If you’re like me, which is to say, addicted to Pinterest, then I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of the same recipes floating around. Certain recipes get pinned hundreds of thousands of times. But I want to know, do they actually work? Or is it […]
Month: October 2014
I used to joke about being the “forgotten one.” Mostly because of this picture taken at my first Christmas. The focus of the picture was actually on my older sister opening her presents; however, there I was falling over in the background, “forgotten.” I am […]
Start your diet… tomorrow. Push the snooze button four times. Out of bed—7:45am. Class/work—8am. Avoid putting your clean laundry away until it’s all dirty again. Leave the dishes in the sink until you bring out the paper plates because nothing is left. Fill up your […]
Conor, a junior studying English and political science (aiming for a Ph.D. in English lit, Victorian perhaps, with a side of adaptation theory. Ideally not filling out unemployment papers), hails originally from Boston, but was raised primarily in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
He enjoys politics, religion, pop culture, Lithuania, super heroes, literature, film, food and any intersections that those interests can have.
Conor writes often (seriously—close to constantly), whether that be literary criticism for class, beatnik poetry for kicks, satire for the Student Review, blog posts about Mormonism, or pieces for Stance.
He also loves a semi-snarky use of parentheses (as if that wasn’t clear from their abundance in this brief bio).
Check out Conor’s blog: Mini Manifestos
We get it. Not every family picture is a winner. But…the laughs to be had afterward? Priceless. HENCE, our first-ever Stance Failed Family Photo contest! Starting today, we will be sharing our favorite hilarious family photos gone wrong. The top three pictures chosen by our […]
Earlier this year, I conducted a survey in Utah Valley that tested many individuals’ understanding of First-Aid. One of the most frequently missed questions was, “When performing CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation), how many chest compressions are done per minute?” After missing this question, the surveyees responses […]
Every so often an event happens that puts everything into perspective. All those stressors—education, family, careers, and hundreds of other things—become hushed and fade into the background. Just a couple weeks ago, my family found out that my great aunt, who we love and adore, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given a couple of precious months to live. I spent the last week with very little sleep and no breaks editing my great-grandfather’s autobiography in-between classes and work, so that my Aunt Audrey could read her dad’s story before her sight is taken and eventually her life. This experience taught me the joy and love we can feel as we learn about our families and preserve our history.
Here are four ways to preserve our family history:
1. Keep your own history
President Spencer W. Kimball, a man who had 33 black binders of journals when he was called to be President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, had an incredible testimony of writing a journal. He said, “get a notebook, my young folks, a journal that will last through all time, and maybe the angels may quote from it for eternity. Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, you impressions and your testimonies. Remember, the Savior chastised those who failed to record important events.”*
Start today and write for one minute. Include as many events and feelings as you can. Do not try and play catch up with the last five years of your life. It will stress you out and you’ll quit. Make a goal to write once a week or however often you can that will stretch you but not set you up for failure.
2. Take pictures
There is nothing like looking at family photos and reliving memories. Most of us have phones with decent picture-taking abilities. Remember to use them and backup those pictures. It is also fun to make a photo album. There are lots of ways to create them online or slip photos into an already-prepared photo album.
3. Visit with the sages
Take the time to talk to your grandparents and other aged people in your family (and the younger ones too). Record your conversations with them as they describe what life was like for them. This weekend I spent two days recording conversations between some of my aunt’s thirteen siblings. They were sharing stories, laughing, and singing together. The stories I captured on my phone (thanks to smart phones, we have no excuses!) are so special, and I hope to add them to my great-grandfather’s autobiography so other members of my family can read them and pass them on.
4. Share with others
Thanks to technology, we have so many ways to share our family history. We can create a family website, blog our experiences, or email stories and pictures. Online sharing is also a wonderful way to share family recipes and keep up traditions. The Internet is an incredible blessing to those who fill it with good things and use it for good purposes.
Now that you’ve taken the time to read this post, go take the time to do its tips. Happy doing!
By Chelsea Jamison
Sign the petition. Join the cause. Represent Women on BYU Campus! To sign the petition, go to this link below: https://www.change.org/p/kevin-j-worthen-give-the-lsb-a-proper-name?recruiter=2505350&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition Why should you sign? This cause is the result of two intersecting realities. The time has come for a prominent campus building to be named […]