Check out the full video of my presentation at Rootstech titled Journaling Principles That Work.
I’m posting this here having not had the chance to actually watch the whole thing, I’ve only seen the first 2o minutes or so, but since I was there I think it is safe to post ;-)
I had presented this before at a the Family Roots Expo in St. George back in 2016 so while it was my second time giving the presentation, the crowd was substantially larger and it was being streamed live to thousands of people. Was I nervous? Well, yeah a little bit, mostly because I’m not a polished or experienced speaker at all and I’m not saying that out of humility, I make a number of mistakes that are probably common among novices. Experience and practice are key and I haven’t had much and I think it shows. My experience is mostly church talks so this presentation is only the second time I have stood in front of a crowd to present something in this context.
I get stuck a few times because I wasn’t working from a memorized speech, I did practice a little but I have a difficult time memorizing. Admittedly, I would have liked to have had more time to really distill and polish my thoughts to make them flow better.
What carried me through it was the fact that I am passionate about the topic of journaling. So what you see here in the video is just me in raw form, it’s not an act, I’m just up there talking about something I love and I hope that is communicated in some way.
As for the title, a co-worker and I decided on it long before any of this presentation was developed. I’m probably going to make some tweaks and go with a different name as I’m going to be doing this presentation at other events this year. At the time, I did have an idea of what I wanted the presentation to be and based it on this blog article I wrote for the JRNL blog about 8 months ago.Go to Comments
Zeal isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I think it tends to amplify our actions whether they are misguided or on point. Sometimes we can focus too much on the letter that we miss the spirit, or the weightier matters. Those are some the lessons reflected on in this great video from the Messages of Christ YouTube Channel.
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Thanks to my friend Richard Nobbe for bringing this video to my attention. It’s a bit dated in many aspects but the information is very good, and I geek out on just about anything that has to do with symbolism.
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I was in the weird part of YouTube again and found this. I usually don’t post ridiculous things but this made me crack up. I know that the Shia LaBeouf “Do it” video is a little stale, but the General Conference remix with Mo-tab doing the wave is just too good to pass up.
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A little taste of our experience at Rootstech this year. You’ll see Nick Jones, my business partner and I’m in there too! Check out JRNL.com if you’re looking for a great journaling solution. Keep your eye out in the next few weeks, we have some major updates coming along with the ability to import social media content, it’s gonna be awesome!
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“So many people I hear say: “Oh, if I just make it to heaven I’ll be secure,” and I always ask them, “Where was the devil when he fell?” It’s not heaven that will make you secure, my friend, it’s being in Christ that makes you secure.”
– Paul Washer, A Sermon That Has Angered Many, YouTube
I was listening to a few Paul Washer sermons at work today and I really liked this quote. I think it can be all too easy to assume that a change in outer surroundings will fix our problems. I’ve heard a few quotes along these lines before but this one is quite dramatic.
Heaven, Zion, the Temple, Church, your home, they are all just places and perhaps they are not all that different. It is really the ones that reside in a space that determine its sacredness.
Pastor Washer talks about being in Christ that makes you secure. I might approach it from a slightly different angle and with a bit more explanation, but overall he’s spot on. He makes his point succinctly which gives you some room to ponder – something I need to work on.Go to Comments
This is fantastic. The woman in this video, Jane Birch, contacted me a while back regarding her book “Discovering the Word of Wisdom” which I really enjoyed. I wrote a review of it here and wrote a testimonial for her site here.
I’ve studied this subject quite a bit and it’s worth our time to give it serious consideration. I think a lot of people read the beginning of Section 89 where it says, “sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint” (vs.2) and think, “Oh, ok, it’s just a suggestion then, I’ll just keep on my merry way.” But if you continue reading, this is a “revelation” that is “showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—” (vs.2)
If that isn’t enough to catch our attention, verse four gives us even more reason to take heed, “Thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the Read Full PostGo to Comments
I created LDS Symbol Cards but didn’t really do much in the way of providing instructions. I thought I’d put together a little video that explains their origins and how I use them personally. Even if you don’t have any cards, but still like symbolism, there are some cool little nuggets in there. If you have ordered some LDS Symbol Cards in the past, I’d love to hear any personal insights or ways that you use them in the comments below.
If you bought some cards, I’d really appreciate a review over here.
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I have not yet seen the film The Tree of Life although the title alone draws my interest. This particular sequence depicts the creation in a manner that is very similar to the creation sequence in the presentation of the LDS temple endowment. In both instances, we see the earth being organized and life appearing.
In this Hollywood version, we see the process of evolution being depicted and I realize that some people might have a problem with that. Personally, I do not have any problems with evolution being part of the creation process (that’s a whole other subject) but if you do, I invite you to focus on the symbolism, the principles and overall beauty of the story being told here and the surprising little gem towards the end.
At 12 minutes in you have this really powerful and thought-provoking scene that seems to be symbolically depicting the first act of grace or mercy where one dinosaur decides to not kill another one that is evidently injured or dying. What makes the scene striking is how such a thing does not fit within the law of the jungle.
In a creative twist, showing an act of mercy coming from a dinosaur rather than a human is making a bold statement. It is unexpected and makes the principle stand out even more.
It is a moment where compassion, this sense of caring and love enters the scene of creation for the first time. Like the temple video, I think we can pause on being literalistic and appreciate the principles being symbolically illustrated. Indeed, if we are to be instructed by symbolic teaching at all, we must suspend literalism and learn to view things from many facets.
All in all, I absolutely love this entire sequence and was quite amazed to find something of this nature coming out of Hollywood.Go to Comments
The title of the post isn’t what you might think. For Father’s Day, I’m sharing an inspirational video that I found really touching. There’s this Thai life insurance company that puts out these emotionally over the top videos and I’m kind of a sucker for them.
Think of the original LDS “Home Front” commercials and multiply it by 1000%. Just look up “Thai commercials” on YouTube and you’ll find a ton more.
I hope this video helps us to remember the sacrifices of our Fathers and remember to appreciate the struggles many of them make to bless our lives. This world is in terrible need of great fathers.
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I don’t share a lot of the Church’s videos and media here unless it is something that I find particularly profound or inspiring.
I like that this video shows the reluctance of the individuals, it presents real concerns and objections rather than trying to portray people just happily going about this duty. Let’s face it, we do feel inconvenienced and burdened at times because that is just our nature.
We are ok with “services projects” that only last for a short time, maybe an hour or so on a Saturday morning or during time that we already have set aside for Church service. But this video asks what we would do if something was requested of us with no end in sight.
I don’t think we’d know what to do unless we were in that particular situation. I like the fact that this video simply shows the impact of a difficult situation and the blessings that come from it; that is one of life’s paradoxes.
In a parallel universe this woman could have been left to fend for herself only to drift deeper into isolation and depression while the men would have been going about life as usual. Unfortunately, that reality is often the condition in this reality.
But we get this glimpse of people finding themselves in very difficult situations and yet, something beautiful comes because of it. No doubt this challenge is not the preferable version of reality that would be desired, but somehow it becomes a blessing.
It challenges us to ask ourselves what blessings really are and what recipes happiness truly consists of.Go to Comments
This is the first of 6 videos that are being done for the Isaiah Institute and Avraham Gileadi. He hasn’t allowed embedding on these videos so just click the graphic below.
I thought these were pretty well done and if you will take 18 minutes and just sit and watch this video, I think it will cause you to see Isaiah in a dramatic new light and perhaps encourage you to understand it better and dig deeper. All of the verses are from Avraham Gileadi’s translation of Isaiah.
I might have picked different images for some of the verses, but hey, that’s scripture for you, we all see something a little different. The overall message and the way it is presented is unique and worth checking out.
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It has been my pleasure to work with Avraham Gileadi ever since 2012 when I posted about his site IsaiahExplained.com. I mentioned that as a graphic designer, I wasn’t to impressed with the look and feel but the content was great. Brother Gileadi reached out to me and from there, we began plans on what is now the all new IsaiahExplained.com and we just launched today!
So to commemorate this momentous occasion, I made a screencast walkthrough of the basic features of the new site especially for you! You’ll probably notice that my speaking abilities are about on par with my sub-par writing abilities so please forgive what are merely my best efforts.Go to Comments
The Interpreter Foundation has announced the availability of the videos of the presentations given at the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference which took place on 25 October 2014 in Provo, Utah. Videos of each of the presentations are now available for free viewing on The Interpreter Foundation’s YouTube channel, or on MormonInterpreter.com. They are also embedded below for your convenience. There is also a YouTube playlist available of the conference presentations. The conference proceedings will also be published in book form in the future.
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I watched this conference as soon as the videos were published and I enjoyed it quite bit. However, when I was looking for one of these videos on my site the other day, I couldn’t find it. I thought I had posted these videos but apparently I didn’t so here they are! There’s some great food for though and interesting things to ponder.
The Interpreter Foundation sponsored a conference on November 9, 2013, entitled “Science & Mormonism: Cosmos, Earth & Man” in Provo, Utah. It was filmed. Videos of each of the presentations are now available for free viewing on The Interpreter Foundation’s YouTube channel, or here on MormonInterpreter.com embedded below.
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This is actually pretty amazing and well worth the watch. They’ve apparently discovered this negatively-charged gel-like fourth phase of water that allows it to actually hold an electric charge. Get this, it’s all powered by light.
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I love symbols, and I love spirals and how they are used in architectural symbolism. The following videos are not about architectural symbolism, but the principles that are presented are worthy of consideration on a whole myriad of levels.
Vi Hart, the woman presenting the videos talks a little fast which can be a little irritating but I love how she explores spirals so these are definitely worth the watch. All the information builds up to a very interesting theory as to why these numbers appear in nature and I think it’s spot on.
There are some really interesting implications behind what she presents here that apply to many different topics, but I’ll let you ponder those things for yourself ;)
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I love this Thai commercial that really inspires you to do good. If only we had more messages like this in the world, imagine the impact it could have.Go to Comments
“I dunno why you always have to be judging me because I only believe in science.” – Esqueleto, Nacho Libre
I love this video, I came across it the other day and it is awesome on so many levels. It was put up on YouTube by Interpreter and if you give it a chance, you’ll hear some really great perspective from some prominent LDS scientists of the day offering some counsel that just as fresh today as it was then.
Accompanying the serious dialogue are a few dramatizations that look like they were right out of an episode of “Leave it to Beaver” which makes the whole thing that much better. I appreciate the fact that this film from around 60 years ago makes more sense than most of what I hear out there today.Go to Comments