I found a lot of contest-themed blogs this week in video, music and literature, and one blog filled with amazing art restoration. So sit back and learn about some amazing artists or let these blogs help get your creative juices flowing!
Art: Like art? Like restoring things? Like when they are combined? Then the blog Mormon Art Conservation is for you. This blogger explains the detailed work they do at her company restoring Mormon art. Recently, the company has been restoring murals found in one of the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The blogger explains a part of the project: “A surface cleaning of the murals will remove about 100 years of grime (how much can there be in the Temple?!) and then to protect the murals in case of fire/smoke or whatever, they murals will be varnished with a light-stable-non-yellowing, easy-to-remove-in-the-future synthetic resin. It’ll be just a light coat and will impart a slight sheen that will also 'vivify' (a word I picked up from an artist) or saturate the colors. The murals will appear somewhat brighter in color.” Isn’t that fascinating? Click to read more about his Mormon Art Conservation project.
Video: Create.lds.org is hosting a new contest. This time, it's looking for videos that embody the create.lds.org theme itself. Videographers will need to “introduce create.lds.org” and “create a video that is one minute or shorter to introduce create.lds.org. Explain the purpose of the Create site, the talents members can share, and the blessings and opportunities available through the site. Help others discover how they can contribute their talents.” Click into Create.lds.org for all the technical details and get creating! Due date is Feb. 20.
Music: Speaking of contests, it’s time to nominate your favorite LDS musician (regardless of whether they make purely LDS-themed music or not) for the “2011 Linescratchers Awards.” Click in to learn more!
Literature: I’m really excited about the upcoming “Mormon Lit Blitz” that will recognize some of the best in recent short-form literature. The Mormon Artist Online Magazine will host this contest and, as it explains, beginning on Feb. 15 it will post “one short story, poem or personal essay a day for the rest of the month (excluding Sundays). At the end of the contest, readers will be encouraged to vote for the piece they like best, and the author of the winning piece will be awarded a Kindle loaded with works of Mormon literature.” Doesn’t that sound fun? Click in, read and vote!
Finally, the Whitney Awards announced its “2011 Finalists” this week. It’s always a fun list, because you can see what great LDS fiction you missed in the past year and what you need to read before the Awards gala in May. Did your favorite Mormon author make the list?
Now let me find other artful blogs in the Bloggernacle:
Power pick: As is the Bloggernacle’s nature, bloggers come (hooray!) and bloggers go (sigh) and I am wistful today as one of my favorite missionary blogging couple, “Grammy and Papa Frogley,” have finished out their mission to the Congo and Burundi and thus conclude their blog with a touching note of thanks. Click in to read and then scroll through their archives to get a full taste of their “marvelous adventure” teaching the “wonderful saints and friends” in Africa.
Techie tips: Two new features are being tested to help both ward administrators and members get more organized. First try out the “New Lesson Schedules Application Now in Beta” where you can, by logging into your LDS Account, explore this new application “that allows you to schedule lessons for Sunday School classes and priesthood and auxiliary organizations.” Click in to try it out. Or if you are an LDS church leader or clerk, you’ll be interested to know that “MLS functions are being added to LDS.org. Church leaders and clerks can now access records, reports and other helpful resources from any computer connected to the Internet. This effort supports access from home or other locations, decreasing travel costs and time commitments. Making it easier for leaders and clerks to perform their administrative responsibilities will allow them to spend more time ministering to members.” Cool! Click here to learn more!
Anniversary note: Additionally, I want to drop a quick note of appreciation to all my readers and all the amazing bloggers, as this column marks my fourth anniversary of covering the LDS blog world. I am still just amazed by the many insightful and interesting posts, sites, tweets, podcasts, photos and videos I uncover on almost a daily basis. It still thrills me to wonder what marvelous technological tools and fascinating blog discussions will pop up next!
Emily Warburton Jensen loves searching through the LDS blog world for developments and testimonies that best capture the ever-evolving LDS online experience. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org