By Kent Larsen
Many LDS Palm Sites, Same Content
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The seven or more LDS sites that provide
resources for members with Palm OS handheld computers are trying to
provide what handheld computers are good for -- frequently used
reference information. But that means there are a limited number of
useful files -- and most of these sites have them all.
The common files are what you might imagine -- the LDS scriptures and
the text of the LDS hymns and recent conference addresses. Not
surprisingly, most of the sites identified by Mormon News offer just
that. And for many that's exactly what you need.
Earlier this week, the Deseret News wrote about Andrew Lofthouse's
experience with the Palm. Sold mainly as an electronic replacement
for the datebooks and addressbooks that many people carry, Lofthouse,
who teaches gospel doctrine in his Heber Heights, Ohio ward, teaches
his classes with just the material he has loaded onto his palm. "I
take that organizer with me everywhere I go. It's neat if you have a
little time somewhere, you can just pull it out and do a little
scripture study." In addition to the LDS scriptures, Lofthouse has on
his palm the LDS Topical Guide, the Proclamation on the family and
the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. He now also makes the
files available on his website.
A few of these websites go beyond the basic files, however. The LDS
Palm Resources site http://www.palmlds.com , possibly
the most comprehensive listing, includes links to genealogy programs
that accept LDS-developed GEDCOM standard files, a system for marking
the scriptures on your palm, a "Scripture Mastery" program, and
utilities for converting the name and address files output from the
LDS Church's MIS system to palm records. With this software, a Bishop
could put the names and addresses of his entire ward in his palm.
Another interesting website uses the Avantgo technology, to provide a
daily LDS web page for the palm. Marc Adams' The Mormon Channel says
that it includes a daily scripture, a humor section and the weekly
LDS sunday school lesson study guide section.
And for those that want more LDS information, Mstar.net provides
selected books from Deseret Book in a proprietary format through its
PocketLibrary on LDSWorld.comat a cost of $2.95 each. LDSWorld also
has classic literature on its website for the same price, but these
titles can also be obtained at other palm sites for free.
Of course, like Lofthouse, those with a little computer knowledge can
create their own documents for the palm, and members that use other
handheld computers, such as the many different WindowsCE handheld
computers, can also find a few LDS products, or format their own.
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By Carrie A. Moore: Deseret News religion editor