By Kent Larsen
LDS Depression, Plan of Salvation and the Beat Detective
Please note: Comments reflect status of these websites on the date of publication: May 3, 2001. The sites below may have changed since then.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The number of LDS musicians with websites and CDs
continues to amaze anyone that looks. Sites like
LDSMusician.com contain extensive
lists of LDS musicians, but don't manage to get everyone, such as the Beat
Detective, a New York City-area musician who used one of several services
that allow musicians to post information about their activities and mp3
files so that surfers can hear them. The explosion in musicians is also
helped by the improvements in technology that make producing a CD almost as
easy as producing a book at Kinkos.
Meanwhile, LDSDepression.com was listed in one Mormon directory this past
week. The site is one of many that tries to form an LDS community associated
with a common ailment or status in life. Also new is a graphic
representation of "The Plan of Salvation" on the LDSKorea website. While not
as clean and graphically sophisticated as it could be, it none-the-less gets
the point across. The on-line Mormon community could use more sites that
take this kind of graphic approach to explaining doctrine.
Newly Listed Mormon Websites:
Hombres Jovenes Barrio California
Web page for young men of the California Ward, Trujillo Peru Central Stake.
Includes pages on the group's leadership, purpose and activities.
The Plan of Salvation
A graphic map of the plan of salvation. Users can click on the various
elements of the map for an explanation of that item.
Well-designed site selling knee-length shorts for men and women, modest prom
dresses and wedding dresses.
LDS rap musician's official website. Includes MP3s for downloads. Reportedly
the first project on a record label owned by a Queens, New York LDS bishop.
Hosted on one of the many Internet listing services for musicians.
Tonga Nuku'Alofa Mission
Home page for alumni of the Tonga Nuku'Alofa Mission. Allows alumni to
register and look up information about each other, but doesn't include much
other information about the mission. Use of some graphics is distracting and
makes headlines difficult to read.
Mexico Hermosillo Mission
A more complete mission home page in both English and Spanish, with
information about the mission, a chat room, and a list of past presidents in
addition to the regular listing of alumni.
B. Weston Rook Homepage
Homepage for author Rook, who has published two books through the Xlibris
Home page for Linda Kerby's LDS vocal music and hymn arrangements. Includes
MP3s available for downloading. Marred by music that plays automatically,
instead of at user's request.
LDS Church Approved Clipart
An index to the primary clip art in the Church magazines on the LDS Church's
website. The images remain on the Church's website and the author has
avoided copyright problems by making clear where the images are from.
LDS Information Webpage
A compilation of doctrinal writings by website owner Michael T. Griffith.
Includes explanation of basic LDS doctrines, which church is right,
answering LDS critics and his list of links to other sites.
Well-designed website providing information, support and resources for LDS
Church members suffering from depression. Includes facts about depression,
resources for coping with depression, a story about how an LDS woman
survived depression and a community page for communicating with others.
Turning Point for LDS Family Education
Explanation of author's family scripture study program designed to improve
involvement and understanding of the scriptures.
Home page for new Portuguese-language mailing list for returned LDS
missionaries. Uses slow-loading Brazilian service Grupos.com.br, an