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10 things to do with an LDS account (10 items)

By , Deseret News

Dec. 3, 2013

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.

1 of 10. Patriarchal blessings

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.

2 of 10. Food storage

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.

3 of 10. Family history

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.

4 of 10. Get a job

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.

5 of 10. Church subscriptions

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.
1. suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT,
Dec. 4, 2013

You know it all depends upon the amount of Faith one has to understand, believe in and live in a manner to receive the blessings of a Patriarchal Blessing. My Blessing is sacred and precious to me. It's a spiritual blessing that I can rely on as long as I am living the Gospel with all of my heart. As I grow older I forget many things in my blessing and it's wonderful to have it at my disposal when I have the desire to be reminded of the blessings than can be mine as I strive to obey the commandments and be a good example of what I know to be true. It's one of my prized possessions that came through the Spirit.

2. 1.96 Standard Deviations
OREM, UT,
Dec. 4, 2013

Having an LDS account is awesome. I love all that you can do with it.

On the ward level, an LDS account also lets you access the ward directory (with pictures), the ward calendar, and the ward newsletter to name a few. Our ward uses these tools a lot and they are a big help! Makes it easy to communicate and collaborate!

3. Vandelay007
Midway, UT,
Dec. 4, 2013

Spoiler Alert (so you can save time clicking through the 'list'):
1) Get your patriarchal blessing or one of a deceased ancestor
2) Order food storage
3) Family History
4) Get a job
5) Manage your email subscriptions to Mormon Messages
6) Create and share videos, photos, etc
7) Volunteer (church puts together things it needs completed and you sign up ...ex: indexing, family history, etc)
8) Magnify your callings through trainings
9) Create a profile under 'I'm a Mormon' campaign
10) Write an article for the Church

4. SLCPorter
SLC, UT,
Dec. 4, 2013

Just to clarify, is the Deseret News still claiming to be a real newspaper? Because it seems to me that this is not "news" -- and even if it is it should be in the Church News, not the regular paper. Its really quite stunning how far this paper has fallen, its no surprise your readership is drying up.

5. Big Joe V
Rancho Cucamonga, CA,
Dec. 4, 2013

As the Ward Membership Clerk I adamantly encourage the members to update their personal information online (or make it private if they wish) so I don't get the "my phone number/address is incorrect on the website" accusations. I also like the ability of uploading photos of family to your directory listing, however is it hardly used except for the singles ward where each listing is populated with a photo. I am appreciative of the church opening up so much online control of the members information available to them and allowing the clerks to do many tasks on their home computer.