Missionary work on an iPhone!

by Rusty Lindquist on September 9, 2008 · 0 comments

I’m always looking for ways to leverage new technology to spread the gospel, and the iPhone is creating some unique ways to do just that.

There’s an application you can download on the iTunes App Store called Graffitio.  Much like the name would suggest, Graffitio allows you create “graffiti” on “virtual walls” all around the world.

Here’s how it works. 

When you launch Graffitio on your iPhone, it uses the phones location awareness (GPS) to see exactly where you are, and then shows you all the virtual “walls” in your vicinity.  A wall is simply a location that someone has decided to make a comment about.  Usually these are restaurants, stores, parks, etc.  You can click on one of these “walls” and see what others have said about it.  For instance, if you particularly like a given restaurant, you may decide to add a small note describing your experience.  Then others in the area will be able to see your comments on that particular restaurant.  If a wall doesn’t exist for that restaurant, you simply click a button, the iPhone sees where you are, you create a name for the wall (the name of the restaurant), and add your comments.  Now others in the area will see there’s a social “wall” for that restaurant, and can add their comments to yours.

Now, here’s where the missionary work comes in.

There are countless LDS locations around the world.  Some of them are historical, while others (such as temples) are unique or significant in some other way.

My challenge is for iPhone users around the world to visit these locations, and create “walls” for them.  Then share your testimony, or brief context about that location.  Now others in the area will be able to see your walls, read your testimony or thoughts, and know why that area is significant.

It can be as simple as taking your iPhone to church (I know, don’t say it), and creating a wall for your chapel, listing meeting times, and a personal invitation to come to sacrament meeting.

By doing this, we’ll be exposing important LDS locations around the world, and adding our voice to an all new social medium.

So, go out there, and start writing your own graffiti! 

When you do create a wall, come back here and let us know about it, so that we can all watch this virtual “structure” expand across the globe!

Oh, and make sure to forward this to all iPhone wielding Mormons.

Rusty

 

P.S.  I’ll be going to Temple Square to do my part as well, we’ll see if someone beats me to it, if so, that’s great, I’ll add my comments to yours!

P.P.S.  The image above was a quick mock-up I did, Grafffitio doesn’t yet support images, but I’m sure they will soon.

To launch iTunes and download Graffitio, click here.

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1 Connor September 11, 2008 at 12:10 AM

Great post! I’m going to be all over this. I’ll pass this on to all of my co-workers who would love this too. I’ll be visiting the Taiwan Taipei temple in Oct and I’ll make sure to leave my testimony!

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2 Rusty Lindquist September 11, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Connor – That’s great! Make sure to come back and let us know which ones you’ve covered. It’ll be fun to see it develop.

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3 ldsartcollector September 17, 2008 at 12:27 AM

This is like what Elder Ballard challenged the members to do. To use new technologies to spread the gospel. I like it!

http://www.ldsartcollector.com/

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4 Gloria kajo September 27, 2008 at 2:33 PM

This is great, i will try in out .as we study Elder Ballard’s talk we decide to get to work.

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5 Jeff BIZE February 25, 2009 at 3:25 AM

That’s so cool i’am french, i will do that evrey where i go in france and talk about it all around me. i’m living in Lyon we don’t have a temple yet, we go to switzerland but we have one of the biggest ward of france. I justy came back from my mission in belgium 4 month ago and it’s always a big pleasure to talk and testify about the church!
let’s go on!

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