Member Tools Release Notes Archive

Last Updated: 30 October 2019 at 10:43

Release Notes for iOS LDS Tools

2.5.0

Date Released: 09 November 2015

New or Enhanced Functionality

Member-Related

  • Added the ability for members to view their own membership and ordinance data under the Membership Information section in the directory.
  • Added the ability to crop member and household photos.
  • Added a List Results menu option in Meetinghouses so it is easier to see search results.
  • Added a new Callings section in the directory for members to see their current calling information, including when they were sustained and if they have been set apart.
  • Simplified the process for members to update their LDS Account password in LDS Tools when it is changed in LDS Account.

Leader-Related

  • Added home and visiting teaching data and reports.
  • Relabeled the Callings menu item “Organizations” and added the ability to view a list of members assigned to each organization and to send an email or text message to them.
  • Added the ability to tap on any category in the Unit Statistics report and see the members, with options to share the list of members or to display the members on a map (based on their addresses).
  • Added the ability to use Apple’s Touch ID in place of your LDS Tools passcode.
  • Added the ability to filter the Birthday List by organization and age.
  • Added the ability to see the contact information for the bishop of a member’s prior ward on the Members Moved In report.
  • Added the members’ ages to the Members Moved Out report.

2.4.0

Date Released: 27 March 2015

New or Enhanced Functionality

Member Related

  • Added landscape support for iPhones.
  • Added a new Missionary menu item that includes the contact information of the full-time missionaries assigned to and serving from the user’s ward.
  • Added the ability for custom lists and members within the lists to be sorted by the user.
  • Added the ability in the calendar to share events using the share icon.
  • Added the ability to view and tap on the event contact in the calendar event details.
  • Updated the directory search to include searching the second address field.
  • LDS Tools now supports the following languages: Albanian, Armenian, Bulgarian, Cebuano, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

Leader Related

  • Added access to additional membership information and reports for ward council members and their counselors and secretaries.
  • Added the New Member and Members Moved Out reports for authorized leaders.
  • Added the ability for authorized leaders to see a member’s temple recommend status and priesthood office from his or her individual profile.
  • Added the ability for authorized leaders to see the bishop’s contact information for a member’s prior ward.
  • Added the member’s age to the Members Moved In report.

Issues Resolved

  • Resolved an issue where after unselecting calendars to display and then refreshing the calendar data, the calendars that were unselected were selected again.
  • Resolved an issue where when users changed their LDS Account password, they were not prompted to update their password in LDS Tools.
  • Resolved an issue where after tapping on a phone number and making a call, the user was not being returned to LDS Tools after the call ended.

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2.3.1

Date Released: 06 August 2014

New or Enhanced Functionality

  • Improved the unit selector to make it easier for users to find and know which unit they have selected.
  • Added the ability to view and tap on the event contact in the calendar event details.
  • Updated LDS Tools to use the device default locale to format dates.
  • Added the day of the week to the date information in the Birthday List.
  • Improved the shading and indenting when sorting by “Family” in the ward and stake directory.

Issues Resolved

  • Resolved an issue where contact information could no longer be copied when pressing on a member data contact field.
  • Resolved an issue where when the location was “other” for an event the location was not displaying.
  • Resolved an issue where choosing “Select All” or “Select None” would select or deselect more than just the calendars for the unit(s) that were selected in the unit selector.
  • Resolved an issue where mapping a list and then selecting the pin icon for a member was not taking the user to that individual in the directory.
  • Resolved an issue where an error message was not always displayed when a photo failed to upload.
  • Resolved an issue where the Reports menu item would disappear when users selected a unit where they did not have access to reports.
  • Resolved an issue where out of unit members were listed twice on custom lists.
  • Resolved an issue where when tapping on the Share icon in iOS 6, the app crashed.

2.3.0

Date Released: 14 July 2014

New or Enhanced Functionality

NOTE: Custom lists created prior to version 2.3.0 will be lost upon upgrading. We apologize for this inconvenience. Starting with version 2.3.0, lists will be backed up and saved at Church headquarters.

  • Improved the user interface to follow iOS 7 standards.
  • Added a new Meetinghouses menu item that allows members to locate Church meetinghouses worldwide.
  • Added the ability for members and authorized leaders to update phone numbers, email addresses, and privacy settings (which determine the personal information available for viewing by other members in the ward and stake) for themselves and members of their household.
  • Enhanced the Lists functionality that members can use to create personalized contact lists of members in their ward and stake. These lists are now backed up and saved at Church headquarters and are available when members sign in to LDS Tools with their LDS Account on iOS or Android devices. In addition, members can send the individuals’ names in their list in a text or email.
  • Added the ability for members to send a text or email message to members of a particular group in the Callings and Lists menus or to display the group members on a map (based on their addresses).
  • Added the ability for members to subscribe to calendars in their ward and stake and change calendar colors.
  •  Added a thumbnail picture for household members on the individual member details screen.
  • Added the ability for authorized stake leaders to view and subscribe to all ward calendars in their stake.
  • Added an option to manually refresh a member’s photo to ensure the most current photo is visible.
  • Added the following option under the iOS LDS Tools settings: “Default to Google Maps if available.” This setting will allow users to use Google Maps as their default application for directions.
  • Added the ability for the Churchwide Events calendar to include links to websites related to the events included on the calendar.

Issues Resolved

  • Resolved an issue where you could not switch between units when an organization was selected from the Callings menu.
  • Resolved an issue with the Birthday List where some birthdays were showing incorrectly.
  • Resolved an issue where out-of-unit leaders were unable to see youth and children in the unit they are serving in.
  • Resolved an issue where couples were not always grouped correctly in the Potential Missionary Couples section of the Action and Interview List.
  • Resolved accessibility issues.

2.2.3

Date Released: 2 December 2013

Issues Resolved

  • Resolved an issue where users were unable to add, edit, or remove individual or household photos
  • Resolved an issue where the directory search function was not working when the stake was the selected unit and the directory was sorted by family
  • Resolved an issue where the directory search function was not returning results for household phone numbers

2.2.2

Date Released: 17 November 2013

New or Enhanced Functionality

  • Added the ability for heads of households and their spouses to see the membership record number (MRN) for members of their household (if users do not have an LDS Tools passcode set up, they must tap on Show Record Number on the individual details screen and then enter their LDS Account password before the MRN will be displayed)
  • Added the ability to send SMS messages to individuals or lists of individuals from an iPad or iPod touch (must have iMessage installed and set up)
  • Added an option to use bold fonts under the iOS settings for LDS Tools
  • Added the ability to tap on a calendar event location to display it on the device’s default map
  • Added a new sort option to the Members Moved In report to show members who moved into the unit whose previous unit was “Address Unknown”
  • Added a new sort option to the Members with Callings report to show members who have not been set apart
  • Added the date a member moved in from his or her prior unit under Other Information on the individual member screen
  • Updated LDS Tools to not show the individual’s personal phone number and email address if it is the same as the household’s phone number and email address
  • Added the ability for users to send feedback that includes a screen shot by triple tapping on the screen with two fingers (users can also provide feedback by tapping on Settings, then tapping on Help, and then tapping on Feedback)

Issues Resolved

  • Resolved data syncing issues where for some users their data was not getting updated correctly
  • Resolved an issue where users were unable to enter the list name when creating a new list using iOS 7
  • Resolved an issue where sending a group text message to the individuals on a list was not always including the phone numbers for all of the members on the list
  • Resolved an issue where selecting the stake as the unit on the Temple Recommend Status report was causing each member’s name to appear twice
  • Resolved an issue with calendar events where building room names were always showing in English instead of the device language of the user
  • Resolved an issue where calendar events were not showing the correct time when the time zone was changed on a user’s device
  • Resolved an issue where switching between units under certain categories on the Action and Interview List would display the wrong unit name
  • Resolved an issue where the Back button was not displayed when viewing a list of individuals on the device’s default map
  • Resolved formatting issues that occurred on some pages when rotating the device from portrait to landscape
  • Resolved an issue where selecting some items on the individual member screen produced inconsistent results
  • Resolved various translation issues

2.2.1

Date Released: 25 August 2013

New or Enhanced Functionality

  • Updated the look and feel of the app, including changing the menu to a vertical layout to improve the navigation experience and removing the unit selector button; now to change units, just tap on the unit’s name once you have tapped on a menu item
  • Moved the additional member data available to leaders on the individual member screen under the Membership Information section to make it easier for leaders to access
  • Changed the program so that users who create and use a passcode only have to have it be 4 digits instead of 5 characters and also are no longer required to enter their LDS Account password to sync their data (they are still required to enter their LDS Account password once every 30 days, however)
  • Updated the Members Moved In report to show new move-ins for the last year and added an icon to highlight records of members who moved into the unit whose previous unit was “Address Unknown”
  • Added a new icon to the Members with Callings report to indicate those who have not been set-apart and changed the tab order to be: Name, Organization, Duration
  • Updated the Birthday List report to show up to a full year (rolling) of members’ birthdays
  • Improved the Action and Interview List for authorized stake leaders so that users can see all members in a category across all wards in their stake
  • Updated the section display order to be more logical on the Temple Recommend Status report
  • Added members’ full names to the member details screen for leaders and changed members’ names to their preferred name on leader reports

Issues Resolved

  • Resolved an issue where for some leaders the app would crash after selecting a member
  • Resolved an issue where a member’s ordinances section would sometimes display as blank or with incorrect dates for leaders after performing a sync
  • Resolved an issue where users that updated their LDS Account password would get locked out of LDS Tools
  • Resolved an issue where previously downloaded photos were not being saved after a data sync
  • Resolved an issue where the app would sometimes crash when adding or removing a photo
  • Resolved an issue on the Members without Callings report where 18-year-olds were showing in both age-category sections (adults and children)
  • Resolved an issue on the Birthday List where the member’s current age was shown instead of the age he or she  was turning

2.1.3 

Date Released: 21 March 2013

  • Updated the young men mission age to 18 on the Bishopric Action and Interview List
  • Added the ability to view and upload household photos
  • Added an add and a save button to custom lists
  • Added the ability to edit and rename custom lists
  • Updated individual information to show the personal email address instead of household email address
  • Updated the frequently asked questions
  • Resolved some minor syncing issues

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Release Notes for Android LDS Tools

2.5.0

Date Released: 02 November 2015

New or Enhanced Functionality

Member-Related

  • Added the ability for members to view their own membership and ordinance data under the Membership Information section in the directory.
  • Enhanced the meetinghouse locator user interface to make it easier to use.
  • Added a text icon next to phone numbers to make it easier to send text messages.
  • Added a new Callings section in the directory for members to see their current calling information, including when they were sustained and if they have been set apart.
  • Added the ability to share lists with other members in your stake using NFC (near field communication).

Leader-Related

  • Added home and visiting teaching data and reports.
  • Relabeled the Callings menu item “Organizations” and added the ability to view a list of members assigned to each organization and to send an email or text message to them.
  • Added the ability to tap on any category in the Unit Statistics report and see the members, with options to share the list of members or to display the members on a map (based on their addresses).
  • Added the ability to filter the Birthday List by organization and age.

2.4.0

Date Released: 06 March 2015

New or Enhanced Functionality

Member Related

  • Added a new Missionary menu item that includes the contact information of the full-time missionaries assigned to and serving from the user’s ward.
  • Added a new directory sort view called Family and made it the default sort. This new sort view makes it easier to tap on individual family members.
  • Added the ability for custom lists and members within the lists to be sorted by the user. By default, members are listed in the order they were added.
  • Improved menus when long pressing on items (e.g. contact fields and maps).
  • Updated the directory search to include searching the second address field.
  • LDS Tools now supports the following languages: Albanian, Armenian, Bulgarian, Cebuano, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

Leader Related

  • Added access to additional membership information and reports for ward council members and their counselors and secretaries.
  • Added the New Member and Members Moved Out reports for authorized leaders.
  • Added the ability for authorized leaders to see a member’s temple recommend status and priesthood office from his or her individual profile.
  • Added the ability for authorized leaders to see the bishop’s contact information for a member’s prior ward.
  • Added the day of the week and the ability to view birthdays grouped by age to the Birthday List.

Issues Resolved

  • Resolved an issue with the LDS Tools Caller ID notification not displaying on the phone long enough.

2.3.1

Date Released: 13 August 2014

Issues Resolved

  • Resolved an issue where devices that do not have GPS capabilities were not showing the latest version of LDS Tools for users to update to in the app store.
  • Resolved an issue where LDS Tools would crash occasionally when downloading a photo.
  • Resolved an issue where LDS Tools would crash occasionally when editing contact information for a child.
  • Resolved an issue where some users could not properly scroll up in the calendar.
  • Resolved various other issues that were causing LDS Tools to occasionally crash.

2.3.0

Date Released: 10 June 2014

New or Enhanced Functionality

  • Improved the drawer menu, including adding Sync, Settings, and Help items to it.
  • Added a new Meetinghouses menu item that allows members to locate Church meetinghouses worldwide.
  • Added the ability for members and authorized leaders to update phone numbers, email addresses, and privacy settings (which determine the personal information available for view by other members in the ward and stake) for themselves and members of their household.
  • Added a new Lists menu item where members can create personalized contact lists of members in their ward and stake. These lists are backed up and saved at Church headquarters, and are available when members sign in to LDS Tools with their LDS Account on iOS or Android devices.
  • Added the ability for members to send a text or email message to members of a particular group in the Callings and Lists menus or to display the group members on a map.
  • Added the ability for members to subscribe to calendars in their ward and stake and change calendar colors.
  • Added a thumbnail picture for household members on the individual member details screen.
  • Added the ability for authorized stake leaders to view and subscribe to all ward calendars in their stake.
  • Improved the Directory search function to provide better results, including the ability to search by first name.
  • Updated LDS Tools to use the device default locale to format dates.
  • Added the ability for the Churchwide Events calendar to include links to websites related to the events included on the calendar.

Issues Resolved

  • Resolved an issue where photos taken on Android version 4.3 and 4.4 devices could not be uploaded to LDS Tools.
  • Resolved an issue where website administrators could no longer upload photos.

2.2.3

Date Released: 15 October 2013

  • Resolved an issue where users with non-Latin characters in their LDS Account username or password were not able to sync their data
  • Resolved an issue where some devices accessing the settings screen would cause LDS Tools to crash
  • Resolved an issue where some devices accessing the calendar would experience an error
  • Resolved an issue where some devices adding an individual to personal contacts would cause LDS Tools to crash

2.2.2

Date Released: 18 September 2013

New or Enhanced Functionality

  • Changed the program so that users who create and use a PIN can have it be 4 digits instead of 5 characters and also are no longer required to enter their LDS Account password to sync their data (they are still required to enter their LDS Account password once every 30 days, however)
  • Added the ability for heads of households and their spouses to see the membership record number (MRN) for members of their household (if users do not have an LDS Tools PIN set up, they must tap on Show Record Number on the individual details screen and then enter their LDS Account password before the MRN will be displayed)
  • Added dual-screen support in portrait mode for 7- and 8-inch tablets
  • Added a button to select all calendars to display or deselect all calendars so none display
  • Added the ability to switch between units after selecting an organization under callings
  • Added the member's age next to his or her name on the Members Moved In report
  • Added a setting so users can choose to not download photo thumbnails
  • Added a button on the About screen for users to provide a review of LDS Tools in the app store
  • Added a notification that appears when LDS Tools is launched to detect if a newer version of LDS Tools is available for the device and prompt the user to update

Issues Resolved

  • Resolved an issue where after updating which calendars to display, the updates were lost the next time the user performed a sync
  • Resolved an issue where scrolling down the list in the directory and then selecting another unit did not return the user to the top of the directory for the new unit
  • Resolved an issue where selecting an individual or household in the directory or selecting a report and then rotating the user’s tablet would cause the individual or household or report selected to no longer be selected and would take the user to the top of the list
  • Resolved an issue where ward leaders were getting a drop-down list of all units in their stake under reports instead of just their ward
  • Resolved an issue where LDS Tools would sometimes fail to write to external device memory
  • Resolved an issue where changing time zones on a device wasn’t properly updating calendar event times
  • Resolved an issue where when doing a search in the directory on a tablet in dual-screen mode, the user could enter only one or two characters
  • Resolved an issue where pressing the home button after beginning a sync would cause LDS Tools to crash
  • Resolved an issue where rotating the screen after entering LDS Account log-in information incorrectly caused LDS Tools to crash

2.2.0

Date Released: 31 May 2013

General F​eatures

  • Improved data sync time performance
  • Added a setting to show an LDS Tools caller ID notification only when the number is not in a user’s phone contacts
  • Changed the program so that users who create and use a PIN for LDS Tools are no longer required to enter their LDS Account password to sync their data (they are still required to enter their LDS Account password once every 30 days, however)
  • Added the ability to view rooms for calendar events
  • Improved the capability for mapping calendar event locations
  • Added pinch zoom to photos
  • Added a link under the Help menu to go to the LDS Tools release notes
  • Resolved an issue where LDS Tools would crash if there wasn’t enough free space on an SD card
  • Added a “Back” icon to the settings screen

Leader Features

The following new features can be accessed only by priesthood leaders and clerks (bishoprics, branch presidencies, and stake and district presidencies, as well as clerks and executive secretaries):

  • Added the Unit Statistics report
  • Added the Members Moved In report
  • Added the Members with Callings report
  • Added the Members without Callings report
  • Added the Temple Recommend Status report
  • Improved the Action and Interview List for authorized stake leaders so that users can see all members in a category across all wards in their stake

2.0.5

Date Released: 13 February 2013

General Features

  • Added the ability for a user to add a calendar item to his or her personal calendar
  • Added the ability for a user to add a member to his or her personal contacts
  • Improved the user interface on tablets
  • Improved the user interface for switching between units
  • Added the ability for users to tap on a phone number to dial it directly
  • Added an FAQ link to the help menu
  • Improved data syncing performance
  • Improved storage of data while performing a sync to prevent data loss if the sync is unsuccessful
  • Added near field communication (NFC) support, which allows users to tap devices to show individuals or events
  • Improved storage of cached photos and preserving of photos between syncs
  • Added support for Android Intel devices
  • Resolved minor issues 

Leader Features

The following new features can be accessed only by priesthood leaders and clerks (bishoprics, branch presidencies, and stake and district presidencies, as well as clerks and executive secretaries):

  • Added the membership record number, birth date, and ordinance dates for unit members
  • Added the Action Interview List and Birthday List reports
  • Added member age next to household members’ names
  • Added a security PIN that is required for priesthood leaders and clerks to access membership information and is optional for all other users

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