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 ...

Tell Your Bishop Anything, Anonymously

TellYourBossAnything.com is a free service of Happiily, a company that specializes in software that helps companies and manager provide a safe, anonymous way for employees to provide feedback and thoughts on their work, work environment, boss, etc. Essentially they act as a buffer. If a company were to internally provide a solution that let their employees login to submit feedback "anonymously," employees w ...

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How to Absentee Vote, and Why it’s Awesome

Here's the deal: educated voting on a local level for judges, city and county officials, and even sometimes state-level representatives can be like taking a test. Sure it's open-book or open-smartphone, but who wants to be standing in a ballot box for 2hrs trying to make all the right decisions. Let's face it, most of us, especially life-hacker types, end up checking the "straight ticket" option for one par ...

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How To Remove the Annoying Footnote Letters From the LDS.org Scriptures

Ever get tired of having to go back and remove the little superscript a's, b's, and c's from scriptures you copied and pasted from LDS.org? Sure we know you can just click the link on the right to "Hide Footnotes," but then the links are gone too. Want the best of both? The website Mormon Liberals has created a Chrome Extension and a FireFox plugin called "No LDS Footnotes" that does just that. It removes t ...

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How to Get $250 of Classic Literature Audiobooks for FREE

Along with announcing the new Kindle Fire HD lineup, Amazon announced some enhancements to it's Kindle technology. One is called "Immersion Reading" where you can listen to an audiobook, and have the corresponding line highlighted onscreen at the same time. I assume the idea is to help people learning languages, where they can follow along with what they're hearing. The other is similar and called "Whispers ...

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How To Recognize When You Have the Spirit, and When You Don’t

I remember having a conversation about the Spirit, with my college roomate. He was 3-4 years younger than myself and preparing for a mission. He said something about how it’s not possible to have the Spirit with you all the time. I agreed, but called to his attention those days when everything just seems right. Though everything doesn’t go right, you’re not bothered by it. You’re just a little happier than ...

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How To Virtually Guarantee that Your Marriage Will Last

Remember this ratio: 5:1. Five positives. One negative. If you have 5 positive interactions for every 1 negative interaction you have with your spouse, you are nearly guaranteed to have a successful, lasting marriage. The book How Full is Your Bucket examines the effect of positive emotions on people. Rath and Clifton cite a study by John Gottman who filmed 15-minute conversations of 700 newlyweds. He then ...

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Cool Links: Free Parenting Books, ‘Household Hacker’ Videos, Automatic Journaling & More

Cool Links are stuff you might find interesting, but either weren't worthy of their own article (others have already covered it), or I didn't have time to get to it. Here's some for August 2012: Create an automatic journal in Evernote from Calendar events, Facebook status, & Instagram photos, using this guide from Lifehacker. Richard & Linda Eyre are well-known LDS experts on parenting, families, an ...

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10 Excellent Online Resources for Researching Political Candidates, Issues, & Following Elections

...join with people of all faiths who feel accountable to God in defending religious freedom so it can be a beacon for morality. We caution you to be civil and responsible as you defend religious liberty and moral values. We ask that you do this on the internet and in your personal interactions in the neighborhoods and communities where you live. Be an active participant, not a silent observer. —Elder Quent ...

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Listen To or Watch ‘Tech Savvy’ on the Mormon Channel

The Mormon Channel has a great new show that should be right up all you Mormon life-hacker's alley. It's called Tech Savvy. On it they discuss all kinds of ways to use technology in LDS life. Each episode has a theme, but so far they've been very broad, so there's many great little tips and tricks within each. It's filmed and available in video, but for the most part you won't miss anything if you just list ...

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Use Chrome Users for Family Computer Sharing & Productivity

If you haven't yet discovered Chrome's User Accounts feature, it's about time. User accounts uses your Google (Gmail, YouTube, Google Apps, etc) account to sync all your extensions (plugins), bookmarks, and saved login info like usernames and passwords to various sites. All you have to do to start using them is click the Wrench button, then "Settings." You'll see toward the bottom, the "Users" section. Just ...

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