Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Priesthood Helper

Wouldn’t it be useful to have an app that could help you fulfill your responsibilities as a holder of the Melchizedek priesthood? I envision an app with four parts:
  1. Home Teaching
  2. How to perform priesthood ordinances
  3. Line of Authority
  4. Recommend Reminder
From what I have been able to find, no such app currently exists. I have sent this idea to a couple of app developers and we will just have to wait. However, while we are waiting there is something you can do.

To start with, you will need:
Solution:
  • Home Teaching
    Use LDS Tools – My Lists, New custom List. Call it HT Route and then add your companion and families to the list.
     
  • How to perform priesthood ordinances
    This is done using either the Gospel Library or the paid app, you do not need both. The paid app makes it much easier to lookup just the ordinances, but the Gospel Library adds many more features. If you use method 2 or 3, you might want to create a note to remind you where the information is.

    Method 1: Use the LDS Priesthood Ordinances app for $0.99

    Method 2: Use the Gospel Library - Curriculum, Melchizedek Priesthood, Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood, Part B, Lesson 5, Performing Priesthood Ordinances.

    Method 3: Use the Gospel Library - Other, Home and Family, Family Guidebook, Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings.
     
  • Line of Authority
    Method 1: Add the information in the Notes apps.

    Method 2: Create a 3x5 landscape document with the information. Save or convert the file to a PDF document. Use PDF Reader Lite to transfer the file to the device and then use this same app to view it on the device.
     
  • Recommend Reminder
    Use Pocket Informant, it can do up to 30 day reminders (recommends expire 2 years from the month of issuance).
A single app putting all this together in one place and with some customized functionality would be nice. For more information, you can follow a discussion of this concept at http://tech.lds.org/forum/showthread.php?p=48937#post48937.

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