Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Shem Atwater. I have been posting on various blogs for a number of years, focusing mainly on those dealing with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
I am a member of this church and have found great enjoyment in reading what others have to say about it; as well as great frustration at the amount of false ideas that are spread by many. In my posts I have tried to correct these false understanding, but am frequently met with hostility and condescension. Recently I have been banned from two different blogs for proving others wrong when they didn’t want to be.
I do not want to set myself up as being perfect and error free. This is far from true, and I have had to retract some statements I have made that were false, and I have, on numerous occasions had to apologized for comments that should not have been made. I will admit that I can come off as arrogant at times, and when I get frustrated I become sarcastic. I have never intended insult from my words, but I do state things as I see them.
For these reasons, and because I have been more frustrated than usual with the amount of false claims about the church out there, I have decided to create my own blog. Now, I am a very poor man, and thus I have only the ability to make this free blog at this time. I do not know how many people will even see it, but it is something that I feel I need to do.
To let people know how I am going to do this, I will be posting three different types of blogs. A question and discussion, in which the blog will be open to any topic relating to the LDS church that posters wish to discuss; an analysis of events or quotes, with discussion of them; and comments on other blogs that I feel need a closer look. On this last one I will not be telling what the blog is, or who posts it. I will change all names so as to protect those involved. My purpose is to show what is being said about the LDS church, and how accurate it is, not to cause contention among bloggers or point the finger.
I feel I will enjoy this, and I do hope that others will find this blog and enjoy it as well.
(The above picture is me and my wife with our two oldest children when they received their baby blessings)