Emily W. Jensen: Olympic Spirit

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19 2008 12:00 a.m. MDT

was driven to begin this type of blog. First, it is a way to keep connected to

family and friends. Also, my life in the Church here is very small scale (our

branch usually has about 10-15 members present at sacrament meeting, including

four full time missionaries).  Perhaps it helps me compensate for the lack

religious culture that I am accustomed to in my life."Mormon Thinking

"is designed to be neutral, where active members, non-members, or former members

can participate without feeling like they don't belong… Those who have commented

have shown tremendous insight, respect, and curiosity in the topics discussed."

Some favorite posts include

"Ebony and Ivory" where "we talk about the danger of extreme thinking.  It

incorporates philosophy from Star Wars, and even has a picture of me in a

lightsaber battle with my brother-in-law, who is a frequent participant on the

blog. I like the title from this week's blog the best — "How to Lose Friends and Irritate People." I was in a really boring meeting when

the title came to me, and nearly laughed out loud."  "Mormon thinking is

really not all that different from any other type of thinking. We have

developed a lot of our own fancy words to explain things, but I think it is

important to see how practical the Gospel is and how it can be made applicable

to anybody, even if they have never had anything to do with Mormonism.  I love

to get posts that say 'I am not Mormon, but this reminds me of my own

culture...' or something to that effect… It's a way to share who we are, while at

the same time continually progressing through the wisdom shared by others."

Awesome! Give Mormon Thinking a try!Techie Tip— Start a game of "Testimony Tag." You start by creating a blog post about a gospel idea. Next,

you link to a faith-promoting Web site. Finally, you invite (this is called

tagging) your friends to do the same. You share, encourage, others share, others

encourage, and the game gets bigger and bigger with awesome results. Enjoy!

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