The activity that kills you but won’t die

Well, it came up again on our Seminary Teacher’s Facebook group–The Activity That Won’t Die: the Flight 227 airplane crash activity. I was astonished to see it appear on the page, actually.  I thought I had squelched it years ago with my forum posts regarding the First Presidency letter warning members not to wear all white at activities.  But no dice…. If you’re looking for a fun LDS activity, please don’t do the plane crash.  There are much better activities that don’t Mimic temple patterns, like passing “through the veil”, or moving from room to room where lights and other symbols represent degrees of glory Potentially alienate struggling members or those with family members who aren’t making wise decisions right…

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I am a Machine

I worked on MormonShare.com over the weekend and was able to get a new Feeds importer working properly and I indexed about 200 new items to the website by hand, and probably automatically imported another 300.  Now they are tagged so they’ll show up in the activities, printables section, and even the sharing time lesson index on Mormon Share.  Those posts will not be shared here on JennySmith, as I’m slowly moving this site to be mainly my own blog.  I know that means less traffic here, and I don’t care.  Maintaining the two sites is just too difficult. That reminds me of the blog post I really want to write, “Attention Mormon Bloggers: Tagging — You’re Doing it Wrong”.…

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How to write an LDS Funeral talk

How to write an LDS Funeral Talk: 5 Tips

Have you been asked to write an LDS Funeral Talk? It’s a daunting proposition. Fortunately, there are some guidelines you can use. Tip 1: Speak Words of Comfort “A comforting, spiritual funeral is of great importance. It helps console the bereaved and establishes a transition from mourning to the reality that we must move forward with life. Whether death is expected or a sudden shock, an inspirational funeral where the doctrines of resurrection, the mediation of Christ, and certainty of life after death are taught strengthens those who must now move on with life. ( Boyd K. Packer, “Funerals: A Time for Reverence“) At the funeral of a 3-year old child in Utah who was related to Elder Rasband of…

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Stolen Image!

Omigosh.  I just about died this afternoon when I visited what may be the oldest Young Women website on the internet and found MY IMAGE being used on t-shirts this individual has been selling for years.  This person was one of the first, if not THE first, to sell Young Women helps in book form.  Her website was one of the earliest sites that shared free help, and it is simply astonishing to find that this member has been taking advantage of me in this way. ______, this is Jenny Smith, and I was ASTONISHED to see my I Can Go the Distance image on t-shirts that you have been offering for sale on your website. I simply can not…

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Must the presidency sit at the front during meetings?

I’ve been in three Relief Society presidencies, and each group has had someone ask if they have to sit at at the front of the classroom during meetings.  In the past I’ve said it’s up to you, but today I stumbled on this article from Elder Boyd K. Packer (The Unwritten Order of Things, Brigham Young University devotional, 15 Oct. 1996).  He says something different: The things I am going to tell you about are not so rigid that the Church will fall apart if they are not strictly observed all the time. But they do set a tone, a standard, of dignity and order and will improve our meetings and classwork; they will improve the activities. If you know them…

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Teaching the Seminary manual with exactness or GTLH 3?

I’ve been subbing in seminary for less than 24 hours, and I’ve already got some feedback for Salt Lake. I love teaching Seminary, but I do wish it were under different circumstances. One of the Seminary teachers in our unit had an unspeakable family tragedy last week and she will be unable to teach for an undetermined period of time. A member of the bishopric covered three classes for her last week, and they gave me the option after Sacrament meeting yesterday of taking over so that the bishopric member could get back to his regular duties. Since I’ve taught Seminary to all but one of the students before, a transportation need is met by the bus at my house,…

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Why I’m switching from Drupal to WordPress

Despite years of fighting with Drupal to try to speed it up, I’ve just never been able to get things going fast enough.  We tried everything — even paid for a second file server for downloads — to try to handle the load.  Never could do it.  A few months back I decided to switch to WordPress.  Here’s the result: That’s out of the box.  I’m using Vantage theme for WordPress. Yeah.  That’s why I’m switching. I’ve spent more money on WordPress than I did on plugins for Drupal (it’s so easy).  WordPress is so much easier to use. The one disadvantage WordPress has is that it doesn’t do multisite correctly, but I understand why.  Whatever — I can live…

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