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Published: Thursday, Dec. 5 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

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1.96 Standard Deviations
OREM, UT

Interesting take on the Omni scriptures in the article and how they relate to blogging. I actually read Omni 1:9 with the idea of the law of multiple witnesses and also him re-affirming the reason why they write -- to be faithful commandments of their fathers. When I read Omni 1:10, I haven't perceived him as being arrogant, but rather just stating what he has done but shows he is honorably defending his brethren/family.

With this, I think this goes to show that written words cannot properly portray tone of voice or the writer's intent 100% of the time, so blogging about [spiritual] topics can possibly be misinterpreted by readers.

How many times has someone left comments on these boards, but the comments are interpreted or viewed completely different by readers than the intent of the writer?

Maybe the other scripture related to blogging should be 2 Nephi 33:6 - "I glory in plainness [...]." In other words, keep it simple.

terra nova
Park City, UT

There are times that blogging seems like a good idea. But there are times when it seems to be an invitation to violate your own privacy - and the privacy of others. Blogs, by nature are much more public than private. And honest musings can be painful for others to read.

Sigh.

Perhaps that's part of the challenge. But many of the things that burden my soul seem better fitted for prayer and conversation in private so that we can better gauge how our thoughts are being received and modify them so that we lovingly respect feelings.

Or, as lovingly as possible in this "me saturated" generation.

All this electronic soul-bearing, often pieced together and posted in the dead of night, gives the author an illusion of intimacy and privacy.

It is anything but. And therein lies the rub.

Do you really want to blog about the issues you are having with the kids or your spouse or the lunatic "brother" you endure at church?

It is tempting.

But at what cost to them?

Michigander
Westland, MI

The only restored gospel church on the face of the earth that correctly interprets the entire Book of Mormon is The Church of Jesus Christ (WHQ: Mononghela, Pennsylvania).

Beaver Native
St. George, UT

@ terra nova:

I don't think the article was suggesting that we treat a blog like a diary. Instead, I think it is suggesting that a blog be more like a journal. To me, it is suggesting that it be written to edify the reader.

So, we write and do the best we can. We write what we think might be of value for the edification of the reader. Agreed wholeheartedly with 1.96 Standard Deviations. We keep it simple and stick to the plain things that have been revealed through the prophets and stay away from speculations. We record the experiences that show the hand of God in our lives, the motivational lessons of life, and when we are misinterpreted, we take the attitude of Moroni towards the writings in the Book of Mormon: And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men....

laVerl 09
St Johns, AZ

I like the suggestion "And thus we see." It helps us wait until the resolution of the question or problem before we share it along with the resolution. Thus we are teaching and witnessing, not just blabbing. I don't see much of the Book of Mormon "blog" that doesn't follow this pattern.

antodav
TAMPA, FL

Slightly blasphemous metaphor but I understand what the author is trying to get at. Anyway, it makes a good point regarding what we choose to post online. I could do better about that myself.

Of course you can always delete what you post online whereas what's in scripture stays in scripture (notwithstanding an apostasy of course).

Speaking of which…

@Michigander

The only people who have the authority to "interpret" ANY scripture at all are God's appointed living prophets, who reside in Salt Lake City, not Pennsylvania.

Michigander
Westland, MI

antodav,

Sorry, but the scriptural AND historical evidence does not support your opinion at all. The Church of Jesus Christ (WHQ: Monongahela, Pennsylvania) is the ONLY true succession of the restored gospel. Hopefully someday the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened to find out the truth of this statement.

G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Autodav, you and I may have had similar reactions when the Book of Mormon is compared to a blog. To me, the comparison is backwards. There is no way any blog, no matter how well designed, can ever come close to the level of the Book of Mormon. That's sort of like comparing back-fence gossip to gospel discussions that are guided by the spirit. We are only scratching the surface (technologically speaking)as we stand right now in the digital era; as compared to the process of revelations received through the Spirit as we read and study the Book of Mormon and other latter-day revelatory material. Elder Hales' insight comes much closer to the truth than any comparison to a blog!

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