DEAR JEFF: Straightforward LDS Temple Prep (99¢ SALE and a FREE PRINT)

DEAR JEFF: Straightforward LDS Temple Prep (99¢ SALE and a FREE PRINT)

Because the temple is a sacred topic, we Mormons often hesitate to discuss it. But sometimes that means we neglect one of the most important parts of the gospel. Just over a year a ...

Chat the Gospel

Chat the Gospel

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are becoming comfortable sharing gospel related content online. We are becoming comfortable inviting others to com ...

How to Stream Clean Flicks with VidAngel

How to Stream Clean Flicks with VidAngel

Did you ever hear of ClearPlay? Our family had one, and we loved it. It's a DVD player that allows you to filter all the sex, violence, and profanity out of movies. I'll be honest, ...

Easy and FREE Family Internet Filter (for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad, and everything else)

Easy and FREE Family Internet Filter (for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad, and everything else)

THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION You can install an internet filter on your family computer. But that's not going to affect your kid's iPod. Or your exchange student's tablet. Or any o ...

Family Before Phone – Behaviorally-Sound New Years Resolutions

Family Before Phone – Behaviorally-Sound New Years Resolutions

I've read a lot of posts and seen a lot of videos and other things encouraging people to get off their phones and live in the "real world." I even know people who talk about divorc ...

Republic Wireless Review: Cheapest Smartphone Family Plan

Republic Wireless Review: Cheapest Smartphone Family Plan

I originally posted this on my personal blog (http://blog.jwashburn.com ), but I'm cross-posting here because I know many of you will be interested. A couple weeks ago, I signed up ...

Review of the Republic Wireless Beta Phone (Moto Defy XT) & Service

Review of the Republic Wireless Beta Phone (Moto Defy XT) & Service

Republic Wireless is a revolutionary (in the disruptive-innovation sense) new phone carrier. Currently it's shipping the popular Why? They offload as much of your phone calls and d ...

2012 MLH Giveaway 2: Android (including Ingress invite!)

Congratulations to our Giveaway 1 winners! Congratulations to Matt Galloway and Tupou Taufa, the winners of our 1st giveaway. Giveaway 2 is all about Android Same rules as the last giveaway. This one ends Thurs. the 20th at midnight Pacific. Winners announced Fri morning, along with the details for the next one. I haven't had time to verify if all the included apps are available on the Amazon Appstore. If y ...

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2012 MLH Giveaway 1: Print Books, Posters, & Apps

It's a giveaway! We didn't have a budget or much time (been really busy). So I decided to hack it. Based on feedback and other factors, we're going to do a series of 4 giveaways between now and Christmas. Some awesome sponsors replied quickly and we've got some great stuff I think you're going to be super excited about. Most will have at least 2 winners, though usually the 1st place winner will receive more ...

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1st Ever Mormon Life Hacker Live Hangout – Dec ’12

On Sunday evening we held the first ever MLH live video Hangout on Google+. We used the "Hangouts on Air" feature which live-streamed the hangout for anyone to watch, on YouTube. It also recorded it, and it's now available on my personal YouTube channel (haven't figured out how to do it yet). View it here: http://youtu.be/knRS49FZfug We're going to try these once a month. We'll do our best to keep them to 3 ...

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The 12 Days of Christ

I’m writing this post directly to my family. But I like you readers so much I wanted to share it with you too. : ) ------------ Guys, I want you to join me in a brand new family tradition. It’s called The 12 Days of Christ. It’s fairly simple. Each day for 12 days leading up to Christmas, we’ll have one person share a scripture/story/testimony about Christ. These will help us to focus on the real purpose of ...

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Reader Insights: Are there problem points in Temple Prep?

My little sister is about to go to the temple for the first time. I have a strong testimony of the temple. But when I went the first time, I was shocked—why hadn't anyone helped me prepare for this?  I want to make sure there are no glaring gaps in my sister's preparation. So I'm looking for problem points. I have two questions for you. Please leave a comment below—even one sentence will do: What were your ...

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Tithing Settlement Tear-Off Schedule

'Tis the season to go shopping, make neighbor treats, attend Christmas concerts, visit the family, wrap gifts, put up the Christmas tree, and while doing all this the bishop needs you to find 15 minutes in your schedule to come settle your tithing. Don't try to sneak out of this one or else the bishop will hunt you down and make the process more painful (not really). If you don't show up the bishop will hav ...

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Optimize Your Life, Presidency, Bishopric, or Council with Asana

A few months ago I was looking for a way to better facilitate communication, organization, responsibility assignment, and delegation for my business. Thankfully, I stumbled across the free webapp asana shortly after. We decided to give it a try and quickly realized it's power as an organizational and communication tool. I then started thinking of it's other applications. Though not in a presidency, bishopri ...

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Better than paper strips: Use multimedia in class without a projector

Here's a simple trick you can use in Elders Quorum or Sunday School: I'm a big geek—let's just get that out in the open. I'm also a big fan of Google Presentations. In fact, sometimes I think I can't teach without them. I made an awesome slide show for my lesson on The Holy Grail (Charity). But I needed a way for the class to see it. I started by writing the short URL on the board: goo.gl/UpUiD I asked them ...

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NaNoWriMo: Use Screenwriting Tricks to Make Your Novel Awesome [guide]

Happy All Saint's Day and the beginning of Movember! It's also the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) where people around the world try to write a novel in one month. Screenwriters (both film and TV) have to write within very tight constraints, and therefore have refined storycraft in awesome ways. So here are a few tips and tricks I've picked up from my studies of (and attempts at) scree ...

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GEEK.Q.P. — Use tech to organize an Elders Quorum

Here's how we've organized our Elders Quorum: We have a Google Sites site, and it links to all the important documents people might need.   After the home page, we have a page for the sacrament. There's a Google Spreadsheet embedded in the page that can be edited by anyone on the web. So our Elders use that page to easily sign up for preparing, blessing, and passing the sacrament. Our Sacrament Coordin ...

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