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Why oneClimbs?

You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above.

One climbs, one sees.

One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know. ~ Rene Daumal

My name is Steve Reed and the above quote has been a favorite of mine since I first heard it from a good friend. This site began as a place to collect my thoughts and share them with others who might be interested. My purpose is to simply share insights and collect wisdom at my own pace.

I’m not the best writer, I’m a designer and deal with pictures, not words, but that’s not the best excuse. Writing posts for this blog has helped me hone my writing skills and ability to put my thoughts into words, so please bear with me as I seek to improve my abilities in this area.

I can’t recall the source, but I remember something about LDS scholar Hugh Nibley stating that he would not be held responsible for anything he said or wrote more than 3 years ago. I’m invoking that policy here at oneClimbs; things change, people change, minds change, and paradigms shift.

Inspiration

I was inspired to start a blog like this after reflecting on some words spoken by M. Russell Ballard. On December 15, 2007 while speaking at a graduation ceremony at BYU Hawaii, he said:

Now, to…all other faithful members of the Church, …may I ask that you join the conversation by participating on the Internet, particularly the New Media, to share the gospel and to explain in simple, clear terms the message of the Restoration. Most of you already know that if you have access to the Internet you can start a blog in minutes and begin sharing what you know to be true. You can download videos from Church and other appropriate sites, including Newsroom at LDS.org, and send them to your friends. You can write to media sites on the Internet that report on the Church, and voice your views as to the accuracy of the reports. This, of course, requires that you, all members of the Church, understand the basic, fundamental principles of the gospel.

We are living in a world saturated with all kinds of voices. Perhaps now, more than ever, we have a major responsibility as Latter-day Saints to define ourselves, instead of letting others define us.

I like the idea of sharing not just what I know, but what I believe, what I think is interesting, and what might be warrant further contemplation. We may all come to different conclusions on certain matters but much can be learned from seeing others viewpoints on a particular subject.

I agree with Elder Ballard that as members of the church, we should utilize the Internet to share our own perspectives and views on the gospel so that we all may learn together.

Disclaimer

Many of the posts on this site are considered a “work in progress” and I will often correct errors or update information as new light is shed on topic. Truth is what I am searching for and if I come to discover that something on my site is in error, it will be removed or corrected as soon as possible while the person who assisted in the correction will be credited at the bottom of the post.

Please also take into consideration the fact that oneClimbs.com is not owned, controlled, or affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also called the Mormon Church or LDS Church). All views and opinions are of the authors who are solely responsible for their content, and should not be interpreted as official statements of LDS doctrine, belief or practice. Official statements from the Church can be found at LDS.org or Mormon.org.