Last April, President Uchtdorf’s talk Waiting on the Road to Damascus inspired me to look for more ways to be a member missionary. In his talk, President Uchtdorf encouraged us to use our hands “to blog and text message the gospel to all the world.”
Because I am shy in social situations but outgoing on the Internet, President Uchtdorf’s suggestion resonated with me, and I decided to put the advice into practice. As another general conference nears, I’d like to make a few notes about my online misssionary progress so far.
I decided to start a blog to record my experiences with the gospel. When I feel moved, I write entries on things that have powerful meaning to me. You can read my blog here.
The only problem with writing on my blog is getting enough publicity. I am not receiving comments on my entries, so I don’t know if anyone is reading it. Still, I have not given up. I announce blog updates to Facebook and Twitter, and have also included a link to my blog on my Facebook and Twitter profiles.
When a new volunteer joins a project, project managers receive an e-mail notification letting them know there’s a new member on the project. The initial role of the volunteer is "observer," and the new volunteer usually waits for some direction from the product manager. During this waiting period, observers usually
are not aware that they can get involved in the project.
are not aware of the opportunities to get involved.
hesitate to get in touch with project leads because they don’t think their skills would be useful to the project.
Although observers do have more permissions -- they can view and comment on issues in JIRA, as well as download source code from Subversion -- volunteers are generally unaware of these autoprovisioned rights, and they tend to wait until invited to act. This period of waiting can extend indefinitely until the project manager reaches out to the observer with a welcome e-mail. Since many observers are too shy to reach out and make contact, it’s essential that product managers reach out and make first contact. Here are four guidelines for effectively welcoming and engaging new volunteers.
The LDSTech Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a group chat room for anyone involved in the LDSTech community. You can monitor exchanges, post to the group, or talk exclusively to specific users.
All conversations are archived, so people who missed the conversations can review the logs and catch up. Additionally, you can get real-time support from technical leads who are almost always on IRC.
Overall, IRC provides an excellent means of communication for your projects, so if you’re working on a project, get logged in and stay logged in to the LDSTech channel on IRC. For more information on connecting to the #ldstech channel on IRC, see the IRC page on the wiki.
The Church’s Translation Department and the Helping in the Vineyard team have partnered to provide community volunteers with an opportunity to assist in translating Church publications. Helping in the Vineyard seeks to promote community participation in Church projects, and the Translation Department seeks to promote volunteer translation efforts. “The partnership is a perfect fit for what both groups are trying to accomplish,” says Joe Jatip, a Human Resource manager leading the effort.
Leaders have been coordinating with volunteers throughout the world to facilitate a massive translation effort encompassing many different languages. For example, the Teachings of the Living Prophets manual, used by institute students, is currently being translated into 31 different languages.
In the early days of the web, most websites were informational only. For example, in 2000, if you went to LDS.org, you could read the standard works, view Church magazines, and find lesson material.
Today the experience of the web is more interactive. You’re not limited to just reading websites. In fact, many websites contain applications built directly into the browser. And the information these sites deliver is personalized to your identity and role.
For example, on LDS.org you can now sign in and view your ward directory and calendar. You can access resources specific to your calling. You can view Church buildings and sites near your location. There’s even a Study Notebook where you can highlight passages and create journal entries.
Mormon.org was recently selected by Interactive Media Awards (IMA) as one of the Top Ten Websites of the Year. IMA candidates are judged by a panel of leading web-related professionals working with the Interactive Media Council. These judges include professionals from businesses like Microsoft, Time Warner Inc., and Verizon. Notable past and present IMA winners include Adidas, Mercedes-Benz, New York Life, and Electronic Arts (EA).
On Mormon.org, members can create profiles to share their faith, experiences, and testimony with others.
The importance of this award is further validation of the changes made to mormon.org over the last two years. Senior Manager Ron Wilson said the site has always been effective in telling the world about the basic doctrines of the restored gospel, but prior to the site changes, it did not effectively introduce the outside world to the members of the Church or how Mormons live their lives.