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Same Ted, Different Day...
Published on September 27, 2010 By ParaTed2k In Religion

Hey JUers!  It's good to be back.. yeah, I know, I've been "back" so many times, I might as well be an aging rocker announcing "yet" another retirement... but as you can see from the new title, I'm going to take this blog in a whole new direction.

I've read the Book of Mormon many times over my lifetime.   Some of the times have been "cover to cover", other times, I've chosen a book to read and gone with it.  This time is going to be a bit differently though.  This time I'm going to treat it almost like a textbook.  From "I Nephi, having been born of goodly parents" to "And now I bid unto all, farewell.." I will be reading, and taking notes.  Then I'll post articles based on the notes I've taken, opening up discussions for JUers who want to participate.

Because I know how religious and spiritual discussions can go, I've taken the liberty of setting a few "terms of participation".  These are meant to help foster the proper spirit in the discussions as well as to offer "fair warning" to people who want to detract from that spirit. 

TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

Anyone at JU who wants to participate in these discussions is welcome.  The last thing I want to do is limit participation to just Latter-Day Saints, or Christians... or anyone on the basis of sex, race; skin, hair, eye or parachute color; nation or species of origin; religion, age or maturity; disability; sexual orientation; marital, ancestral, veteran, animal, mineral or vegetable status (not even on the lack of any or all of the above).

However, since I know that there are some who aren’t willing or able to keep things friendly, or like to disrupt the Spirit that I hope to foster in these discussions, I’m laying down a few simple rules.  What are rules without consequences for infraction?  There is only one consequence for infraction here at The Blog of Mormon… that is… your violation will simply be deleted. If you want to defend your deleted article, do so in email, not as a comment in the discussion.  I will keep a copy off all deleted comments so that I can restore them if you're successful at convincing me I was wrong for deleting it in the first place.

 So here goes…

 1: Keep it friendly.  

Sometimes it isn’t what we say that’s the problem, but how we say it.   Feel free to disagree, but do it in a way that doesn’t cause others to feel the need to come to my defense… even if they happen to agree with your point.

2: The Blog of Mormon is a topic driven blog.  Therefore, if you’re comment isn’t on topic… well.. You know the consequence.  By “On topic” I mean for the specific article.  Don’t post a comment in an article about (say) the Plates of Brass, when the article is about the Liahona (you’ll understand what those are as we discuss them).

Also…

I know, I know, your pastor, minister, evangelist, priest, father, mother, brothers’ girlfriends’ BFF’s former coworker said “X” about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  You know what?  I don’t want to hear what they think about my church.  This blog isn’t about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  It isn’t about whether it’s the “True Church of Jesus Christ” or not.   Therefore, if your question, comment, or disagreement is with the LDS Church in general, then there are many, many places on the web you can take it.

3: I want to read YOUR opinions, not those of someone you know, or read.

I used to waste my time reading what has been dubbed “anti mormon” books and articles, but I came to one major conclusion… they are free to write what they want, but I am also free to NOT waste my time reading it.  Freedom goes both ways folks, their freedom of speech doesn’t put any responsibilities on me to read them.  It also doesn’t require me to allow their drivel on my blog.  If you choose to quote, link or even mention their words, they will be deleted.

On the other hand, if you want to comment on YOUR opinion about what I’ve written, you comments will be welcome.  I reserve the right to decide whether or not to reply, but I also respect your right to the same.

4: Just as I expect you to stick to your own opinions and don’t expect you or your words to represent anyone else, what I write here is strictly “Ted Chapter 2 Verse 5”… on other words, my own opinion or beliefs and in no way should be taken as official doctrine, teachings or policy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, any of it’s leaders, departments, congregations or organizations.  

5: What I write may contradict, or be different than what you understand, or what someone else has said about the passage of scripture or topic.  That’s fine.  Contrary to popular misconception, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are able to think for ourselves.  We are free to express our thoughts, opinions and beliefs openly and honestly.  If the words of two or more members don’t seem to make sense to you, don’t fault the church, pray about it to find the answer for yourself.

6: The topics covered will be based solely on my reading, and commenting on, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  I know a lot of you know this book (some much better than I), and might be tempted to refer to other passages that I haven't covered yet, please don't.  We’ll get to that favorite passage of yours sometime in the future, but let’s keep it “line upon line, precept upon precept” for now.  However, feel free to refer to passages from past articles on this blog.

7:  Don’t drive away the Spirit of God that I hope to welcome to our discussions.

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matt 18: 20

Let’s keep The Blog of Mormon a place where the Spirit feels welcome.

8: Serious topics don’t have to be stuffy or pious.  We can have fun, add good natured humor and even joke around a bit.  I know I’m not planning on being serious all the time here (or even most the time).  God gave us a sense of humor, let’s quit acting like he was only joking! (or worse yet, mistaken).  ;~D

So let's have fun and in the immortal words of Bill & Ted... "Be Excellent to Each Other".

 


Comments
on Sep 27, 2010

I made a policy to not participate in the religion forum due to a run in I had with some clown back in my early days.  However for you (and for the benefit of learning about Mormonism the easy way), I will read your blog.  But I will not offer many comments.

But it is good to see you back!  And remember - "Welcome Backs" are much better than "I'm taking my ball and leavings".

on Sep 27, 2010

Hey Dr. Guy!  I understand that this blog won't be of interest to as many people as "I'm From the Government..." might have been.  I also understand that many people won't want to participate, beause of the topics discussed here.  I do hope to see you around a little though.  If not, just blogging again probably means I'll be participating in others' blog discussions again too, so while I may not see you much here, hopefully  you'll see me at yours.

on Sep 27, 2010

Easy rules?

Well, I make very few religious comments because my beliefs are more my own and not so much based on studying or following any particular religion. Maybe this blog will bring some interesting information worth commenting on.

If I may make a suggestion (if you haven't considered it yet), I would recommend you put a link to this article at the end of each of your articles as a reminder to everyone who participates on any of your articles for this blog. Kinda how I do on my own blog from Blogger.

on Sep 27, 2010

Hey Charles!

Yes, I thought about just making a link to where the terms can be found, but decided an inaugeral article probably wouldn't read much different than what I'd write in the link in the first place.  Yes, I do plan on linking this article to all future articles.  It may play a part in any deletions too.

Well, I make very few religious comments because my beliefs are more my own and not so much based on studying or following any particular religion. Maybe this blog will bring some interesting information worth commenting on.

That's why I want this blog to be topic driven, not just another religion based blog.  Most of what I'll be writing about won't even be based on doctrine or LDS church policy.  It will be based on the stories, people and events depicted in The Book of Mormon..  Of course, when the passages of scripture are doctrinal, that point of doctrine will be open for discussion.

Hopefully as I gain a better understanding of this wonderful book of scripture, so will everyone who participates.

 

on Sep 27, 2010

It's good to have you back, Ted.

 

on Sep 27, 2010

The topics covered will be based solely on my reading, and commenting on, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

It will be based on the stories, people and events depicted in The Book of Mormon..

I'm interested to learn how the Book of Mormon is "another testament of Jesus Christ" as well as how the stories, people and events depicted in it are related to Christ.

 

 

on Sep 27, 2010

Lulapilgrim, patience my friend.  Since I am doing this as a "cover to cover" study of The Book of Mormon, each topic will be covered as it occurs in the book.  Since it is "another testament of Jesus Christ" it won't be a long wait to get to those parts. :~)

on Sep 27, 2010

Lulapilgrim, patience my friend.

Okay, I hear ya!

 

on Sep 29, 2010

Thanks for the feature, Brad.  I admit, I didn't expect this topic to rate featured status.

on Sep 29, 2010

Thanks for the feature, Brad. I admit, I didn't expect this topic to rate featured status.

Ted don't get too excited... it's been pretty slow, so just about everything gets featured. Like DG and Chuck, but probably different reasons, I can't comment much on religious subjects, being that isn't my cup of tea (however I do find myself defending Christianity more on other forums, I say whatever gives one comfort as long as it doesn't harm others, there seems to be a lot of misguided hate out there). But good luck with the blog, judging from the current number of views here, lurkers perhaps, it should be pretty successful. 

on Sep 29, 2010

Hey Nitro!  How have you been? No, not too excited, but I did want to thank Brad for the feature.   I don't expect this topic to get featured as often as my political and disaster ones did. 

Yeah, I was suprized by the number of views myself.  Now that I've started posting articles about the Book of Mormon, I hope I can keep the people interested. ;~D

on Sep 29, 2010

Hey Nitro! How have you been?

Good. And good to see you back!

on Oct 05, 2010

Bonzai!!

on Apr 23, 2012

I've treated it like a text book as well. I've been LDS my whole life and the first time I read The Book of Mormon while I was 18 it was to say I finally had read it. With that I still felt something after I prayed as it challenges, but not that much. Then the second time I went through that's when I took notes to summarize What I read. With that I meant the reading to learn so then I had the manifestation come stronger, but not immediately. It took about a week to go all the way. The week consisted of smaller items that were happening quite often causing it to create the bigger. Ted already made a link to mormon.org on the Book of Mormon, but if you'd like to get a little more detail on what we mean give it a try. You can get a free copy of the Book of Mormon <a href="http://mormon.org/free-book-of-mormon/">here</a>. Trust me, if you truely mean your prayer it will come.

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