Emily W. Jensen: Today in the Bloggernacle: New Mormon Message for Youth and humanitarian work in Zimbabwe

Published: Friday, June 24 2011 6:30 a.m. MDT

True friend: “Tell me who your friend is, and I’ll tell you who you are.” So goes this saying from Ukraine that introduces the new Mormon Message for Youth video “A True Friend.” As this Ukrainian young women illustrates, it only takes one powerful example of friendship to change lives. Wow.

Last dream: “While working for church historian Paul Thomas Smith in the summer of 2007, I came across this little-known dream of Joseph Smith. Few pieces of literature have ever touched my mind and soul as deeply as this has, and I’ve longed to share this dream with others.” So writes blogger Seth Adam Smith, who spent months putting together this video about “Joseph Smith’s Last Dream."

Fantasy award: Congrats to Brandon Sanderson whose fabulous and oh-so-deserving “The Way of Kings" just won the David Gemmell Legend Award for best fantasy novel. Here is Sanderson’s reaction: “To my great surprise, 'The Way of the Kings' actually won. I hadn’t been expecting this. I’d been nominated three times before without winning. This year, with two books up for the award (like last year), I was convinced I’d split my votes again and have no shot at it. Beyond that, the competition was pretty steep this year. … I’m deeply grateful to you all for your votes for 'The Way of the Kings.'” Awesome

Zimbabwe mission: “Beehives, Water Projects and Wheelchairs," plus photos of edible mice-on-a-stick, reflect another month of adventures in the Zimbabwe Harare Mission. Check out how the church is helping children who are in charge of their families construct beehives, as well as distributing wheelchairs for those who desperately need them. Oh, and they are about to construct the largest water project ever in Zimbabwe: “We will be training 3,100 families in sanitation and hygiene and it will be supplying clean water to 22,800 people.” Wow! Click in for more (as well as some amazing photos of the aforementioned mice on the stick).

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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