Stepping away for a bit….feel free to submit your story in text or audio form

For a gaggle of personal reasons, I need to step away from the blog for a bit…..and I will miss all of you while I’m away (yes….all of you). To all my readers/listeners–you are dear, dear people. I hope to keep in touch (I’m NOT taking a sabbatical from email). :)…..feel free to de-list me. I won’t be hurt by it (since I got to initiate it). :) You guys have been really cool/supportive, and I am very grateful for all of your kindness and sincerity. And please know that this has nothing whatever to do with our recent exchanges. I think of the Bloggernacle as a blessed place–with blessed citizens.

I’m not quite sure what to do w/ the podcast….I’m still thinking about it….and will let you know. There are still a few stories I want to help be told–so I’ll keep you posted.

If any of you would like to submit a personal story for the blog (in text form), I’m happy to post it and allow commentary–just in case one or more of you really want your story told in a forum such as this. Also, if any of you would like to send your story to me in audio form (mp3), I’d be more than happy to give it a listen, and post if fitting.

Peace to you all–and Happy New Year!!!

John Dehlin

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  1. John,

    Enjoy your break from the bloggernacle … I’ll miss your podcasts … Does this mean that the Sunstone Blog will go the way of the “Sunstone Review” or change direction, too ?

  2. John,

    Thank you so much!

    I have been wondering for a while how you could keep your frantic pace up without getting paid.

    We need to figure how we can sustain institutions such as Mormon Stories. Either one needs a business model with revenue so that you can afford to do it full time or we need to create a community of people that share the burden.

    You already produced the podcasting 101 manual. May be, one could recruit people from Sunstone, Dialogue and the Bloggernacle to participate in Mormon Stories.

    I feel strongly that Mormonism needs institutions like Mormon Stories because you have provided something like an open town square where different perspectives of the Mormon experience could meet each other.

    Cheers, Hellmut

  3. John, I really hope that it’s just for a bit. I was looking forward to your podcasts on your list of upcoming stuff. Also– what about the Sunstone podcasts? ( I finally got an iPod for Christmas, and may actually catch up on them now that I don’t have to be at the computer to listen.)

    I sincerely hope that this is just a need to take care of family/work concerns and not because anyone’s beaten you up over what you’ve been trying to do. I’ve given up reading many of the LDS blogs– tired of the tone on both sides, and endless insider cliquishness. You’ve managed to come up with interesting topics, and to give a lot of different perspectives to your podcasts, unlike many blogs which just keep harping on the saem ideological line over and over. I hope that you’re back soon.

  4. John, have a good break. I hope to hear you again soon; yours and Mike Nortons are the podcasts I listen to the most and you are quite well-informed which I appreciate. Are you still planning on doing the one about polygamy?

  5. Thanks for your shows and your blog, John. I’d consider myself an exMormon more than anything, but your podcasts have given me a lot to think about it, to try to decide whether or not I’ve made the right decision. I think I did, given the knowledge that I had at the time, but considering the ideas you’ve exposed me to, I’d like to reconsider things. Enjoy your break, and thanks again!

  6. you hang in there john. you have done lots of hard work and put in meany hours. i think of comedy, funny thangs. positive things. sometimes i read these beautiful lines:
    First Corinthians 13
    If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
    Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

    And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
    this is so nice and relaxing. do you agree?

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