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Church Online Advertising

Posted in LDS Online by ldsym on February 16, 2009

Today I have seen 2 Church ads on websites. I spend a fair amount of time online, and I don’t recall seeing ads like these before. The placement is interesting, one was on a humor site, and the one was on the notoriously liberal huffington post. I love that they are putting their message out there in diverse places, in this case just across the page from the “gay Snipers” story

Huffington Post screencap, LDS ad in upper right corner

Huffington Post screencap, LDS ad in upper right corner

I know the Church is being VERY fiscally conservative right now, from a hiring freeze at BYU to pushing virtually all building projects into 2010, I am pleased they appear to be still putting money into missionary work.


Is a GA checking out your blog?

Posted in LDS Online by ldsym on February 2, 2009

I recently read a post by a blogger reporting that a General Authority read his blog, and contacted his local leaders and had him banned from working with the youth in his ward.   Assuming the post is true, it is interesting on many levels.       I am very pro-blogging, but I am also very much for good old fashioned modesty, both in real life, and  in blogging.   I hate TMI.    In this case the blogger says he talked about repenting of something related to  same sex attraction some 30 years ago.     My first reaction was that banning him from working with the youth seemed a bit harsh, but I can’t blame a leaders for erring on the side of caution when it comes to the well being of the youth.

As Paul Harvey would say — but now the rest of the story— tagcloud1so I was feeling like the right decision was probably made,  but definitely had some sympathy for this blogger, who laments being left  behind while the other dads go camping for something that he did 30 years ago.    Then I looked around his site a bit, and found his this blog’s tag  cloud.   Judge for yourself if the GA& Bishop  made the right call.

I am old-school and think overly personal stuff just does not belong in blogs, certainly not confession of sin.

I am not as clever as those Mormon Bloggers who can wrap everying up at the end of their blog entry, I just thought this brings up some interesting issues to think about.

Note: this post is not about SSA, I empathize with those who struggle with that.   It is about using your common sense and avoiding  TMI.  I wish this good brother the best, and did not identify his blog because I don’t wish to belittle him personally  or cause him any further criticism.

No-Cinci brings common sense to LDS blogging

Posted in LDS Online by ldsym on January 20, 2009

July 2008 Ensign Magazine

July 2008 Ensign Magazine

When checking out the Young Men’s Section of the Cinci-north Stake I noticed their Stake’s excellent approach to getting their Stake members on-line. They have a blog up for every auxiliary, some being used right now, some not.

What really caught my eye is the “blogging ettiquete” post.  The writer demonstrates not only a very good grasp of the online world, but also how members can contribute without embarrassing themselves or the Church.    You can’t ignore the fact that blogging and other on-line endeavers have some amount of risk, but I like seeing a Stake that is not afraid of tapping into the power of blogging, while also taking a common sense approach to minimizing that risk.

Social Networking: stay aware

Posted in LDS Online by ldsym on January 15, 2009

I have been generally pro-social networking on this blog, but stories like this one over at Millenial Star reminds us all how important it is to be fully involved in your child’s online activities.

YM section of falls short again

Posted in LDS Online by ldsym on December 29, 2008

Back in July I wrote about the YM section of being late in posting the theme for 2009.     Unfortunately, they are again out of date.

2009 starts in 3 days, and they have dated info posted on lesson manual usage.

December 20, 2008 Screen Capture from YM section of

December 20, 2008 Screen Capture from YM section of

As the screen-cap above shows, there is no indication what manual is to be taught from in 2009.   Obviously you can surmise that the rotation holds, and it is back to Manual #1 in 2009, but we should not be left guessing.  In all fairness, If you search around enough on the site you can find another page that indicates to use Manual #1 in 2009, but dated info prominently displayed on the site is an unacceptable oversight.

Frankly it is not like the Church to do anything for public consumption that is not perfect, and there is no excuse for outdated info in a lead website for a 13 million member organization.