Calling all Europeans (Lurkers Especially)!

The theme for 2010’s European Mormon Studies Association conference in The Netherlands is “European Mormonism and the Media.” I am hoping to present a paper on Euro Mormons’ interaction online and imagine that their isolation may somehow be alleviated by new media. I am interested in the kinds of websites/forums/lists they visit and the impact they have on their Mormon lives. Suggestions please! I am particularly hoping to hear from the hordes of European lurkers out there.


  1. Well, maybe this could help, though there’s a lacking in Euro sites that could foster such communication. I would suspect that given that the percentage of LDS population in Europe is relatively small, the chances of a web savvy member that could create such contents is relatively small. Thus, any discussion EuroLDS have regarding new media will always be on US-hosted sites.
    New media can potentially bring multiple positive and negative feedback regarding individual perception of present experiences. Quality of contents of such media outlets will determine level of interaction, i.e., frequency of usage.

  2. Ronan: I primarily use and scan it for titles that interest me. I would say I read 2-3 blog entries most days, but rarely comment. bycommonconsent is probably the blog I read the most.

    I would say that new media has had a significant impact on my faith – in a good way, I think. It’s probably a bit too much to go into detail here but I’m happy to have you e-mail me if you want.

    In case it’s relevant, I’m in my early 30s and grew up in the UK. I studied at BYU for several years but I’m now back living and working in the UK.

  3. Anne (U.K.) says:

    I used to inhabit one particular online site and it brought me into contact with a goodly number of Euromormons (loving that!) many of whom I have subsequently visited, and had the chance to attend church with in areas I would never have dreamed of visiting otherwise. In my experience this would not have been possible without new media- it certainly helps lessen the isolation of SA-hood, which can be an intense isolation.
    As gomez, email me if you would like more.

  4. I entered to the bloggernacle through Mormon Stories and now write at MM. Prior to this I attempted an UK-based group blog with some friends but this burned out after a few months. I enjoy being connected with Mormon studies and culture through the internet but also wish there was more happening in the UK. I was gonna try and get to EMSA this year but our holiday was at the same time. I, like Ann, have met up with some of the people I have met online, and some even ended up being in my stake like john f. like the others email me if you would like.

  5. Rico, is that Romford stake? Which ward are you in?

  6. It seems to me that Facebook and similar services have started to serve this role, maybe replacing some lists etc. from the past.

  7. Gomez – Yes, romford stake, romford ward. Aaron Reeves.

  8. I don’t know Romford too well, but my wife’s family (Brooks) are from Grays. We’re currently in Chelmsford ward.

  9. Facebook is a great tool for me to stay in contact with friends. For me the trans-atlantic and the one-world perspective is essential.

  10. I live in the U.S., but I served my mission in London and spent this summer in Brussels. One thing I noticed was the lack of interaction of European Latter-day Saints on a wider scale, so I created a group on LinkedIn called LDS Professionals in Europe ( So far the response has really been positive!

  11. Oops, that link didn’t work. This one does:

  12. (Embarrassed): I guess you have to cut and paste it…

  13. Since the concentration of LDS throughout Europe is quite low, it is only through worship services that those interactions are established. Even though there’s a high internet connection rate amongst the EU, LDS members opt for a ‘face to face’ contact approach. It could be argued that most social interactions members do are with a wider social circle than LDS, which in turn decreases the interest of a EuroLDS community. Most personal/professional relations occur off-line, therefore, there isn’t a drive to use an established on-line forum.

  14. Gomez – I know the younger brooks fairly well. I know some people from chelmsford but not many either. The classic big families.

    But to the question. I sense a genral distrust of the internet among British LDS and perhaps this why many of the people I know would not really participate on internet communities. Plus, as people have already mentioned the low density of LDS perhaps means that there are less of those type of people who would be attracted to these communities. Contrary to what AlexG suggests I think that becoming LDS or being raised LDS actually ostracises you from non-LDS circles in some ways. I think for most people they either have a majority of LDS interaction (and stay active) or they have a majority of non-LDS interaction (and leave). But that is a speculative impression.

  15. I am an ex-Mormon who is still trying to figure out Mormons and Mormonism, and I find myself lurking in these parts regularly. I’m interested in the 2010 conference in the NL (I live in Belgium) and you can email me if you’d like more information–I can definitely speak to the isolation issue. I have any number of questions regarding religion I would like to discuss, but I don’t have anyone around with whom to discuss them intelligently. These virtual forums are my only resources.

  16. Beeing form a small country with a VERY different language to anythign around it I am all for site translations and sites that god members make themselves, in their own language, thsi is the way to reach the people in your own country.
    L try Serious questions will be answered well. First check the archives..