So many Mormon blogs

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.

Rusty

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8 replies
  1. Tim Malone says:

    Hi Rusty,

    I’ve been enjoying your blog for several months. Like you, I am excited to see so many new Mormon blogs springing up. It can only be helpful in combating the misinformation that is out there about the church. I especially appreciate your upbeat articles and inspirational stories. Keep up the good work.

    Tim Malone
    Latter-day Commentary

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  2. kenjebz says:

    it is not new to you that we, my wife and I have been blogging since 2005 even we are here in Saudi Arabia. I have been following you too since joining mybloglog and blogcatalog and seeing u here in the MA is just so wonderful! keep making a wonderful difference to other people’s lives, including ours through blogging.

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  3. mormonsoprano says:

    Kenjbz – You raise a great question. There may not be a way to get an exact count of Mormon blogs, (dubbed the “Bloggernacle”) and then there are the blogs that are written by mormons, but range from topics of fitness, crochet, pets, family etc…. It is estimated there may be thousands. Online Mormon Aggregators are great places to visit where one can find listings of these blogs: mormonblogs.org, mormon-blogs.com and ldsblogs.org. Bloggers are responsible to register their sites, however if blogmasters discover a good one not on their list, they may add it as well. The Mormon Times also tracks them and publishes a great bi-weekly update on posts and sites to watch called the “Back Bench”. Happy reading!

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  4. Cynthia Solange says:

    hi!
    Is amazing to know that many people believe the same things around the world!! i’m member manu years when I was a litlle girl jiji
    I’m not speak english very well, but I try!!!

    regards
    Cynthia

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  5. Seth W says:

    Okay, I am another blogger who is getting around to blogging about my faith.

    I want to take a different approach though by focusing on how members can promote and share the gospel with others through blogs. I have lots of experience because that is what I do… and am quite successful at, so I figured its time to share what I love doing with others trying to share the gospel.

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