Today as I was looking through the recent search phrases people used to find my site, I found the following, which made me chuckle.
“Is having a blog a Mormon thing?”
I can answer that. The fact is that it didn’t used to be. But recently an apostle, Elder M. Russell Ballard gave a speech, an excerpt of which was later published in one of our official church magazines “The Ensign”, wherein he made the suggestion that those who are able, should start engaging in new media, speaking up about Mormonism, and adding their voice to the growing online conversation.
“We cannot stand on the sidelines while others, including our critics, attempt to define what the church teaches. While some conversations have audiences in the thousands or even millions, most are much, much smaller. But all conversations have an impact on those who participate in them. Perceptions of the Church are established one conversation at a time.” (See the full article here).
See, Mormons believe in same structure that existed in Christ’s Primitive church, including living prophets and apostles (I explain more here). These men have been called of God, just as in times of old, and as such, receive ongoing revelation and instruction from the Lord. They, in turn (and just as in times of old), then endeavor to instruct, counsel, and advise the church. We take their counsel to be of divine origin, which is to say we take it very seriously (or should).
So, to stumble upon someone out there who has made the astute observation that there sure are a lot of Mormon blogs sprouting up is just plain awesome. We belong to a church led by inspiration and revelation, and we work together to prepare the way for the coming of Christ.
Something tells me that the momentum of Mormon’s blogging is just getting started.
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