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My notes on the Work of Salvation broadcast

I’m sure many of you watched the Work of Salvation broadcast this past Sunday. It was a good broadcast, but I’d read so much “hype” about it online that I guess I was a little disappointed that there was nothing earth-shattering about what was shared. I acknowledge that is my fault for falling for the hype.

Overall it was a nice meeting. There were a few lines that really stuck out for me, and I’ve bolded them below and added a couple of comments in italics.


Look at all those missionaries… what a sight!

A choir sang Hark. All Ye Nations!

Ten of the Apostles were there

Elder Jeffrey R Holland conducted

  • You will never be part of a zone conference this large ever again
  • We’ve been thinking “there they go” but we need to think “here they come”

The invocation was offered by Elder Ludlow

Elder Holland

  • At Church Headquarters we counsel widely; we hear from everyone on all vital issues
    I loved the phrase (counsel widely)! I totally agree that leaders need to be open and discuss issues with everyone affected. Trust the other leaders that they have worthwhile things to say, and that they will keep the necessary confidences.
  • There was a Mission (Washington), a Stake (Peru) and a Ward (Hawaii) via satellite to represent all the other councils
  • The Seventy have clearly defined responsibilities for missionary work

Elder L Tom Perry (he almost jumped out of his seat… it’s hard to believe that he is 90 years old!)

  • As all these missionaries go out we ask “what will they do?”
  • They will do what they have always done
  • The nature of missionary work must change in order for the work to move forward
  • Missionaries will be able to use computers during less busy time
  • This will be phased in over several months
  • Internet safety is paramount
  • Missionaries will give building tours
  • 70,274 missionaries
  • 52 new missions this year for 405 total
  • 173 new mission presidents this year
  • What we are being asked to do has not changed, but how we do it has changed
    I think this is true for much of the gospel. The core doctrine does not change, but how we implement it in our lives can change depending on the time we live in.
  • If or greatest and most important duty is to preach the gospel than we all have the responsibility to invite everyone to come unto Christ
  • Every Ward should have a Ward Mission Plan
  • We should be anxiously engaged

Elder Holland

  • An invitation that is born of our love for others and our love of the Savior will never be seen as offensive and judgmental

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • Our work begins on our knees
  • When we leave our meetings is when we bring about His most important purposes
    Attending meetings isn’t as important as committing to action at the meetings and then going forth to do it
  • He shared some stories from the Tampa Florida area. In the end, 32 men were sustained to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood at their recent stake conference
  • We often receive different help from the Lord than expected; but it is always better
  • There is a new section of LDS.org called “Hastening the Work of Salvation”

Elder Russell M Nelson

  • He showed a video with Sister Neill F Marriott of the General Young Women Presidency about her conversion
  • Too often we split the work into areas that seem unrelated
    The work is indivisible
    They are not separate but all part of the work of salvation
    Great points!
  • The Bishop and Ward Mission Leader set the pace of missionary work
  • Good leaders, like good parents, take actions because of love

President Boyd K Packer

  • Everything comes down to teaching
  • Live so you can depend on the Spirit
  • The greatest teaching that goes on in the Church is done by mothers
    I couldn’t agree more. My wife is a superb teacher to my children
  • The Atonement is the mighty healer
  • Just do it right; be better

President Thomas S Monson

  • Now is the time for us to come together to bring souls unto Him
  • Shared the story of how the St Thomas Branch in Ontario grew
  • Have faith in the work

The choir sang Called to Serve

Sister Estorga offered the benediction

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:

More FamilySearch domains

Here are a couple more links that I’ve added to the Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints page.

  • https://contact.familysearch.org/ – information on how to contact FamilySearch Support
  • http://remote.familysearch.org/ – starting point that allows a FamilySearch Support Technician to remotely connect to your computer

There are now 115 different links on the Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints page

Mormon.org sponsors “100+ useful bookmarklets”?

I commented back in June about how a commercial/ad for the Church showed up on CNN while I was letting some videos play. One of the entertainment news videos that came up was about Lindsay Lohan posting a nude picture of herself on Twitter.

Well, here is another weird one. I followed Digg link to a web site that had 100+ Useful Bookmarklets For Better Productivity. I skimmed over the bookmarklets, and got to the bottom, and there was an ad for Mormon.org that invited people to chat.

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Obviously the Church isn’t targeting specific sites. They are going to be using some established online ad provider to place ads according to keywords or phrases. But even then, I’m not sure what made the bookmarklet site trigger a Mormon.org ad.

Huge “Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” update

I’ve done a pretty major update to my Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints page. I’ve been saving a bunch of links and hadn’t gotten around to updating the page until now. I’ve also reorganized the page a bit. I’ve added another category and alphabetized the links inside each category. There are now a total of 113 links!

The Mormon Channel

First off, I’m sorry for the lack of posts. As I mentioned before, we’ve moved, and I’ve been so busy patching/sanind/priming/painting/laying floor/changing outlets and of course, working at a job and serving in my calling, I just haven’t had a chance to post much. It seems that things are settling down now a bit, and so posts should become more regular.

Anyway, there have been an awful lot of posts over the last couple of days about the new Mormon Channel. This is a radio “service” that the Church has started up. It will be broadcast online, as well as via HDRadio in markets where the Church/Bonneville owns/runs regular stations.

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The official site describes it this way:

The Mormon Channel is the official radio station of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The channel originates from Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah and broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Content for the station comes from the vast archives of the Church, along with several new series created specifically for this station. The Mormon Channel also features great programming from various partner organizations, including Deseret Book, Bonneville International, Deseret News, LDS Business College, and the campuses of Brigham Young University.

I’m curious to see what kind of content they use. They of course have to be careful with using non-official material, as then they would in effect be approving it. It would seem that everything would have to be Church-produced. In some cases this is a good thing, in others it might make it a bad thing. Only time will tell.

The site runs on a sub-domain of the main LDS.org domain. I’ve added Radio.LDS.Org to the Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints page.

Linking between Church sites

This isn’t anything earth shattering, but it is something I came across yesterday. The Church owns the Deseret News and the Church News. The Deseret News started up a more Mormon-specific site called Mormon Times. Yesterday I came across an article about the retirement of some Mormon Tabernacle Choir members. The article I saw was on the Deseret News site and was called Sing farewell: Bittersweet moment for choir members. It only had a paragraph and it linked to the Mormon Times article with the same name of Sing farewell: Bittersweet moment for choir members. This article was 3 paragraphs long and then linked to the Church News article called Sing farewell: Bittersweet moment. This is the real article and is 12 paragraphs long.

Come on people… don’t make me travel from site to site to get the news I want!

Exploring how media changed the church

Mormon Times has a short, but good, article about how the Church has changed as media has changed. There is a link to a lengthy document (113 pages) by Associate Professor Sherry Baker that covers the period from 1827 to 2007. It covers printing the Book of Mormon, to creating a temple video, to using the Internet.

The timeline focuses on technological and organizational developments rather than on what is written or broadcast in the media. It charts the church’s adoption of new technologies including telegraph, film, radio, television and Internet. It also looks at the introduction of church-produced media such as Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcasts, Web sites like FamilySearch and the beginnings and endings of church newspapers and magazines. She also notes major events that received extensive coverage by non-Mormon media.

I haven’t had time to read the entire thing, but I’ve skimmed over it, and it looks very interesting.

General Conference sub-domain, and another YouTube channel

Thanks to LDS Media Talk, I found out there is a General Conference sub-domain. I also found what appears to be an official Mormon Tabernacle Choir YouTube channel.

I’ve added this to my Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints page. There are now 68 official church sites and sub-domains listed.

Be Smart – an official LDS site

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I’ve seen this site before, but somehow missed adding it to my Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints page.

The BeSmart.com site is about “preparing yourself for higher education” and has links to the various Church schools. I’ve added this link, as well as a link to LDS Business College.