A powerful new app now graces large touchscreens in several stake centers in the East Valley and is blessing the lives of many missionaries and their families as well.
Called Missionary Displays, it’s a fun, interactive, highly informative replacement for the old static missionary boards and wall maps
The new app and companion software, Called to Serve and My Mission, are both the brainchild of App Developers CEO and founder Kevin Wade, of the Highland Ranch Ward, Mesa Boulder Creek Stake.
“When my kids went on missions, I set up a blog at first, but that didn’t do everything I wanted—when your kids go on missions, their friends are going too, and they have pictures and things they want to share with those friends and family and they want to preserve all those memories—so I helped them build their own websites and then started helping others too,” Brother Wade explains.
Still, he says, this, too, had limitations, so he next looked at creating an app.
“I love apps,” he says. “There is just so much you can do with them.”
He has received nothing but rave reviews from stake presidents who have had Missionary Displays installed in their stake centers.
“We’re excited that stakes love it so much. They see it as a way to honor and encourage missionary service and to easily keep everything up to date,” Brother Wade says.
Stakes can create a “group” of missionaries serving from their stake.
“Missionary pictures, emails and stories literally stream in to the stake’s display every week from around the world,” Brother Wade says.
Families love the applications, too.
“Families can create their own groups too,” he says. “Then, using the mobile apps, either Called to Serve or My Mission, they have an easy way to collect, organize and share missionary experiences among family members.”
“In our Wade Family group, we have details about my mom’s mission, my mission, our kids’ missions and more,” he explains, adding it was easy to “upload” his mother’s missionary journal.
“My 16-year-old niece read her journal in in one day—and the talk to text feature transcribed the entries into the app,” he says.
Missionaries can start using the app as soon as they get their mission call.
“They can go on and put a pin in the exact place on the map where they are going to serve. They can learn about the mission, their mission president and other information.”
Then, throughout their mission, “Missionaries can literally take pictures at a baptism on Saturday, email those pictures to their parents on Monday, where their parents can login to the mobile app and publish (turn ON) any pictures that they wish to share. Then, pending stake admin approval, those pictures are immediately live and accessible on the Missionary Display at the stake center,” Brother Wade says.
There is never any copying and pasting, forwarding emails or editing required to organize and preserve these memories. Every email attachment is saved automatically, including pictures, documents, videos and audio recordings.
“Of course, we have several powerful privacy settings that you control,” he says. By default, every email is marked private and the sender can edit the email to share it with approved friends, post it publicly or send it to a group.
My Mission can also be used to create and print photo albums, journals, and mission books after a missionary returns home.
The apps—My Mission, Called to Serve and Missionary Displays—are all free and can be downloaded from any app store. Through a special buying arrangement, Brother Wade can help stakes get large touchscreens for $2000. For information, visit www.MissionaryDisplay.com or call 480-633-8000.