A Message From Apostles: Simplify [video]

Elder Dieter F Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles

Life hacking isn’t just about cool new shortcuts and hacks that are online or on a computer, it’s mostly about an attitude change. Changing from thinking “I do things this way, because that’s just the way its done,” to “is there a better way? A simpler way that will give me more time to focus on more important things?” Interestingly, Apostles & Prophets have been telling us to adopt this attitude for some time now, but few seem to be listening.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “Of Things That Matter Most,” this past conference, was all about exactly the purpose of this site: innovate, simplify, and focus on the what’s most important. I had intended to do a write-up on his talk, breaking it down to help us all better understand this message of simplification. However, when I began looking at the references, I came across another great talk on the same ideas by Elder Dallin H. Oaks called “Good, Better, Best.” That, led me to the talk we used to have an extensive summary of, on our about page called “O Be Wise” by Elder M. Russell Ballard.

So instead of a write-up, I have a video mash-up for you. I took clips from all three talks and arranged them in a way that groups them into two major groups: first the problems we face from going too fast and taking on too much, followed by their suggestions and solutions to combat the problems we face. Within those groups there are several topics covered: simplifying our callings, focusing family activities on the gospel, and getting to know ourselves better.

We hope you’ll feel the same way that MLH YouTube subscriber (a great way to see videos like this before we post about them) Micah Stubz did when he commented on the video: “this should be played before every presidency meeting in the church.” If you like it please share it, via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or email. We hope its one that will get played before some church meetings, because we feel this message is important and too few people are getting it.

Let us know how you feel about our video and simplifying meetings, callings, and life, in the comments below, or on YouTube. Also, what are your favorite quotes (from the video or otherwise) on simplifying?

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Tevya Washburn

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Designer & creator of Mormon Life Hacker. Tevya keeps a personal blog, & another called Sacred Symbolic, about learning the Gospel through symbolism. Currently serving as: Exec Sec

5 comments on “A Message From Apostles: Simplify [video]

  1. Jill says:

    Amen. Fantastic merging of talks. All those are favorite talks of mine.

  2. Sherry P. Terry says:

    Great video! Appreciate the effort to merge the great wisdom of those who know. I so appreciate the comments about Church meetings as well as time spent on the internet or with other electronic gadgets. "We would do well to slow down a little."

  3. Sherry says:

    Wondered if you saw the 2/2012 Ensign, article on "Finding harmony as we struggle to juggle." (pg. 12 for those who still get it in print!)

    1. That's a great one Sherry! For everyone else, you can find it here: Finding Harmony As We Struggle to Juggle. Also in that same issue is an excellent one called Keeping Safe and Balanced in a Google-YouTube-Twitter-Facebook-iEverything World, that's also very good and along the same lines.

      1. Sherry P. Terry says:

        Thank you for posting links to both articles. I'm so glad the "Church" is responding to the pros & cons of social media. What a blessing, what a curse!

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