So, I've added a picture of myself at the right. (It's a little scary, isn't it? I might have to work to get it smaller…) If you click on the photo you'll go to my profile at mormon.org.
I thought for some time before completing a profile. I was helped in my decision by reading about others' profiles, and their answers to frequently asked questions on a few other blogs. I decided that I wanted to participate in the conversation there.
Will anyone actually see my profile? I don't know. (I suppose you will, if you click on my picture.) I don't know how many profiles they have at mormon.org, but it seems like they have plenty. And unless someone really wants to search for old white men from North America (you can search by gender, age, nationality and key words), I doubt mine will pop very often.
As I responded to FAQs, I selected a few, and tried to give short answers (to one I gave a one-word answer; I couldn't be briefer than that!). I chose short answers because I suspected that people reading would not want to wade through my words.
I also was honest. I responded to the question: "What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?" In my response I was clear that I had in fact not fully "succeeded," that some of my children made choices different from the ones I would have made for them. But I also stressed that I respect their agency and we still love them and embrace them in our family.
So, have a look if you like. And create your own, if you like. And feel free to give me feedback on mine.