Inspired by Whit Larson of the popular MormonMomCast, I browsed the podcasts available in the LDS category on iTunes and found the anti-Mormon podcasts far outnumbered the actual LDS podcasts. Ever the proponent of the gospel and literacy in the home, an idea began percolating in my head. As I went about the duties of my daily life the idea took on a life of its own and within weeks I began putting together the idea of podcast.
First, I think I was the only one in the world who had no idea what a podcast was until I ran into Whit Larson. No, as shocking as it may sound, I actually do not own an iPOD. Oh, not because I don’t want one, but simply because it has not been a priority. But once I stumbled into the podcasting world my brain simply went wild. Through this came the podcast Imagine.
We have so much to offer the world at large: Quoting Elder Boyd K. Packer,
“The world is spiraling downward at an ever-quickening pace. I am sorry to tell you that it will not get better. It is my purpose to charge each of you as teachers with the responsibility-to put you on alert. These are days of great spiritual danger for our youth. I know of nothing in the history of the Church or in the history of the world to compare with our present circumstances. Nothing happened in Sodom and Gomorrah which exceeds in wickedness and depravity that which surrounds us now. Words of profanity, vulgarity, and blasphemy are heard everywhere. Unspeakable wickedness and perversion were once hidden in dark places; now they are in the open, even accorded legal protection. At Sodom and Gomorrah these things were localized. Now they are spread across the world, and they are among us. I need not-I will not-identify each evil that threatens our youth. It is difficult for man to get away from it… Surely you can see what the adversary is about. The first line of defense, the home, is crumbling… This shield of faith is handmade in a cottage industry. What is most worth doing ideally is done at home. It can be polished in the classroom, but it is fabricated and fitted in the home, handcrafted to each individual. (Address to CES Religious Educators on 6 February 2004)
. . . and so much to offer the Latter-day Saints at large. To quote myself,
“Imagine a world where it’s safe to explore. Join top-selling LDS author, Candace E. Salima in launching a new podcast centered around LDS authors, musicians, artists, actors, actresses, filmmakers, publishers, sports figures, business men and women . . . all people and works of good report. I’ve created a community online, through Imagine, which celebrates every aspect of the LDS culture.” http://imagine.candacesalima.com
Produced by my husband, Alvin E. Salima, Imagine has taken off and is gathering listeners before it even launches its first podcast. Those interested can go to http://imagine.candacesalima.com to see the schedule of who is being interviewed. To subscribe to the Imagine podcast enter this URL in your iTunes: http://imagine.candacesalima.com/podcast/rss.xml. I already have some promos available which I had a blast in putting together.
So join me Friday night at 5:00 p.m. for my first podcast where I’ll be interviewing Jeffrey S. Savage, author of the top-selling House of Secrets, Into the Fire, and Cutting Edges. We’re going to have a rockin’ time folks!