Because this is what it turns into: Continue reading I Hate Internet Comment Threads
This post started as a comment, but I ended up being too long-winded. I decided it’d be bad form to pontificate that much in the comment thread.
Of course, as I’ve prepared this post, it’s grown even more (I’ve got to give you some context!). Sorry about that. Still, I feel like I’ve learned some cool things, and I can totally pontificate here as much as I like.
The original post I was considering commenting on was actually a book review of John Bytheway’s recent book How Do I Know if I Know? It was generally positive, though the author, Ivan, admitted that JB is probably closer to “milk” than “meat” (in the words of Paul’s analogy). This shouldn’t surprise anyone – JB has become popular because of his entertaining style that’s aimed primarily at youth in the Church. To borrow a business term, it’s his competitive advantage.
In response to the review, someone suggested that it might be generous to label JB as “milk.” They offered that “Twinkie” or “Oreo” might be more appropriate substitutes.
Gauntlet thrown! Continue reading Teaching the Gospel with Twinkies
My favorite robot testicle blog (calm down, it’s a metaphor) posted an interesting Q&A with Craig Harline, the author of the book Way Below the Angels: The Pretty Clearly Troubled but Not Even Close to Tragic Confessions of a Real Live Mormon Missionary.
(What a title! I haven’t read the book, though I am curious to after reading the Q&A.)
Having as many countries in the world as we have, and having missionaries who served in as many different decades as we have, I don’t doubt that mission experiences are as varied as the number of people who served LDS missions. Add in variables for different mission presidents and companions and backgrounds and expectations and emotional intelligence and…
That’s a lot of variety.
I feel like it would be tremendous fun to get some type of panel together, made up of Latter-day Saint men and women who served missions in different countries and at different times and under different circumstances, just to hear different answers to the same questions. Maybe that’s a fun project for later.
For now, I decided to answer these questions from my own mission experience. Continue reading I Hope they Call Me on a Mission…
I really enjoyed the parable posted on Millennial Star yesterday.
(Side note: I often really enjoy their posts.)
What’s more, the comments (at least, as of the time of me posting this) have been great, and enhance the conversation around the premise of the original post.
I highly recommend it for those who, like me, are new to this whole new world of online Mormonism.
A Whole New World
I’ve maintained a blog for perhaps four years now, but it’s really always been for me more than it’s been for anyone else. I write about things I’m interested in, or have an opinion about, but I don’t really follow other blogs or comment prolifically. Because of that, I’ve had limited awareness of the Mormon blogosphere as a whole.
That’s changing a bit. I’m coming to find that there’s a whole world out there I never even knew about!
Like, did you know there’s a loosely-defined community of bloggers that constitute the Bloggernacle? (It’s hard to define, though some have tried – from my knothole, it looks like it tends more ‘liberal’.) There’s even a term for when members of that community gang up on you – it’s called being Bloggernacled (from “Bloggernacle dog piled”). Continue reading Somewhere I Belong