New Missionary Prep Website
New Mission Prep Website
Late last year (2012) my wife and I felt a peculiar desire/prompting to actualize an idea we had in the back of our minds for about four years. What we created is called PreparetoServe.com
While Prepare to Serve has several text resources, it offers a few new resources, including thousands of YouTube travel/mission prep videos and interactive interviews with returned missionaries and converts.
Over the next 2-3 years we hope to put up more than 30,000 travel/mission prep videos and 1,000 interactive video interviews. Our overall goal for the website is to serve the community, so if you have a suggestion on how to improve the website or a request feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to serve you in any way we can!
Future plans for PreparetoServe.com
This summer we plan on having 5-10 BYU students help us build the website doing things like indexing YouTube videos, writing mission prep articles, conducting video interviews and organizing local service projects.
Some resources we hope to eventually include on the website include:
-A list of LDS missionary blogs, indexed by mission.
-Cultural articles about each country and U.S. State.
-4-8 Interactive video interviews with RMs and converts from each state and country.
-A forum where Latter-day Saints can get answers to any questions they have relating to missionary work or foreign places.
-A collection of mission pictures, browseable by mission and area.
-At least 100-300 clean, educational YouTube videos about each country and state.
Some tips for using the website
While we strive to make the website user-friendly, there are a few things you might want to know to have the best user experience:
-Browsing videos is best on a desktop or laptop computer (some mobile browsers don’t support YouTube playlist navigation).
-Each thumbnail on the right, in the video player represents a group of videos, also called a YouTube playlist.
-In order to browse within each embedded YouTube playlist, you can click the grey bar at the bottom of the video, or the playlist icon (after a video begins).
I appreciate this opportunity to introduce the Prepare to Serve project to you! If there’s anything I can do for you, feel free to let me know. Thanks!