11 January 2008

blogging for a higher purpose

Elder Russell M. Ballard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently addressed graduates of BYU Hawaii, urging them "to use the Internet — including blogs and other forms of 'new media' — to contribute to a national conversation about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." The original transcipt can be read here. It was brought to my attention at Times and Seasons, one of my new favorite places to visit.

The thought occurred to me while reading this that there are a lot of LDS women bloggers out there. Just check the ongoing list here. I certainly don't hide the fact that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but how often do I use my blog to help spread the gospel? Only occasionally. I like that I have a variety of readers. I learn so much form women of all different religious backgrounds. So I've not wanted to seem "exclusive". Still, I'd like nothing more than to help dispel any misunderstandings about my beliefs, and I welcome questions any time.

I encourage us all to find more ways to use our blogs to inform others of our convictions. The Lord has blessed us with a multitude of mediums in which to display our beliefs - art, music, literature and now blogging. ;) Lol. So who's with me?

I've received 2 awards from Angela. Thank you!

*The great blog awards originated here, and The Daily Dose originated here.

In order to share the love I'd like to pass the great inspiring blog award along to Seeds From My Garden, An Ordinary Mom and Nettie. And The Daily Dose to Scribbit , Crazy Bloggin'Canuck and my dear friend Zoe at Fresh Preserves.

12 comments:

Morning Glory said...

Many thanks, Lei! I very much enjoy our blogging friendship and find inspiration from you, as well.

Misty said...

Certainly some thing to think about.

Nettie said...

I've never received a blog award before. Thank you! Although I know my blog isn't nearly as inspiring as yours is!

Cocoa said...

I was pleasantly surprised when I read Elder Ballard's talk. I have received quite a few questions especially after posting the "internet pass-along card" (that's what I call it) on my sidebar linking to Mormon.org. You make a wonderful point about learning so much from other women!

Yvonne said...

I've read that from Elder Ballard. It helps me feel good about blogging. Thanks for your post.

Congratulations on your awards--very well deserved.

Zoe said...

Thank you Lei! I feel the same way about your blog - I was going through some serious withdrawl last month!! I need my daily dose of you!! :)

Scribbit said...

Thanks so much--I appreciate the kindness! Even from someone who doesn't like "S.W."

Xandra said...

Thanks for linking to my blog! I love the layout and header of yours....those feet are adorable! Congratulations on the award....

Xandra

Jen-(Mimo) said...

I'm so happy to see you posting again! I wasn't a regular commenter, but I did read you often. Glad your holiday picture turned out better! So cute!
I liked this post and will for sure keep that in mind while blogging.

Liam's Mom - Gina said...

I've done a couple posts since that article was posted by Elder Ballard. I have been enjoying mormon.org's missionary tools.

My good friend did a WONDERFUL post since that article as well. You'll enjoy I am sure:
http://alittlerevolution.blogspot.com/2007/12/since-we-apparently-are-voting-for.html

Amber said...

Funny that you wrote this because we had a Testamony meeting about missionary work and I made the resolve to do this very thing. So, this week I shall write about The Hurricane's first week as a Sunbeam!

P.S. I'm honored for the award. :-)

An Ordinary Mom said...

I can't wait to read Elder Ballard's talk. How inspiring!

And thanks for the kind award! I am grateful for our friendship.