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Bloggernacle Back Bench: LDS bloggers give back

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 8 2011 5:00 a.m. MST

Say you’re a single parent struggling to raise children and you just wish you could finish or enhance your education to give them a better future. Well, LDS Business College, working with LDS Philanthropies, has a wonderful scholarship program for single parents — but not every single parent who wants to attend is able to receive one.

Enter LDS bloggers. These wonderful people are uniting online and in person to get the word out about donating to this marvelous cause. Here are few examples of blogs promoting the LDS Bloggers Give Back November Initiative, informally titled “Give Oh Give”:

Normally a hairstyle blogger, Mindy switches gears to tell a personal story about receiving a call from a police officer while her husband was out of town about a child who had been playing outside without shoes. The whole shocking experience made her realize that “being a single parent is tough work, as my week proved to me. I marvel at those who have the courage to maintain their lives and better their personal situation, as well as those of their children, without the help (for all their various reasons) of a significant other. I don’t know that I could do it.” Then she describes how you can help this initiative.

Jocelyn lists (with cute photos!) everything she has bought recently and then explains that “I am thankful for the material blessings that my family and I currently enjoy, but because I know where those blessings originate. I also know that they are mine to have proper stewardship over. Meaning: I must GIVE BACK. I must pass my blessings on. I must be frugal enough to have some love to spread around ... to share what I have been given to give a hand up to women who want to give their families just what I am able to give mine. And what is keeping them back first and foremost? An education. A college education is so key in our society. Did you know that single moms with children have the highest poverty rates? Did you know that single moms who are poor are poor because of their lower earning capacity, which is directly tied to their level of education? Did you know that single moms' medium income is only 25 percent of what married couples make?” Wow, click in to read more.

If you are curious about following the progress of this endeavor, there is an LDS Bloggers Give Back Facebook group (contact me below if you are interested in joining), or you can follow the progress on Twitter Hashtag #GiveOhGive.

I love, LOVE seeing how powerful things happen when good people get together to do good things, especially online! Go LDS bloggers!

Now let me find other great blogging endeavors from this last week in the Bloggernacle:

Power pick — “Several youth from Eastern Europe accepted the challenge to read the Book of Mormon for 20 minutes every day...and this is what they said.” So states this beautiful new Mormon Messages for Youth video on “Book of Mormon: Messages from Heaven” wherein youth beautifully share their testimonies of this powerful experience. One says, “I wanted to find the truth for myself. And I did it.” Wow!

Power pick2 — How many verses does the hymn “As Sisters in Zion” have? In the hymn book there are three, but the original poem had 10! Here is verse 7: “Oh! shall we not hasten to soothe the condition Of the humble, the needy, the honest and pure? Oh! let us remember, whate’er our ambition — ‘Tis our duty, our mission, to comfort the poor.” Cool! Click in to read all the stanzas.

Techie tip — “If you live on the Philippine island of Mindoro, you likely speak Tagalog. It’s also likely that one day you will be able to download the Gospel Library in your native language on your cell phone. More than 5 billion people in the world have access to cell phones, also called feature phones. Although the Gospel Library app is available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry and Windows smartphones, a good majority of the world’s population do not have smartphones. The goal of the Gospel Library for Feature Phones project is to make the Gospel Library available to feature phone users.” And if you have a feature phone (not a smart phone, but a regular cell phone) then you can help test the beta version of the Gospel Library. Click into this new LDS Tech article for a more information!

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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