Two or three times a day, as a blogger, I check out the visitors to my blog and then I go out and explore the blogosphere.
There are a few blogs that I check out immediately like the Nie Nie Dialogues (http://nieniedialogues.com/) and the CNN religion blog and a few others. (Perhaps I should start a blog roll so I could just go to my blog and click down the links when I’m away from home? My Firefox has several blogs pinned to it so that I can open my browser and bam they’re there.)
And then there’s what else happens in my adventures that lead to this rambling pile of words for you today.
I click the “Explore Topics” and check out the blogs that have tagged topics that I write about.
Previously this wasn’t a scary thing.
I could click on Joseph Smith and read more about Joseph Smith and the adventures (both good and bad) that the early members of the church experienced.
I click the link for “Book of Mormon” or “Mormons” or “LDS” and I can learn about others and their studies of the Book of Mormon. Great! And awesome, I could log in, check my reader and learn some amazing things.
Recently this has changed.
I click “Mormon”, “Book of Mormon” or “Joseph Smith” as a topic and the things that come up aren’t those awesome things that I used to see.
I see things like “Mormon Delimma #….”
Wait.. so someone seriously has dedicated their life to finding delimmas about being Mormon or Mormon Doctrine.
Seriously. Not just one or two things that someone has a contention with but 400+ and that number grows every day.
Another of the most common posts is a Video Blog in which a young person rants about their experiences in the church.
Then if you click on Joseph Smith, post after post after post of why he was a fraud becuase there were no scriptual references in the Old and New Testament that he would come. But we already had that discussion…
It’s a little disheartening, especially when the delimmas or contentions are things that are completely contrary to what a Mormon actually believes.
My advice to anyone who came accross this entry looking for negative things, or wanting to post something negative to ask a Mormon, ask a Missionary, go to mormon.com and open a chat with a real life Mormon and ask your questions.
Or… you can ask me!
I may not have the perfect answer, or know the answer to your question, but I have some Priesty Pants holders in my family, both my Husband and FIL and also Missionaries and other leaders in our church that I can /poke and be like.. so, this person asked me this question on my blog and I don’t know how to answer it.
It breaks my heart to see people disheartened by the posts that are out there and it hurts that I got sucked into a few of those posts myself.