Why and how LinkedIn Local Units can help us and
our non-member neighbors
"In October 1856, during a general conference, President Young learned that two
handcart companies... would face harsh winter weather on the plains of the western
United States. He stood at the pulpit as a prophet of God and declared:
“Many of our brethren and sisters (both members and non-members*) are on the plains
with hand-carts, … we must send assistance to them.
“That is my religion; that is the dictation of the Holy Ghost that I possess, it is to save the
“I will tell you all that your faith, religion, and profession of religion, will never save one
soul of you in the celestial kingdom of our God, unless you carry out just such principles
as I am now teaching you. Go and bring in those people now on the plains.”
As a result of President Young’s call to action, wagons with teams of mules, men to drive
them, and flour and other supplies were immediately sent to rescue the people stranded
on the plains.
Brethren, this is your phone call... May the Lord bless us all with the same sense of
urgency to answer the call today to bring in our people from these economic
challenges as He did in the case of the handcart companies..."Richard C. Edgley, “This Is Your Phone
Call,” Ensign, May 2009, 53–55
* Added by Joe Spencer
"Brethren, there is no organization better able to
respond to the challenges of humanity than the
priesthood of the Most High God. We have the
organization. Stake presidents, bishops, elders
quorum presidents, and high priests group
leaders—we now call upon you to mobilize our
priesthood quorums in response to the
employment and financial challenges facing our
members (… and non-member neighbors*)."
Richard C. Edgley, “This Is Your Phone Call,” Ensign, May 2009, 53–55 * added by Joe Spencer
LDS Employment Resource Centers
Personal branding tools
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Job listings via LDSJobs.org
Access to great training
Currently LinkedIn has over 100 million professional users. A
great majority of those use the powerful free account.
Guy Kowasaki gives some great advice on using LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is the most important Social Media.
Read the LDS Church’s thoughts on LinkedIn.
Ward community awareness
A) Community becomes aware of ward
Builds positive image in the community as a whole
Community can network with ward members on professional level
Builds significant influence among local professionals for ward and local ward members
B) Ward reaches out to community
Meet more non-members
Grow personal professional network
C) Ward members build personal professional network
Ward members meet and build relationships with local business leaders
Ward members focus on building personal career, help others to build their careers
Ward members are aware of job openings via outreach to local businesses
D) Ward may attract professionals as investigators
As ward members meet and build relationships with local business leaders, they may
become interested in learning about the religion that would selflessly offer help to non-
members in this way, adding to missionary teaching pool and ward leadership pool
A) Call a ward employment specialist
Study LinkedIn: building profiles, managing groups
B) Create and sponsor a local “open” LinkedIn networking group
Named after locality (ie Port Huron Area Network)
Rules: no religious, political, or MLM discussions or SPAM allowed
Encourage all group members to “connect”, actively invite other locals to join group
C) Create a ward career advancement committee
Six – ten people: active members, less active, and perhaps non-member business leaders
All committee members create full personal profiles on LinkedIn, welcome new members to group
Prepare monthly LinkedIn/personal branding training
D) Create invitation flyer for LinkedIn group and monthly network
A) Have home teachers personally invite every ward member to attend
a special 5th Sunday presentation via flyer
B) Hold 5th Sunday joint RS/Priesthood meeting to explain program
Invite every member to attend (including less active)
Describe benefits to ward, ward members, non-members
Ask all attending to join LinkedIn, create profile, join ward sponsored group, support discussions
C) As additional community service, full-time missionaries deliver LI
group/networking meeting invitation flyer to every home in the ward
Step-by-step instructions on how to join LI and join group
D) Hold monthly Networking/LinkedIn meeting
Invite non-members via flyer handed out by full-time missionaries, Public Service Announcements
E) Ward career advancement committee
Visit local businesses, inviting their employees to join the group, post job openings
Post job openings and career discussion items a couple times a week
Support discussions, offer LI tips, personal branding hints
Publicly and privately welcome every new member of the group
Encourage all group members to connect with all other group members
You may be aware that LinkedIn is a professional networking tool with more than 100 million professionals mingling online.
It can be a great tool to find jobs and grow careers.
Let me introduce myself. I am Bishop Jack Thompson. I have asked our local congregation to sponsor semi-monthly
LinkedIn training meetings and a locally based group within LinkedIn.
We all know our area has career challenges. That is why we are sponsoring LinkedIn instructional meetings and business
networking. I have asked our missionaries to extent an invitation to you to join us at one of our LinkedIn training meetings
and join our local professional networking group called Port Huron Michigan Networking Group. One of our local members,
Tom Smith can give you more information. (Give Tom's email and maybe cell phone number?)
If you'd like to stop by the LinkedIn training, it is held... (give time and location info). If you'd like to join the group directly,
you can go to (give URL of group –shortened via bit.ly). Just a quick note about the group: no SPAM, MLM, politics, or
religion discussions are allowed. This group is strictly local business and personal career-growth oriented.
Even if you are comfortable in your profession, there are people that need your help. Your connections will help others that
need to grow their careers. Together we all can grow the Port Huron area into a economic powerhouse.
Thanks for your time. Feel free to email Tom or myself if you have any questions.
Bishop Jack Thompson
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