When I first got home from my LDS mission, I was, in a word, restless. After two years of measuring personal success with numbers — lessons taught, new investigators, etc. — I was unsure of how to achieve less quantitative personal goals. Should I count daily flirtations with the opposite sex? I ultimately decided against applying MTC goal-setting techniques to my dating life and instead satiated my ambitious streak with this column. I had been accepted to BYU’s communications program as a freshman and thought writing for the Mormon Times would be a good way to ease back into journalism. Indeed, it was. It got me into the habit of writing for an audience and helped me almost immediately to develop a thick skin: My third article, on President Obama, drew some of the angriest criticism I’ve received while writing here. And I’ve received quite a bit.
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