You can create digital information in various Church systems, such as Gospel Library and Gospel Living. But what happens to that information after you die?
Over a lifetime, you may build a treasure of study notes, including personal insights and inspiration. You may want this information to stay private or you may want to pass these records to your posterity after you die. The Church now makes it easy for you to indicate your preference.
What Happens When You Die
When you pass away, your Church Account is locked to protect your privacy and personal information. But the information you have created, such as notes and highlights on the Gospel Library mobile app and ChurchofJesusChrist.org are not immediately deleted.
What You Can Do Now
While you are living, you may designate your family and descendants as legacy contacts which gives them access to your content after your death. If you do not make a choice while living, and a family member or legal representative has not contacted the Church within two years, then your data may be deleted.
To indicate your preference, go to account.ChurchofJesusChrist.org/legacyContacts and indicate one of the following choices: (1) do not share my Gospel Library data with others after my death or (2) allow my family and descendants to access my notes and highlights after my death.
A spouse, parent, or legal custodian of the estate can request access to a deceased relative’s notes and annotations. The frequently asked questions page shows how to access notes created by a deceased family member.
Read the article “Planning Your Digital Afterlife: What Happens to Your Digital Information When You Die?” about how to manage your digital assets with other companies after you die.