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LDS students "LinkUp" on the web
By Rachel Glidden, Dixie
Sun Arts & Entertainment Editor, 21 April 2004
LDS LinkUp was started in 2003 to create a place for members of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to find old mission companions, long-lost
friends and meet new people from all over the world. Since its creation, it has
accumulated thousands of members from over 30 countries around the world. While
in its beta period, all the services on the site are free.
New site helps people find old friends, meet new
people or discover romance
LDS LinkUp, found at www.ldslinkup.com, was started in 2003 to create a place
for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to find old
mission companions, long-lost friends and meet new people from all over the
world. Since its creation, it has accumulated thousands of members from over 30
countries around the world.
“I’m very excited about LDS LinkUp,” said Jed Dempsey, founder and CEO of LDS
LinkUp. “The mission of connecting and reconnecting the LDS community is
compelling for me because I know that people will really benefit from it in very
Brian Everett, a DSC sophomore from St. George who served an LDS mission in New
Zealand, likes the idea of finding people he hasn't seen or talked to for a long
"I think it's a good idea to have a site where you can look up and find old
friends," said Everett. "I would use it because it is hard to find people I knew
on my mission, so it would be good to catch up with those people."
The website is not merely an LDS dating scene, but also allows users to search
for friends by ward, mission, hometown or school, make new connections through
friends, make business contacts and also, not surprisingly, to find romance.
Already the website has nearly 45 members within a 25 mile radius of St. George.
“LDS LinkUp is a great way to keep connected with your college friends when you
all go your separate ways for the summer or after graduation,” said Dempsey.
“It’s also a great way to find out about wards, housing and job opportunities in
different parts of the country where students might go after graduation.”
The site includes features such as discussion boards on a variety of topics,
e-mail, personal networks of friends, and advanced search engines to explore the
variety of members. While the site doesn’t exclude non-members of the LDS
church, the majority of users are members.
“The site is specifically designed to help the LDS community stay connected,”
said Dempsey. “We don’t specifically cater to non-LDS members, although the site
has a lot of great people on it that I’m sure non-members would like meet as
During its beta period, membership and all of the services on the site are free.
Dempsey said that after the beta period, basic membership will be free while
premium services will be created that are of particular value to the heaviest
users of the site.
LDS LinkUp is owned and operated by Who New, LLC., a community of websites
designed to bring specific useres together. A sister site, ChosenNet (www.chosennet.com)
is currently catering to the Jewish community, with more networks on the way.
“Our goal is to increase the connectivity of the whole LDS community while
helping each member use the LDS network for practical tasks,” said Dempsey.
Additional information can be found at www.ldslinkup.com.
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