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Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions

Registration Questions

Picture Upload Questions

Message Posting Questions

Comment Questions

Syndicated Content Questions

Other Questions

Privacy Policy

Terms of Service



General Questions

Is this an "official" mission website?

This site is in no way an official affiliate of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the respective Mission Office. Although this site is designed to compliment and illustrate the teachings and beliefs of the before mentioned church, no content within this site should be taken as official church policy or doctrine. This site was created in order to help returned missionaries re-establish or maintain associations with those they served with, and to inform them of reunion schedules.

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Is this website maintained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

No. The website is not maintained or directly affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church has it's own department for making official statements. Anything read on this site is not to be construed as the official view of the LDS Church.

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Is this site run by the mission?

No. It is not run by the actual mission and has no direct connection with the mission home office, or the Church in any way.

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What is this website all about?

As we all know, as time slips by, it is often easy to loose track of those we were once close to. This site was created to provide a common meeting place and to provide resources for those that served within the mission to maintain or re-establish contact with those they served with.

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Registration Questions

How do I register?

If you are a returned missionary, click on the "Alumni" link. At the top of the page click on Alumni registration or at the bottom of the page click on "Add Profile." Enter your profile information and click the "Submit" button located at the bottom of the registration form.

If you have received your calling, or are currently serving in the mission, click on the "Currently Serving" link. At the top of the page click on Current Missionary or at the bottom of the page, the "Add Profile" link.

To register as a friend or member, click on the "Friends/Members" link. At the top of the page click on Register or at the bottom of the page, the "Add Profile" link.

If you make a mistake during the registration process, you can update your profile later on.

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How do I update my profile?

Should your information, such as address or email change, go to the Alumni/Current Missionary/Friend link and pull up your profile. When you've done that, there's a link at the bottom that will bring you to the edit page. You will need your username and password to enter and edit information.

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I added/edited my profile. Why aren't the changes online?

All profile additions and changes must be approved by the website maintainer. It's not that we don't trust you, we just want to make sure no one tampers with the website. We don't want information that is not in keeping with the the views of the mission or the Church.

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Help, I've lost my password!

Locate your personal profile. When you view your profile, at the bottom of the page is a link to edit your profile. Click on the "request password" link. Your username and a new password will be e-mailed to your currently listed e-mail address. If you have changed e-mail addresses since updating your profile, and no longer have access to your currently listed e-mail address, you will need the webmaster help to update your account. Go to the "comments" page and ask for help.

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How do I select my companions when I add/edit the profile page?

To select multiple companions using Microsoft Windows, click one of them and then hold down the Ctrl button as you click on the others to select them. "Select Multiple" functionality may work differently with operating systems, such as Apple MacOS or Linux.

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How do I turn ON/OFF email notifications?

You can choose to receive General Announcements, Profiles posted from your era, and all other content (message, news, pictures, stories, guestbook, reunions). Click on the Alumni link on the homepage. Search for your own profile. Then click on Edit profile. You'll need your username and password to edit. At the bottom of the profile are three questions that deal with content emailed to you. Simply select yes or no.

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Picture Upload Questions

How do I add a picture

There are two places on the alumni site where you can upload a picture.

The first is in your own alumni profile where you can add a picture of yourself. To do this, simply find your profile on the alumni site. Then on the bottom of that page is a link to "Edit Profile" which will allow you to make changes and updates to your profile. One of the changes you can make is to add an image. Just above the field for where you input your address you will see a field for "Image:" and a Browse button. Click the Browse button which will allow you to find the image file (usually a .jpg or .gif image type) you've created on your computer. When you find the picture you want to add, simply double click it. This will insert the correct information into the image field. Then all you have to do is click the Save button at the bottom of the page. The change will not be displayed until the webmaster receives notification of the update and approves it.

The second place to add a picture is the alumni photo album. Click on the "Pictures" menu in the navigation bar. You will then see a link at the bottom of the page to "Add Picture" which you will click. Then you will see a page where you can add a Title for the picture and a Caption for the picture. Below that you will see the field for the "Image:" and here you will do exactly the same thing as you did to add a picture to your profile. Once the image is selected and information is in the image field, then simply click the button "Add Picture" to upload it to the website. Make sure you wait long enough for the picture to upload before closing your internet browser or going to another page. You will see a new page once the upload is completed.

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Why can't I upload my picture?

Here a a few suggestions. Please make sure there are no spaces found in the filename of the picture you want to upload. Also, please make sure all the letters in the filename are lower case. Numbers and letters are okay, but I would also avoid using other characters and symbols. The image type should be GIF or JPG.

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How do I scan a photo to put online?

There are many good websites that already provide scanning tips and hints, help with fundamentals and other basic scanning information to help you get the most from your scanner. The following three links should get you started in the right direction.

  1. A Few Scanning Tips
  2. How To Scan Photos
  3. How To Scan

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Message Posting Questions

I posted a message. Why isn't it online?

All posts must first be authorized by the website maintainer before they are displayed online.

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What content is considered inappropriate?

Since all information on this web site is not limited to the eyes of alumni, the webmaster is morally responsible for all data displayed online. We wish to keep this message area clean of slander, negative gossip and commercial oriented postings. Please do not be offended, we are very sure that none of the alumni/current missionaries/friends would do this, however, the web site does allow anonymous posting. (This means that not only mission alumni can post messages.) This is why it is moderated.

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Comment Questions

How serious will my comments or suggestions be taken?

Your feedback and suggestions are essential to a successful mission alumni site. If you have something to say, regardless of how trivial, please let us know.

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Syndicated Content Questions

What is the syndicated content address for this site?

We are pleased to offer an RSS (see below) feed of the "What's New" section of the mission home page. To use this facility, point your RSS aggregator to rss.php. You can then turn off e-mail notifications on your profile and still stay up to date.

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What is a syndicated content or RSS feed?

Syndicated content feeds enable you to be informed of updates to this site by checking a "news feed," rather than getting e-mail. Site updates are available using RSS. RSS stands for "Real Simple Syndication." It provides a means for pushing out news-type content. While a number of news-oriented web sites provide news feeds by RSS, it is also used for other types of notifications, such as the changes on this web site. You can read more about RSS at O'Reilly's xml.com site.

To get started, all you need is an RSS Reader, also known as an Aggregator. There are many free software programs you can download off the net and easily install. Visit UserLand.com to see what's available. Once your Aggregator is installed and configured (see above), anytime new content is approved, you will receive an alert in your RSS Reader to let you know of the change. Then if you want to know more, you would simply click on the alert and it will open your web browser and take you directly to the new content on the alumni site.

This capability is provided for technically sophisticated users. If you're one of them, you may wish to consider that there are also many other internet sites that provide RSS Feeds to which you can subscribe. newsisfree.com is probably one of the more popular sites for finding other sites which publish RSS Feeds. Also check out syndic8.com.

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Other Questions

Can I contribute to the website?

Providing meaningful content and keeping a website up-to-date takes time. Your content contributions are always appreciated. If you would like to assist with the site maintenance itself, simply send the website maintainer an e-mail. If you prefer to contribute money, you can make donations to the LDS Mission Network. This 100%-volunteer-staffed organization provides the hosting and software development services for a large number of mission alumni websites, including this one. See mission.net's donations page for more information.

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How can I contact a member I've lost contact with from my mission?

Call the Member and Statistical Records Division at the church office building. The phone number is (801) 240-3500. If you're not in the USA, or if you'd rather rather do things in writing, the postal address is:

Member and Statistical Records Division
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
50 East North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
USA

Request a copy of their "Membership Contact" form. They will mail it to you promptly. Fill out the form, which asks for information about the person's name, age, birthplace, and other facts that might be helpful in locating the one you are trying to reach. You will also need to make a brief statement about why you want to contact this person. Return both copies of this form to the address given at the top of the form. One of the copies of this form will be sent to the person you are trying to locate, who will then decide whether or not to contact you. If the person cannot be located, the office will notify you of that.

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Privacy Policy

Please read this Privacy Policy so that you can understand how we seek to enforce our commitment to privacy. Questions regarding this statement should be directed to the webmaster by emailing the Webmaster.

Information this Site Gathers / Tracks

The information gathered by us falls into two categories: (1) information voluntarily supplied by visitors to our website when they register, and (2) tracking information gathered as visitors navigate through our site. Third party providers featured on or linked to from our site may be gathering the same kinds of information.

To help make our site more responsive to the needs of our visitors, help you navigate, tailor content to your needs and to measure traffic within our site, we automatically collect limited information about your computer's connection to the Internet, including your IP address, when you visit our site.

If you choose to have the site remember your username and password, we also invoke a standard feature of browser software, called a "cookie," to assign each visitor a unique, random number, a sort of user ID, which resides on your computer.

Unless you voluntarily identify yourself through registration, we won't know who you are, even if we assign a cookie to your computer. The only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply. Our cookies can't read unrelated data from your computer.

To make use of certain features on our website, such as posting pictures, stories, messages, news, live chat, and other interactive forums, visitors need to register and to provide certain information as part of the registration process. We ask, for example, for your name, email address, street address, city or town, zip, and we request information on other topics.

Of course, even if you want to remain completely anonymous, you're still free to take advantage of the wealth of content available on our site without registration. The vast majority of our site does not require visitors to complete a registration form or give us contact information (such as a name and email address) to visit.

The more we know about our visitors the more enjoyable your contact will be with other return missionaries and those who register on our site. But if you don't supply the information we require, we may be unable to provide you with services we make available to other visitors to our site. For example, while we allow anyone to read postings in our Messages Board without registration, posting to it requires registration, which enables visitors to also modify their own posts. Our live chat feature also requires registration.

We also use contact information from the registration form to send the user information what's new on the alumni site. Users may opt-out of receiving email notifications; see the choice/opt-out section below.

As this privacy policy reaffirms, we strive to protect confidentiality for our visitors. We do reserve the right to use contact and other information when we deem it necessary or appropriate to comply with applicable laws, rules, or lawful orders of courts and governmental agencies, to enforce compliance with the terms and conditions for use of our site, or to protect third parties from what we regard as threats of serious harm.

Links to Other Sites

This site contains links to other sites. The establishment of a link does not mean that the we approve of a site, is endorsing a site, has reviewed its content, or is in any manner recommending a visit. This site is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of linked Web sites.

Public Forums

This site makes chat rooms, forums, message boards and the like available to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. We do reserve the right to delete any postings at any time.

Security

This alumni site has numerous security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. The measures include passwords, encryption and conventional locks. However we cannot guarantee that the measures in place have been, are now, or will remain adequate.

Choice/Opt-Out

Our site provides registered users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us. This site gives users various options for removing postings and other information, and to discontinue receiving future communications from us. For example, you may unsubscribe from receiving notifications when new content such as messages, news, stories or pictures are added to the site, or when a new alumnus registers. For specifics concerning a matter impacting you, you can send email to the Webmaster.

Anti Spam

We are dedicated to protecting your privacy, curbing unsolicited commercial email (or "Spam"), and promoting responsible email practices. Our site has a strict policy against Spam. All users can expect that we take Spam very seriously and have spent great efforts to restrict its presence on our services. There are several precautions that we take to prevent the possibility of Spam:

  • Registered users can opt in or out of receiving email notifications.

  • Email addresses are hidden from all visitors to to this site. Your email address will only be disclosed if you choose to respond directly to a message sent to you.

  • Our Spam detection software will alert the system administrator when a visitor or registered user attempts to send multiple emails through or to this site.

  • We reserve the right to restrict user priviledges upon proof of abuse. Actions may include account suspension and account termination.

If you feel that you've received mail sent through this site that you did not request, please forward a copy of the email to the Webmaster. Also, if you suspect someone of abusing our services, please let us know by emailing us so that we can take the appropriate steps.

Revisions/Corrections/Updates

We reserve the right to change our privacy policy from time to time. If we do change our privacy policy in the future, we'll post the changes when they take effect. This site gives users options for changing and modifying information previously provided.

Contacting the Web Site

If you have any questions about this privacy statement the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you may contact the Webmaster.

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Terms of Service

This site may contain messages, photographs, and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to communicate with others (collectively, "Communication Services"). You agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and, when applicable, related to the particular Communication Service. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using a Communication Service, you will not:

  • Use the Communication Service in connection with surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, junk email, spamming or any duplicative or unsolicited messages (commercial or otherwise).

  • Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.

  • Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information.

  • Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any material or information that is offensive to the LDS Mission Network community or the general membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Upload, or otherwise make available, files that contain images, photographs, software or other material protected by intellectual property laws, including, by way of example, and not as limitation, copyright or trademark laws (or by rights of privacy or publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents to do the same.

  • Use any material or information, including images or photographs, which is made available through this site in any manner that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary right of any party.

  • Upload files that contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer or property of another.

  • Advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless such Communication Service specifically allows such messages.

  • Download any file posted by another user of a Communication Service that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.

  • Falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded.

  • Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services.

  • Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines which may be applicable for any particular Communication Service.

  • Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses.

  • Violate any applicable laws or regulations.

  • Create a false identity for the purpose of misleading others.

  • Use, download or otherwise copy, or provide (whether or not for a fee) to a person or entity any directory of users of this site or other user or usage information or any portion thereof.

The maintainers of this site have no obligation to monitor the Communication Services. However, the maintainers reserve the right to review materials posted to a Communication Service and to remove any materials in their sole discretion. The maintainers reserve the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Communication Services at any time, without notice, for any reason whatsoever.

The maintainers of this site reserve the right at all times to disclose any information as they deems necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in the maintainers' sole discretion.

Always use caution when giving out any personally identifiable information about yourself or your children in any Communication Service. The maintainers do not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Communication Service and, therefore, the maintainers specifically disclaim any liability with regard to the Communication Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Communication Service.

Materials uploaded to a Communication Service may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination, you are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you download the materials.

Neither the maintainers of this site nor any participants are authorized spokespersons for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (in the context of this site), and their views do not necessarily reflect those of the Church.

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