My original blog mission statement (admittedly not that original) was informally stated in these few words:
"Nothing spectacular--just random thoughts which tend to revolve mostly around my Mormon faith, family, and politics, along with links to other blogs or articles that I've enjoyed or found worthwhile."
Looking back now, I'm surprised to see that I've stayed pretty true to my original purpose--except for the politics part. I've had a more enduring education by sticking to "faith" (yes, I know, still a very broad category). It's an interesting exercise to step back and contemplate what I've learned as a direct result of "the blogging experience". Here's a short list of just the first five that came to mind:
1. A year ago I would have stared at you blankly if you had mentioned "creatio ex nihilo". I get it now, and it's a huge "game changer" in interfaith religious understanding.
2. A year ago, when someone accused my "Mormon Jesus" of being a "CREATED BEING", I had not the slightest idea of what the heck he meant by that. I understand him now.
3. I grasp the "Are Mormons Christian"/"Is Mormonism Christian?" debate much more fully than I did even a year ago.
4. Interesting paradox that ironically has nothing to do with politics: I've become more liberal; I've become more conservative. (Or maybe just more moderate?)
5. I've gained an appreciation for the huge spectrum of individuals and interpretation/beliefs that fall under the large tent called "Mormonism". It's definitely bigger than I had ever imagined.
Of course the list can go on and on. I'm curious what others would say. What have you gained as a result of "the blogging experience"?
"The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it."