Why Do I Need an LDS Account? Print
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011

In the early days of the web, most websites were informational only. For example, in 2000, if you went to LDS.org, you could read the standard works, view Church magazines, and find lesson material.

Today the experience of the web is more interactive. You’re not limited to just reading websites. In fact, many websites contain applications built directly into the browser. And the information these sites deliver is personalized to your identity and role.

For example, on LDS.org you can now sign in and view your ward directory and calendar. You can access resources specific to your calling. You can view Church buildings and sites near your location. There’s even a Study Notebook where you can highlight passages and create journal entries.

In fact, there are dozens of new Church websites offering similar personalized experiences, from New FamilySearch to mormon.org to LDS Jobs. To access these and other resources, however, you need an LDS Account.

What Is LDS Account?

Your LDS Account provides you with a single user name and password to access all Church websites. One of the benefits of having an LDS Account is that it uses your membership record number to access information about your calling, location, ward, and family. Church websites draw upon this data to personalize the information shown to you and to expand the resources you can access.

What Sites Are Using LDS Account?

Most Church sites have a Sign In link that accepts your LDS Account. The following are the most popular sites using LDS Account:

Your LDS Account gives you access to all of these resources and more. Without an LDS Account, you’re missing a huge part of the online Church experience. You may be able to see some website information without signing in, but often more personalized information appears after you sign in.

For example, after executive secretaries and clerks sign in to LDS.org, a new option—Clerk Resources—appears on the Tools menu. Clerk Resources is a portal with training, tools, and information specific to clerk callings. A similar portal appears for stake presidents, bishops, Relief Society presidents, stake technology specialists, and others.

For Young Women leaders, after signing in to the Personal Progress site, they can track the progress of the young women they are called to serve. The leaders won’t be able to read journal entries—that view is private to the young woman only. But leaders can see more high-level information about progress.

How Do I Sign Up for an LDS Account?

To sign up for an LDS Account:

  1. Go to https://ldsaccount.lds.org.
  2. Click Register for an LDS Account.
  3. Complete the required fields. One of the required fields asks for your membership record number (MRN). You can find this on your temple recommend or on your Individual Ordinance Summary. If you don’t have either of these, ask your clerk for your MRN number. Figuring out this number may be inconvenient for some, but it ensures that only the right people have access to Church information, such as the ward directory and calendar. You can sign up without your MRN, but your access will be limited on some sites.
  4. Click the link in the confirmation e-mail sent to you.

Note: Anyone who is eight or older may sign up for an LDS Account. Children under 12, however, need their parent’s permission.

Selecting Your Interests

When you sign up for an LDS Account, you can select your interests from the Subscription tab. The Subscriptions tab presents several check boxes you can select, such as keeping updated about new Church websites, meetinghouse technologies, beta software, or Mormon Messages.

LDS Account Subscription Management

By going to the Subscriptions tab, you can select your interests and stay updated about these topics.

Selecting your interests allows leaders at Church headquarters to reach out to you with relevant information.

For example, if you select "Meetinghouse Technologies," you’ll receive a monthly newsletter from the meetinghouse technology team offering tips about new equipment and processes.

If you select to stay updated about “Opportunities to test or develop Church software,” you’ll be updated about projects and opportunities in the LDSTech development community.

Additionally, over the next six months, LDS Account will be enhanced with a more customizable profile. You will be able to access and manage your subscriptions, privacy controls, account settings, and other elements to control your experience across all Church sites. This will help LDS Account become a more complete online identity management tool.