School at Utah Valley University Starts Monday.

I registered for classes & I’ve been fighting with financial aid at Utah Valley University. School starts Monday. I’m pretty excited a just a little scared. I haven’t been in class for quite some time & from what I’ve been told, the classroom dialectic has changed.

The free & open exchange of ideas is no longer an option. Some speech by some students is not welcome.

I’ve decided if my voice is not welcome in a particular discussion, then I’ll keep it under my hate & dialogue with the teacher through email. I don’t want to cause a fuss & I also don’t want some younger students to feel like I’m the enemy.

Regarding my Boyd K. Packer research, I’m still working a bit every day. I’m slowly proceeding, but eventually, I’ll be able to start publishing papers.

Related to this, I’m going to be doing a load of volunteer hours working for a new on campus religious studies journal that’s yet to be named & I’m going to start working directly with Boyd Peterson, an editor on Dialogue, a Mormon Studies literary journal. I’m pretty stoked.

Moving: Nothing Screws Up Research & Life Like Moving

Fat Mo here and no I haven’t stopped doing research on Boyd K. Packer, but everything has slowed down quite a bit. Moving does that. I’m not moving far, just from one floor to another, but I have so much going on, getting work done is hard.

The other thing going on is I’m getting ready to finally go back to school in the fall. The goal is push through to a masters at the very least. I’ve been fighting with financial aid all summer. I always freak out when I have to deal with them. Maybe it’s not the case, but it feels like they are the guys whose job it is to chase away the people modern universities don’t want attending college. People like me: middle aged fat guys who should’ve gotten things taken care of years ago.

Hang in there, I’ll be able to give you some updates about the research soon.