I have met Latter-day Saints who are writing books and articles explaining why they believe, why they think God exists, and why they have chosen to remain true and faithful to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of these people have put years of effort and research into these books. For some, it's the best of their life's work, the very cream of their existence.
But, they have no place to publish it, no audience, and no place to get feedback so that they can polish and refine their work. If you have a testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you have an uplifting book or article that you want distributed or made available for free, something that you wish you could put in the Ensign or Liahona for the whole world to see, I will be glad to post it here so that you can share your testimony and ideas with the rest of us.
I have a few friends who have written interesting articles or books explaining why they believe the LDS Church to be true, and I am encouraging them to finish or polish their work and then post it here. Some of my LDS friends have deep or interesting ideas to share with the rest of the world, but no forum in which they can do so. I'm also encouraging them to write what they want the rest of the world to know and then post it here.
The cream or the best of what is posted or shared here on this forum we intend to feature and point to on our website.
AN LDS SOUL is all being done for free as a public service. We were freely given and intend to freely give. As you can see, if you study this forum and the accompanying website, An LDS Soul, you will be hard-pressed to find any advertising. We intend to keep our website and this forum free from advertising. (We will temporarily put up the occasional Google Ad on the website, in order to encourage Google to find the website. Go see if you can find the Google Ad that we stuck in there. Don't be surprised if it changes location from month to month.)
Obviously, you are free to link to whatever you want to link to in your Signature, and in your articles you are also free to link to anything that you feel to be appropriate, even advertising. When we do some of the book reviews that we have planned, we will indeed link to external sites where you can then go and buy the book if you desire to do so. But, you are just not going to be seeing advertising banners popping up in the middle of your posts and articles, because we don't intend to be doing any of that here.
Anyone can register for this forum and participate. You can come here, register, and post anything you want to post. Just be aware that this site is pro-LDS, so if anyone starts posting material that is offensive or derogatory of the LDS Church or the Brethren, it may be reported and deleted. We only intend to sticky the best contributions to the top of a forum, where it will be seen and found first. We want to run this forum as a School of the Prophets, where those who have a testimony of Jesus Christ can come and edify and uplift each other.
My public motto is "No Friend Request Denied", and I intend to apply that motto here as well. In all things, my goal is to make friends, the more the merrier. I also refuse to limit my friendships exclusively to Latter-day Saints. I'm not going to back anything that is designed to tear down the LDS Church and the Brethren, but I'm going to welcome anyone who wants to come here and be my friend, whether they are LDS or not. Some of my favorite friends are Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, or Atheist. I'm an equal opportunity all-inclusive friend. Sometimes all we really need in this world is a friend.
On this forum, there will be no hidden forums, topics, or posts. If people want to do things in private, they can do so in Personal Messaging. I have been the target to be excluded from forums, posts, and topics; and, I didn't like it. Just like the Gospel of Jesus Christ, everything posted here will be open to everyone in the world, Saint and sinner, faithful and disobedient, popular or disliked. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is GOOD NEWS for everyone on this planet. I desire for this forum to be operated in the same way.
I have been asked from time-to-time who "We" is. We is me, myself, and I, my spouse and family, my LDS friends, along with all my contributors. I hope that someday WE will also include YOU.
Darwin Max Bagley
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There are many Darwin Bagley's in this world. I'm the one to the MAX!