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Sent on Mormon-News: 13Jun01

By Kent Larsen

Internet: Avard Fairbanks Site, Missionary Trading Cards and More Modest Clothing and LDS Singles Sites

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The onslaught of sites selling modest clothing and providing dating services to LDS singles continues, with Modest By Design and getting added to LDS directories this week in clothing while LDS Pals and LDS Mingle Online are added as dating services. More interesting is the tribute site to LDS Sculptor Avard Fairbanks, and the Missionary Trading Cards website.

Fairbanks is probably best known for his sculpture of the Angel Moroni, which was placed on the Washington DC Temple as well as elsewhere. But other works are more touching, such as his heart-wrenching "Winter Quarters" which shows parents burying their new-born child in a shallow grave.

The idea of Missionary Trading Cards isn't particularly unique, but I believe this is the first site to sell cards on the Internet, and the cards they sell differ from the familiar format that missionaries that pass through the MTC have used for more than 20 years. These cards seem more flexible in what can be put on the card, including a home address as well as a mission address, and allowing missionaries to select from country-themed images in addition to the sacred artwork included on standard article-of-faith cards.

Newly Listed Mormon Websites:


Home page for ldsds (lds divorce support) email list hosted on yahoogroups. Page includes FAQs and discussions from the list, and three articles about recovering from divorce.

Missionary Trading Cards

Sells personalized calling cards that missionaries can give to those supporting them at home as well as those they meet while on their missions.

The Duttons

Website for LDS family country music group operating in Branson, Missouri. Site includes news and information about the group, their schedule, ticket information and an on-line store. The Duttons own their own theater in Branson.

LDS Pals

Website for LDS singles to meet. Includes free trial to January 2002.

Modest By Design

Nicely-designed website for store selling modest clothing. Includes Prom Gowns, Outerwear, Pageant Tees and fashions for young women and adults. Includes on-line shopping cart.

LDS Mingle Online

Website allowing members to chat online, post questions and comments in a web forum, buy, sell and trade through classified ads and share testimonies.

LDS Forsale

Auction site for LDS collectibles, antiques, artifacts, autographs, books and other merchandise. No charge for listings. However, site currently has few listings.

Sells attractive, knee-length shorts for both men and women. Includes styles in denim and twill. Site has ecommerce shopping cart and accepts major credit cards.

Avard Fairbanks the Sculptor

Website featuring photos of the work of LDS sculptor Avard Fairbanks, best-known among Mormons for his sculpture of the Angel Moroni found on some LDS Temples. Site is maintained by Fairbanks' grandson. Artwork is categorized into sacred and secular works.


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