About Me

In order to address any curiosity as to my identity or my background, I have decided to write a brief biography of sorts. 

My name is Christian James Swenson. I was born on St. Patrick's Day in 1993, the first grandchild on both sides, to an expecting couple in an Orem hospital. Named Cody and Anne, they ran and still run the Hale Center Theater Orem, one of a series of theaters across the western United States founded by my great-grandparents, Ruth and Nathan Hale. This means that I have grown up around the stage, and that theater blood runs in my veins. But I digress.

From very early on, I developed an unusual passion, which is best illustrated by an anecdote. Once, when only four years old, I approached my mother and told her flatly that "it wouldn't hurt if you fell in a bottomless pit". Such an idea epitomizes the thinking processes which continued from that point to the present day, centered specifically around one archetype: the "infinite". It is, to put it frankly, my obsession. This is the reason I became interested in mysticism, and the reason why I find everything "meta" so fascinating. 

On that note, the reader may wonder how I became a "Mormon mystic". This unusual combination of attributes owes its existence to several sources, but first found its genesis through my encounters with the late philosopher Alan Watts. Watts, a British-American philosopher who flourished in the mid-twentieth century, talked of amazing things: the universe as a game of hide-and-seek, God as an actor, and, above all, the entirety of existence as my extended self. For one who seeks after the infinite as I do, it was a perfect match. However, this point of view seemed irreconcilable with Mormon doctrine, and so I began to believe in both Watts' viewpoints and my LDS faith without ever blending the two.  However, in December of that same year, I became aware of certain scriptures in the Doctrine and Covenants, a few of which I will now quote:


"He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever." -D&C 88:41

"The angels do not reside on a planet like this earth; but they reside in the presence of God, on a globe like a sea of glass and fire, where all things for their glory are manifest, past, present, and future, and are continually before the Lord.” -D&C 130:6-7

I realized that I could now believe both in a divine self and a divine person, to cleave to both the esoteric and the exoteric, to be a Mormon mystic. These thoughts collected and reproduced in my brain for about a year, until they could no longer be contained. And so, this blog was born.

Journals of a Mormon Mystic has become an avenue for me to express my thoughts not only to my readership, but to myself. It is largely due to the posts on this blog that I have become a more spiritually-developed and enlightened person.


And now, some random bit of information about me: I am a National Merit Scholar, and as such have a full-ride scholarship to Westminster College, where I study philosophy. In addition to this and related fields of study (religion, mysticism, etc.) my interests extend to such subjects as futurology, the emotional and literary value of the media, and surreal humor. I am also the oldest cousin on both sides of my family. Finally, besides Alan Watts, the other two members of my "holy trinity" are Søren Kierkegaard, Christian philosopher and founder of existentialism, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, author of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, and the pre-eminent philosophic thinker of the twentieth century.

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