Not exactly how I write this blog…

Have questions about the Mormons?  Do you really want to know the answer?  My family converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 7.  For nearly 40 years since, I’ve had people who know very little about me and less about my faith insist that they know what I believe, then verbally beat me up for it.  I’ve spent far too much time in my life responding to arguments from people who had no interest in what my response might be.

I have encouraged my daughters and students in the LDS Church to respond to any question about the Church with another question:  “Do you really want to know?”  If the answer is no, then find something better to do with your time than getting involved in an argument with the person.  Like knocking over liquor stores.

If the answer is “yes,” then certain ground rules have been established.  The person asking the questions is committing to being sincere in his or her inquiry.  The person answering the question is committing to providing the best answer he or she can.  It’s a discussion, not a debate.

That’s what this blog is all about.  I started it at the encouragement of family and friends, with the intent to provide concise and honest answers to questions–even the tough ones–about Mormonism.   Each post is about 1000 words long, so unless you are narcoleptic or I’ve done a really bad job of writing, you shouldn’t nod off before you get to the end.

If you are looking for a fight, you’ve come to the wrong place.  This is really intended for two audiences:  People with honest inquiries about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and members who have been uncomfortable trying to find an appropriate way to express what they believe.  This isn’t “official” doctrine of the Church.  The opinions here are strictly my own.  Trust me, the Church isn’t in any rush to make ME its official spokesman.

If you have a question you’d like to submit, please do.  I only ask that you honor one request:  I’ll respect what you hold sacred, and I ask that you do the same for me.    Religion is worth talking about, but not yelling about.  If you make an ugly comment–either opposing or supporting one of my posts–I know where the “delete” button is, and I’m not afraid to use it.

For something more official, you should check out www.mormon.org. It’s the official site of the Church tailored for non-members who are looking for basic information about the Mormons.  More detailed information can be found at www.lds.org, which is the Church’s main web site.

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