This is kind of advanced, but I wanted to copy it down so I would know how to do it in the future, and I thought some of my geeky LDS friends might appreciate it. If you have one of those new fangled smart phones, you probably don’t have to do all of this.
This requires a free program called BitPim, and it supports numerous phones, but not all. You can see which phones are supported here: http://www.bitpim.org/help/
You will also need a cable to connect your phone to your computer. On mine (an LG env-2) this is a standard micro-usb cable. You can get these cheap, e.g. http://www.amazon.com/Certified-BlackBerry-Digital-Camcorder-console/dp/B0033CTNZA/ref=pd_cp_e_2
Download your ward directory from LDS.org
- Go to LDS.org
- Go to your ward website: About The Church > Stake and Ward Web Sites
- Sign in
- Click Membership Directory
- Click vcard(upper right corner of page).
- Click OK to acknowledge the message that the information should not be used for personal, political, or commercial purposes.
- Choose to Save the file and take note of where it was saved on your hard drive
Use BitPim to transfer the vCard file info to your phone.
- Download BitPim: http://www.bitpim.org/
- Connect your phone to your computer with the appropriate cable and see if BitPim recognizes the phone and can communicate with it.
- Import all of your data from your phone into BitPim
- Import the vCard file you downloaded from lds.org into BitPim.
- Transfer your data from BitPim back to your phone.
Another way that doesn’t require a cable, and probably works for more phones (but takes some advanced Excel chops)…
Another way to do this is to export as a CSV file from lds.org, then manipulate the CSV file until it matches the columns in Verizon’s BackupAssistant CSV format. I would recommend doing this in Excel. The column headings are as follows (but you only need information filled in for First and Last Name or Company and a phone number or email address):
Prefix,First Name,Middle Name,Last Name,Suffix,Company Name,Company Department,Job Title,Business 1 Street Address,Business 1 City/Region,Business 1 State,Business 1 Zip Code,Business 1 Country,Business 2 Street Address,Business 2 City/Region,Business 2 State,Business 2 Zip Code,Business 2 Country,Business 3 Street Address,Business 3 City/Region,... See MoreBusiness 3 State,Business 3 Zip Code,Business 3 Country,Home 1 Street Address,Home 1 City/Region,Home 1 State,Home 1 Zip Code,Home 1 Country,Home 2 Street Address,Home 2 City/Region,Home 2 State,Home 2 Zip Code,Home 2 Country,Personal 1 Street Address,Personal 1 City/Region,Personal 1 State,Personal 1 Zip Code,Personal 1 Country,Personal 2 Street Address,Personal 2 City/Region,Personal 2 State,Personal 2 Zip Code,Personal 2 Country,Personal 3 Street Address,Personal 3 City/Region,Personal 3 State,Personal 3 Zip Code,Personal 3 Country,Other Street Address,Other City/Region,Other State,Other Zip Code,Other Country,Assistant,Business Fax 1,Business Fax 2,Business Fax 3,Business Fax 4,Business Fax 5,Work Number 1,Work Number 2,Work Number 3,Work Number 4,Work Number 5,Callback,Car Phone,Company Main Phone,Home Fax,Home Number 1,Home Number 2,Home Number 3,Home Number 4,Home Number 5,Mobile Number 1,Mobile Number 2,Mobile Number 3,Mobile Number 4,Mobile Number 5,Other Fax,Other Number 1,Other Number 2,Other Number 3,Other Number 4,Other Number 5,Pager 1,Pager 2,Pager 3,Pager 4,Pager 5,Main Telephone,Radio,TTYDD,Telex,Videophone,Voiphone,Primary Fax,School,Anniversary,Assistant Name,Date of Birth,Children,Email Personal,Email Business,Email Other,Gender,Notes,Profession,Spouse,Groups / MobileGroups,Photo,Nickname,Relationship,Time Zone,Marital Status,ICE,Photo Type,IM AIM,IM Yahoo,IM MSN,IM Google,IM ICQ,IM Skype,IM Jabber,IM Other,Web Page Business 1,Web Page Business 2,Web Page Business 3,Web Page Personal,Web Page Other
Then upload to Verizon’s BackupAssistant site for the phone: http://verizonwireless.com/backupassistant using the Import Contacts feature. Then resync the phone.
I used the first method on my phone (BitPim method), and then I actually exported my new contacts out of BackupAssistant and reuploaded them to my wife’s BackupAssistant account.