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Bloggernacle Back Bench: Temple prints, Mormon charts and Jerusalem adventures

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 18 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

Eric Huntsman and his family attempt to press olives into oil at the BYU Jerusalem Center.

http://huntsmansintheholyland.blogspot.com/

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Did you know I have a list of must-share blogs that gets larger all the time? In an effort to trim this list a bit, I present these wonderful blog resources for your enjoyment and edification.

Jerusalem adventures: First off, I’ve been virtually having a Jerusalem adventure with “The Huntsmans in the Holy Land” ever since BYU professor Eric Huntsman began blogging about his family’s year-long stint (beginning in August 2011) at the BYU Jerusalem Center. The posts come almost daily, and so you can join in their travels around the Holy Land to such exotic locations as Ephesus, Istanbul, Troy and more.

He describes an “Arab Culture Night” full of Palestinian food and activities. And, of course, Huntsman includes much testimony of Jesus Christ; this recent post depicts “Making olive oil at the Jerusalem Center” and shows, in vivid detail, the crushing process.

As Huntsman explains, “When we think of the crushing load that Jesus took upon himself — bearing the weight of our sins, sorrows, and pains — and how this weight literally pressed the blood out of every pore, some of the images I have just shared may take on new meaning to you.” And with a click, you can virtually join their Holy Land adventures too.

Mormon charts: I really like Wordles. I think it has to do with how they use words as art to describe various texts, with powerful results. The creative juices behind the new “Mormon Charts” site has taken this same setup and produced some beautiful Mormon-themed word arts and charts that prettily package famous talks, documents and even genealogies.

For example, find a “Forget-Me-Not” chart taken from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s recent Relief Society meeting message as well as a handy Book of Mormon genealogy chart that helps you keep track of all the family relationships described in the Book of Mormon. And there’s more. Click to explore!

Temple prints: Finally, I was just blown away by the beauty of these temple prints. This photographer has traveled to 22 temples and presents them in their gorgeous glory on his site. The prints are for sale if you find one that you’d love for your wall, or you can just enjoy scrolling through some artistic photography of some of your favorite temples. Enjoy!

Now let me highlight other great posts from this last week in the Bloggernacle:

Power pick: As mentioned above, I really like handy charts that distill a whole bunch of interesting information into one neat package. Like say, this new “Perpetual Education Fund infographic” that fascinatingly depicts, via info and graphics, how it works, how many have participated and how it helps. View it and/or share it today!

Techie tip: "Why Do I Need An LDS Account?" you may wonder when I write about new and improved lds.org sites and functions. Well, as Larry Richman explains "Without an LDS Account, you’re missing a huge part of the online Church experience. You may be able to see some website information without signing in, but often more personalized information appears after you sign in. (See a list of all the LDS websites.)" Wow. Learn how to sign up and find a huge list of what sites utlize an LDS Account and more by clicking in.

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

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