Welcome to the new LDS Liberty!
We are excited to announce that on October 1, 2015, we launched the new LDS Liberty 3.0!
For those who have frequented LDS Liberty before, you will notice that there are many new changes to the website. We hope you enjoy the new format and layout! While there are many new things about LDS Liberty, there are many things that have stayed the same.
Over the last month we have worked tirelessly to make new content easier to find, improve the articles’ aesthetics, clean up cluttered and inactive links, create an archive of the oldest articles in LDS Liberty, and we have introduced two new categories into our title bar: Books and Videocasts.
Our books category, what we call the Liberty Library, is a compilation of short articles that give a brief overview of books and subjects on liberty and freedom, as well as on our growing list of topics that we will explain in just a moment! We will post one book a week on social media, so check back for new reviews!
Starting immediately, we will begin to host a videocast series that will take the place of the podcasts that LDS Liberty is well known for. The first videocast is up and is a tribute to LDS Liberty’s founder and co-producer JC Bollers, who recently passed away from complications associated with oral cancer. As videocasting is new to everyone involved with the LDS Liberty project, there will be marked improvements in quality, design, and content as we move forward into the future — the same as with our podcasts. In the near future, we will host live interviews and events that you can view directly from ldsliberty.org.
In moving forward, it was the vision of those involved, especially JC Bollers, that the new LDS Liberty change emphasis when talking about liberty and freedom. Over the last 6 years, LDS Liberty has focused primarily on talking of liberty and freedom in terms of politics, political philosophy, economics, sound currency, government, and the proper role of government — all under the umbrella and in light of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
The new LDS Liberty will make a marked change in message from talking primarily about liberty and freedom in terms of politics and government, to discussing these principles in their more holistic and universal meanings, in terms of Gethsemane and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. When we think of liberty and freedom, we typically think of nationalistic images and of government. It is our hope and endeavor to take back and redefine these eternal principles in terms of their absolute meanings found within the discussion of the plan of salvation and of Christ’s eternal sacrifice.
In accordance with the new launch, we will also host many articles, interviews, and messages that seek to build bridges and make inroads between various religions (e.g., Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.), Christian denominations, and philosophical thoughts, to enhance the knowledge of our humanity and capability of speaking to others of different faiths, cultures, and backgrounds about our knowledge and testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ. We hope that through this endeavor we may all find greater love for our fellowmen throughout the world, soften our hearts, and theirs, and learn to see, act, and love each other as our Savior would if He were here.
LDS Liberty is a user driven site. We need your help! LDS Liberty’s success has always come from its readers-turned-writers, and today is no different. So, today, we put the call out for anyone who has a story to tell of how the gospel of Jesus Christ and of His Atonement has enhanced your liberty, freedom, and empowered your life — we want to hear from you! Please take a look at our contributors page for submission guidelines, topic suggestions, and for others’ ideas on how to support the LDS Liberty project!
Don’t worry. LDS Liberty will still provide the same type of liberty articles and videocasts pertaining to politics and economics in light of the restored gospel that we have in the past! We haven’t changed that much!
Take a moment to read JC Boller’s last article and testimony that he wrote only a few months before his passing: “A Final Testimony: Be Cool, Stay Faithful.” He asked that it would be posted on the launch of LDS Liberty. It’s his plea for liberty lovers everywhere to stay true to the gospel and to their testimonies of Jesus Christ. For those of us who knew and were very close to him, we can all testify that he left this life with as strong a testimony of Jesus Christ as his Savior and Redeemer and of the message of liberty and freedom as anyone we have ever known. He is very much missed, but we are glad to have the message of his testimony.
Here’s to a bright new future, and the launch of the new LDS Liberty!
Thank you all!