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Bloggernacle Back Bench: Giving and receiving Christmas cheer

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 20 2011 5:00 a.m. MST

Brigham Rindlisbacher submitted the winner of Create.lds.org's holiday photo contest.

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Wow, do I ever have some wonderful digital gifts to spotlight. And wow, do I ever have some beautiful causes to highlight. In the spirit of the season, find these online ideas full of giving and receiving:

Receiving: The Book of Mormon Facebook page is offering Book of Mormon-themed gifts up to Christmas. So far you can find videos, songs, photos and more to watch listen or download. Scroll through the wall to find them all and watch for new ones up to Christmas!

Similarly I already highlighted this lovely “Countdown to Christmas” from Mormon.org’s Facebook page on the first day, but there are six more amazing photo cards uploaded (with five more to go) to view, print, download and share! So please, enjoy!

Awhile back I mentioned the holiday photo contest being held by create.lds.org. Well the winner has been chosen. Wow! How gorgeous! Plus you can view the rest of the entrants and download these as holiday desktop wallpapers for your computers/tablets/phones. How lovely!

This blogger has been doing a “24 Days of Mormon Christmas” and is providing a daily devotional with a song, a scripture, and a video or activity to watch/do with your family. What a creative and handy resource if you are looking for ways to spiritualize the season.

Giving: Through various channels, I’ve heard of some wonderful causes that you can choose to participate in this giving season. Mormon pianist William Joseph has recorded three new Christmas songs that you can download and then donate to the charity that helped make his career. And 100 percent of the donations go toward the charity.

This email came came in from a niece who wants to help her aunt. “On February 2nd of this year, Sam LaCara, an elementary school principal, was murdered. In honor of Sam, and hopefully as a way to give his wife and daughters something happy to read this Christmas, a few friends and family members put together a book of Christmas stories. We are selling the book both in paperback and as an e-book, with all proceeds going to the girls’ college funds. Please consider purchasing a copy and help us give a special Christmas gift to a wonderful family in need of some extra holiday cheer.” Click in if you want to help!

On the international front, these BYU advertising students decided to band together to help “Send Chathura Home” to Sri Lanka for Christmas. What a great use of online technology. Click in to help.

Finally, this isn’t Christmas-related, but these Saints don’t want people to forget about the continuing clean-up effort in Japan resulting from the devastating tsunami. Click to watch their new video “Rise Up!” to decide if that is something you wish to help in this season of giving.

Now let me gift you other lovely posts from throughout the Bloggernacle:

Power pick: Virtually spend “Christmas in the Holy Land” with Dr. Eric D. Huntsman as your guide. He describes (with accompanying video) places and people mentioned in the Christmas scripture story. What a nice addition to any nativity scene/Christmas devotional. And speaking of Christmas devotionals, if you didn’t see my highlighting of this beautiful new Mormon Message Christmas video “Wise Men Still Seek Him,” please go and enjoy. Oh, and while you’re there, just bookmark the seasonal Mormon Channel “Christmas Videos” playlist, where you can find all of these beautiful videos plus ones from past years to accompany your Christmas worship.

Techie tip: Still needing a last-minute gift idea? Well here is a whole list of “LDS Products for Christmas.” Give a magazine subscription or a beautiful CD full of inspiring music. And there is a link with dozens more. Thanks LDSMediaTalk!

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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