LDS Church Brings More Transparency Through Technology

It has been leaked that this conference weekend, the Church will be rolling out a new way for church members to be involved in the creation and approval of policies through a new resource, The Church Handbook of Instructions Wiki, or CHI-ki, where members can add, clarify, remove, and dispute church administrative protocols.

Screenshot preview of the CHI-ki

Screenshot preview of the CHI-ki

A church spokesperson confirmed saying, “As the Church readies itself for the Millennium, we are preparing more and more to follow the direction that “all things shall be done by common consent in the church.” By bringing the Church Handbook of Instructions to the members we are hoping to encourage more engagement with the Church, particularly among the upcoming generation of Millennials as they mature and take on more leadership roles.”

When asked whether the Church feels membership will participate and use a wiki, the spokesperson responded, “Our examination of the BYU student body tells us that our educated young people trust and use wikis as reliable sources.”

After being alerted of the gender gap of wiki contributors, the spokesperson agreed, “Around 10% of Wikipedia’s contributors are women. That sounds about right for our needs.”

Additionally, the Church is planning an announcement to open source MLS (Member and Leadership Software) which is used for keeping track of memberships, temple recommends, tithing donations, and ward callings. Soon individuals will be able to run personal MLS systems for their families to keep track of FHE assignments and who is worthy to receive a priesthood blessing at the start of the school year.


TopHat is putting her roots down in the Bay Area with her husband and three children. She loves the earth, yarn, and bicycling.

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15 Responses

  1. Andrew R. says:

    Nicely done. Happy April Fools’ Day to you too.

  2. Carolyn Nielsen says:

    I wish ….

  3. Ziff says:

    This is brilliant, TopHat! I love the idea of crowdsourced Church policies. (Unfortunately, I’m afraid that there would be a lot of push for stuff I’m not a fan of, like automatic excommunication for US members who don’t register as Republicans.)

  4. SarahJane says:

    Hahahahaha perfect blend of satire and commentary. Good job.

  5. Em says:

    About10% women sounds about right….. Awesome.

  6. Jenny says:

    Ha ha! Love it! Love the picture too!

  7. Suzette says:

    Seriously … I’m crushed that this is not true.

  8. I dispute this . . . but I have nowhere to do that.

  9. Violadiva says:

    That picture tho! Bah!

  10. Ardis says:

    1,830 articles in English. But of course. I predict that number will soon climb to 1,847, but never to 1,890.

  11. Kim says:

    Well done

  12. Caroline says:

    “After being alerted of the gender gap of wiki contributors, the spokesperson agreed, ‘Around 10% of Wikipedia’s contributors are women. That sounds about right for our needs.'” Ha!!! Love this.

  13. EmilyCC says:

    Open sourcing MLS…brilliant!

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