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By Kent Larsen
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Internet: Business Websites Abound

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The number of business websites oriented to LDS Church members and selling a wide variety of products and services continues to grow rapidly. The sites below sell everything from clothing and ctr rings to music, art and homeschooling resources. And surprisingly, many of the sites are very attractive and fairly well designed. The best of the group are the dating websites, LDSplanet and Saints2Saints, and the most disappointing is

LDS dating services themselves have exploded, with more than a dozen available providing very similar services. Saints2Saints tries to break out of this mold by not only offering unique features, but also by offering free websites to organizations and links to a variety of LDS resources.

Of the websites reviewed this week, is probably the most disappointing, mainly for its incompatibility. While the site, when you can see it, is very attractive, and fairly well organized, it crashed my version of Netscape repeatedly, yet doesn't indicate anywhere on the site that it requires anything different. And when it did display, there were sometimes problems with scrolling and with seeing the entire page.

Newly Listed Mormon Websites:

Celestial Creations

Florida-based LDS clothing and accessories manufacturer. Sells wedding dresses, temple clothing and accessories, LDS theme neckware and LDS theme accessories. Site features e-commerce ordering.

CTR Ring-only online store using the store engine. While includes e-commerce ordering, the site is difficult to navigate. Includes many designs and related products.

Emerald Bay Records

Nascent record label which is apparently looking for artists. Includes information on recording contracts, suggesting that mainstream labels don't support musicians as they should.

Latter-day Family Resources

Extensive site featuring crafts and products for LDS Homeschoolers. In addition to the store's catalog, site includes discussion boards, a curriculum guide and articles on homeschooling topics.

LDS Art Online Art Gallery

Attractive site for the Repartee Art Gallery featuring the work of 24 LDS painters. Heavily marred by its incompatibility with Netscape Navigator.


Nicely-designed LDS dating service website that includes event listings, video and audio greetings, picture personals, eCards and "whispering."

All-in-one site for missionary goods and services. Includes clothing, accessories, and services presented in a nicely-designed but bare-bones website.

Notable Personal History &Journal Software

Nicely designed website for journal software, including an LDS edition. Includes reviews, on-line ordering (including ability to download the software), FAQs and technical support.


More than another dating site, Saints2Saints tries to help individuals and groups connect with each other. Includes links to LDS resources, personal websites for singles, free organization websites, Calendars, tours, workshops, and newsletters.

Threads of Joy

Manufacturer of handmade children's clothing. Allows electronic ordering.


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