Brothers and Sisters it was exactly one year ago today that I decided to start this blog. It was a small step for me, a Stake President, to come online and bring to the attention of the world the wonderful teachings of the Church from the perspective of a
leader, but this has been a giant leap for mankind as countless thousands have been exposed to the true teachings of the gospel. While there have been certain bishops online never before has anyone holding the calling of Stake President or General Authority taken this bold move. I will go down in the history of the Church as the forerunner and just as the saints today speak in awe and wonder of the pioneers who crossed the plains years ago, future generations may very well revere those of us who are the online pioneers of this day and age. high profile Church
2011 was a fabulous year for the Church. The National Post called 2011, *"The year Mormonism went mainstream." Indeed tens of thousands have benefited from reading the humble teachings on this blog and have been given a glimpse into how inspired Church policies and guidelines help those of us called to preside over the saints in these the latter days. 2011 also saw newsworthy articles on LDS basketball players and politicians; there were faith promoting musicals and ad campaigns and the well known singer David Archuleta finally announced he was going to serve a full time mission for the Lord ending all doubts about his sexual orientation.
Since its inception this blog has received hits from all over the world including places such as
Russia, France, Cuba, Nigeria and even countries as far off as . A lot of my traffic originates from online groups which have been setup to cater to and support the ‘easily offended’ who have left the Church. And thus it is that I get a lot of traffic from the bitter posters over at exmormon.org, postmormon.org and those who can’t seem to make their minds up of whether to stay in the Church or leave at newordermormon.org. Many visitors from these sites are moved upon by the spirit to click on the links I provide which often take them to faith promoting articles at lds.org, the official site of the Church. No other blog has been successful in getting so many disaffected members to consistently read the inspiring articles provided by the Church. Here they relearn the truths from which they have long been separated and as a result we are seeing that one by one they are feeling of the spirit and returning to the safety of the fold. America
Brother and Sister Holznagel from
Hamburg are just one example of how my blog has helped families come unto Christ. They wrote saying that after years of counseling they were on the verge of signing the divorce papers when their Bishop felt impressed to tell them about my blog. When they read the post on oral abstinence (which has by far been the most popular article http://stakepresident.blogspot.com/2011/05/oral-abstinence-key-to-happy-fulfilling.html) it helped them to see how their once loving relationship had become unholy and impure. The counsel given on that post is reiterated in this months Ensign where we are once again told that **"Intimacy is not to be abused.....It is important not to solicit behavior that is offensive to your spouse." The Holznagel's confirmed they are closer than ever before and were delighted to report that they have qualified for temple recommends once again.
Never before have I had so many enemies, but as those who oppose me grow in number and influence the Church is seeing an increase in those who support my cause. As other Stake Presidents, General Authorities and members of The Twelve overcome their fears & trepidation and follow in my footsteps by coming online I stand ready to guide and counsel them. I have counseled those interested to always use approved church resources to back up their posts in order to show the world who we really are and why we are proud to be known as such a peculiar people.
May God bless all readers with the ability to understand the truths concerning the gospel of Jesus Christ and may 2012 be an even better year for the Church as we approach the Second Coming of our Lord and Saviour.
Lovingly shared by President Paternoster