Category Archives: Mormon Church on the Web (Unofficial)

“Mormon mommies have the best blogs”

I’m sure many of you have seen this by now, but recently the Toronto Star had an article about how Mormon “mommy blogs” are among the most popular of that category of blogs. The general thinking is that family is important to us, and Mormon moms can be quite crafty. Lots of non-Mormon women apparently like this.

It’s an interesting read. Check it out at the Toronto Star website.

Have you seen the Latter-day Apostles web site?

Have you seen the Latter-day Apostles web site? It is a cool site that someone has put together that shows all of the First Presidencies and Apostles that we’ve had since the Church was organized. You can pick a date in time or you can view a bit of a slide show and watch the changes happen over time.

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I spent a little bit of time the other day looking at the changes. I wondered what was the greatest number of future presidents that were in the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the same time. This is what I’ve seen. I may have missed someone, but these are definitely going to be among the highest:

  • In March 1945 there was the President of the Church (Heber J Grant) with a future president as a counselor (David O McKay), and 5 future presidents in the quorum together (George Albert Smith, Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B Lee, Spencer W Kimball, and Ezra Taft Benson)
  • In October 1968 there was the President of the Church (David O McKay) and 7 future presidents in the quorum together (Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B Lee, Spencer W Kimball, Ezra Taft Benson, Howard W Hunter, Gordon B Hinckley, and Thomas S Monson)

Neat!

Our first “social media” General Young Women President?

I’m sure many of you have heard by now that there is a new General Young Women President as of this past weekend’s General Conference. My wife is the Young Women President in our ward, so she took particular interest in this. As I was searching for information about here, I found others who had posted that Bonnie Lee Green Oscarson has a Pinterest page. She shows up as Bonnie Oscarson (only the Church would use her long full name) and her username is mormor20.

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If you visit her Pinterest boards, you’ll see that she has a lot of fun. Just today she posted a picture that shows the new Young Women General Presidency and compares them to the look of the fairy godmothers in Sleeping Beauty. Very cute!

There are several Young Women in the ward who love Pinterest, so if Sister Oscarson keeps pinning, I’m sure the girls will be quite interested in what she has to say.

As a side note, apparently Karen J Ashton was a member of the General Young Women Board. She is the wife of Alan C Ashton, the WordPerfect creator. He was the Mission President here in the Toronto area from 2004-2007, so I’ve met/seen her and heard her speak in person. She is excellent. I wonder if she’ll still be on the board when it is called again.

UPDATE: The paragraph above about Karen J Ashton originally said that she is a member. The page I linked to may get updated at some point, but at the time of this writing it is showing the former board members.

What Church RSS feeds to I follow? (3 and a half years later)

I was looking through some old posts and saw one from January 2009 about what feeds I follow that are Church-related. I have a much shorter list than I used to. Many of the blogs that I used to follow haven’t been updated in a long time. Many others are coming to me through the Nothing Wavering listing, so I don’t need to follow them on my own

As a side note, Mormonopia used to be on Nothing Wavering, but isn’t any more. I was never given a reason why it isn’t listed, and I’ve filled out the form 3 times on the site and haven’t heard back from anyone. It’s unfortunate, as I was getting a fair amount of traffic from them. I really noticed when I was doing my General Conference reports for this April. I still had thousands of visitors, but only about half as much as I’d had before.

Anyway, here is what I follow:

If you are interested, you can download a Zip file that can be extracted and imported into Google Reader.

You can also find individual links here:

Mormon-related spam?

I’m an IT guy, and the other day at work I was looking through some bounced messages, and came across one that was sent to someone who know longer works at the company. The subject line was “LDS Singles”, and this is the body of the message:

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Weird! I don’t know if it is common in other places, but I’ve never seen this before. I’ve looked through thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of bounces over the years, and never seen a Mormon-related junk mail. Apparently spammers send spam, because it works… so is there interest in LDS singles?

Are any of the latter day saints still alive?

Check out this Yahoo!Answers question and the responses

Are any of the latter day saints still alive?
Just wondering.

The Apostle Song – revised with Elder Andersen

It was almost a year ago that I posted about The Apostle Song. This is apparently a little tune by The Sons of Ammon and is supposed to help you remember our 15 Prophets, Seers, and Revelators. Here is the latest version with a line about Elder Andersen.

Finding Mormon-themed desktop wallpaper

This isn’t exactly a Mormon-related post, but it’s a good tip that might help you as you search for desktop wallpaper, clipart, icons, and more. The example I use is specifically Church-related.

I always tease my wife if she’s typing something up. She spends 5 minutes doing the typing and an hour on Google Images looking for good clipart to go with what she is typing. I’m sure many of you are the same. I recently heard about a “hidden” feature of Google Images that might help. It let’s you search for specific sizes of images. For a while now there has been a drop down list where you could choose between small, medium, large, and extra large. Well, along with your search term, if you put in imagesize:1024×768 (or whatever size you want, you’ll only see results of that size. This is particularly useful for finding desktop wallpaper.

For instance, doing a search for…

imagesize:1024×768 mormon temple

…brings up hundreds of pictures of temples that are that size.

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Along with 1024×758, other common desktop wallpaper image sizes are 1680×1050 (widescreen), 1440×900 (laptop widescreen), 1280×1024, and 800×600. Also, icons are generally 32×32 or 64×64. Unfortunately, clipart could be any size, but you might try a small/medium size of 400×400 or 400×300 and see what you get. Of course, just searching for mormon clipart does bring up a fair number of results on its own.

What Church RSS feeds to I follow?

I’m a computer guy by profession. I generally feel that you can never have too much information. I love the Church, so if you mix those things together, I feel that I just can’t get enough information about the Church, or what is going on with the Church. I don’t subscribe to every blog out there, as some of them are just not my style. Here is a list of the ones that I do follow:

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There are some here that are not active anymore, and I need to clean those up. As I mentioned before, NothingWavering.org has allowed me to eliminate individual blogs. That site provides a feed that collects the feeds from many other sites (including this one).

You’ll see that I have several Google Alerts as well. It’s interesting to read about the Church in the news in various parts of the world. I’m also a fan/student of Church history, so I like to follow a couple of phrases that might have some shared information with our “cousins”.

If you are interested, you can download an OPML file of these feeds here.

You can also find individual links here (remember, some of the links are old):

Mormonopia added to NothingWavering.org!

I’ve had this domain for quite some time, and I had anticipated that I’d be able to blog about quite a bit. However, since I run several other sites, I just haven’t made time for Mormonopia. This year I resolved to change that. To start with, I’m trying to post something every Monday through Friday. This has been challenging, but fun.

One of the main things I’m working on is my list of Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I come across new sites or sub-domains, I post about them and add them to the list. If you are aware of some, please let me know.

Many months ago I applied to be part of NothingWavering.org. This is a web site that aggregates many LDS blogs (or non-Church related blogs by members) into one place. I used to subscribe to lots of different LDS-related blogs, but I’ve since been able to remove half of them and just subscribe to one of the feeds at NothingWavering.org. It’s quite nice.

If you have never visited NothingWavering.org, check it out:

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Anyway, I got an email on Thursday telling me that my site was been accepted. That’s great news, but now the pressure’s on to post regularly, and to post good content. I’ll do my best!