It was however formed within the cultural and church-going context of my childhood. That formation included the initial understanding of who Jesus is that led eventually to scripture and readings that included as much or more the New Testament as opposed to the wrathful master and commander of the Book of Mormon and D&C.
Being anxiously engaged in good causes then became more of a litmus test of “faithfulness” for me when my adulthood moved into middle age and I began to perceive of myself as an eventual tribal elder.
Not so much “What would Jesus say and do?” as a mantra, but what Jesus would counsel me if I asked of him before I speak or act.
That transition is important in that tribal elders are more listened when their opinions are sought out. When not sought out, their opinions are un-solicited, which is what I do as a writer blogger.
In short, the evolution of my own personal perception and understanding of Jesus as a wise and influential mortal informed then how and why I might offer up unsolicited opinions freely … at my own risk.