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By Mark Wright

Proctors Bring Their Mormon Views to the Web

WASHINGTON, DC -- Scot and Maurine Proctor are the proud parents of 11 children and "Meridian," an on-line magazine that reflects the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That said, Meridian is more than just another on-line magazine. For the Proctors, the magazine provides an alternative media viewpoint calculated to counteract mainstream media outlets that are increasingly dismissive of religion and faith-based living.

In addition, it gives the Proctors something to work on as a family. The Proctors believe that the main goal of the Meridian effort is to support the Church's values as expressed in The Proclamation on the Family. Listening to Scot, editor-in-chief, you get the feeling that he believes in his message and in what he's doing. "I have a passion in getting the message out to the people," he said. "Not only the gospel message, but a message of goodness and truth that teaches correct principles."

Apparently, the Meridian message contained in the publication is rapidly gaining "traction" with an ever-growing audience. Launched just a little more than two years ago, Meridian now has 4-5 million hits per month and a million page views a month, along with readers that hail from at least 85 different countries.

The three main sections of Meridian magazine illustrate the focus of the magazine and the subject areas that are explored in a Gospel context. "Line Upon Line" is a section that discusses the practical application of Gospel principles, including personal scripture study and journal writing. The "Measure of the World" section explores current issues in the world through the unique viewpoint of the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ. Finally, the section entitled "Coming Home" examines issues surrounding the family unit and includes articles that deal with family relationships and building successful families.

Recently, the Proctors left Utah for the east coast. The move was made, in large part, to further the mission of Meridian magazine by relocating to the place that serves as information central for the United States of America. In Washington D.C., Scot has noticed a big difference in his access to various sources of the news. "It is amazing how much more we see being in the heart of the news where instead of a church on every corner, there is a news agency," he said.

While Meridian was eventually slated for hard copy production, the Proctors have decided to stay with the on-line format, at least for the time being. "It's fun to explore the gospel and ask questions knowing that every one of life's questions can be answered within the context of the gospel of Jesus Christ," he said. "We can explore science, family, relationships, gambling and hundreds of other topics because we have a foundation of faithfulness."

While they may have left Utah behind, the Proctor family demonstrates with every issue of Meridian that the Gospel beliefs they've established remain firmly in place.

Editor's Note: the on-line version of Meridian magazine can be found at ( ).


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