I’M A MORMON Profile Picture Week

Mormon-9At BYU Education Week in August, Elder David A. Bednar challenged us to flood the earth with gospel messages.

In response to that challenge, Jillian J. Farnsworth created a Facebook Event I’M A MORMON Profile Picture Week.

The event encourages Latter-day Saints to change their Facebook profile picture to an image that states, “I’m a Mormon.” Jillian has created images that you can use in about 40 languages.

The week-long event is from October 6–12, the week after General Conference and the same week the movie Meet the Mormons is released to theaters. If you want to participate, click Going on the Facebook event page.

The goal is to have 250,000 members of the Church change their profile picture to an “I’m a Mormon” picture so that friends who are not of our faith will discover that they know a Mormon, hopefully leading to sincere questions and gospel-related conversations.

You can do it in 3 easy steps:

  1. Change your profile picture to one of the “I’m a Mormon” photos (posted on the event page).
  2. In the picture description, mention the full name of the Church and say something positive. Also use related hashtags. For example, “I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I love it!  #ImAMormon  #ShareGoodness  #MeetTheMormons.”
  3. Remember Elder Bednar’s suggestions to be authentic and consistent, edify and uplift, respect intellectual property, and be wise and vigilant.

 

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What Will You Do in the #next6months Because of #LDSconf?

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LDS General Conference on Social Media

The Church plans to publish social media messages during LDS General Conference on the Church’s Facebook page (facebook.com/LDS) and Twitter account (@LDSchurch). We invite you to share these messages with your friends.

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  • Memes with quotes from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve will be published to each of their Facebook pages in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. See a list of Facebook pages for General Authorities.
  • A meme from one of the addresses of each member of the First Presidency will be posted in 10 languages.
  • Memes will also be posted for members of the Presidency of the Seventy, Presiding Bishopric, Relief Society Presidency, Young Women Presidency, Primary Presidency, Young Men Presidency, and Sunday School Presidency.

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  • As speakers deliver their addresses, the Church Twitter account @LDSchurch will tweet quotes and memes in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The Follow and Share Conference Messages page has links to various conference hashtags on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest so you can see what people are sharing and join the conversation. The page is also in Spanish and Portuguese.

The Mormon Channel LDS General Conference page has an aggregation of #LDSconf posts from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Last conference, tens of thousands of pictures, memes, thoughts, videos, and testimonies were shared.

Due to limited resources, only limited live posts will be made on Google+. Most posts will be made after conference.

Sharing general conference messages with others can change their lives for eternity—and it has never been easier. Enjoy this video Sharing Conference Messages.

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david-archuleta-glorious-2The song “Glorious” is sung by David Archuleta in the new movie Meet the Mormons that is coming exclusively to theaters the weekend of October 10. (David is not in the movie, but the song is featured in the movie.)

Update October 10: In just 7 days, the music video “Glorious” has been watched over 1 million times and the MP3 song has been downloaded over 1/4 million times. That is impressive! Followers and fans of Meet the Mormons and David Archuleta are quite enthusiastic.

The song was written by Stephanie Mabey and sung by David Archuleta for the soundtrack of the new movie Meet the Mormons

Please share this with your friends using the hashtags #MeetTheMormons and #ShareGoodness.

Learn more about the new movie Meet the Mormons at MeetTheMormons.com or follow the Facebook page.

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Read other articles about the Meet the Mormons movie.

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Children’s Activities for LDS General Conference

The Church provides several General Conference activities for children at ConferenceGames.lds.org in multiple languages to help them enjoy and learn more from listening to general conference:

Please download and share these materials with others.

There are also useful conference activities available on other websites, such as the following:

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Elder Holland Introduces “Meet the Mormons” Movie

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Click video below to watch Elder Holland’s explanation

In the video below Elder Jeffrey R. Holland explains the new movie Meet the Mormons, which was commissioned by the First Presidency and produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The movie will be exclusively in theaters Oct. 10.

Elder Holland encourages members to do the following:

  1. Request the movie at MeetTheMormons.com if it is not already scheduled in your city. See a list of cities and theaters that already plan to show the movie.
  2. Share it by sharing the trailer (http://youtu.be/n2Y8Jalsf54), Liking the Meet the Mormons Facebook page, and inviting your friends to see the movie opening weekend, October 10.
  3. Experience it by actually attending on opening weekend, October 10.

Talk with your family and friends and invite them to see Meet the Mormons on opening weekend, October 10. The long-term impact and availability of this movie depends on how many people attend during the opening weekend.

Below is the movie trailer:

 

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Hashtags for LDS General Conference

ldsconf-twitterSocial media users often categorize their posts by using hashtags, which are words prefixed with a hash (#) sign. These subject tags can be searched on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Flickr, and Tumblr to find information about a given topic. For example, #ldsconf is a hashtag commonly used when sharing information about LDS General Conference. #LDS and #Mormon are common hashtags for general information about the Church.

You may also want to use #‎inspiredby‬ to share what you find inspiring. See Church Facebook posts and tweets.

Here are suggested hashtags you can use when posting comments about conference:

  • #LDSconf
  • #priesthood (Priesthood Session)
  • #WomensMeeting (General Women’s Meeting)
  • #last6months (posts about how your life has changed since last conference)
  • #next6months (posts about how you want your life to change over the next 6 months)

Use this format when mentioning the names of Church leaders:

  • #PresMonson#PresEyring#PresUchtdorf (First Presidency)
  • #PresPacker (President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)
  • #ElderPerry#ElderNelson#ElderClayton, etc. (members of the Quorum of the Twelve and the Seventy)
  • #BishopStevenson#BishopCausse#BishopDavies (Presiding Bishopric)
  • #SisterBurton#SisterWixom#SisterOscarson#BrotherBeck,
    #BrotherOsguthorpe (Auxiliary Presidencies)

And here are some hashtags about the Church in general:

  • #mormon
  • #LDS
  • #JesusChrist
  • #Christian

You can also see a more complete list of suggested LDS hashtags that you may want to use when discussing the Church on social media.

You can include more than one hashtag in a post, but don’t get carried away. For example, including both #ldsconf and #Christian would be appropriate when tweeting a quote from conference that referred to Jesus Christ. Using the hashtag #Christian may help it be seen by more than just the LDS community.

Feel free to download the image below and share it with your LDS friends on social media.

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And remember the words of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf from the April 2011 General Conference:

With so many social media resources and a multitude of more or less useful gadgets at our disposal, sharing the good news of the gospel is easier and the effects more far-reaching than ever before. In fact, I am almost afraid that some listening have already sent text messages like “He’s been speaking for 10 minutes and still no aviation analogy!” My dear young friends, perhaps the Lord’s encouragement to “open [your] mouths” might today include “use your hands” to blog and text message the gospel to all the world! But please remember, all at the right time and at the right place.

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Text & Video from LDS General Women’s Meeting

LDS_womens_meeting_Sept_2014The text and video from Saturday’s LDS General Women’s Meeting is now online as outlined below.

Read a summary article about the LDS General Women’s Meeting.

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Invite Your Friends to Watch LDS General Conference

general-conference-lds-2014LDS General Conference may be one of the best ways to introduce your friends to the Church. This article provides references to help you explain to others what general conference is all about and to invite them to watch general conference.

What is LDS General Conference?

Invite Others to Watch General Conference

  • Invite people to go with you to your meetinghouse to watch conference. Yesterday’s article “8 Ways to Access LDS General Conference” described the various ways that you can watch general conference. The sessions on Sunday are especially good for those who don’t know much about our faith. Tell people how they can access conference in their homes on radio, Internet, broadcast TV, cable TV, and Roku Internet TV.
  • Share an introductory YouTube video with your friends through social networking sites. The link to the video is http://youtu.be/A8Vxspr1dag

What other ways can you think of to share General Conference with others?

Did you use any of these last conference? Any feedback for us?

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8 Ways to Access LDS General Conference

General Conference is this Saturday, October 4, and Sunday, October 5.

Meetings are held both days from 10:00 am to noon and from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm MDT. A priesthood meeting is also held on Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

The First Presidency invites the world to participate in messages of inspiration and guidance.

Here are 8 ways that you can participate in LDS General Conference:

#1: In Person

  • Attend the live event in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. See ticket information.
  • Attend the live satellite or Internet broadcast in your meetinghouse. For broadcast times and options, see the satellite broadcast details. To find a meetinghouse anywhere in the world, visit maps.lds.org.

There is power in the Spirit you can feel by attending the live event. If possible, I encourage you to arrange your schedules so you can attend live.  The Savior promised that “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). What could be more important on Saturday and Sunday than listening to Prophets and Apostles of God giving us advice on how to live in an increasingly evil and confusing world?

#2: Internet

Conference.lds.org
Live video in 26 languages. (The previous live audio streams in additional languages have been discontinued.)
MormonChannel.org
Live video and audio in English and Spanish
BYU-tv.org
Live video and audio in English
LDS General Conference YouTube Channel
Live video in English, Spanish, and Portuguese
Facebook.com/LDS
Live video in English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Closed captions are available at conference.lds.org in English, Spanish, and Portuguese by choosing the CC button on the LDS Media Player (Flash). Also available in English on Apple iOS devices by going to the video settings on the device and turning on closed captions.

#3. Mobile App

Mormon Channel mobile app
Video and audio in English and Spanish

 

#4: Television

BYU-tv
Video and audio in English
BYU-tv International
Video and audio in Spanish and Portuguese
Mormon Channel on Roku
Video in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and ASL. (Search for general conference under the “Spiritual” category.) Available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada.
Local TV Check local program listings for availability in your area or visit bonneville.info or KSL.com.

 

#5: Radio

Audio is available through various radio stations, including Mormon Channel HD Radio, KSL Radio, BYU Radio (online and SiriusXM), and Internet radio stations  throughout the world. For listings, visit bonneville.info.

#6: Social Media

Quotes and video highlights will be posted on Church social media channels (as well as on LDS.org) shortly after each talk. They will appear at twitter.com/ldschurchpinterest.com/LDSChurch, and on the individual Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts for each of the Brethren.

#7: Archives

  • Video cached streams of the full sessions will be available right after each session ends. Divisions into individual talk and song segments in many languages will begin appearing after 8 hours and will be completed within 24 hrs of the broadcast on conference.lds.org, podcasts, iTunes, and YouTube.
  • Audio in 83 languages will be available on LDS.org and on the Mormon Channel in iTunes within 8 hrs of the broadcast.
  • Video highlights of each session will also be posted within a few hours on LDS.org.
  • English text will be available at conference.lds.org and in the Gospel Library mobile app a few days after conference. Text in other languages will be posted in the following weeks.
  • Read more detailed information about when general conference addresses will be available in video, audio, and text formats.

#8: Physical Copies

You can read and study general conference afterward using the following:

  • Printed copies of the EnsignLiahonaNew Eraand Friend magazines.
  • Physical DVDs and audio CDs, which you can pre-order now at store.lds.org and they will be shipped as soon as they are available. (You can also subscribe to have the DVDs or CDs sent to you automatically every conference.)

For more information, see The Complete Guide to Attending General Conference.

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Interesting Facts about the LDS Conference Center

conference-centerLDS Living has published an article “30 Things You Didn’t Know about the Conference Center.”

That place is huge.

Did you know that the entire Salt Lake Tabernacle could fit in the stage area of the Conference Center?

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Meet the Mormons Movie Opens October 10

meet-mormonsMeet the Mormons is a documentary film commissioned by the First Presidency to be released in commercial theaters on October 10, 2014.

This major motion picture examines the diverse lives of six devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Meet the Mormons takes you into the homes of people in the United States, Costa Rica, Nepal, and beyond to see what Mormons are really like. It shows their individual passions and daily struggles and challenges stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith.

Request It
The cities have been announced where the new movie will be released on October 10. See the list of states and cities to see if it will be playing in your city.

If you do not see your city on the list, you can go to this web page to request it. If you have friends and family who live in a city not on the list, ask them to go to this page and request the movie. If enough people request it in a given city, it can be booked in a theater in that city.

Share It
Help ensure a successful launch for the film by getting the word out using social media. On the Meet the Mormons website (MeetTheMormons.com), you’ll find banners, memes, and images that you can share on your social networks. Please pass them along to friends and family.

You can download a poster that you can post in your meetinghouse.

Experience It
I invite you to attend the film on opening weekend. Be sure to mark October 10 on your calendar and go see it with friends and family.

You may also consider organizing a group to buy out a theater.

Learn more
Learn more about the Meet the Mormons movie.

All net proceeds from the movie will be donated to charity.

Here is the trailer for the movie:

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President Thomas S. Monson’s First Tweet

monson-tweetToday, President Thomas S. Monson (@ThomasSMonson) posted his first Tweet: “Love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our Exemplar.”

Elder M. Russell Ballard (@BallardMRussell) was the first apostle to post a Tweet back in May. Two days later, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (@HollandJeffreyR) posted his first tweet.

Update September 26, 2014: Elder Oaks (OaksDallinH) has posted his first tweet.

See a list of Church Twitter accounts.

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Summary of Elder Bednar’s Talk: The Gospel and Social Media

bednar-youtubeBelow is a condensed version of Elder David A. Bednar’s talk at BYU Education Week inviting us to participate in sweeping the earth like a flood using social media. It is a powerful talk and a good reminder of how the Lord is hastening his work.

This short version was put together by the Pacific Area of the Church.

Read or watch the complete version of Elder David A. Bednar’s talk.

For ideas on how you can implement Elder Bednar’s call to action, you may be interested in reading the book 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online.

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Visit Palmyra Online

historic-palmyraA new website from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lets you experience the historic places and sacred events that occurred in Palmyra, New York.

Visiting a historic place can be a powerful experience which confirms the reality of the Restoration. Unfortunately, most people will never have the opportunity to stand in the Sacred Grove or climb the Hill Cumorah.

But now you can experience historic Palmyra online with immersive photography and interactive narratives and maps. You can also read the spiritual experiences of people who have visited the place.

In the coming months, these web pages will be available in ten languages. Additional web pages are being developed for the Joseph Smith Birthplace, the Peter Whitmer Farm, the Priesthood Restoration Site, and the Handcart Sites. And in the next four years, online visitors from around the globe will be able to experience all 24 historic places operated by the Church.

These webpages are a section of  history.lds.org.

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