Online LDS gospel discussion boards


I’m sure you recall Elder Ballard inviting members of the church to be more involved in online conversations a few years back. If not, you can read about it in the LDS Newsroom. He said, “That word conversation is important. There are conversations going on about the Church constantly. Those conversations will continue whether or …

Antagonism makes good Mormon news


Some have claimed that all the attention the LDS Church has been receiving lately is a PR fiasco. Nothing could be further from the truth. It has become a PR bonanza. As an LDS blogger, I can write just about anything that mentions Proposition 8 or same-sex marriage and can guarantee a doubling of my …

LDS Bloggers making a difference


There are now many more LDS bloggers who are actively expressing positive and interesting things about their faith and the LDS Church. This is a huge increase from this time last year. If we have learned anything in the last few years, it is that we are still not understood by the majority of the …

How to promote your LDS blog


I started my blog about eight months ago in late September 2007. That was before Elder Ballard asked us in December 2007 to participate more in the new media. For the first few months I got just a few visitors a day. That's OK, I wasn't promoting my blog yet. They were just finding me …

Working for the LDS church as a blogger


Larry Richman and I are good friends. We must be. He keeps sending me personal emails giving me clues into what the web team of the church is doing these days. I think he must have told Joel Dehlin, the CIO of the church about me because he also sends me his emails. They are …

Sharing the gospel using the new media


Once again, Elder Ballard drives home the message that using the new media to share the gospel is not only acceptable but encouraged of the members of the church. I am particularly interested in the new media because of my involvement in the Internet. Web development and social networking is such a major part of …

Mormons and mainstream America


Of all the commentary on Mitt's 'religion' speech today, I like this one from Patrick Buchanan. He called it "a splendid and moving defense of his faith and beliefs." While declaring, "I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause and no one interest," he did not back away an inch from …

Elder Ballard and my list of the Four F’s


I have been pondering Elder Ballard's talk in General Conference on Saturday afternoon about not overwhelming our friends and associates with too much information when they ask about the church out of curiosity. He said: "All members should be prepared to offer simple, direct information, in part to offset misunderstandings and false information about the …