By Kent Larsen
Internet: LDS Foundation, Mission Mail
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The new websites this past week make up an odd
bunch, everything from the Church's LDS Foundation website, to a new
directory, to a missionary mail delivery service and to an
apologetics website. But most of them are visually appealing and very
useful, and two of them are particularly interesting.
Probably the most important of the bunch is LDS Foundation, which
describes the Church's charitable agency for all donations except
tithing and fast offerings, including the recent Perpetual Education
Fund. But this website isn't well known online, despite its
importance, and doesn't seem to have been announced formally yet.
Also notable is Mission Mail, which delivers letters to LDS
missionaries in 82 missions, mostly in South America. The service
works by accepting mail for missionaries electronically, passing them
on to agents in each area. The messages are then printed and mailed
or delivered to the missionaries. While not the only such service,
Mission Mail is the only such service that is non-profit, and seems
to serve a larger number of missions than others.
Newly Listed Mormon Websites:
Website for LDS Church-operated LDS Foundation, the central
coordinating agency for all donations to the Church outside of
tithing and fast offerings. Website design is similar to lds.org, but
contains information about the foundation, the giving opportunities
it sponsors, and information about tax advantages of gifts.
Billed as a directory to the best LDS websites, LDSReference.com
currently includes 144 sites in 15 categories. Clean, nicely-designed
site makes browsing easy. However, the site lacks a search function.
Missionary Mail electronic delivery service. Non-profit service
delivers messages to missionaries in 82 of the LDS Church's missions.
Well-designed site is service of The Joseph Israel Bookstaber
Foundation, a memorial to an LDS missionary who died while serving in
The Mormon Fortress
LDS Apologetics website covering studies by Church member Mike Ash.
Includes LDS Trivia, Mormon Myths, and a list of LDS links.
Polish-language e-mail discussion list about the LDS Church.
Suite 101: Mormon Parenting
Site about Mormon Parenting using about.com-like Suite101.com.
Includes links to Internet sites on both Mormonism and on Parenting,
articles about Parenting in a Mormon context and discussion boards.
While not as heavily promoted as about.com, suite101.com is nicer,
not as heavily coded and its subjects are better organized.
YW Camp Suggestions &CD Scrapbooks
Website offers Vickie Hacking's books of camping suggestions and
songs for Young Women leaders. Orders are placed by e-mail.