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A couple years ago I read a talk by one of the leaders of my church, Russell Ballard, who said that members of the church should become more involved in gospel discussions on the Internet. The main purpose is to help people have a better understanding of what Mormons are really like. So, I set up a blog (Yes I'm LDS) to discuss gospel-related things. I have since changed my mind. I think it is better to simply discuss those things here on my main blog, so that people can get a more complete picture of who I am. I figure this way I don't seem like I have multiple personalities. But if you wish to read any of the posts I made about being Mormon while I was maintaining that blog, please do so. I will not delete that blog, I have just discontinued posting there.

So, I should briefly mention how I feel about being a Mormon. I love the LDS church (the official name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). It is such a big part of my own personal identity. It has shaped who I am in so many important ways. At this point in time, I feel as if my membership in this church is an integral part of me. I love the teachings of the church and I love living the standards of the church, even though many people scoff at the high level of morality the church has set. I believe that living these standards has protected me from much pain and sorrow. On the occasions when I have violated the guidelines the church has set in place, in most cases I have had major regrets for doing so, aside from the obvious one that I've disobeyed church policy. So, I feel very strongly about living my life as God would have me live it. And I feel like in nearly every way, the church teaches me what God would want me to do.

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