Entries by Jimmy

Virtual Mission Call Map

When I was a freshman at BYU, during the winter semester of 1995, most of the young men in my ward were submitting their mission papers and receiving their mission calls. Our ward, like many others then and now, had a map of the world on which they put a pin indicating where each young […]

Young Church Service Missionary Program

In 2010, I wrote about Church Service Missions (CSMs) as an excellent opportunity for members who are unable to live away from home, to contribute in a meaningful way to the building of the Lord’s kingdom by serving in a variety of capacities. CSMs were always available for young people, but in recent years, the […]

Rural Ward: Apr 1996 to Aug 1996

After serving in my first mission area, the Gazano Branch in the city of Paraná, Argentina, I was transferred to the Rural Ward in the city of Santa Fe where I served from April 3, 1996 to August 27, 1996. This was the longest area in which I served–nearly 5 months. There are a lot […]

Mission Prep Quotes from Gen Conf April 2015

The Parable of the Sower By Elder Dallin H. Oaks Those “who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness,” but because they “have no root in themselves, … when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended” (Mark 4:16–17). What causes hearers to “have no root in themselves”? […]

Gazano Branch: Dec 1995 to Apr 1996

In an effort to better tell the story of my mission and the wonderful experiences I had, for the benefit of my children and the audience of this website, I  thought it would be good to put together a one-pager on each one of my mission areas. This is the first such article, about the […]

Missionary Farewell Feature is Back

We have big news today. The Missionary Farewell feature is back. This was a very popular feature years ago. But in 2013, when I revamped the site, the feature broke and I never got it working again, until now. The Missionary Farewell feature is designed to allow missionaries to tell us about their mission call. They simply […]

James, Lost Boy of Sudan

[one_half last=”no”]Summary: James Manyok Ayuen, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, endured trials that most of us can’t even imagine. Yet he remained faithful to his Christian faith and after migrating to the U.S., met the Mormon missionaries, and eventually joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a brief version of his […]

LDS Church Digital Universe

While I was creating the list of public LDS Church websites, mobile apps, and social media accounts, I thought it might help to visually represent this universe of LDS Church digital content. So here it is… The above is a picture of an interactive graphic I created with Prezi. If you go to the Prezi file […]

List of LDS Church Websites and Social Media

[two_third last=”no”]Not too long ago, my stake president asked me to put together a presentation on the LDS Church’s use of technology including all the different official Church websites that are out there. His fear, and I think it’s accurate, is that many people don’t utilize all the websites the Church has simply because they […]