The winner of the Dialogue subscription giveaway is
This is a tricky assignment because any reasons I give for why I want to read Dialogue are rendered a little hollow by the fact I am not already a subscriber. Nevertheless, I will make the attempt.
I grew up in the UK where much I my thinking relative to all things Mormon was shaped by the CES and the correlation committee. But post mission I studied at BYU for a number of years. For the first time I was exposed to Dialogue, Sunstone, JMH, etc. I spent many happy hours in the HBLL digging through old and new journals. Much of what I read challenged a lot of the preconceptions I had about my faith. I can honestly say that much of what I think and believe about the Church and our history and culture has been shaped, at least in part, by Dialogue.
About 3 years ago I returned to the UK and I have tried to remain exposed to new and independent thinking, primarily via the internet. But there is nothing to compare with the act of physically holding in your hands and reading from a book or journal. For that reason just last month I signed up for the free issue of Dialogue for new readers.
But I genuinely believe in the mission of Dialogue and after so many years of benefiting from Dialogue for free I privately pledged that after receiving a free copy I would sign up for at least a 1 year subscription. But should my 1 free copy be extended to a year’s free subscription, I publicly pledge that afterwards I will sign up for at least a 2 year subscription. Furthermore, I will keep my copy of Dialogue in a prominent place within my home. To anyone who shows a passing interest I will offer them a copy from my soon-to-be growing collection and point them in the direction of the new website.
So basically, if I win the year’s free subscription I’m offering my services as a Dialogue missionary here in the UK for the next 3 years.
We are SO holding you to that three year commitment!
And if 10 of the other commenters on that thread donate or subscribe, we’ll repeat the contest before the Fall issue goes out.