We have a new website here! Woot! Woot!
As we introduced this website and “previewed” it with several friends, for the most part, we got one of two responses:
- This is just what I’ve been looking for!
- Isn’t someone else already doing this? – Church website(s), LDS Blogs, etc.
Responding to #1: Woo hoo! That’s just what we hoped for.
In this blog post, I’m going to address #2 because I had to answer those questions for myself before I even dug in designing it.
Do We Need Another Mormon Blog?
First, this site is much more than a blog. Second, yes, we do need another one.
Several from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have encouraged sharing positive, edifying, and uplifting messages through social media, blogs, and websites like these. They gave us some great guidelines on how to do this, and with what tone. In an address to young adults on Sept. 11, 2016, Elder Cook said the internet and social media contribute much good to modern society. He encouraged setting worthwhile goals and to be authentic and Christlike online.
While this website and corresponding blog is not, of course, an official Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints site, we are following the admonition of the leaders of the church to fill the world with uplifting messages. Messages that point us to Jesus. Elder Bednar said, “Beginning at this place on this day, I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth—messages that are authentic, edifying, and praiseworthy — and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood.” (Read Elder Bednar’s BYU Devotional here).
Consider this site as a tributary to the ocean of Jesus Christ’s message filling the earth.
We Already Have So Many Sources for Church and Jesus Stuff, Why Do We Need More?
Because I love parables, I will give unto you the parable of the food.
There once was a great supermarket with many kinds of foods. It provided an abundance of ingredients, recipes, how-to classes, and ready-made meals. Most neighborhoods in the world had a great supermarket like this pretty close to them, and families would shop there to fill their cupboards and fridges at least weekly.
While many neighborhoods had this great supermarket, families would still visit various restaurants and fast-food joints near them. Some of these places provided great nourishment, while others just filled the belly with empty calories and questionable nutrition.
Then one day a new, posh restaurant showed up in your neighborhood. It had blue and green decor with modern furnishings and a state-of-the-art kitchen. It started small with just the owner and a few employees. They served tasty, gastronomical dishes served in the artsy-est displays they could create.
The new restaurant and the supermarket got their food staples from the same food distribution sources. And just because the little restaurant popped up, it certainly did not mean that families needed to shop at the great supermarket any less. In fact, many households took some recipes of their favorite dishes at the restaurant and replicated them in their homes! They shopped for the ingredients at the supermarket and prepared the tasty dishes for their friends and family members too.
And all were filled and nourished until the end.
See the parallels yet? We at Added Upon are gospel foodies who like to cook (write) and serve (publish) our favorite spiritual foods.
An Invitation to Dine – Feast Upon the Words of Christ
“…feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” (2 Nephi 32:3)
You’re hungry; I’m sure of it. Come visit us at our table and get nourished by the good word of God here too. Pull up a chair, tuck your feet in, and try some of our samplers. Maybe you like us so much you want make us your favorite joints and become a regular diner.
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