We T&S bloggers are pretty impersonal. Our posts tell about the kinds of things we think about, but we don’t share much about who we are or what we do. So here’s a bit about me.
I spent the first 18 years of my life in California — 9 in Pleasanton and 9 in Cameron Park. Now I’m 30 and, after a decade in Utah and Oregon + 2 years in Japan (Kobe mission), I’m back in California again. I’m kind of a geek. I like board games, and I play Magic (not tricks, just the CCG). I used to play Dungeons & Dragons, and probably still would except that it takes lots of time and committed players.
My angel mother made sure my siblings and I (two brothers, one sister) were engaged in productive extracurricular activities — sports, dance, music, etc. I never did much with the sports, but I still love to play the piano and write music. I ran a couple of dance studios until we had our second child, which prompted me to get a 9-to-5 job as a computer programmer (I studied modern dance and computer science at BYU).
I discovered the bloggernacle four years ago. At the time, it seemed a bit dangerous to me. I would read Times & Seasons occasionally, but thought that By Common Consent was dangerously irreverent. I had been taught to beware anything that might create questions about faith and the church. Fortunately, I had also read History of the Church, which presented enough curious tidbits to make me want to find some answers. Eventually my fear of apostatizing lost out to my desire for understanding, and here I am.
I love the distinctive doctrines of the church. I recall a sacrament meeting I attended a while back. Listening to the unremarkable talks got me to thinking, “If I knew nothing about this church other than what I’m hearing today, I wouldn’t see any reason to join it.” It was a frightening thought, and caused me to ask, why is the church important to me? The anchor I was able to fix on is the empowering doctrines of the Restoration — the nature of God, man, life, and eternity — that I find so wondrous, and so unique to our faith.
My theme in life (and as a blogger, for those of you who haven’t been keeping up with me!) is building community. That’s what I’m about. I love lots of things, but mostly I love sharing time with friends and family.
It’s hard to present oneself in a few paragraphs. I’d enjoy listing more of my favorite music (Fever Ray), games (Puerto Rico), and choreographers (Michael Hoover), but mostly I want to end on this note: thank you all who make this community alive. Thank you who lurk, for lurking lurkfully. Thank you who comment, for commenting boldly. And thank you who blog, for blogging incessantly, sincerely, and fatefully.