I find this happens pretty much every time, I highlight a bunch of amazing new blogs and the next week have even more that people send in. So without further ado, here are three more brand new blogs from enterprising testimony-sharers:
Really know: So do you Really Want to Know about Mormonism? That’s the premise of this blog, which strives to provide “Honest Answers From a Mormon About His Faith.” Interestingly, I got this recommendation from a reader of the blog who promoted it as “Rob Ghio has a unique ability of disarming with humor and then arming with truth (facts) . Those of us who are familiar with his talents have been pressuring him for some time to start a blog and address 'hot' LDS topics with his unique style of writing. Rob finally gave in and appears to be having a ball. Every time he posts a new one, I drop what I'm doing to read it.When you get to his site, click on a topic — any topic — and you'll see what I mean. They are all 1,000 words or less and the best I've seen out there on correcting misinformation about our faith.” And it is great stuff. The real substance is in his testimony-filled explanations. Click in to read more!
Blog testimony: It takes a lot of guts to put your testimony out in blog form. As Troy Parker writes, “I hesitated launching my own blog. Frankly, who gives a rip about my life, opinions, beliefs and happenings (besides my family of course)? Well I’ve decided to jump on the band 'blogging' wagon. There are many reasons but ultimately, I do it for me and my family. In case you can’t tell — and you happen upon this blog — I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). This blog is extremely skewed to that part of my life. I’m not trying to make a statement, or draw lines in the sand, or even convert anyone. The church is simply an enormous part of my life and very important to me. You can’t tease out my faith and reveal my secular side standing alone. Inevitably, everything (even football) leads back to the church, the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation. I make no apology. This is who I am.” So explore how one blogger combines the secular parts of life with the spiritual.
Scripture feasting: “Hi, my name is Elliott — I wanted to tell you about my blog — www.feastuponthescriptures.blogspot.com. I post daily thoughts about my daily scripture study. I started a twitter account just to post links to it each day — @feastscriptures.” Cool. I checked it out and it is as he says, a daily blog with fascinating musings on the scriptures. Use it to help in your reading or cite it as a source (unofficial, of course) for added insight.
Now let me direct you to a few other amazing posts from this last week in the Bloggernacle:
Power pick: I know that there bloggers attending the Kansas City Missouri Temple Open House, so I decided to find one to highlight. I was not disappointed. Read about these “KC Temple Adventures” wherein “amidst all the thunderstorm and tornado warnings, our branch took a trip down to Kansas City to go through the new LDS temple open house.” And her reaction: “It was a really neat experience touring the temple with the branch members. It was many peoples' first time seeing the inside of the temple and it was cool to hear their reactions. It is very beautiful inside. I loved all the artwork choices and woods. The stained glass windows are very pretty. The whole interior is done in a subtle arts and crafts style. It's a smaller temple, but beautiful none the less.” Whilst searching, I found this bonus blog about the “Calgary Temple Progress” and, along with this blogger, found it fascinating to learn about the following: “So, my niece is engaged to a nice young man named Ryan. Ryan is an electrician and he has the opportunity to work on the temple. I've seen him a couple times over the last couple of weeks and thought I'd ask him what he thinks of working on the temple. Ryan says he's enjoying working there. He is amazed at how PERFECT everything is. The chandeliers are going to be amazing and BIG (he says the biggest one is around 600 lbs!) When I asked about lighting for the outside, he told me that the stained glass windows have LED lights in the bottom that he installed. Cool. I look forward to the day when it's all lit up.” Awesome! Click in to read more.
Techie tip: Didn’t get enough of a general conference fix at the first of the month? Well I have good news for you: the LDS Church is in the process of putting up “40 Years of LDS General Conference Audio & Video.” Not only that, but as Larry Richman explains, the church “is also enhancing the offerings by adding music archives and making past conference materials available through other channels.” Awesome. Click in to see the schedule of when these conference materials will be available and where.
Emily Warburton Jensen loves searching through the LDS blog world for developments and testimonies that best capture the ever-evolving LDS online experience. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org