By Kent Larsen
New Mormon Internet Sites
Please note: Comments reflect status of these websites on the date of publication: April 19, 2001. The sites below may have changed since then.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Mormon News starts today a new feature: a list
of new or significantly changed Internet websites and other resources
listed on the major Mormon directories or elsewhere. Hopefully, this
will give our readers a better idea of the resources available for
Mormons on the Internet and the rate at which it is changing.
We will also try to do a lot more with this feature, adding periodic
reviews of websites in a particular category, news about Mormon
domain names reserved and available, and other information about the
Mormon presence on the Internet. As always, readers are encouraged to
participate -- send us information about what sites you like, what
should be available but isn't, and anything else that may interest
the Mormon audience on the Internet.
Newly Listed Mormon Websites:
A new banner exchange for LDS websites. LDSClick.com is slicker than
the widely-used LDS Banner Exchange, but it doesn't have as many
features. Its not possible to tell how many websites currently use
the service or how much traffic it currently has. Its also not clear
if it will sell advertising banner exposures, or just allow for
General Authorities of the LDS Church
An exhaustive list of the LDS Church's General Authorities, including
pictures and biographical information on each. An excellent site, if
a little rough around the edges.
Store selling Flags, Baseball Caps, Clocks, T-Shirts and Sweat
Shirts, Wind Socks, Decals, Embroidered Patches, Lapel Pins, Mugs,
Writing Pens, Key Rings, and Note Pads with the flags of a US State
or Country, meant as mementos of LDS missionary service. Uses simple
but functional shopping cart system and simple but functional design
Heart and Soul
Uses ezboard.com's discussion boards to host a collection of
inspiring stories, poems and quotes which generally credit the
source, but don't indicate if copyright permission was obtained. The
site is hampered by background images that make reading the
navigation text impossible.
A directory of childbirth and newborn parenting resources for LDS
Church members, including midwives, doulas, childbirth educators,
massage therapists, birth artists, etc. Easy to navigate and read,
but site layout and size of buttons makes site feel clunky. Appears
to have solid, useful information, but is also hampered by
Directory of sites and information representing both pro and anti-LDS
viewpoints. Multiple well-intentioned warning pages keep everyone
from easily reaching the actual links and ensure that the reader is
responsible for seeing pages that acknowledge the existence of
anti-Mormon material. Simple, spare but crudely-constructed graphics
don't enhance this site that seems to have been translated from
LDS Missionary Alumni Web Site - Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, former Yugoslavia
Generally well constructed site for missionaries that served in the
Balkans. Navigation through the website is rough, and former
missionaries that list information on the site have no way to have
their information protected.
Roger K. Young Website
Website for Montana-based LDS author of conservative preparedness
books. Simple layout and clear but basic navigation and only
slightly-distracting background graphics make the site easy to read
Cleanly-designed author website for novelist Bradshaw. Includes
excerpts from her book and information about the author. However,
awards link is for awards the website has won, not the book.
Web page for home-based embroidery business. Sells baby blankets,
custom towels and custom pillow shams embroidered with LDS themes.
Simple, basic site that uses a print-and-mail order form instead of a
Well constructed and designed site that sells art prints aimed at the
general Christian market. Site is hampered by relatively few products
-- less than 20 different prints.