Author: Brett McKay

LDSTeach Provides Great Resources for Teaching

I stumbled upon LDSTeach today. It provides resources for home and visiting teaching. I’m going to be honest. I’m not a big fan of home teaching. Like most people I’m busy. Home teaching can suck up your time. You have to co-ordinate schedules not only with your partner, but also with your families that you teach. Then you have prepare a lesson. After that there’s the visit. Most H/T’s intend on only staying just a few minutes, but then somehow you get sucked in for an hour. Then you have to make your reports. The reporting part can be...

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Modified Tie Rack

Over at Instructables, there’s a post on a cool modified tie rack. I wish I knew about this when I was on my mission. I just hung my ties on a single hanger. The result was that they all were ruined. For all you soon to be missionaries, this is a great idea. Keep it in mind as you get all your stuff together for you...

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Use Gmail as a journal

We’re supposed to keep a journal. That’s what the prophets both anciently and today have said. People have different preferences: some like the feel of pen and paper, others like to do it digitally. If you’re one of the latter types of people, then you might enjoy this post from Lifehacker on how to use your Gmail account as a journal. With Gmail’s categorizing system, you can create labels for different entries. You can have a label for blessings, work, family, ect. Thus, if you just wanted to read certain types of entries, with a just a click you...

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Mormon Hacker Manifesto

During last General Conference, Elder Ballard gave a great talk on simplifying and being innovative in our church responsibilities. This is what Mormon Hacker is all about. Thus, “O Be Wise,” is officially the Mormon Hacker Manifesto. In his talk, Elder Ballard warns about people putting too much emphasis on the programs of the Church, and not on the people. Members often “complicate their service with needless frills and embellishments that occupy too much time, cost too much money, and sap too much energy.” He gave six points which, if we as members focus on, can make church much...

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Welcome to Mormon Hacker

Welcome to Mormon Hacker. This blog was inspired by Lifehacker, a site dedicated to bringing people tips, tricks, and ideas to make their lives easier and more simple. My wife and I are HUGE fans of the site. We started talking about how Mormons need something like this. For years our leaders have admonished us to make our lives more simple. Yet, it seems like the general membership has not gotten the message. People complain because the gospel is a burden or that they aren’t getting much out. We think the problem stems from the lack of knowledge on how to maximize the resources we have right in front of us. This is where Mormon Hacker comes in. Each day, we’ll bring you Mormon Hacks: shortcuts on how to utilize the internet, computers, as well as other resources in order to make living the gospel-from food storage to home teaching, from frugal living to planning lessons-more fun, easy, and fulfilling. We hope you...

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