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 interests, and what inspires me. I agree with Elder Ballard that as members of the Church, we should utilize the Internet to share our own perspectives on theological topics so that we all may learn together.

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

The above quote has been a favorite of mine since I first heard it from a good friend and it was the inspiration for the name of this site. My purpose here is to organize my thoughts as I learn and observe and share them with others.

I like the metaphor of “climbing” as it relates to the pursuit of learning; it too involves effort, patience, danger, and a reward of increased experience, strength, and vision.

There are hundreds of posts on oneClimbs and I consider most of them a “work in progress” and will often correct errors or update information as new light is shed on any 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.

Scholar Hugh Nibley once wrote, “I refuse to be held responsible for anything I wrote more than three years ago.” [1] I’m appropriating that for my own purposes here at oneClimbs. Things change, people change, minds change, and paradigms shift and I reserve the right to change my mind.


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. 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 ChurchofJesusChrist.org or ComeUntoChrist.org.

  1. High W. Nibley, “The Facsimiles of the Book of Abraham: A Response by H. W. Nibley to E. H. Ashment,” Sunstone, December 1979, 49.