Arts & Entertainment
Last night I couldn't sleep. Sometime around 3:00 a.m., I tired of tossing and resorted to watching videos of what many girls were already peacefully dreaming about: Jimmer Fredette. Thanks to the new followjimmer.com (new content posted daily!), I found a constant stream of videos to entertain and inform me during my wakeful vigil. And thanks to all those videos, I am now a perfectly qualified Jimmer expert, just in time for the NBA draft this Thursday. I now present to you my top six Fredettrivia:
1. When Jimmer doesn't have enough friends to play basketball with him, he uses trash cans to stand in for the other players.
2. Even famous people go through an ugly duckling stage—his brother used to call him “Cheeks” because of his chubby facial features and then John Goodman (after the actor) and Clemenza (from the Godfather).
3. Jimmer owns more shoes than I do. “Living simple” and “as compact as I can” includes—just from what I counted in one video—13 pairs of athletic shoes, one set of church shoes, and one pair of sandals (worn with socks).
4. Eating healthy includes tortilla chips, organic toaster pastries, and chocolate milk. Don't worry though, the Diet Coke in his fridge was only stocked there to keep his girlfriend, Whitney (also featured in some of the videos), happy.
Is it just me, or was Round 2 tough? With two great hymns battling it out against each other, I just didn’t know how to pick! But I did, and so did you, and we’ve narrowed it down to six “favoritest” hymns. I imagine this is going to be the toughest competition of all, picking one hymn out of six incredible ones.
So vote for your favorite to determine once and for all The ‘Favoritest’ Hymn of All!
The results are in and we have our Elite Eight (plus a few extras). With your help, we were able to narrow it down to a top hymn within each category, and it's time to narrow it down a little more.
We had enough write-ins for two hymns that we think deserve to be a part of the poll. Although Come, Thou Fount is not included in the current Hymn Book, it has been in the past and we think its popularity has earned it a spot in our poll.
Also included in as an extra category are The Runners-up. Three hymns were incredibly close, so we've decided to include the first and second runners-up from the LDS Living Staff Picks category as well.
Vote for you favorite of the favorites and the winners will advance to the final round of The "Favoritest" Hymn of All next week (I'm excited to see who wins, are you excited?!).
Make sure to read to the end of this blog to learn how to coordinate a private screening of the film. I saw the movie 17 Miracles this past weekend, and would have to say, I walked away happy that I saw it. I am not a big movie attendee (I find it hard to sit still that long), but a glimpse of my ancestors’ story in the trailer peaked my interest. And so for me, a rare trek to the theater occurred.
Growing up, my father would always tell us stories of our ancestors, the Cunninghams, who came across in the Willie Handcart Company. What would captivate me first was the thought of what it would be like to endure those elements. (I am such a wimp when the temperature gets below 60 degrees F.) After spending considerable time on the topic of being cold, my attention would then turn to the qualities my ancestors had. I would marvel at the Cunninghams' faith, determination (or some may say stubbornness), courage, and love. I found that as I read stories of other pioneers who made the trek, they had these same qualities. Watching 17 Miracles brought back these same thoughts as multiple stories unfold.
The stories of individuals and families in 17 Miracles gave me a glimpse into the disappointment and miracles for the Willie Handcart Company. I appreciated the brief background of Levi Savage, as it caused me to feel more familiar with who he was as he narrated the story. I enjoyed hearing multiple accounts of sacrifice and endurance as members of the company were followed in their various trials. I was so excited when the miracle of the Cunninghams was told, along with all the other miracles in this film. And I cried (which I rarely do in movies) when the struggles, disappointments, and losses were depicted.