Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Welcome to our blog!

In December Elder Ballard gave a wonderful talk at BYU-Hawaii's graduation. Here are my favorite excerpts:

The emergence of New Media is facilitating a world-wide conversation on almost every subject including religion, and nearly everyone can participate.

Conversations will continue whether or not we choose to participate in them. But we cannot stand on the sidelines while others, including our critics, attempt to define what the Church teaches.

The challenge is that there are too many people participating in conversation about the Church for our Church personnel to converse with and respond to individually. We cannot answer every question, satisfy every inquiry, and respond to every inaccuracy that exists. …some who seek answers want them to come directly from a member of the Church, like each one of you.

May I ask that you join the conversation by participating on the Internet, particularly the New Media, to share the gospel and to explain in simple and clear terms the message of the Restoration. Most of you already know that if you have access to the Internet you can start a blog in minutes and begin sharing what you know to be true. You can download videos from Church and other appropriate sites, including Newsroom at LDS.org, and send them to your friends. You can write to media sites on the Internet that report on the Church, and voice your views as to the accuracy of the reports.

Others have recorded and posted their testimonies of the Restoration, the teachings of the Book of Mormon, and other gospel subjects on popular video-sharing sites. You, too, can tell your story to nonmembers in this way.
Last night when Michelle and I were having FHE we went over the talk given by Elder Ballard, and felt we should contribute a blog with our thoughts about our church and why we are here. We learn so much every week with the gospel so we thought we would write about the good things of the gospel and allow others to share insights and thoughts on the subject as well. There are so many negative views out there of our church, we hope to do what Elder Ballard said and show the positive things our church has to offer to combat the bad things that are said about us as members and about the church.

What we hope to accomplish here is to share our thoughts of the gospel, as well as share insights from the apostles and prophets of our church so you can see how things go from our perspective. It's our view of the gospel, and hopefully we'll be able to shed some light on some of the questions people may have about our religion.

There are so many good sites out here too for you to view as well. Please do not hesitate to try those out as well, especially if you are doing research about the church.