Heard of the Mormon Mommy Blog phenomenon? Well I’m here to tell you about the next big blogging push: the Mormon Daddy Blogs!
I was so excited to bookmark the new aggregator MormonDaddyBlogs.com, which is dedicated to pulling together the best posts from fathers who, as Dennis A., the founder of MormonDaddyBlogs.com, explains “weren’t necessarily blogging about theology (not that there’s anything wrong with that – it’s just that there are already plenty of those out there) or politics (ditto), but instead were just blogging about our imperfect efforts to keep food on the table while keeping our faith and keeping our families together. None of which is an easy trick these days.”
Scrolling through the link list of Mormon daddy blogs, you’ll find professionals, actors, musicians, writers, travelers, teachers, scientists, comedians and so much more. The site is well-organized with a section on videos, a recent blog roll list and featured blog posts.
So check it out, and pass the word about the Mormon Daddy Blog phenomenon. Or, if you’re a Mormon daddy who blogs, join up! If not, perhaps like me, you’ll find many new blogging dads whom you’ll now want to follow.
Here are a few examples:
Check out the Modern Mormon dad’s ideas for successful “Scripture study with three small children: How we try to keep it sane.”
Here’s one great tip: “Our children are young enough that they are not going to be able to process extended passages of scripture. So when we first began daily study, we took the set of 100 'scripture mastery' passages (used by teenagers in Mormon seminary classes) and studied one each week. These passages consist of usually one or a just a few verses that cover a key point of doctrine. For seven days in a row we read the same passage, and accompanied it with a different thought, or some thoughtful questions, each day. Occasionally in church when one of the scriptures was quoted, our oldest son would turn and look at us with wide eyes and we knew he had remembered it!” Cool.
And Kirby Heyborne provides a hilarious essay about his olfactory sense in “I Smell Well.”
He explains, “As long as I can remember, I’ve always stuck my nose deep into foods before I ate them. (I love the warm smell of Rhodes Rolls fresh out of the oven on Sunday afternoon.) This drove my mom (and now my wife) crazy. ‘Get your nose out of there! We’re going to eat that!’ But in my defense, I can’t fully enjoy food without experiencing everything it has to offer. And I can’t just take a cursory whiff; I’ve got to dig into it. I don’t want other scents around the dish to influence the item I’m inhaling. This obsession with smells manifests itself in every aspect of my life. Anything new or anything that comes in a package gets a deep olfactory inspection: board games, computers and books. When people walk by me in close spaces, I take an incognito deep breath through my nose, hold it, analyze it, and slowly let it out. I’ve gotten really good at this over the years. If you’ve ever met me, I’ve done it to you. And you probably didn’t even notice. Do you see now why I think it’s a super power?”
Now let me provide other fascinating posts from this last week in the Bloggernacle:
Power pick: "Me? Religious? Never! Having grown up in a family where religion wasn't present but principles, values, culture and tradition were heavily emphasized through actions more than words (no TV on the weekdays, family dinners were a must, filial piety was expected — not encouraged, and consideration for others came before your own needs), I never questioned what was right or wrong and welcomed debates with others to discuss the different outlooks, society's interpretation and the steady decline our morals seemed to have taken lately. I admired those who were religious but did not ever wonder what it was all about. In fact, after having a stint with attending church every Sunday for a year in high school and subsequently witnessing the hypocritical nature of religious college students who did not come across as 'good' people which thereby lead me to stop going to church, I could safely say I had tried it." But what happens next is just priceless in this wonderful essay on how "It Used to Just Be Me" about a faith journey that takes this blogger into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hat tip to Mormon Mommy Blogs.
Seen this? "Jump, Jive an' Wail" with BYU Vocal Point in this fun and loud music video that takes place, of all places, in the BYU Library. It'll stick in your head for the rest of the day.
Techie tip: A hearty congratulations to the LDSNewsroom, who announced yesterday, “We reached 10,000 followers today. Thanks for your support! Keep following @LDSNewsroom for official church news. #lds #mormon.” Awesome!
Emily W. Jensen updates “Today in the Bloggernacle” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, presenting the best of what we've seen from the world of LDS-oriented blog sites. Her extended “Bloggernacle Back Bench” appears on MormonTimes.com on Tuesdays.