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Emily W. Jensen: Welcome to the Round Table

Published: Tuesday, March 1 2011 6:30 a.m. MST

I am absolutely delighted to welcome you to The Round Table, a monthly podcast dedicated to building unity and honoring diversity “as we further the vital work of strengthening and celebrating Mormon womanhood.” Five Mormon women from across the Bloggernacle have joined together to explore such issues as female identity, different approaches to faith, marriage, motherhood, sisterhood, female spiritual power and so much more.

I was invited to moderate this panel, and I have so enjoyed discovering insights and hearing testimony as these women and our guests have conversed freely on the myriad meanings of being a Mormon woman of faith. So far, we have produced two months’ worth of podcasts, six in total. We have been joined by guests Kristine Haglund of "Dialogue" in January on what she loves about being a Mormon woman as well as how to be more inclusive of those with divergent opinions; and Sister Kathy Clayton, wife of Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy, on her journey of being the wife of a general authority and of serving in the church.

So sit at the Round Table for a while, and come back often to meet other amazing women. You’ll laugh. You’ll learn. And hopefully you’ll leave more faith-filled and enriched.

Now let’s enjoy some other amazing posts from this last week in the Bloggernacle:

Power pick: Oh, no! The Cane Creek Historical Marker is missing! So reports the Amateur Mormon Historian who thinks it was vandalized. And he’s on the case. He’s planning on traveling to photograph it for himself and also reporting it to the Tennessee Historical Commission. Click to read more and to see a photo of the sign as it stood before.

Power pick 2: What’s it like to have cancer four times? In this inspiring guest post, J. Scott Bronson likens it to playing a game of catch with Jesus: “I’m going to take all this worry — this pain — this anxiety, all this fear and terror and roll it all up into a ball, and I’m going to toss it up to you. Will that work? Is that all I need to do? Because I don’t think I can get through another day like this. I’m kinda goin’ crazy here and I need to get rid of this stuff. So, here. Here it is. Take it. I’m tossing it as high as I can. Please catch it. It’s yours now.” And in doing so, he finds out that “Jesus is pretty good at a game of catch. But it’s a short game. He doesn’t toss the ball back.” Wow.

Power pick 3: Four sister missionaries in New Zealand tell their harrowing and miraculous experiences regarding the recent earthquake in Christchurch. “I know we were being watched over,” explains one. “I really feel for the people who have lost loved ones … and we as missionaries continue to pray for comfort to be upon these families.” Wow!

Techie tip: I’ve featured both LDSTech and The Vineyard, and I've wondered what the difference was because they are both community-driven online project sites. In the fascinating post “The Vineyard, The Church’s First Crowdsourcing Site” LDSTech explains the difference: “Whereas LDSTech is a platform for collaborating on projects with a core team, the Vineyard chunks up tasks so they can be distributed and completed somewhat anonymously by thousands of members. Whereas the community efforts on LDSTech are often completed on your own computer, with tools such as the LDSTech integrated development environment, the tasks on the Vineyard can be completed within the browser itself. Additionally, whereas tasks on LDSTech require some technical background, the Vineyard’s tasks do not require a particular technical skill.” Cool. Check out the rest of this informative post.

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