Author: Brett McKay

Put holiday gifts in a laundry basket

Over at Parent Hacks they have a great post on keeping things somewhat organized among the chaos of Christmas morning. They suggest giving each member in the family a basket so they can put their stuff in it after they open their presents. That way nothing gets lost and clean up is a...

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How to answer tough questions about the Church

Why did Joseph Smith look into a hat to translate the Book of Mormon? What’s with that blood atonement thing? Why did your church not give blacks the priesthood for so long? Why did Joseph Smith have 43 wives? What’s up with that book Mormon Doctrine? Is it really “mormon doctrine”? At one time or another, I’m sure many of us have been asked tough questions by our non-member friends about the Church. And I’m sure many times members don’t have the answers to these questions. As a consequence of the lack of answers, non-members go to the internet to find them on their own, only to find sites that give an anti-Mormon spin to these questions. Thankfully, there are several Church friendly sites out there that can serve as resources to help give members and non-members answers to tough questions about the Church or the gospel. Here are a few of my favorites: Jeff Lindsay– he’s a member that has done some outstanding work in the field of Mormon apologetics. He has some great stuff about Book of Mormon evidences. His site really helped my wife out as a new convert when she was having doubts about the Church. FAIR LDS– FAIR is a group of LDS scholars who dedicate themselves to responding to anti-Mormon attacks. They’re topical guide runs the gauntlet of tough issues like the historicity...

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Missionary Hack: Mesh garments for baptizing

All you future missionaries, listen up. While you’re on your mission, you’ll be doing some baptizing. (Duh.) After you perform the ordinance, you’re left with a bunch of sopping wet clothes that can get messy. (Duh again.) In order to mitigate the mess, have a pair of mesh garments so you can baptize in them. While I’m not a big fan of the mesh material, I wish I would have known this while I was on my mission. Wet clothes can get heavy, and when you don’t have a car, carrying a big bag of wet clothes can get...

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DIY: Emergency Kit

Our leaders have counseled us to have 72 hour kits on hand in case an emergency happens. You can buy these from different companies, but they often cost a pretty penny. Additionally, they don’t seem that great. We’re going to show you how to make your own. Get some big plastic paint buckets. Not only are they great for carrying your provisions, but they can double as a chair if needed. Collect you provisions. We suggest the following: Flashlight First Aid Kit A mess kit for cooking A flare Ponchos Tolietries (deoderant, soap, toothpaste, sunblock, female hygene products, ect.)...

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