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Mormon Channel, Al Fox Carraway extend social media challenge about prayer

Compiled by Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Thu, March 20 3:55 p.m. MDT

 Earlier this month, the Mormon Channel and Al Fox joined together to begin a social media campaign about prayer. Although it's only been a few weeks since the campaign began, many have accepted the challenge by posting about their faith.

Earlier this month, the Mormon Channel and Al Fox joined together to begin a social media campaign about prayer. Although it's only been a few weeks since the campaign began, many have accepted the challenge by posting about their faith.

(Mormon Channel Facebook page)

Earlier this month, the Mormon Channel and Al Fox Carraway collaborated to kick off a social media campaign about prayer. Although it has only been a few weeks since the campaign began, many have accepted the challenge by posting about their faith on their own social networks.

The Mormon Channel introduced the campaign on March 3 through a photo of Carraway holding a sign that read, "I pray when ..." along with encouragement for others to fill in the blank.

"Post a photo of your own hand-written 'I pray when …' statement on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter," the Mormon Channel post said. "We will upload some of your responses to our pages for everyone to be inspired by. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #didyouthinktopray."

A photo album on the Mormon Channel's Facebook page includes many of the pictures that have been shared with the hashtag. Users must send Mormon Channel a personal message granting permission before their photos can be added to the album.

A recent Mormon Newsroom report highlighted the new campaign and the goal of interactivity.

"Mormon Channel managers are looking forward to adding more content generated by listeners, such as the "I Pray When …" campaign on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that uses the hashtag #didyouthinktopray."

Email: spetersen@deseretnews.com

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1. archemeedees
Tooele, UT,
March 21, 2014

Seeing an entity of the church collaborate with someone as special as Al makes me happy. She is a symbol of faith and conversion that should never be ignored in favor of the pristine pioneer stock that has never seen the world to reject it.

2. G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT,
March 22, 2014

This comment is not intended to point fingers but to examine an attitude clearly expressed in the phrase "pristine pioneer stock". That phrase perpetuates a negative stereotype. Truth of the matter is, we are all individuals whether in the heart of Zion or out of it, whether of Utah pioneer ancestry or recent convert "pioneers" in their own right (Al Fox Caraway being one of those.) I'd encourage fewer judgmental attitudes and more willingness to let everyone pave their own way. Admittedly, there are those of pioneer stock that need to be encouraged to be more accepting of 'motes' in the eyes of others. But they are everyone that is so, and probably not in the majority much of the time. We perpetuate that problem when we seek to correct it in a negative fashion.

3. G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT,
March 22, 2014

Resubmitted correction (it pays to proofread): This comment is not intended to point fingers but to examine an attitude clearly expressed in the phrase "pristine pioneer stock". That phrase perpetuates a negative stereotype. Truth of the matter is, we are all individuals whether in the heart of Zion or out of it, whether of Utah pioneer ancestry or recent convert "pioneers" in their own right (Al Fox Carraway being one of those.) I'd encourage fewer judgmental attitudes and more willingness to let everyone pave their own way. Admittedly, there are a handful of Utah pioneer stock that need to be encouraged to be more accepting of 'motes' in the eyes of others. But those few are not representative, and I suspect they are probably in the manority much of the time. We perpetuate that stereotype when we seek to correct it in a negative fashion.