Six ways to bring the Ensign Magazine into the 21st CenturyBy: Stephen Marsh
July 27, 2012There has been a lot of talk about having more meat, more depth, yet not excluding people nor rendering church publications less accessible. So, why not have an expanded version of the Ensign on-line to provide more depth, and to have an on-line presence worthy of the modern world?
After all, the church is working on an app, at least one for tablets, if not phones. So starting with that, not just an app for the same content, but what if there was real meat put on-line to expand the Ensign every month, to make real use of the potential of an on-line venue?
If there was, I’d suggest that the following things could go in the on-line addition to expand the material that is in the print edition, and to provide substance — six things:
- Some history (articles along the lines of Margaret Blair Young’s By Common Consent post on Jane Manning James or otherwise — real, in depth history)
- some expanded gospel doctrine lessons (along the lines of the series of Gospel Doctrine notes Julie Smith has been posting at Times & Seasons — real, solid, in depth expansion of the lesson material)
- a couple historical sermons in their complete text (instead of excerpts as we get in the “Teachings of” we could have two worthwhile sermons from history).
- a policy/practice reminder — but more
formal/structured than the print edition versions along the lines of
the yearly or so article on how mental illness is not sin and is cured
by doctors, not faith; — articles such as:
- how failure to pay child support [or taxes, etc.] renders someone unable to get a temple recommend;
- how to deal with verbal abuse;
- how if there is violence in the home you need to flee the situation in most cases;
- how the Church 12 step program works;
- how depression related suicide is the result of illness, not moral weakness;
- how … (you get the idea — and can probably suggest topics).
- “I have a question” — bring back the old column.
- A forum for discussions of the additional material.
Do you think the idea of more depth, in a centralized location, is a good idea to draw people into a deeper approach to the gospel or do you think it wouldn’t be worth the effort?
Would you submit an article if there was a broader and deeper Ensign available?