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Are Mormons the most connected?

Published: Sunday, April 7 2013 5:10 p.m. MDT

In the 10 days prior to General Conference, @ldschurch sent 19 tweets about General Conference to its more than 53,000 followers, including this one sent April 2.

Want to invite others to #LDSConf? Share this General Conference infographic.bit.ly/127nLd5— The LDS Church (@ldschurch) April 2, 2013

Mormons connecting with Mormons

With almost 15 million members spread throughout 170 countries, the Internet has become an ideal media for members to connect with each other through social media and personal blogs.

Social Media

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook seem to be the most immediate methods of connecting. Burke Olsen reported Saturday on DeseretNews.com that many viewers shared testimonies and expressions of faith by posting quotes and impressions of General Conference proceedings on Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Others posted photos of nature, buildings and themselves on the photography social network, Instagram.

The @LDSConf twitter account live tweeted quotes from conference and thousands of viewers have been tweeting their favorite moments and thoughts with the hashtag #LDSConf, prompting one follower to respond,

#LDSConf If my radio/TV broke, I would still be current w/ Conference by the twitter feed! #SoAwesome! Thanxmy fellow #LatterDaySaints!— Kitchener B. Head (@kitchsaywhat) April 6, 2013

Emily Eyring noted in her Saturday report from General Conference that Bonnie Lee Green Oscarson, the new Young Women General president, has a substantial presence on Pinterest with 45 boards, 2,340 pins and 531 followers.

Hunter Schwarz, an Associate Editor for the social media news site BuzzFeed, and also a member of the LDS Church, has been tweeting about conference all weekend with observations that seem aimed at guiding his readers unfamiliar with General Conference. One tweet Sunday afternoon noted:

More people are tweeting about Elder Jeffrey R. Holland than will i am right now. #LDSConf twitpic.com/chrsuq— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) April 7, 2013

Blogs

LDS Church members from around the world are using the Internet to share their own unique perspectives on their own blogs.

'Sista Beehive' and 'Sista Laurel,' two African American women who are members of the church, blog at Sistasinzion.com, where they also have a weekly web-radio show where they share their unique perspective on the Church which they call "A relief from sobriety where hilarity never faileth." Their humorous tweets during General Conference have had folks smiling, including this one that echoes a recent blog post of theirs.

Hyperventilating when issues arise? #ElderHolland says: Ain't nobody got time for dat! #LDSConf— Sistas in Zion (@SISTASinZION) April 7, 2013

Like many Mormons on the Internet, the writers at Normons.com, 'Normal-Mormons', a blog popular with young Mormons, are doing their best to explain why General Conference is so important to them and the rest of the Mormon faithful who will watch as much as 10 hours of 'church' this weekend.

"Most of us have a hard time watching 10 hours of basketball or our favorite TV show — how can we stand ten hours of CHURCH!?" Lani Livingston Jones writes. "I mean there are a few hymns here and there to break things up, but how do we do it? The truth is most church members really look forward to “conference weekend,” as we call it. It’s a change of pace, a time to gather with family or friends and appreciate an entire weekend dedicated to self-reflection, improvement, and uplifting counsel from church leaders like the twelve Apostles and our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson."

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