A group of Mormon writers started By Common Consent in 2004 and the blog has become known over the years for its live blogging of each conference session with a humorous and heartfelt twist. The comments on 'BCC,' as they're known by their readers, are indicative why the blog has become popular to its readers hoping to make a personal connection with the speakers and messages of General Conference.
The live blog for the Sunday afternoon session was named tongue-in-cheek, the Holl and Oaks session, referring to LDS apostles Jeffrey B. Holland and Dallin H. Oaks who both spoke, with a wink at 80s rockers Daryl Hall and John Oats, to which one commenter named Maria replied,
"Holl and Oaks I LOVE it! Did anyone catch Pres. Uchtdorf kiss his wife and surprise her on his way in? Love him!"
Mormons may not be the most connected people on the web, but they have clearly embraced it as a method of communication and connection ideal for a world-wide church. In 2001 The LDS Church launched its official website dedicated to answering questions of people interested in the teachings of the church, Mormon.org, at which time Elder Dallin H. Oaks talked about the future of the Internet and the church during October General Conference:
"The Church has just announced another way to share the gospel, worldwide, on the Internet. In its potential, this new initiative is as exciting as the publishing of written tracts in the 19th century and our use of radio, television, and film in the 20th. The Church has activated a new Internet site to which we may refer persons interested in obtaining information about the Church and its doctrine and how they can find a place to worship with us. Its address is www.mormon.org. For missionaries, the value and use of this new resource will emerge with experience. For members of the Church, it will help us answer the questions of friends directly or by referring them to the site. It will also allow us to send our friends electronic greeting cards that include gospel messages and invitations."
'Electronic Greeting Cards' may have been replaced by Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook, but Mormons have managed to keep abreast of the constantly changing landscape that is the Internet. It will be interesting to look back in 12 more years to see what new innovations the Church and its members have embraced to continue to share, connect and take part in church activities such as General Conference.
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