I'm starting a new project.
I'm doing it because, like so many others, I see the injustice and error that surrounds us.
I see imperfection in the world.
I see imperfection in religious organizations.
But I see something more than that. There is something more than that.
I see troubling things and hear troubling stories, and I get the feeling that I am only getting half the picture. I'm only hearing one kind of voice. The voice of informed criticism abounds, but something tells me that we are doing ourselves an injustice.
There are two Mormon voices that abound on the internet:
1. Eager, missionary monologues
2. Thoughtful, sometimes very passionate, criticism
Where is the third voice? Where is the voice that recognizes flaws, speaks openly, and at the end of the day, still invites faith in his/her church? Where is the informed, open, missionary dialogue? Where is the defense of truth, or the lauding of goodness? Undoubtedly it exists and I have not yet seen it. But we need more of it. We need Mormons that are so good, so loving, so studious, so humble, and so faithful, that they can talk about the hard things, recognize mistakes, and despite it all, see beyond. There is more here.
Spend more time in the scriptures. Spend more time in the temple. Spend more time with inspiring and loving leaders and friends. Seek out people who have more wisdom than yourself. Find a mentor. There are people, older people in the church, who are not out of touch, who do not shy away from "taboo topics," who are very much concerned with the injustice and wrongdoing that surrounds them. Talk to these people. Learn from them. Become one of them, because God knows his church needs more of them.
Faithful Mormons can be missionaries.
Open-minded Mormons can be understanding critics.
Truly great Mormons are both.
Let's aim higher.