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Written by Elder David Robinson   
Tuesday, 14 April 2015

2015 LDSTech Gospel App & Game Contest

LDSTech encourages developers of all levels and abilities to join in this contest to Create*Something*Worthy. From mazes to "where are we?" to "scripture golf", if you have an idea for a gospel or Church related software application, now is the time to make it happen!

Submission deadline has passed.  Please consider submitting your app next year.


Categories and Awards

Apps and Games may be developed for Apple, Android, Windows, or online platforms in the following categories:

  • Primary
  • Youth
  • Family
  • Other

Awards, prizes, and recognition will be offered for each category, plus additional awards for teen, senior, and first time creators. And of course, there's the personal satisfaction you'll receive from your accomplishment!

Starter Ideas

Since the gospel is infinite, so are the possibilities for gospel-related applications and games. See the idea and wish list page for specific starter ideas (or to add ideas for apps you'd like to see).

Be Creative!

Find ideas from existing popular apps and improve them -- "create something worthy."

What kinds of games and apps could help you, your children, your grandchildren, or others:

  • have gospel-oriented fun?
  • strengthen testimonies?
  • develop personally?
  • enjoy graphic-violence-free leisure and play time?
  • serve more effectively?
  • connect with gospel and Church themes rather than worldly themes?
  • Help with teaching
  • Help with church callings


Submissions were accepted until midnight Friday, September 18, 2015.

Copies of your app must be sufficiently available for judging and for demoing.

Availability. The App must not be commercially available prior to October 10, 2014, although it may be a “significant” upgrade to a version available prior to October 10, 2014. This was the last day to submit for the 2014 Contest.


  • Click here for the complete list of official rules.
  • Pay special attention to the following: 
    • No Church membership data is allowed.
    • Appropriate Copyright and Licensing for Third Party Intellectual Property, including Church-owned or licensed property, is required.
    • Do not use music which has been licensed to the Church.
    • No malware or other inappropriate content is allowed.
    • You must adhere to the Terms of Use Information.
    • You must adhere to the Privacy Policy
    • The creator of the application retains ownership and will not be asked to transfer ownership to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    • The App may need to include a disclaimer of ownership by or affiliation with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Please see the Disclaimer Section on the Contest FAQ.
    • You are not allowed to use the Church’s name or LDSTech to endorse your application.


For additional questions, visit our FAQ page.

There is also a Forum dedicated to the contest for discussing the contest with others.

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# Hyrum Gwynn 2015-05-24 12:54
How do we make a game
# Stoyan Iliev Nikolov 2015-07-08 09:46
I suppose you have to understand from programming ...
# Hunter Dee Livesay 2015-06-08 07:17
Here are a few softwares that would be necessary for making a decent game
Blender is a free open source 3d-Modeling program
Unity is a pseudo-free game engine. I say pseudo because their demo version technically comes with a watermark. Regardless this is where the majority of your work will be done. The good thing about Unity is that it comes with its own IDE and it is extremely user intuitive.
-Unreal Engine
Unreal Engine is another game engine that recently went entirely free(and the one I personally use). Unreal engine has a simply fantastic material editor allowing you to, hypothetically, make photo realistic scenes. Additionally i has a visual based scripting language allowing you to make a game without knowing any code, albeit it helps a lot.
Paint.NET is a free image editor that is very user intuitive, but is less powerful than GIMP2

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# Hunter Dee Livesay 2015-06-08 07:25
- GIMP 2
Gimp is another free image editor that is more powerful than paint.NET, but more complex.
- Microsoft Visual Studio
If you are going to be using a C based language than you really want Visual Studio as an IDE. It is a very clean and useful tool. It does have a free version.
Audacity is a free sound editor.It is a very well rounded and useful program. Although it lacks MIDI instrument support.
-3DS Max
If you have a big budget than this is the premier 3D Modeling program.
-Render Farm - Generic
A Render Farm is useful for everything, Baking Lights, Rendering Materials, Rendering Animations. It is as powerful as you want, or can afford, it to be.

I would recommend using Unity. They have great community support for any questions you have and have plenty of tutorials to help get you started. ADditionally they can launch to nearly any platform
# Rafael Oswaldo Galindo Velasquez 2015-06-19 10:00
Can we develop games for Windows/Mac computers instead of mobile or web platforms?

# Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker 2015-06-19 16:42
Quoting Rafael Oswaldo Galindo Velasquez:
Can we develop games for Windows/Mac computers instead of mobile or web platforms?

We are not setup to test on all the different platforms for judging so the contest is limited to the listed platforms.
# Hannah Marie Stafford 2015-06-23 12:53
um, I need to know if I can registrate with using a programming website called, and the reason I need to know is because that's the only place I know how to program, so can I use it?
# Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker 2015-06-23 13:25
Quoting Hannah Marie Stafford:
um, I need to know if I can register with using a programming website called, and the reason I need to know is because that's the only place I know how to program, so can I use it?

Yes, a web application developed using scratch would qualify. Keep in mind that others may be using more flexible tools. It certainly would be a learning experience. Good luck!
# Efraín González 2015-09-03 13:38
Hello. We would like to have some idea about the economic prize the winner are going to receive.
# Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker 2015-09-03 15:21
There is no economic prize.

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