And Thus We See…the Demise of MMM

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And we’re off and running…

But first, some backstory:  As most of you know, I took a “sabbatical” of sorts from the blog and social media this summer. I came back a few weeks ago and fired up “Middleaged Mormon Man” for another run. Or so I thought.

Less than a week later, our beloved prophet, President Nelson, issued an “Official Statement,” which included this:

“The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with His will.”

The associated Style Guide was issued by the Church that clarified a point that made me wince just a little:

  • While the term “Mormon Church” has long been publicly applied to the Church as a nickname, it is not an authorized title, and the Church discourages its use. Thus, please avoid using the abbreviation “LDS” or the nickname “Mormon” as substitutes for the name of the Church, as in “Mormon Church,” “LDS Church,” or “Church of the Latter-day Saints.”
  • When referring to Church members, the terms “members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” or “Latter-day Saints” are preferred. We ask that the term “Mormons” not be used.” Especially when applied to Middleaged Bloggers. (Okay, I made that last part up.)

Gulp.

I must admit, it would have been nice if President Nelson had given me a little “head’s up,” or even shot me a text the week before I came back, so I could have stewed about this during my break…oh, well.

Here are my thoughts on the instruction that effectively resulted in my changing the blog name and ridding myself of the “Mormon” monicker after almost eight years and over 1,250 posts:

  1. I was not happy about it.
  2. It took a lot of time and effort to make the change.
  3. I wonder what everyone else in this situation will do?
  4. I’m not even sure if society will bite on these changes.

Here are my responses to my own thoughts:

  1. So what? You don’t have to be happy about it.
  2. You sound like a baby.
  3. It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing.
  4. Not my problem if society embraces the change or not.

So why did I do it? Obedience is obedience is obedience. My opinion does not matter.

Next came the process of choosing what to call the blog. I got a zillion suggestions. (Thank you!) Some were great, some were just plain awful, but none of them sounded quite right.

After a couple of weeks, and a few near-misses, I found the new blog name: “Thus We See.” Where did I find it?

I found it in the scriptures.

Yes, I lifted it from the only man who still gets to be called Mormon:  Mormon. The Original. (Don’t you just love irony?)

Mormon was one of the Great Ones. (And check out those arms and that cool club.) One of Mormon’s favorite expressions as he edited and compiled the Book of Mormon was “thus we see…” He used it in the Book of Mormon nineteen times! In contrast, it appears exactly zero times in the Bible. It is unique to the Book of Mormon, and it is an important phrase.

Elder David Bednar put it this way, “Any place in the Book of Mormon we find the phrase ‘and thus we see,’ we ought to pay particular attention to what follows because a prophet scribe is summarizing what he has learned in the process of recording the material.” (link)

Don’t misunderstand – I’m not aiming that high, but in a very small, sincere way, that is what I try and do on this blog. (When I’m not goofing around.) I try and look at life and my experiences, and try to summarize what I have learned and find the gospel message. Because there’s always a message out there.

Which reminds me of a scripture… “And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things.” (1 Nephi 16:29)

So, with my small blog, I hope to be able to bring about some goodness. Please come along with me and let’s see what we can learn.

 

 

 


One more new thing: Sunday posts are now available as a podcast! If you don’t feel like reading them, you can listen to the dulcet tones of my own voice. Look to the sidebar on the right and you will see the podcast player. Let me know what you think!


Extra Reading:

And Thus We See,” Ensign article – lists the usage of the term in the Book of Mormon

Come Unto Christ,” Elder David A. Bednar. Ricks College Symposium

And Thus We See,” Elder Craig Cardon. BYU Commencement address. (My former Stake President)

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Comments

  1. “and thus we see”. It is most often used by the writers as an inspired conclusion to events they have just portrayed. Its purpose is to serve as a warning to readers. In the words of Moroni:
    “…give thanks unto God that he hath made manifest unto you our imperfections, that ye may learn to be more wise than we have been.” (Mormon 9:31)

    I hadn’t counted how many times Mormom has used the phrase so thanks for that! I really like what you’re doing! I felt like you were talking to me as I read your article!
    If you’re interested in another great article and scripture tool here’s a great website! Happy Findings
    https://scripturenotes.com/and-thus-we-see-inspired-conclusions-for-our-day

  2. You could’ve stuck with MMM. I noticed FMH and MWEG haven’t changed. Neither had Mormon Soprano. Maybe women are just more heretical. (We’ll have to say goodbye to the pedestal.)

    1. I don’t really care what anyone else does. I’m just trying to respond to what we were asked to do. It was nice of Pres. Nelson to give a shout-out to those of us bloggers who were willing to take the leap of faith.

  3. I love your blogs and especially your podcasts! I retain better when I read outloud and your podcasts has been quite helpful. Thank you!

  4. You did it, and with class! Love it. You were missed and now can be seen & heard again. I think obedience, even to what some might say is overboard, will be what keeps the obedient souls afloat through the end of things. Thanks for your perfect example.

  5. Thanks so much for your example and obedience! Your blog helped me realize that I needed to change my Instagram name from ‘amormongirl,’ and I followed your example and did it! Thanks for sharing your faith, and I love the new name of your blog!

  6. great choice. every time I see Mormon’s “thus we see” I always took it as him saying….”duh, everyone should have seen this coming from the get go, but since so many did not, here it is”

  7. You are still amazing. Very possibly better than before. Thanks for hitting the high mark, i’ll Be following.

  8. And cleverly, your blog will be at the top of alphabetical listings! Love your thoughts and musings, whatever you call it.

  9. That’s great that you’re trying to be obedient, but it may be a bit shortsighted. I’m not sure Pres. Nelson meant for all the changing people have been doing with their personal blogs, podcasts, etc. He said further instructions would be coming. I’m expecting more information in a couple weeks during General Conference. I have projects that use the acronym LDS in the titles under license from the church, and have no intention of changing them unless directed to.

  10. Good for you, Brad. Your thoughts on the change, points 1-4, are pretty much how I felt. Obedience is obedience is obedience… yeah, basically my recent mantra.
    And looking forward to hearing you each week.

  11. This is awesome, Brad! Hooray! And I really do like the podcast approach + post. It was so fun to hear your voice! Here’s to a new era.

  12. Love, love , love being able to listen to your dulcet tones! Thanks so much for all you are and all you do to lead us down the straight and narrow path.

  13. LOVE IT!!! Inspired by you explanation of why you chose it. Way to obey the will of the Lord!!!

  14. Just wondering…..If, by chance, say, any of us think of an Inspired name for The Blog,(now I’ll need to change the folder) ..not that your new name isn’t choice,…Truly…Like I just thought?
    Brad, you are a rare wit. Thank you 😀

  15. Delighted with your choice of the new name for your blog. I think it is very fitting for the insights you often share from your personal experiences. During one of our sacrament meeting talks today, the speaker quoted the scripture from James that says “faith without works is dead,” and he said that he equates that “work” as “obedience.” It is one thing to have faith, but obedience is essential. I appreciate your example of obedience, in spite of your initial feelings listed in your post. To those of us who want to align ourselves with the prophet of the Lord, what does it matter how we “feel” about it? To quote another prophet, “to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” And thus we see that those who love the Lord desire to obey, even when it is not our first reaction. (See what I did there…)

  16. I am unable to find “thuswesee”, or any variation thereof on iTunes. How do I find it so I can subscribe? Thanks.

  17. LOVE! If it makes you feel better, when we started Millennial Star way back in 2005, one of the suggested names was “Laban’s Neck.” Ya, don’t know why or how, but so glad that one got voted off the island.

  18. “And thus we see” has always stood out as a way Mormon was saying, so politely, LISTEN UP BONEHEADS. So it’s fitting.

  19. I just love it Brad!! That phrase has stuck out with me as I have read the book of mormon over and over. You have a very special gift of writing and connecting with others. You are the only lds blogger(gospel writer) I follow because I have been disappointed by the content which is often critical of church leaders in others or just bad mouth our beliefs. I will sorely be disappointed when the day comes you will not write. I am lookig forward to continuing to follow thuswesee.com

  20. Since some time has passed since you adopted your previous name, how about Late-aged Latter-day-Saint Lad? 😉

    Really though, I love your self-responses to your four thoughts. I think one of the effects of this counsel may be a self-filtering of blogs that lets other students know where people stand.

  21. Love the new name. And as soon as I saw the title of this post, I guessed what you had done….very clever.

  22. ‘And thus we see’ … that ‘obedience is greater than sacrifice’ and that a former triple monagram continues to provide ample food for thought. Here’s to continuing the feast.
    Thanks, Brad, for your example and your insight.

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