A series of blog posts about books, t-shirts, teaching aids, and other products for missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mormon Mission Prep Redesign and Widget

mmp_logo3aI’m happy to announce that the Mormon Mission Prep site has a new design.  I hope you like it, but feel free to give me feedback, good or bad.

The new design is intended to reduce clutter and make the site more clean. I improved the navigation to make the most used content and features more prominent, and I also made the site more compatible Safari and Firefox for Mac.

You’ll also notice a new Mormon Mission Prep Widget in the right hand navigation.  This widget has the new look and feel of the site and has improved functionality from the old widget, including links to recent posts.  To add the widget to your site, click on the Get Widget link at the bottom of the widget and you will be shown several options to install it on Facebook, your blog, or code to install it on any Web page.

MISSION the Musical

Today I heard about a new theatrical musical production called MISSION the Musical.  It starts today and runs through September 12th.  I have not seen the show, but if anyone in this reading audience does go see it, please let us know how you like it by leaving a comment below.

Tickets seem pretty affordable, $6 for adults, $4 for children 6-11, and kids under 6 are free. All shows will be performed in the Post Theater at Fort Douglas on the University of Utah Campus. The address is: 245 South, Fort Douglas Blvd. Salt Lake City, UT. See the MISSION the Musical Web site for more details.

Mission the Musical

About the Show

“It is the story of two young men from very different worlds.  Kendall is just turning nineteen and trying to decide what to do with his life.  His protective mother is pushing him to go on a mission, but he isn’t so sure.  Meekum, a fictional character from the Book of Mormon, is just the opposite.  He wants to set out on his own mission and fight for Helaman.  His mother has her reservations and wants him to stay, but knows what the right thing to do is.  Two young men, the same age, with very different mindsets going to fight the same “simple war.” Along the way both will meet interesting and unforgettable characters.  Both will learn valuable lessons about life, faith, and the power of decisions. And both will forge the unbreakable bond of friendship that forms when in the service of God.”

Tag Line for Future Site Redesign

When I launched this Web site back in March of this year, it was a bit of an experiment.  I felt inspired to start the site, and, upon doing some research, there seemed to be a need and an opportunity for disseminating mission prep-related material.  In these first few months, the site has proved more successful than I could have imagined.  The site averages about 50 visitors a day and continues to grow.  I am profoundly grateful that so many of you have found the site informative and useful.

Since the site was experimental, it was probably, okay definitely, not designed optimally from the beginning.  In these past few months, I have been aware of some deficiencies of the site through user comments and through Web analytics data.  Therefore, I will be starting a site redesign soon, and I’d love to have feedback from all of you.  If you have any ideas on how to improve the site, from site design to site content, please contact me and let me know how I can do better.

Some of the things I plan to address are:

  • Reduce the clutter and make the site design more clean and simple.
  • Improve the navigation to make prominent the most used content and features.
  • Make the site Mac browser compatible for both Safari and Firefox.
  • Develop a logo for the site, including a tag line.

Need Your Help with the Tag Line

It is with this last item, the site tag line, that I specifically seek your help today.  Website usability expert Steve Krug says a tag line should “actually say something about what you are (“The world’s best source for ice axes”), not a meaningless aphorism (“Taking you ever higher…”). And if at all possible, find a tagline that tells me what differentiates you from everyone else.”

With that in mind, below are some tag lines that I have come up with.  Please vote for the tag line you like best, or, if you don’t like any of them, there is a space at the bottom of the poll to write in your own suggestion.  Thanks so much for the help!mission prep tag line 2009