An LDS Account Is A Powerful Tool for Members
Contributed By Sharon Leslie Howell, LDSTech.org
- When you create your profile, you will be asked for your membership record number and birth date.
- There are many great features that make an LDS Account a powerful tool for users.
With improvements to Church websites, new navigation menus, links to social media, and more interactive web resources, an LDS Account is one of the most overlooked and powerful features of the Church’s web presence.
Having an LDS Account allows you to use a single username and password in multiple places; often it connects you seamlessly from one Church website to another. Single sign-in has been around for a while. It has reduced development costs, improved user security, and facilitated web integration.
Obtaining an LDS Account is an easy process from wherever you see a sign-in link on a Church-sponsored website. LDS Accounts are managed centrally from https://ldsaccount.lds.org. When logged into your account profile, you can change your password, display name, preferred language, and a number of other things related to online access.
When registering for an LDS Account, Church members will be asked to provide their membership record number (MRN) and their birth date. Members can obtain MRN information by asking the ward clerk or by looking on their temple recommends. If the username or password are lost or forgotten, the MRN can help with account recovery using an email address or text to a mobile phone provided during the registration process.
From the Account menu, you can access a number of different resources.
Church websites take advantage of LDS Account information to determine or grant appropriate access to applications based on callings, such as Leader and Clerk Resources, or provide calling-specific help and training materials for applications. You can browse to your heart’s content in many places, but more options are waiting for you to explore once you are signed in. The following features are among those that make an LDS Account a powerful tool for user access:
• Under “My Account and Ward” on LDS.org, access your ward and stake calendars and use the directory to look up ward and stake member addresses. From the directory, link to maps to show you where people live.
• Use “Account Settings” under the sign-in menu on LDS.org to update your display name or change your password or email address. Subscribe or unsubscribe to “Inspiration and News,” “My Calling,” and other email subscriptions.
You can adjust your account settings to best suit your needs.
• Link from LDS.org directly to “My Family Tree” on FamilySearch.org to view your family history information and prepare names for temple work. View and upload stories, photos, and audio files into “Memories.”
Use this site to submit photos, journals, and other memories.
• Use the link when signed in at http://familysearch.org for indexing, and participate in extracting information from public records. Follow the “Partners” link to set up a free member account with four different genealogical repositories to help you with family history research.
Indexing is only one of the many family history tools you can access with your LDS Account.
• Request a copy of your patriarchal blessing or that of a deceased ancestor from LDS.org.
Keep track of your Personal Progress online with your LDS Account.
Keep track of your Duty to God online with your LDS Account.
• Use the Notes tool to mark up and highlight text and take notes as you study from a digital edition of the scriptures and other Church publications on LDS.org. Bookmark and create journal entries using the links that become visible on the status bar. Annotations on all your digital devices sync to your personal space at LDS.org.
Study your scriptures electronically.
Comment on LDSTech forums or join a project.
• Leave comments on articles and videos at http://youth.lds.org. Share what inspires you with friends through email, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
Share your experiences and thoughts on the youth website.
• Create a profile for yourself at Mormon.org, upload a picture, and tell your story.
Many browsers allow you to cache or save sign-in information. If you use a public computer or share the same computer with family members, you’ll want to avoid this option. Youth under the age of 13 will need a parent’s membership number or email address to register.
Now that you know some of the wonderful things you can do with an LDS Account, share the news with your friends, post something new on social media, and take full advantage of all the benefits.