Country Communication Pages Offer Area-Specific Content to Members
Contributed By Sharon Leslie Howell, LDSTech.org
- Access your country communication page from LDS.org. Simply use the globe icon in the upper right to select your country.
“The world doesn’t all speak English, and they grow spiritually if they can teach and study the gospel in their own language. The Church is making vast strides in making that happen.” —Matt Robinson, director of international digital channels
The beauty of the gospel as expressed in the lives of Latter-day Saints shines through the languages, cultures, and customs of Church members worldwide. This “richness” is apparent on each of the Church's country communication pages.
Country communication pages are Church websites containing messages from Area leaders and information about local events. Local committees publish the area pages.
“The world doesn’t all speak English, and members grow spiritually if they can teach and study the gospel in their own language. The Church is making vast strides in making that happen,” said Matt Robinson, director of international digital channels.
Country websites have been around and evolving for a while in many parts of the world. In 2013, country communication pages were approved and directed to be supervised by area presidencies. Recent integration with LDS.org navigation and web design provide enhanced, enlarged, and better communication pages so that people all over the world may benefit.
To access any of the 50 and growing number of country communication pages available, go to LDS.org and use the globe icon in the upper right to select a country, and then drill down by region to a specific country using the world map as your guide. [A list is also provided at the end of this article.]
Communication pages have a similar look and feel as LDS.org, and links within the pages will take you seamlessly to resources on LDS.org, FamilySearch.org, Mormon.org, and other Church sites using the language native to the country. This linking is an essential benefit to make them more visible and easy to use for a worldwide audience.
When it comes to content, messages from leaders, personal stories, media, and news are specific to the country selected. Content is added locally, not by Church headquarters, to empower countries to communicate, train, minister, and teach in a way that meets the needs of the people who will benefit, and that includes both members and nonmembers.
To give structure and focus across all communication channels, each area has an area communication committee working under the direction of the Area Presidency. It consists of individuals who gather or create content from multiple sources and work together to ensure doctrinal consistency and that approval processes are met by contributors. The committee has several functions, including communication pages, social media, public affairs, publishing services, and content planning and production.
Communication pages do not duplicate content already found on LDS.org. Messages are carefully targeted at countries and languages, so people hear gospel messages in the context of culture and customs they will recognize. Occasionally content is shared between countries, but each is encouraged to share unique pages and portals to all the Church has to offer for the population they represent. As a result, country pages vary significantly, yet they are unified in many respects. Featured information is included for those who are curious about the Church or interested in learning more about Jesus Christ, and as a whole, they serve to strengthen membership and discipleship.
The country communication page for Brazil. Country communication pages contain messages from area leaders and information about local events. Local committees publish the area pages.
Africa Southeast http://africase.lds.org/
Africa West http://africawest.lds.org/
Cabo Verde http://www.igreja-jesus-cristo.cv/
Central America http://www.sudca.org/
Czech Republic http://www.cirkev-jezise-krista.cz/
Hong Kong http://lds.org.hk/
New Zealand http://pacific.lds.org/nz
South America NW http://www.iglesiajesucristosud.org/
South America S http://www.mormonesdelsur.org/
South Korea http://lds.or.kr/