Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas, you guys!

You guys!  I love you all!  Thanks for reading this blog!  It's been online for a little over four years now, and it's been a pleasure to write it.

I hope your Christmastimez are so great this year!  Eat some CANDY!

For your gift this year, I offer you a sneak-peek at some posts I plan on writing in the future (some of which I've started, others I'm almost done with, and others still I haven't even touched):

- The problem with Nephi's narrative.
- What is the "face of Mormonism?"
- Online piracy vs. theft.
- Positionality, economic/military escalation, and Batman.
- Zion and Babylon.
- An interview with a gay Mormon at BYU.  [This isn't just idle speculation that one day I'll possibly interview someone - I've actually been contacted by a stranger who wants me to interview him.  He was impressed with how I've touched on the general subject in my posts, specifically in "The sanctity and profanity of marriage."]
- Depression.
- Modesty, gender roles, sexism, and the "stewardship of proximity."

So, um... get excited!  Yes, I know that most of those are Mormon topics, and I'm sorry if you are hoping for this blog to expand its scope a little bit.  I will!  I promise, I will.  But the LDS religion is a central part of who I am, as is looking carefully (even critically, sometimes) at Mormon culture and at the theological implications of what Joseph Smith gave the world from 1820 to 1844.  So, because it's so central to who I am, it is understandably central to how I write, and what I spend my free time thinking and writing about.

[A side note:  as soon as I finally get the ball rolling on that standalone "Zion In Babylon" blog, as discussed in my "Amen" piece, this blog here will of course become significantly less Mormon-y.]

I am a Christian, and I believe that there is Truth to be found via a relationship with God.  I have discovered that relationship - subjectively, personally, and intensely - through the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Anyway, merry Christmas, everyone.  Let us celebrate the gift of God's Son - and all that implies - together, despite our theological/cultural/socioeconomic differences.  I know some of you reading this do not believe in God.  And that's fine.  Let's celebrate together, anyway.  Because, even though we will undoubtedly experience this season in different ways, candy is still delicious, AM I RIGHT?  So let's all agree that the best thing for you to do is this:  go find somebody to keep you warm this holiday season and let them know how important they are to you, as you snuggle up to them eating candy and watching "Die Hard."

Love y'all.  Again, thank you for reading.  Your comments keep me blogging (and my blogging keeps me going).