Friday, April 18, 2014

10 ways Mormons can serve online (10 items)

By , LDS Church News

Dec. 23, 2013

Rendering service is one of the hallmarks of a true disciple of Jesus Christ. The Savior taught, “And whosever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:44-45).

Tere are many ways that one can render service but the Internet offers some unique advantages. “Using the Internet for service is a great experience,” said Jayson Seegmiller, senior advisor for the Church. “There are ways to serve that were not possible before. Vineyard.lds.org brings many Church-sponsored service options under one roof so people can choose something they enjoy and that fits their schedule.”

Through the Internet, many lives are blessed every day. Here are ten ways to get started serving the Lord online.

1 of 10. Indexing

The church’s most popular online service opportunity brings tens of thousands of individuals from around the world together for family history work. Due to volunteers, the church recently surpassed the milestone of two billion records indexed.

Volunteers are needed to download special software that allows them to download and transcribe images of historical records from a variety of projects, including records in foreign languages. Contributions help people around the world find their ancestors and the records that document their lives.

Take part by going to indexing.familysearch.org.

2 of 10. Church service missionary opportunities

Many members both old and young are choosing to serve Church Service missions. These types of missions are different than full-time proselytizing missions but offer the same rewarding feeling of contributing in the Lord’s kingdom.

Information about serving a Church service mission, including a list of available opportunities can be found at lds.org/callings/missionary/church-service.

3 of 10. English conversation practice

Through BYU-Idaho, volunteers can help English language students from around the world practice listening and speaking English in real-time conversations twice a week by using online tools such as Skype. Speaking partners are needed for students from Albania, Ghana, Mexico, Peru, Russia and the United States.

All conversations are conducted in English; therefore, speaking partners do not need to know a second language. Find out more at
byui.edu/pathway/speaking-partners?cid=vineyard-referral_esl.

4 of 10. Organizing images

For this service activity, volunteers look at photographs and graphics and then type key words that could be used to describe the image. These key words will be used later as search words to allow media professionals at the church to find materials to use.

Find out more at: vineyard.lds.org/Home/Activity/6.e

5 of 10. Translate documents

Using a special translation platform to work with other volunteers to translate church content into a volunteer’s native language, volunteers will be presented with English content and asked to either vote on translations by other volunteers or write their own translation.

Service in this activity will help translated church publications become available at an increased rate world-wide and assist in moving the work of the church forward.

Volunteer at: vineyard.lds.org/Home/Activity/1.

1. antodav
TAMPA, FL,
Jan. 8, 2014

I've done one or two of these things, but a lot of them sound very interesting and I would love to participate in them. However, it is hard to find time, or other things in life often get in the way. Sad, really. :(