MyWard is a Windows based MIS & MLS (as of version 1.5) data conversion utility to help
LDS church leadership have access to ward member information in HTML format and,
in turn, to carry that information with them on handheld devices.
In order to use MyWard you will need either 1) access to the MIS
exported data files. These can be found on menu 3.7.3. Just use the default
options to save MEMOUT.DAT, HTVTOUT.DAT, and ORGOUT.DAT. Or 2) Access to the MLS
exported CSV files named Membership.csv, Organization.csv, HomeTeaching.csv, and
* It is also very important that you obtain your bishop's
permission before downloading these data files from MIS/MLS as they contain
confidential member information.
MyWard has the ability to generate simple ward directories -
much like the printed phone directories - for any member in the ward to use. It also
has the ability to generate more detailed directories that contain membership
numbers, home & visiting teaching information, callings, etc.
Although MyWard was designed to generate html files, the main
purpose was to create files that could be read on PDAs. You can set up MyWard to
automatically create file formats for iSilo, Plucker, and YanCEyWare formats.
Both iSilo and Plucker formats can be read across platforms (i.e. Pocket PC and
Let's say you are a ward clerk and you own a Pocket
PC. You prefer to read most of your documents in Vade-Mecum (Plucker
format). Your bishop uses a Palm and prefers to read documents using iSilo.
The first counselor uses a Sony Clie - also a Palm OS device - and prefers
to read documents in Plucker. The second counselor owns a Pocket PC and
prefers to read documents in YanCEyWare. And last but not least the Elders
quorum president has a Sharp Zaurus and has inquired if you know of any way
to get home teaching information in a readable format for him. Everyone in
the wants to be able to access ward information in their handhelds and have
it updated monthly.
You as the ward clerk have volunteered to get this
information. Each month you download the latest MIS data files and convert
it twice 1) Include sensitive information, convert to iSilo (for the
bishop), Plucker (for yourself and the first counselor), and YanCEyWare (for
the second counselor). 2) Do not include sensitive information and visiting
teaching, convert to Plucker format to be read on OpieReader for the Zaurus!
Viola! You can either beam these files to everyone or just collect their
emails and sent them the converted files.
Other Example scenarios of using MyWard:
You are an Elders quorum president and you are sitting in
PEC. The bishop asks "Who home teaches the Smith family?" You quickly open
MyWard on your PDA, go to the directory, tap the Smith family and say,
"Brother Johnson and Brother Davis".
You wife is the Relief Society President and after much
"Gentle Persuasion" you agree to help her deliver many little - well Relief
Society stuff - to sisters doorsteps. Neither of you have the whole ward
memorized so you grab your PDA too look up addresses in MyWard as you drive
around looking for them. (Sorry, no GPS included :)
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