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Bloggernacle Back Bench: New church Web developments

Published: Monday, Oct. 10 2011 2:59 p.m. MDT

Check out the new Leadership Training Library at LDS.org.

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I don’t know if these online opportunities were specifically timed to come out around general conference, but there seems to be a flurry of new developments and websites originating from the church. Here are some:

The Leadership Training Library. Have you checked out this incredible new resource for leaders? First watch the introductory video, then find your specific leadership group in the top menu, be it bishopric, Primary, Sunday School, mission leader and more. Clicking will open new videos and links on the main portion of the page with lots of information and counsel to help you in your calling. Or scroll through the “Leadership Principles” on the sidebar for even more spiritual sustenance. Magnificent!

The FamilySearch Youth and Family History site. Piggybacking on Elder David A. Bednar’s talk to youths on how they can be huge asset in the family history program, this new site describes how youths and leaders of youths can delve into family history. It has an introductory video and links to getting started as well as resources for how the youths can “discover” “serve” and “experience” all that family history has to offer. As Elder Bednar suggested, click in and explore!

I just had to highlight this incredible resource for “Interacting Online as a Member Missionary,” especially on the heels of conference counsel to positively interact online. LDSTech writer Beth Kirby jumps into how blogging can be a wonderful example of doing just that.

She says, “I decided to start a blog to record my experiences with the gospel. When I feel moved, I write entries on things that have powerful meaning to me. You can read my blog here.” She goes on to describe how she uses Good Reads and Mobile apps to dialogue as an online member missionary. Check the entire article out as it is full of great how-to information!

And finally …

Speaking of conference, I always look forward to linking to the semi-annual “General Conference Highlights” video that summarizes the best of the best from each general conference talk. Enjoy!

Now let me point out other exciting Web moments from this last week in the Bloggernacle:

Power pick: I love this blogger’s description of being a “Sage for a Day” in escorting her daughter through the temple. And I love the “personal profundities” she passed on: “Don't forget the Kleenex. Only wash whites with whites. Clip the hem of your dress to a skirt hanger when you store it in a hanging bag. A pocket is THE best place to stash your locker key. … Of course, since the temple is all about relationships, information and forever, it seems perfectly appropriate for Hannah to cherish my advice like doctrine for the rest of her life. At least until she figures out a better way. Or until I forget it. Whichever comes first.” Check out the rest of this perfectly lovely personal essay!

Power pick 2: There’s just something profound about reading an essay from a non-Mormon’s point of view of Mormons, especially in the midst of this finger-pointing election cycle: “I’m starting to wonder what we’ve been so afraid of. The Latter-Day Saints are people, just like you and me. They’re single moms and college kids. Stay-at-home mothers and business owners. They’re missionaries and servants. They’re neighbors and co-workers.” It’s a beautiful reminder of the importance “On Choosing to Listen.” Please read (and I love the affirming comments from Mormons and others not of the Mormon faith.

Techie tip: Did you know that there are now “Church Service Missionary Opportunities within the LDSTech Community”? LDSTech explains, “These missions would be ideal for people who worked in the IT industry but are now retired, or for young tech experts who can’t serve a proselyting mission. We have five positions available: tester, developer, interaction designer, project manager and writer.” Click to see more details on all the positions and how to apply!

Emily Warburton Jensen loves searching through the LDS blog world for developments and testimonies that best capture the ever-evolving LDS online experience. Email: ejensen@desnews.com

Email: ejensen@desnews.com

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