Moving Towards Ministry

As a blog written by volunteers, the content here at Millennial Star will always reflect the interests of the writers (including guest bloggers). But as the Church moves towards ministry (rather than teaching), I thought it would be interesting to know what you, as an M* reader, like to see.

If there is content you particularly don’t value, please leave a comment to explain. Conversely, if there is content you uniquely rely on M* to provide, please comment to explain why you particularly value M* for that content.

A reminder that comments should follow generally accepted standards for good taste and decorum, exhibit respect for others, and relate to the topic at hand.

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About Meg Stout

Meg Stout has been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ (of Latter-day Saints) for decades. She lives in the DC area with her husband, Bryan, and several daughters. She is an engineer by vocation and a writer by avocation. Meg is the author of Reluctant Polygamist, laying out the possibility that Joseph taught the acceptability of plural marriage but that Emma was right to assert she had been Joseph's only true wife.

7 thoughts on “Moving Towards Ministry

  1. The only content that I do not value is political commentary. I sincerely believe good can be found in all parties, as well as not-so-good, because we are all mortal.

    I don’t usually take the time to read interviews or podcasts, but know others that do value thos.

  2. I will have to say the opposite of Marivene with political commentary. Although it shouldn’t be a large part of postings, this is the very few places where conservative/libertarian Mormon viewpoints are expressed. Not writing those kinds of articles is to concede the other side who are not afraid and are more than willing to yell from the virtual rooftop. Often times in direct opposition to the LDS Church and its teachings. In fact, in today’s world it is unavoidable where the personal has become political and the political has become personal.

  3. It’s interesting to see the results. Alas, such polls are not scientific and folks are on their honor to not vote often.

    At this moment, the results are:

    Doctrinal Insights (highest, presumed to represent 100%)
    Scriptural insights (92%)
    Historical Insights (84%)
    Coverage of LDS-related news (74%)
    Reviews of books and movies (46%)
    Comments to posts (46%)
    Political commentary (32%)
    Previews of other feed (podcasts, interviews) 18%

  4. I’m with Marivene — whether pro-Trump or anti-Trump, I don’t want to read any of it here, since you’re asking. I also never listen to podcasts.

    I do appreciate this site’s kindness towards the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an institution and to other Latter-day Saints as individuals.

    I don’t see it often, but I generally don’t like dogmatic expositions (“all Mormons…”) — I prefer individual testimonies (“I…”) — I don’t like for other Latter-day Saints to speak for me. I don’t share all the beliefs that some others espouse, seeing some of them as folklore rather than doctrine, especially in matters where God has been silent.

    Thank you!

  5. I do appreciate some conservative political commentary from time to time, but mainly I’m after useful and uplifting reading. I especially like family history-related stories and apologetics.

  6. As an occasional reader of M*, I dodn’t feel particularly inclined to try and influence your direction. I read when there is an item of interest to me.

    Many of you will recognize me as an “unrepentant liberal,” as I describe myself, from other places in the bloggernacle. While I usually don’t agree with the political commentary here, I find it instructive to read and try to understand the libertarian and conservative viewpoint. I find here the same issue that I frequently find at more liberal blogs, which is to cast aspersions as to the worthiness and motivations of those with opposing views. That is counterproductive. Just as we seem to be descending into tribalism and hardening of opinions on a national political level, I fear that those same elements are entering into our church communities.

    I don’t agree with most of the political views here. But please allow that those of us with different views are also trying to do the best that we can with what we think and feel is right. There is a great quote that unfortunately I do not have access to at work regarding politics and the church. It goes something like this:

    “To tie the church to any political party or institution that has within it the seeds of its own destruction is to deny the eventual triumph of the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is for all men and women of every dispensation, regardless of their views.”

    I have not remembered the quote well, and the source also eludes me at present. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I am thinking it might have been Lowell Bennion, but that is only a guess. If I can find the actual quote and source, I will share it later. My point, I guess, is that if we don’t have some dialogue, we will never be able to be fully humble and able to fully accept the gift of the atonement. So keep writing from your perspective, and i will continue to read from time to time. Just don’t make assumptions about my own journey towards eternity, and I will resist doing the same about you.

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