Friday, October 26, 2018

This Week in Mormons, Ask a Latter-day Saint and more....

There are a lot of good things happening lately! I was recently asked to help out with the "Ask a Latter-day Saint" column on Spokane FAVS. This column receives questions from readers and the Latter-day Saint writers for FAVS do their best to answer the question. I wrote a response to the question: Is there a doctrine against a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reading and using Dianetics: Themodern Science of Mental Health by L. Ron Hubbard to improve their study ability and mental clarity. You can read my response here.

Then there is the news that I have started writing for This Week In Mormons. If you haven't been to their website, you should check it out. There's lot's of good commentary. My first article "The Convert Files: Does a Mission define you as a Latter-day Saint?" dropped on Friday the 19th. This is such a cool opportunity. Crystyne (my wife) and I even made an appearance on their podcast as they spoke about my article. You can hear that here at around the 34:30 mark.

You might be asking, how will your columns be different for the two organizations? For Spokane Faith and Values I will continue to write about the interconnection of faith groups, increasing spirituality and goodness, as well as commenting on local and national news stories from a Latter-day Saint's perspective. With This Week In Mormons, although I will probably give commentary on news stories of interest to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I will be focusing a lot of my attention on the life of a convert, as well as the culture vs. doctrine discussion we often have within the context of our Church.

Another cool thing that happened was that I was unexpectedly given a mentor pin at an Eagle Court of honor for one of the young men that I work with at church. It's awesome to see that you can make a difference in a kid's life, even when there are times you think you aren't reaching them and you may want to pull out your hair.