My mission president had just finished telling us a story from his time as a stake president. One of the members of his stake presidency at the time, Joseph Fielding McConkie, is a brilliant LDS author, and President Hawkins had called him up with a question.
“I called him,” President Hawkins told us, “and said that I was looking for something in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith but I couldn’t find it.
“I told him what I was looking for, and he said to me, ‘Oh, yeah, go to this page, and you’ll see it about a quarter way down the page on the left side.’
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.
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→