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Feel free to leave comments for me on the discussion page. Don't forget to sign and date your comments there. You can do that by typing <nowiki>~~~~</nowiki>.
 
Feel free to leave comments for me on the discussion page. Don't forget to sign and date your comments there. You can do that by typing <nowiki>~~~~</nowiki>.
  
==A little about me==
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==Content I want to work on next==
* I am married with 3 kids
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* Work more on commentary about scriptures with a promise to see God (e.g. [[D&C 67:10]], [[D&C 93:1]], [[D&C 97:16]], [[Ex 33:20]], [[Ex 33:21-23]], [[D&C 88:46-50]], [[Job 19:26]])
* I work at Wells Fargo. See my professional profile on [http://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewfaulconer linkedin]
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* Look at examples in the scriptures of how hatred of evil can help people and how it can hurt people. (See commentary and discussion on [[Gen 3:15]] and [[3 Ne 7:11]]. See also similar concept where the Lord makes the Lamanites loathsome to the Nephites [[2 Ne 5:22]]). Other scriptures: [[Rom 12:9]], [[Rom 12:19|Rom 12:19-21]], [[Prov 20:22]]. See also TG [http://scriptures.lds.org/tgr/rtrbtn retribution] and [http://scriptures.lds.org/tgf/frbrfrbr forebearance].
* I graduated with an MBA from [http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/ The University of Texas at Austin] in 2001
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* How are we to understand cases where a scripture is given and in that scripture a word is used that has meaning in the language of the people to whom the scripture is given; but then, through revelation a different definition of the word is given later? (examples, son of man, eternity, endless) Maybe the prophecy about Elijah coming is another example of this since the prophecy is fulfilled through the coming of John the Baptist. Also Christ redefines the law of Moses--that seems related. Also maybe Christ redefines the meaning of neighbor in the parable of the Good Samaritan. I assume that originally neighbor doesn't mean everyone.
* I graduated with a BA in Philosophy from [http://www.byu.edu BYU] in 1997
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* Look at those scriptures that suggest we shouldn't prepare ahead, that we should be dependent on the Lord. Compare those with scriptures that say or show we should work for the things we pray for. Also, the scripture in the D&C about how Christ learned grace upon grace might be helpful here. Also see [[Jacob 4:7]].
* I started this site and am an [[Site:Admins|admin]] here
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==Thank you contributors!==
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==Site issues I am thinking about==
Though [http://feastuponthewordblog.org our blog] remains active, I haven't done anything in several years to promote the wiki and there have been very few contributors. A big thank you to everyone who has contributed over the years. And a special thanks to those who continue to contribute.  
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If the site weren't going well, I wouldn't want any new users to come to the site. I'd be afraid they would only further cement the problems we have. But the site is doing well and I am glad to see new faces showing up. Still, I have been thinking of ways to make the site better.  
  
For those who have and continue to contribute, know that your contributions are being seen and will continue to be seen. One great thing about the type of content we have on the Feast wiki site is that, unlike so much of what you find on the Internet, it doesn't age quickly. An explanation of a scripture passage shared 5 years ago is just as relevant today as it was when it was written. That's why people continue to use the site even when there is no promotion of it and even when there is little new content.  
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Here are a few things that I am thinking about to make the site better.
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* Issue: people aren't really sure where we are going with the site.
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::Possible solution: A timeline
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::I am thinking of a timeline that shows the things we plan to do (e.g. create a non-profit) without attaching specific dates to those things. Instead of dates there would be hurdles (like reaching a certain number of page views). This will help everyone know where we are headed. The con of putting a timeline out there is that it could reduce flexibility in the future. As we learn more, we will know better what our next steps should be and when it should be taken.
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* Issue: the proper use of experts
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::Though it is true that this site isn't a place for original scripture study research, it would be good to have participation from people who studying the scriptures as part of their profession. The content here should not become academic. Unlike the contents of a well-respected academic journal, the content here should be widely accessible. Even so, contributions from academics speaking on their own subjects would be good for the site. How do we create a culture or process that encourages these people to contribute more?
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* Issue: preventing arguments
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::Whether you call a conversation "discussion," "debate," "argument," or "contention" reflects both what was done and how you felt about that. I hope, among other things, this site becomes a place for honest discussion--where people can help each other work their way toward better understanding. But if such discussions slip into anger, resentment or sport (i.e. winning the debate is the real motivation), I don't want to help facilitate that.
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::To date we have had little problem with contention. What, if anything, should be done to guard against it?
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* Issue: encouraging participation on the commentary pages
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::How do we encourage people to participate more on the commentary pages? Some participation we do get on the commentary pages doesn't belong there. I don't think that is a big deal as long as people aren't willfully disregarding the [[Site:Policies]] and are cool with their content being moved to the proper place. But at the end of the day such content doesn't end up adding to the content on the commentary pages since it gets moved off. How do we build more content on the commentary pages?
  
==Some stats==
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==A little about me==
* We get about 3,000 visits and 9,000 page views a month.
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* I am married with 2 kids.
* We have xxx registered users.
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* I work at Wells Fargo. I manage a smattering of projects related to internal websites and transactional data.  
* We have had a total of xxx edits since the site began.
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* I graduated with an MBA from [http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/ The University of Texas at Austin] in 2001
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* I graduated with a BA in Philosophy from [http://www.byu.edu BYU] in 1997
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* I am an [[Site:Admins|admin]] for this site.
  
 
==Why I started this site==
 
==Why I started this site==
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==Special thanks to my dad==
 
==Special thanks to my dad==
* For teaching me over the years to focus on what scripture says.
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* For helping me put some initial content on this site
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* For teaching me over the years to focus on what scripture says
 
* For doing a mountain of preparation for his Sunday School lessons. The thought questions he sent out on a weekly basis were the basis for my thinking that something like this could work.
 
* For doing a mountain of preparation for his Sunday School lessons. The thought questions he sent out on a weekly basis were the basis for my thinking that something like this could work.
* For his continued support.
 
  
==Other stuff==
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==My subpages==
Some content is not appropriate or just not yet ready for the commentary pages. A common way to add such content to the site is to use subpages. Here are some of my subpages. (See [[Help:Contents]] for more info on what stuff should go where.)
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Some content is not appropriate or just not yet ready for the commentary pages. A common way to add such content to the site is to use subpages. Here is a list of my subpages. (See [[Help:Contents]] for more info on what stuff should go where.)
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* [[/On Jacob 5]]
 
* [[/Personal experience with real intent]]
 
* [[/Personal experience with real intent]]
* [[/Testimony related to difficult scriptures]]
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* [[/Seeing God with spiritual eyes]]
* [[/Other stuff]]
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