist
Too many comments are focusing on the missionaries and not the bigger picture.
These apps track all the households in an area, the names of those
living in the household, and information on whether or not the household was
"interested" in the church.That info is uploaded to a
central database (a private cloud) owned and controlled by the church.How many people would be OK with the church effectively "stalking"
them like that?I'm not.
A pen and paper. Old school.
While my daughter was in Nicaragua, they only had a flip phone and now
she's stateside with a smartphone and better tools to manage and report she
and her companions daily activities. The work will go forward. This setback is
only temporary. May we always move forward with faith through
Sounds like they are using the same IT people as Family Search.
Sounds like a ballpoint pen and a shirt pocket sized notebook would come in
handy. Write things down, it is a useful backup.
@rightasrain - The Church started with ipads and had horrible results, hence the
change to Android. I have multiple friends in the Church's IT, this was a
welcome change. Sure, there will be outages, but what product never has an
outage? As for Apple being the best? That's a very subjective statement
to make. My current Android phone has never had an outage in 3+ years of
ownership. My wife and daughter have replaced their iphones multiple times in
that same period, warranty replacements. I'm not holding firm on Android
but to say that Apple is the gold standard is naive.
Their being Android phones was NOT the issue; having a careless outsourced
vendor was. Virtually ANYONE under 40 who switches from iPhone to Android
ditches their iPhone for good, I'm sure...and I suspect some older
smartphone users do, as well. They're FAR more versatile and this OS, and
the devices in the same price range as iPhones, are superior to iPhones in every
way now that it's been in use awhile.
The church went with Android phones... that is the issue. Management on Android
is much more buggy than on iPhones. When you try to save a buck you get
different results than when you just buy the best to begin with. BTW... The
company they went with for management doesn't even use their own software
to manage their own devices. They use a better product.
Yellow planners rule!
Back in the day our Blue Planners never failed. But then I guess the wall
mounted phone never ran out of battery, and the Wall calendar didn't fail
either. Progress pushes on, with hiccups and stumbles.
Having served three phone free missions I can really see the need for the good
old fashioned paper planners as a back up. Don’t want to sound like a
crabby old grannie— I’m really a cheerful old grannie who can see
the blessings AND the problem from relying on our devices. There are creative
and Spirit directed ways to cope, and we shouldn’t let the things we
can’t do keep up from doing the things we CAN do.
"The phones come with safeguards to monitor missionaries' use and limit
distraction. Those safeguards were not impacted by Monday's system
malfunction."Sounds like Verizon's "Big Brother"
Yup, our missionary wrote about this in his email home this week. He said they
ended up just tracting the whole day because they had no access to their
schedule or contacts.