I may choose to ignore people who comment anonymously. I choose never to be anonymous online myself. I have little tolerance for this behavior.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Don't Ask the Question if You Don't Want to Hear the Answer!

My Bishop called me a liar tonight. Oh, not in those words. He dismissed my answers to his questions because I told him that neither ward units or the stake should be using Facebook, or any other web site for official purposes.

Where's the ambiguity in the following passages:

Official Church Internet Resources  21.1.22

The Church provides a number of official Web sites and other Internet resources for general use. These sites and resources are clearly identified as official either by the use of the Church logo or in some other way. They also comply with legal requirements and the Church’s intellectual property and privacy policies.

Stake and ward Web sites may be created only by using the official Church Internet resources. Stakes and wards are not authorized to create other Web sites or blogs or otherwise have a Church-sponsored presence on the Internet.
He countered with the information that, since the Stake President is doing it, then it must be okay. That's good enough for him. Also, he pointed out that the Church has a Facebook presence, so it must be okay if the stake does too.

I told him special web sites can only be set up under Church authorization and approval. He didn't want to hear that either. Also from 21.1.22:
On occasion, official Church Web sites may be approved for other purposes, such as multistake projects, special events, and young single adult activities and organization. To seek approval for such a site, the organization’s priesthood leader submits a request stating the purpose and need to a member of the Presidency of the Seventy or the Area Presidency.


Apparently, the mission we are in also has a Facebook page. I don't find any ambiguity in the concluding sentence of 21.1.22 in the Handbook:
Temples, missions, and visitors’ centers are not authorized to create Web sites.
What makes leaders think they can just ignore these instructions in the Handbook? You'd think they would be more careful, since everyone online has access to it. If you disobey Handbook instructions, everyone can and will know.

As the Ward Website Administrator, why won't anyone listen to me? It's part of my calling to know these sorts of things.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

(Jabari) Parker's Process

Many Mormons and Non-Mormons are busy analyzing Jabari Parker's decision to leave Duke, bypass a LDS mission and enter the NBA.

I'm not interested in his decision. I'm interested in his decision process. This recent New York Times article provides us with the following clues from these quotes:

Parker declined to be interviewed for this article, but his bishop, Eddie Blount, said Parker had been seriously considering a mission. Parker was a regular and active participant in church meetings, but he saw the N.B.A. as an opportunity that was good for him and for the church, Blount said.
When Parker declared himself eligible for the draft in an article in Sports Illustrated in April, he made clear how difficult the mission decision was for him.
“I’ve been weighing this question for the past two years,” Parker wrote. “After talking with my family, my local church leaders and a couple close friends, I’m at peace with my decision to forgo a mission for now and join the N.B.A. I don’t consider myself an exception to the rule. At this point in my life I know this is the right decision.”

You and I have no business analyzing his decision. However, we can analyze his process. Two years of thought and reflection suggests it wasn't made in haste. Many people were included in the process, including church leaders and family members. I think we can infer that prayer played a part as well.

This is as it should be. Sometimes we forget that part of decision making in this life is learning how to conduct a good decision making process. I, for one, applaud his moral decision making process.