Emily W. Jensen: Today in the Bloggernacle: Miracles in Japan and FamilySearch tips

Published: Wednesday, June 22 2011 6:00 a.m. MDT

Mission miracle: It’s like an Ensign article as a blog post. Read about the recent “Awaji Miracle 2011” as told by Kobe Mission President McIntyre: “Awaji Island is actually quite famous and plays a significant role in Japanese mythology. As I thought about sending missionaries to Awaji, I remember thinking about the old Japanese creation myth which teaches that Awaji Island was the first island created in the Japan archipelago by Izunaga and Izanami, the Father and Mother deities of Japan. And from Awaji all the other islands of Japan were formed. I felt Awaji could become a center of strength in the new mission as it became a crossroads connecting the old Hiroshima and Kobe missions. I decided it warranted a visit and sincere pondering and prayer. Little did I know then how prepared this island was for the gospel and the great miracle that awaited the members of the Sumoto Branch.” Click for the entire miraculous account!

Linescratchers network: Introducing the new “Linescratchers Network,” a website dedicated to compiling all the relevant information on LDS musicians who don’t necessarily play LDS music (although some do!). It includes blog posts, concert venue information, free music samples, Twitter updates and more. Check it out!

Flash mob: If you haven’t seen this fabulous “Mormon Tabernacle Choir Flash Mob” that they performed yesterday in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, that is now making its way across Twitter Feeds and Facebook statuses, then take 10 minutes to enjoy. It made me laugh (to think about it) and proud at the same time. Awesomely done.

FamilySearch wiki The Mormon Life Hacker gives another genealogy lesson this blog post on “Hidden Resources on FamilySearch 2: FamilySearch Wiki.” Here’s a taste of her detailed instructions: “Go to www.familysearch.org and click on LEARN tab at the top. Scroll down to Research Wiki apart of the large FamilySearch network or you can go directly to wiki.familysearch.org. My first recommendation is to view the quick video so you can tour the site, learn how to navigate around and find articles that are prevalent to your research needs. Within the articles themselves you will find additional resources that you can click on to further your research. Searching by subject, place or keyword is one option and browsing by country and topics is helpful when you aren’t sure which direction to take next.” Wow.

Emily W. Jensen updates “Today in the Bloggernacle” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, presenting the best of what we've seen from the world of LDS-oriented blog sites. Her extended “Bloggernacle Back Bench” appears on MormonTimes.com on Tuesdays.

Email: ejensen@desnews.com

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