So be it. I figured if there is anything I could say that deserves to occupy the "front page of my blog" during my semi-planned blogging sabbatical, it is a personal message that goes to the core of who I am. Any of my readers who explores a few entries will discover that I make no effort to hide my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Yes, I am a Mormon without apology and with great pride. As such I am a Christian with evangelical resolve and fundamental commitment to the truths found in the Old Testament, the New Testament as well as the Book of Mormon and what are known as other volumes of continuing modern revelation. I believe that God expects virtue in the lives of His disciples. We are His children. Everything including life itself comes from His benevolent hands. My life is not mine, but is His to do as He requests. He is developing me largely through challenges, adversity and existence in a mortal life that is built on faith rather than outright knowledge. Our lives are played out in a larger context where good and evil are in full antipathy. Each day in decisions large and small we demonstrate where our loyalty rests. We can choose rewards of an eternal or a worldly nature. We decide if our bodies are to be subject to the spirit or vice-versa. Individual choice is supreme so we are to respect the personal choices of others should they decide differently than I. At the same time, I am committed to oppose wickedness and evil at every turn. These beliefs and this spiritual-social-political stance often brings some discomfort in a secular world. There is a growing rift between these perspectives and it plays out in many different areas.
Much more could be said regarding these things, but for now I wish to publically declare, unapologetically, and without reservation that I am proud to be a believing Christian, particularly a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am proud to stand in a larger community that includes my Jewish, Christian and Muslim friends who believe in a sovereign Supreme Being who expects moral discipline and spiritual allegiance. There has been much said that is derogatory about the Latter-Day Saints, about our doctrine, our history and our culture. I stand behind all of it from Joseph Smith to the holiness of our temple worship. Jesus Christ suggested that you can tell the tree by the fruit it produces. I invite my readers to spend ten minutes and inspect some of that fruit: