This page describes the purpose of this site, and includes sections on:
- This web site purpose
- Comment and question policy
- Converted blog material provenance, for things converted to this site
- Possible future contents
- A statement of my beliefs about religious matters, written in 2017 on my GooglePlus site in response to a comment from an antagonist.
This site has been developed to:
- Share my ideas about the power of virtues with those interested
- Support my families study of what Covey has called the world’s “wisdom literature.” Our family’s specific tradition is as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and thus a great deal of the content focuses on the inherited wisdom within this community.
- That notwithstanding, I wish to “prove all things” and learn from other wisdom traditions and perspectives. Thus there is some content from other ways of thinking.
Because this site is meant to support my family, I intend for it to be a safe site. Questions are welcome, but they should be questions of real intent, which means one intends to take some action based upon the answer. As one person said in response to a popular late 1960’s slogan, “Question authority,” “If authority answered, would you listen?”
Thus comments from those outside my family are welcome, but schools are intended to be safe for the weakest member of the class. I want my grandchildren to be able read this site safely in the future. So please don’t be offended if your question or comment is not publicly posted.
When started in November 2018, blog entries on this site have come from six major sources, discussed chronologically:
- The Virtue Wheel: Although the early desire to study virtues began perhaps in high school or in college, it started more fully in 1998 when I began writing letters to individuals about special skills or abilities I had noted within them. It accelerated in late 2010 when I conceived of a way of expressing the interdependencies of various virtues in a form like a color wheel, titled the virtue wheel. This work inspires the name of this site, Kip on Character. These materials can be located here. Letters about individual virtues are categorized as Virtue Letters.
- Topical Guide Compendium: On August 18, 2002, I created a document called my Topical Guide Compendium, taking the name from the Topical Guide index to the scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in which I have written insights on religious and moral topics. Some material copied into this document predates the document itself, including a study of Isaiah in 1990. You can read more about this document here. These entries are categorized as Topical Guide Compendium entries, here.
- Harmony of the Gospels: On February 17, 2003 I started a companion document much like the Topical Guide Compendium dedicated to studying the Gospels specifically. A short description of this document is included here. These entries are categorized as Harmony of the Gospels, here.
- Articles of Faith Study: As described in my Topical Guide Compendium, I began a study of the Pearl of Great Price and the Articles of Faith. I later decided that instead of writing so many words, to instead attempt to condense all the relevant materials into single image slides, one for each Article and one introduction. You can see them here. I produced the first one in February 2012, another in March, and a third in March 2016. These entries are categorized as both Articles of Faith, and Pearl of Great Price.
- Kari’s Ding Bat’s Blog: From September 2008 to February 2013, Kari kept a periodic blog. One purpose was to allow family members to know what was happening with us while they were far away, including our first child going to college. I love the content; it shows a busy but very effective mother in the midst of all her activities blessing her family and community. I have converted them as this site is intended primarily for my family. You can find these entries under the Ding Bats Category, here.
- Kip’s Google Plus Posts: Six months after Kari’s last blog post in 2013, I responded to encouragement to be more visible in posting positive messages on the Internet, and improving search results by linking to others, by using a GooglePlus account. Although not systematic, I posted public thoughts frequently through 2014, and less frequently until April 2018 (using Facebook for other quotes more frequently). GooglePlus was never completely successful, and will soon be demised. I have therefore converted those posts to this site as well. You can find them under the GooglePlus Category here.
History is the best predictor of the future. Based upon the above, I suspect my site might contains the following kinds of contents and emphases in the future.
- Journaling and Personal Revelation: I keep an extensive journal; thinking through writing has helped me develop analytical and creative skills throughout my life. I suspect there will be continued insights about the value of these efforts.
- Character Traits and the Virtue Wheel: I suspect I will continue to build content and new insights in this space.
- Joseph Smith’s Mission: I have a deep conviction of the sacred nature of Joseph Smith’s work during his life. I expect there will be more content on this topic.
- Wisdom Literature: I have undertaken significant studies of each of the books considered scripture by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I expect to continue these on this blog. They include:
- Book of Mormon’s revelation of Jesus Christ: I believe no one can fully understand the mission and importance of Jesus Christ without understand the greatest revelation of Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon.
- Harmony of the Gospels for the New Testament: To understand the Savior’s life I have undertaken a detailed study of the Harmony of the Gospels, specifically with the objective to improve the version published within the church’s edition of the Bible.
- Isaiah Study for the Old Testament: My major work in the Old Testament will likely be my study of the words of Isaiah.
- Article of Faith and the Pearl of Great Price: I would like to produce additional slides about these declarations and book. I believe the structure and contents of this book are under-appreciated by members of the church.
- Zion and Work for the Doctrine and Covenants: I have attempted to find meaning in my work beyond simply providing my daily bread. This has lead to considering what the Doctrine and Covenants has to say about work, and building up Zion.
- Time: I have developed some perhaps peculiar views of our experiences of time, and the implications for life after death. These are likely found within the contents of this blog.
- My Family History: I expect to develop a deeper understanding of my family history, particularly my direct ancestors. Although not a particular strength to date in my life, I expect to develop this contents in years to come.
[The full exchange can be found on this blog entry; this statement is a good description of my fundamental religious convictions–a testimony of the fact that I am certain to the point of knowledge are true.]
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