Author: Jeff VanDrimmelen

Real Time Google Translate to Preach the Gospel

I’ve written about Google Translate before and using it to break down barriers set up since the Tower of Babel.  Google announced some new EarBuds today that have real time translation!  How neat is that. I can’t help but think about the folks I taught on my mission that didn’t speak a language we taught so we had to all try and use a 2nd intermediary language. Imagine if every mission had a pair of these to use instead… We could sit and teach people of ALL nations and tougues....

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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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