Author: Jeff VanDrimmelen

LDS Priesthood Slack Channel – Use Slack at Church

With the crazy and increasingly wicked world we live in, I wish I had more opportunities to feel the Spirit with the brethren from church throughout the week.  I would say I even need the strength that comes from a group of faithful like-minded brethren. It is with this landscape in mind that I want to try an experiment. I just created the LDS Priesthood Slack Channel.  For those that have never used Slack it is like a fancy version of chat, but you can break things down into specific channels (like #fatherhood and #faith) and have a searchable record....

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Make a Phone Contract with Your Kids

This is post 1 of 2 in the series “Children's Devices Use” Our phone contract for our sweet Rebekah as she get’s her first phone. (The same as the one we used for Joseph last year). For those that may want something similar with your kids. I got it and modified it from someone else online and want to pass it on in case you need it. [Child’s Name Here]’s Phone Contract [Insert Date] The following contract has been written up to help [child name] as she goes to Middle School… and officially becomes a member of the phone carrying...

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Use Google Translate to Break Down Language Barriers… in Church

Today at church I had a wonderful experience with a member of our ward that would not have been possible with Google.  We have a new member that was baptized recently in our ward from China.  She has a wonderful testimony, but struggles a bit with English.  She would like to go to the temple to do baptisms for the dead so it was my responsibility to meet with her and assess her preparation for the temple.  We sat down and started talking but it became clear to me that we were having a hard time understanding one another...

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LDS Bible Maps On Your Smartphone or Tablet [App Review]

Now I’m not a big map guy myself, but I know many of you out there are.  Apparently all the scripture apps do not have the standard maps in them.  At least not that I’ve been able to find, but that may not be the case (there are a lot of things in there and it is sometimes hard to find the stuff you want).  Well, now there is an app where you can view the bible maps. I was asked to review the new LDS Bible Maps app for the new and aspiring app developer, Christina Reese.  (Disclaimer: She...

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Memorize Scriptures With The Scripture Power Memorization App

Great power can come from memorizing scriptures. To memorize a scripture is to forge a new friendship. It is like discovering a new individual who can help in time of need, give inspiration and comfort, and be a source of motivation for needed change. … A memorized scripture becomes an enduring friend that is not weakened with the passage of time. —Elder Richard G. Scott (“The Power of Scripture,” Fall 2011 General Conference) When I heard this during the first talk last fall I was very impressed and wanted to have a deeper understanding of the scriptures in my...

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