Friday, February 27, 2015
The best place, and only permitted place for missionaries, to share your link is Facebook. But apart from your wall, where do you put it? And how can you encourage others to click on your link?
To start with, one of the best parts about your blog having pictures is that there is a picture to go with your link on Facebook. Pick one that best illustrates your blog, but also makes people go, "That looks interesting. I want to know more." When you're on a computer, you can also change the title of your link before you post it. I like to take off the title of my blog and just leave the title of the post just to clean it up, but it's up to you.
The next step is to add a caption or quick 1-2 sentence summary. It's kind of like the tagline to a newspaper headline. You can sum up what you wrote or include a line from the post itself. Either way, it needs to make people say, "What is this all about? I like the information I've already gotten and now I want to learn more." But please, for heaven's sake, do not say, "I just posted on my blog." Obviously.
Then, you need to spread the word. It sure helps when you have friends or parents or ward members or investigators share your link. However, you can do a lot of the work. Post your link to appropriate groups on Facebook. If your blog is directed towards members, try one of the bunches of Mormon groups. If it is directed towards Christians in general, there are lots of other Christian groups that might enjoy your post. Search for ones that might be interested in it. Be nice and don't spam. If your post gets lots of negative comments due to a link you left in a certain group, maybe it's best to not post in that group again.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
"O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place? How long shall thy hand be stayed, and thine eye, yea thy pure eye, behold from the eternal heavens the wrongs of thy people and of thy servants, and thine ear be penetrated with their cries? Yea, O Lord, how long shall they suffer these wrongs and unlawful oppressions, before thine heart shall be softened toward them, and thy bowels be moved with compassion toward them?" (Doctrine and Covenants 121:1-3)
While the Lord may have seemed distant, in His wisdom, He had a greater plan in mind. He knows that it is only in facing opposition and bitterness in life that we come to know the peace and sweet that He has to offer. The Lord's response is both comforting and full of Love, but you can tell that the Lord knows best.
"My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
The problem in both cases is the same. Becoming an active member and creating a well-established blog is hard work, which sometimes isn't foreseen until the hard times come. The days get busy, the week rushes by, and before you know it, Sunday has come again and you have to make the decision again: Am I going to go to church today or not?
|Not Fat Cyclist|
Now, we're not trying to become Fat Cyclist. We've got other things to be thinking about as missionaries. But we have to set aside time to think about and write our blogs. The other week, I decided that my day to update my blogs would be Wednesdays, and I would spend the rest of the week writing the posts with Monday being my best day to do so. I missed my deadline last week due to unforeseen circumstances, but then I tried to make that happen as soon as possible.
The trick is to make the decision and schedule now. On Sundays, we go to church. On Mondays, I write my blog posts for the week. On Wednesdays, I proof-read and post them. This schedule should be made before you even put up your first blog post, and then everything else should fall into place. If you don't have one, I challenge you to make one. You don't have to post weekly, but you must post regularly. Make your blog an Active blog.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
|...and blog post lengths.|
For instance, you could be doing a three page long discourse on Sin. You begin with the story of a little boy camping in the desert with his family. As he leaves his tent one morning, he decides to wear flip-flops instead of shoes on this short walk into the wilderness, telling himself that they're good enough. Suddenly, he feels a sting in the arch of his foot and a burning pain ruses up his leg. In the sand, a scorpion races away triumphantly, leaving the screaming boy behind in the sand.
-The king guy, I can't remember his name...
|To answer your question, yes,|
it is THAT epic
Well in the aforementioned movie, the main characters find themselves among an ancient American people whom we are gonna say are Aztec for all intents and purposes. (If I'm wrong, well... If you wanna hear about another instance of Lamanites in movies, click here!) Now the people believed the main characters (I don't remember their names, give me a break) to be Gods due to a series of VERY fortunate events which involved the stopping of a volcano's mighty eruption!
Even in history, when the conquistadors came to the Americas, they were for the most part very well received due to the fact that the natives thought they were Gods. "I'm not seeing where this is going." Hold up, I'm getting there. So the natives told these Spainish (I know how I spelled it, get it? Spainish? from Spain?) explorers that they have been waiting for men of fair skin (white skin, I don't know, don't ask) with beards and shining clothes (their armor) to return to them for a second time. Now this is where it starts to get crazy. How would they have known about these strangers if they hadn't before beheld men such as these? "Your grammar is improving." Yea I found a dictionary the other day. The answer to that question dear reader, is because they already saw one before!
|Bible and the Book of Mormon,|
"And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be onefold, and one shepherd."
"Huh, that is pretty crazy." But that's not all! "It's not?" Cause in 3 Nephi 15:21 it says...!
"And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said: Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."
Mind you this is Christ Himself speaking to the inhabitants of the Americas. It's actually a good couple of chapters (11-16 cough cough), you should give it a looksee. The blond main character's name is Julio! I remember! "Wow, random but alright, but can you remember the other guys name?" Sigh... This is gonna be a long night...