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[bee-kuh n] a guiding or warning signal, as from a lighthouse or fixed location on a shore or a dangerous area to warn and guide vessels.
In an ever-changing world where moorings are unsteady and pulling loose, Meridian is a beacon in the storm. We are the voice of and to faithful Latter-day Saints in 226 countries and territories throughout the world, including one reader in Antarctica—we’re proud to be connected to him or her.
Once a year we come to you, our readers, to ask for your support. We are a small organization that has all the costs of any other top web site: servers, hosting, programs, power, and a small staff. You, our loyal readers, are the bulwark of our financial footing. To continue publishing we need thousands of you to take about 90 seconds and give generously. It is the season of Thanksgiving and the season of giving. Will you become a voluntary subscriber today by giving $35 or more? Please do so by donating now through PayPal or you can use any major credit card. (Please note: If you do not have a PayPal account you DO NOT have to form one! Once you get to the donation page, go down to where it says: Don’t have a PayPal account? Use your credit card or bank account (where available). Click on that “Continue” button and you can enter your Credit Card.
Meridian has been online and publishing for the past 17 years. We have been the platform for more than 1,000 authors. We have published more than 35,000 original pieces. We are a friend to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—not an official voice—just another witness.
We have given articulation on some of the toughest issues of our times to millions of people. We are not afraid to speak up when necessary and needed. We are not afraid to be quiet when needed.
Meridian is read on inland waterways, in mountainous regions of Pakistan, in dense jungles of the Congo, in every country in South America (even the southernmost tip of that continent in Ushuaia, Argentina and Punta Arenas, Chile), in far northern Hammerfest, Norway and Pt. Barrow, Alaska and all through Southeast Asia and in both South and North Korea. Our fifteenth highest readership is India. Germany is 7th. Our tenth-highest readership in the US is Virginia (they may all be friends of ours) and fifth is Texas!
The storm in our day has blown to every nation and clime—and Meridian is a sure and steady beacon in the midst of that storm. We need thousands of you to give a generous voluntary subscription. We are suggesting $35 this year— OR round it to two twenty-dollar bills—and much more if you are able. Please donate generously now. You may use any major credit card or your PayPal account (instructions for donating with a check are included below).
You were there in a major way for the Ebola crisis in Liberia with enough cash donated in a week’s time to save hundreds if not potentially thousands of lives.
You generously helped Latter-day Saints and their neighbors in the Carlton Complex Fire in Washington State.
You were there for our brothers and sisters in Nepal after the earthquakes.
You’ve kindly helped other individuals and groups in need.
Now it’s time to help Meridian. We need your support. We need your helping hands. Meridian is not cheap to produce and we think with a $35 donation (or more if you are able) you are getting a bargain. We publish 260 issues a year—that’s about 13 cents an issue. Will you help us? Please donate now. All major credit cards are accepted.
For those of you who are more comfortable sending a check in the mail, we welcome your donations. Please make the check to Meridian Magazine and send to:
PO Box 203
American Fork, UT 84003-0203
If every reader who accessed Meridian in the course of a month would give only $4 (not $35, but just four and 00/100 dollars) we would have more than enough resources to make it through the course of the year. But sadly, less than 2% of you respond to our pleas. We debated to tell you that—we will keep publishing Meridian—but we would ask this: If you have never given a voluntary subscription donation before, would you please consider doing so this year? Today? We would be so excited if even 10% of you responded! Please support Meridian today to keep that beacon shining brightly in the storm that is our world.
Will you help stem the tide and quell the storm by donating now? All major card are accepted.
For those of your who are on a fixed income or whose finances are very tight and yet you love to read Meridian, we are so grateful for those donations of $20, $15 and $10! Each dollar makes a difference and we are grateful for whatever you feel you can offer as a voluntary subscription for the 260 issues we send you. Thank you!
May I conclude by also personally thanking those of you who have always been generous to us—those who give $50, $100, $200, $400, $500, $1,000—and more each year! Those of you who are that generous really do make such a significant difference.
Our Vision for The Future
Sometimes Meridian reaches as many as 900,000 people in a week. We would like to reach 10,000,000. We have never marketed Meridian. We would love to be able to invest in some digital strategies—so that we can shine the beacon much brighter and much longer. This is so needed because the storm is getting much darker with much stronger winds and waves than ever before.
We have a tiny staff. It’s almost unfathomable what this little crew can do—but even if we had one more person or even two—we could do things that we have only dreamed. What we care about is this beacon in the storm. We care about the upcoming generation—we want that beacon to shine brightly. Will you help us? Today? Thank you for donating now.
Again, if you desire to send a check (we don’t lose any bank fees from checks)—please send to:
PO Box 203
American Fork, UT 84003-0203
Thank you again for your generous and kind support (and all the kind notes). We love you, our readers, and want to continue to serve you for years to come.