Outer Blogness Rocks…or Rolls…Or Sleeps

Apparently, the ex-Mormons in Outer Blogness are making a difference. People are in an uproar! There is anarchy! There is CHAOS… Okay, maybe not that. But still.

There is a new BYU (Brigham Young University) article that encourages Mormons to take their “faith promoting” stories to the Net.

This is very different from times past, when I remember them telling Mormony people NOT to represent the Church on their own. But hey, times change. I’m with it. Really.

“Anti-Mormon literature is pervasive on the Internet,” said Jim Engebretsen, an assistant dean of corporate relations for the BYU Marriott School of Business. “It causes interested investigators of the church to lose interest. We can do a better job of presenting the positive impact of the gospel.”

The founders feel it is a shame to lose so many individuals interested in the church who are interested and get negative results. They feel members can strengthen their own testimony and help others as well by creating their own blog or by adding credibility to Wikipedia or other informative add-on Web sites, according to representatives of the foundation.

“You don’t have to pretend to be the church, just be yourself and share your own testimony,” said Richard Miller, The More Good Foundation’s technical director.

Chris Nielson, a BYU student and second-year graduate student studying information systems, has held up his candle by taking the initiative to get involved with attacking the bad in cyberspace and making his own website, http://www.whatmormonsbelieve.org. Nielson dedicates a little time every Sunday to write basic positive content about the church.

“The More Good Foundation shows that lds.org or mormon.org is not necessarily enough,” said Nielson. “People can’t stand behind the umbrella of the church, but they can speak out in a more technological way and do a small part which can make a difference.”

The More Good Foundation takes the “every member a missionary” idea to a virtual element through the positive use of the Internet.

Globally, people deserve the chance to hear the truth in their own language and decide if they will accept it, the foundation maintains. The typical Google user will hit on the first three hits that come up under a certain topic, and if those are negative, they will be misdirected and investigative interest can turn to a negative experience. The foundation said if people fail to make their testimonies and voices heard about the church, perhaps members will be responsible for others’ lack of understanding.

“Sharing the gospel and answering critics strengthens your own faith,” said Robert Millet, a BYU religion professor, of religious understanding. “The Internet is a great way to share the gospel, and The More Good Foundation can help members do it.”

The foundation hopes to make good on a statement from LDS.org: “The Internet can be a powerful tool for good, but only if it is used correctly.”

The question is, WHO GETS TO DETERMINE CORRECT? And furthermore, More good?


Somebody give me a drink. NOW.


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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4 Responses to Outer Blogness Rocks…or Rolls…Or Sleeps

  1. Cele says:

    Even just – A Better Foundation – but many of us wouldn’t believe that line either.

    I wonder how many people find their religion through googling? That is such a sad comment on the condition of human spirituality. A sad point about the state of religion is that many institutions do not bring people to Christ, they use religion to bring people to them. The tenets of the church have become more important than the hope, message, and love of God; the salvation of Christ. Sadly it’s not just the Mormons who fall into this black pit.


  2. Kita Kazoo says:

    Well – Isn’t that interesting.

    Personally I think its’ a good thing since most of their testimonies sound canned and are shallow and lame. So they want to have the public compare hard facts with mushy emotion driven crap? How completely stupid can you get?

    Have a great day, Kita


  3. Doc Loco says:

    Thanks for the heads up Natalie.
    I guess I will have to write more blogs on Mormonism myself then. Of course you likely already know that Joseph Smith when asked for the meaning of the word “Mormon” said that the term “Mormon” when properly translated means “more good”.
    So, the Moregoodfoundation is simply a play on that. There is a kind of sneaky-cute thing that BYU (I think) created that has now become the mormon norm. They love it. It makes my skin crawl. I really think very bad thoughts about the sneaky-cute mormons.

    I used to hang on every word of JS. But now he sounds kind of lame. Here he speaks for himself and impresses us all with his mastery of all languages – especially of language that “no one knows”. (except him of course.)

    From Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (1974 ed.) pg. 299-300

    To the editor of the Times & Seasons:
    Sir- Through the medium of your paper, I wish to correct an error among men that profess to be learned, liberal and wise; and I do it the more cheerfully, because I hope sober-thinking and sound-reasoning people will sooner listen to the voice of truth, than be led astray by the vain pretensions of the self-wise. The error I speak of, is the definition of the word “Mormon.” It has been stated that this word was derived from the Greed word “mormo.” This is not the case. There was no Greek or Latin upon the plates from which I, throught the grace of God, translated the Book of Mormon. Let the language of that book speak for itself. On the 523d page, of the fourth edition, it reads “….none other people knoweth our language; therefore he hath prepared means for the interpretation thereof.”
    Here then the subject is put to silence, for “none other people knoweth our language,” therefore the Lord, and not man, had to interpret, after the people were all dead. … I may safely say that the word Mormon stands independent of the learning and wisdom of this generation. – Before I give a definition, however, to the word, let me say that the Bible in it’s widest sense, means good; for the Savior says…”I am the good shepherd;” and it will not be beyond the common use of terms, to say that good is among the most important in use, and though known by various names in different languages, still its meaning is the same, and is ever in opposition to “bad.” We say from the Saxon, “good”; the Dane, “god”; the Goth, “goda”; the German, “gut”; the Dutch, “goed”; the Latin, “bonus”; the Greek, “kalos”; the Hebrew, “tob”; and the Egyptian, “mon.” Hence, with the adition of “more,” or the contraction, “mor,” we have the word “mormon”; wich means, literally, “more good.” Yours, Joseph Smith (May 15, 1843) T.& S. 4:194

    Now, I don’t see where Joseph claims that in Egyptian or Reformed Egyptian the word “more” or “mor” which he calls a contraction (but I would call a truncation since a contraction (I think) is supposed to be the combining of two words (as in “can not” = “can’t) – is translated as “more”. Joseph claimed to be a master of language both taught by special instructors he hired to teach at the “School of the Prophets” and of course Directly By God, Himself, as well as directly by every prophet of all previous dispensations of time, including the BoM Prophet Mormon himself. So his translation of the Reformed Egyptian word “more” to mean in English “more” is kind of odd to me. While “the church” might well try to make this definition sound like an “off the cuff remark” by JS, it was obviously well thought out by him. Oh, and also kind of stupid.
    Is Mormonism – More Good? Nope, my 45 years in Mormonism finally proved to me that Mormonism destroys good, wrecks families, promotes abuses of all kinds, prevents character development by substituting “stepfordism” as the highest standard and generally promotes More Evil than nearly any other Cult.
    More Good! What an evil, nasty, joke.


  4. Natalie says:

    You know, Doc, I actually had not heard about the “More Good” definition, which cracks me up. I think that Mormonism is just layer upon layer upon layer of fraud, and it’s no wonder some find it easier to just accept the good and go with it, and not look to deep. Looking deep can give you a massive headache.

    Sometimes, I do think it would be easier to live by faith alone. I think I’m too much of a skeptic. But Trapped readers, sleep easy. My skepticism is too strong to ever go away.


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