Blogging bishops: 2 Mormon men talk about sharing the gospel online

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  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Nov. 27, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    In my experience the internet hasn't been particularly useful for missionary work. It only tends to attract hateful anti-Mormon bigots and egotistical Latter-Day Saints who want to argue their own doctrine over that of the Lord. But I do it anyway, because reasons.

  • MickelsonBJ Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 1:22 p.m.


    Don't worry, I could tell your post was well-intended. You had great questions! :)

  • MickelsonBJ Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 1:22 p.m.


    Love the idea of being a "Johnny Appleseed"! What a great way to think about it. Great idea!

    People usually find my blog through google searches. They search a particular word and somehow found their way to my blog because of the way I tag the posts. I try to tag the posts in a way that is consistent with the post so that I'm not "tricking" people into reading my stuff. Hopefully, people are finding the blog when they're really searching for something related to what I've written.

    Great thoughts! Thanks,

  • MickelsonBJ Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 1:19 p.m.


    Thank you for the kind words. I especially appreciate your reference to Dr. Low. Very thoughtful!

  • CDCilley Chino Valley, AZ
    Nov. 22, 2013 3:43 p.m.

    I've thought about creating a blog, but I find myself much more 'qualified' to act as a 'Johnny Appleseed'. I do a lot of facebooking and I have found several opportunities to share, almost daily, experiences and references with others who post something online. I have born my testimony online several times and even in bits and pieces I get responses from other who have questions which I gladly respond to as best as I am able. Sometimes that is just a line or two and sometimes it is several paragraphs. I think blogs are great, sort of like a journal, but if you don't know where to look, how are you going to find them?

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 7:45 a.m.


    I enjoyed reading this article to find that you experienced anxiety while serving as bishop, and dealt with it. I, too, struggled with anxiety while serving as bishop (I still do), and have met it head-on. Though still is an obstacle in my life, it's an obstacle I consider a blessing in many ways. Drives me to my knees often, helps me to recognize weakness, and I've been able to talk with many who likewise struggle and help them. One tool that has helped me tremendously is the work of Dr. Abraham V. Low: Recovery, International. Perhaps it will help you or your readers should anxiety still be an issue. Thank you.

  • tesuji Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 9:17 p.m.

    Thanks for the info. I wasn't criticizing your blog at all, in case that wasn't already clear.

  • MickelsonBJ Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 2:55 p.m.


    Great questions, all of them. Actually, I'm a bit surprised at how many people who are not of my faith are reading my blog. I'm not exactly sure why! :) But I get messages from people here and there who are not LDS but who seem to appreciate a few of the thoughts I've shared.

    You're actually able to "search" most blogs using the search box. Also, most blog posts are "tagged" with certain subjects so they're a bit organized. Most people who I don't know find my blog when they search for certain terms in Google and they're directed to my blog because of how I've tagged my posts. Meaning, if someone looks up "Jeffrey R. Holland" and "depression", they're probably going to find my blog. There have actually been a few non-LDS people who heard through their friends about Elder Holland's recent conference talk, Googled it, and then wound up on my blog. Kind of neat.

    Great questions!

  • tesuji Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    I'm an older person and I don't get blogs. I know what they are, but why would strangers read a blog I wrote? Who would really read it?

    Non-members aren't surfing the web looking for missionary blogs to read, I assume. How do they find my blog?

    Also, one article after another, page after page - it's always hard to find anything on a blog. Do any blogs have indexes or tables of contents?

    I would appreciate enlightenment, especially on how this really works as a missionary tool.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    Great article, I am especially impressed with the idea that these men, though serving or having served as Bishops, overcome any fear of honest vulnerability displayed for everyone to see...perhaps the greatest deterrent to good is the whispering that we must keep things secret and in the dark. Pride takes a hit when men such as these open up to share what they have suffered, and the answers they have found to some of life's vexing problems. I need to take up blogging...too many negative voices in our society, its time the life-affirming and positive take center stage!