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Oh man, I've been thinking the past several days how I was going to write this thread. I wish to make this as clear as possible. Please read the entire post before asking questions or making judgements. But first, why am I telling you this? You guys have treated me, and pretty much everyone here very well, so deserve to know, unlike other internet communities I am a part of. If you haven't already figured it out, this is a good-bye thread, but a little different. Of course, let me explain. I am a member of the LDS church, otherwise known as the "Mormon church" (a common nickname). Every young man of around 20 has the opportunity and duty to serve full-time for two years as a missionary for the church. Crazy huh? Well, I've made my decision about this a while ago, I'm just telling you that's why I'm leaving the forums. Every person who gets called to a mission receives a letter from the leadership of the LDS church telling him where he will serve, and what date he will start. I'm called to serve in Boise, Idaho, but people get called almost everywhere in the world as well as the US. Feel free to ask about this process if you wish. Most importantly to this forum, is when I am leaving; November 7th of this year. So I have about two months before I leave. The next question you may have is so what? Can't I come on the forums on my mission? Here's your answer: I cannot. What I mean is, I do have access to the internet but it is against Church missionary rules to do so. Anything pertaining to entertainment is disallowed for missionaries because it will distract from the purpose of sacrificing two years of our time. This means no television, no radio, no internet (for entertainment), and yes this includes MLPforums and watching MLP:FiM. Part of making a decision to serve a mission like I am, involves sacrificing our time, possessions, and money for a two year period. When I finish my two year mission, I will resume my life hopefully the same way I left it, just two years older. Perhaps things will change during this time, but that's life. My point is, I consider this mission, as we call it, a blessing and a tremendous opportunity to serve God. I wouldn't do this for just a church, I'm doing this because it's what I believe in. Alright, with all this said, my purpose in letting you know does not involve trying to shove my religion in your face and down your throat. Although I would LOVE for you guys to go to http://www.mormon.org and read about my church, this thread's real purpose is to merely inform those of you who know me on this board. What I don't want is people to think I left for good without explaining why. Without this thread, some of you might be wondering, "Hey, where did that My little pwny guy go? I haven't seen him in 15 months." Oh... and another thing... I look like an attention whore huh? With my donation (which I haven't regretted for a second) I seem like a very volatile person. To be honest, the two year mission thing is not uncommon. Some of you may already be aware of this concept, in fact, I bet some of you may even be a part of the LDS church. Another reason why I was willing to tell you guys about this is because I know the brony community is very loving and tolerating. Some communities out there would make fun of me, my religion, and my decision but you guys are very mature and understanding. I thank all of you in advance. So starting November 7th 2012, you will not be hearing from me until November 8th, 2014. I look forward to seeing you guys then, as well as all the movies, t.v. shows, and all the new MLP episodes I will miss during that time. I hope that the brony community will still be going strong in 2014, so keep the seat warm for me!!! I love you guys, and if I don't get a chance to say it before I leave, consider this my.... See ya later MLPforums! I love you all! -My Little pwny __________________________________________________________ A few side notes about this thread. Once again, please read everything before you post. I know some of you won't but it's worth mentioning. I will not be discussing this topic outside of this thread or on PMs, so please treat me like a regular poster in the meantime. Please do not hijack this thread into a religion discussion, I'm not here to have my mind changed, or to convert you. I ask you to respect that. You are free to ask any question you like, but if it has something to do with the LDS church's doctrine or my personal beliefs, I will only respond with a link and a short sentence, if I respond at all. PM's are welcome if you have questions, I'll be more likely to answer them if you do that. Thank you all
Behold... God's Country Good evening everypony (at least evening to those of us in the Western Hemisphere)! Not much of a blog for ya'll tonight, but I just wanted to give you all a quick explanation as to why I will be absent for the next couple of days. Shocking as it may sound, I, the Batbrony, one of the biggest superhero-obsessed members of the forums, will be missing the premiere of "Power Ponies" tomorrow *cue the inevitable forum-wide gasp*. Now, in most instances I would consider this an unthinkable sacrilege, BUT... this is different. My mother, sister, and I will be embarking tomorrow on a 2-day trip to Wisconsin to the heart of Packer country itself, Green Bay! There, we will be watching our beloved NFL team, the Green Bay Packers, playing the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in the most majestic stadium in the country, Lambeau Field itself!!! We've never been to a Packers game before (even though we have visited Lambeau Field a couple times in the summer, and even the Packers training camp one year), and we've been planning this trip for over a year. On top of that, the Packers are playing a do-or-die game with their playoff hopes on the line. They've got to win their next two games or else they most certainly will not go to the playoffs. So basically this'll be Lambeau Field this weekend, and NOT just because our playoff hopes are on the line! Needless to say, this should prove to be amazing and epic, and it's one of the few things I'd be willing to miss a superhero-themed MLP episode for in all the world! Now, that said, we will be driving back on Monday, and should be back late afternoon or early evening, so I should be able to watch "Power Ponies" then, and yes, I will most certainly be cranking out my usual review in both the episode thread as well as my own blog. Sure I'm sad that I won't be getting to experience the epicness that this premiere should prove to be live with all you guys, but I know that this is going to be an amazing trip, and I don't want any of ya'll to wonder where I've gone in my absence (since I'm sure my absence will raise more than a few eyebrows given the content of this episode ). I will be back everypony, just in a couple of days, and I can't wait to share in the awesomeness of "Power Ponies" with ya'll!!! Hope ya'll enjoy the episode and have a great weekend; me, I'll be freezing my plot off in God's country with tens of thousands of fellow cheeseheads watching the greatest football team in the world. GO PACK GO!!!