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It's Time to Hasten the Hastening

In the April 2013 LDS General Conference, church leaders have recently emphasized the need for members to hasten the work. Admittedly, I have not been the swiftest in heeding this counsel, which is why I have begun to think about what it means to "hasten the work" and what I can do, personally, to hasten the hastening.
What Does It Mean to "Hasten the Work?"The "work" refers to the work of salvation or four-fold mission of the Church: to proclaim the gospel, to perfect the saints, to redeem the dead, and to care for the needy. While "the work" refers to all four of these emphases, special emphasis has recently been placed upon the gathering of Israel.  In the 2013 special mission presidents' training broadcast, Elder L. Tom Perry proclaimed, "the need and opportunity to share the gospel has never been greater." It is projected that the Church will have 100,000 full-time missionaries serving by December 2013; almost a 100% increase
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Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.)

Who is Tim Ballard? (O.U.R. History) Timothy Ballard spent over a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security where he was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and deployed as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team. He has worked every type of case imaginable in the fight to dismantle child trafficking rings. Ballard specializes in undercover work, in the United States and in multiple foreign countries, to infiltrate child trafficking organizations.

During one of his routine training visits to South America, he threw the training book out the window and actually helped them plan an op! But a problem arose. Their plan was dependent on U.S. support, and unfortunately they were outside U.S. jurisdiction. When the U.S. government was ultimately unable provide the resources ($80,000 and 10 operatives for 3 months) to rescue dozens of trafficked children in South America, Ballard decided to leave government empl…

Why I'm Closing Down My Cosplay Board on Pinterest!

After 5 years long (and nerdy) years, I've decided to stop feeding my Cosplay board on Pinterest, which has more than 60,000 pins on it. Note: Unfortunately, if I unsubscribe from the board, it will disappear…
The purposes of my cosplay collection were:To introduce visitors to a variety of new, fictional characters.To offer the cosplay community creative costume alternatives to traditional takes on characters.To share the joy of viewing well-done cosplay and photography by others.To provide a clean resource of tasteful cosplays, where you don't have to worry about sifting through dozens of source materials exclusively featuring scantily-clad ladies before getting to ones that you could actually wear to a party or convention. My personal purposes in creating it were to:Learn more about all the characters out there in the geek and nerd universes.Honor the creativity people put into recreating and personalizing their favorite characters.Curate a reference of cosplays for all tho…

Dress Your Truth: I am a Type 4 Man

Discover Your Truth As a child, I was often told that I was too serious; that I ought to smile more. "What for?!" I'd ponder. "Did someone tell a joke? Is someone about to take a photo?"

Does that sound like you? Tragically, our true gifts and talents are too often perceived as flaws. When walking down the street, do you ever worry that you could be perceived as austere, unemotional, or unfriendly? In personal relationships, do are you concerned that you might come off as too critical or "honest"? In large-group settings, do you feel pressure to socialize and connect? If these scenarios ring true, you too may be a Type Four individual unaware of how to embrace your energy and gifts.

In Carol Tuttle's Dressing Your Truthsystem, every person has a “Type,” which is determined by the nature of energy expressed in our bodies and exhibited throughout our lives. Tuttle contends that when we fail to express ourselves truthfully, we look and feel exhauste…

Why I Volunteer With Circles

With all the calamities and ugliness in the world today, it is natural to want to build up barriers or run and hide. But isolation is not the answer to dealing with hardship. Intentional engagement, love, and connection are the keys to successfully overcoming life's obstacles.

I first learned this lesson at a young age. After an especially hard day at Redmond Junior High School, I confessed to my dad that life would be so much easier if I could flee to the Wushu mountains of China to live out my days in some tranquil monastery. I fantasized about studying kung fu and mastering self-discipline, free from the trials and temptations of the real world. In response, my wise father reminded me that if I really wanted to embody my ideals, I could not attain them in a bubble; I would need to "root" to "sources of light" and then "wade upstream." I had no idea what he meant. But his mystic tone convinced me not to start saving my pennies for a plane ticket. R…