26 April 2019

The Honor of Being Shadow-banned

For some time, I have primarily made posts to Facebook to spread the word about blog posts and documents added to my home server. I rarely used it for anything else.  Face book doesn't share its methods for determining inappropriate speech or using their service in ways they don't like, but it is not surprising that posts that used to draw several dozens to hundreds of views (even innocuous ones like telling folks about server maintenance) now only get a handful of views.

Of course, there is no way to prove one has been shadow-banned, but the effect is easy enough to see in my statistics.

I will be searching for other methods of helping people find this blog and the server, but I am strangely pleased to have draw the notice of some pretty big entities and they feel a need to thwart me. Very gratifying!

10 April 2019

A Latter-day Saint's Imperative Duty: D&C 123

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I affirm my personal belief that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and this was how I learned it.

Joseph Smith was very poignant about what latter-day saints like me should do:
11 And also it is an imperative duty that we owe to all the rising generation, and to all the pure in heart—

12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it—

13 Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—

14 These should then be attended to with great earnestness. Doctrine and Covenants 123:11-14

This is how I read these verses:

  1. point out where to find the truth;
  2. bring to light things of darkness as God points it out to us; and
  3. we should be do this earnestly.

Faith is the essential fuel but we need to provide the engine and steering to make it effectual. It isn't enough to believe that you can get to exaltation, you must begin and proceed on the journey yourself. God gave you a body, a mind, and the freedom to make choices - he judges our use of these and the progress we make with what we were given.  As we use our gifts to learn the truth and expose error, we are duty-bound to share what we learn with others.

This blog and my home server are my efforts to do these things, fulfilling my imperative duty!