Alexa Justesen - April 26, 2012
Unemployment can be stressful and scary, but the Church has provided some great resources to find work quickly.
Whether you’ve just graduated from college and are looking for a job, or the economic downturn got the best of you, most of us will have to worry about unemployment at some point in time. Below is a quick guide for using LDS Employment Resource Services to help you get back on your feet by making a great impression in the job market.
The first step is to go to the LDS Employment Resource Services website at ldsjobs.org
and create a free online account
. This will allow you to upload a resume and find job listings based on your location. Employers will also be able to find your information.
Next, browse the website for job advice (which it is chock-full of), such as how to build a resume, dress for an interview, or network successfully. The website covers lots of information and is easy to use. You can even sign up to receive regular e-mails full of tips and success stories.
But what if you want some face-to-face counseling or resume-building help? Luckily, you can also set up a one-on-one advisement meeting at your local Employment Center with a career adviser. Employment Centers are located all over the world, generally in LDS meetinghouses. Full-time senior couple missionaries or part-time service missionaries are called specifically to help the unemployed find work. These meetings are especially successful because the career advisers can tailor the job search to you and your skills. They will also keep you updated on any career fairs, workshops, or meetings going on in your area.
Mandy Slack - March 15, 2012
We know hoping for reverent children in church is like dreaming the impossible dream. But there are a few surprisingly simple ways to achieve it.
If I were to walk into a sacrament meeting and see children sitting quietly, engaged by the sacrament speakers instead of their Cheerios or coloring books, I would probably die of shock. Children just aren’t equipped with the ability to sit still and listen to religious vernacular (or anything) for extended periods of time. (For that matter, most adults even struggle.)
Just because kids have a hard time sitting still doesn’t mean they lack faith, but it does mean your task of keeping peace in the chapel is harder. Here are some ideas that might prevent icy stares from fellow ward members:
Life gets busy with kids in the picture, but even minimal preparation will lead to a saner sacrament meeting. Set out clothes on Saturday night (including your own), and make other church preparations—if you’re not running around on Sunday morning, it’s likely both you and your kids will be calmer.
Three hours is a long time for some kids to go without any snacks, so pack something to give them in between. But for the love of every primary teacher, avoid sugar. “That is just not nice,” says Merilee Slack, mother of four boys between the ages of 1 and 7. “Kids get way out of control.” Melissa Morgan, mother of three children between the ages of 2 and 5, suggests feeding the kids before sacrament meeting. “We have sacrament meeting last, so they’re usually pretty hungry by the time it comes around. I try to feed them right before; otherwise all they’re thinking about is the food.”
Richie Norton - March 07, 2012
Home businesses can be a lot of fun - if you start small and know what you're doing. These are seven critical elements to help you.
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Everyone has different reasons for wanting to start a business at home. My wife, Natalie, and I opted to start a home-based business because we wanted 100% access to our children, and we wanted our children to have 100% access to us.
I know that a home-based business isn't for everyone; however, I believe everyone should have the know-how required to start their own business in case the “secure” job suddenly becomes unsecure.
Here are seven critical elements required to start/manage a successful home based business without going insane.
1) KNOW YOUR WHY
You simply must take the time to understand your personal “why” for starting your home based business. This why will be your guiding star as you inevitably find yourself in the thick of things.
To help you get to your why, ask yourself this question:
• What do I want my day-to-day life to look like?
Your day-to-day life is your life. You may want to start a home-based business to help make ends meet, pay off debt, or live a dream. However, if your day-to-day life becomes a living nightmare, you’ll quit and won’t reach your goals.
Ruthann Cunningham - February 08, 2012
A few weeks ago I talked about the mental preparations necessary to train for a race. For those of you still on the New-Year’s-resolution bandwagon (or those who need a little motivation to get back on), here are some more practical training tips to get ready for your race so you can run and not be weary.
Whether you have chosen to run a 5k, 10k, half-marathon, or marathon, this year you will want to take the time to prepare and train. Some of the elements that are involved to accomplish your goal are selecting a run, making sure you have the proper clothing, setting up a training program, and establishing a reward. If you include all of these elements into your training along with preparing mentally
, your overall experience will be rewarding.
Before you start any physical activity program, make sure you have seen your doctor for approval to start training. It is always good to know where your health is at and make sure you are not going to be injured due to any unforeseen conditions.
Choose a race
Once you have been cleared by the doc, pick a race or the time of year you would like to complete your goal. If you want to run a 5K in the summer, then find a race in the summer and register for it. Keep in mind that the further the distance you want to run, the more time you will need to set aside to train and prepare. There are also some runs that have entrance based on the lottery system due to the high number of people who want to compete. Have a backup plan in mind in case you do not get into the run or the weekend of your run does not end up working out for you. Here are some fantastic sites to visit to find a run that meets your goal. Your city’s recreation or a specialty running store may also have information on upcoming runs in your area.
Mandy Slack - February 02, 2012
Teens are already self-conscious without adding the intimidation of trying to share the gospel. Want to learn a few simple steps for being a member missionary at your tender age? We're here to help.
I gave away a Book of Mormon for the first time in between science and history when I was in eighth grade. I’d like to say I did this just because I wanted to, but it was actually a requirement for Personal Progress. I chose to give the book to Heidi, my kindest and most religious friend (she went to church and a youth group every week). The creators of the Personal Progress program must have intended for me to make this a memorable, edifying experience, but, instead, I wrote a few lines in the cover of the book and handed it to Heidi during our passing period. I didn’t explain anything about the book, just said a few awkward words and went on to class. It wasn’t that I didn’t care, it was simply that sharing the gospel seemed scary to me.
While I doubt anybody out there is as awkward as I was (and probably still am), I imagine that some youth feel the same fear when they hear the word missionary coupled with the word work. We all know it’s something we need to do, but opening our mouths about the Church can seem daunting. Hopefully these ideas will help the fear dissipate and let the joy of missionary work kick in.
Share the gospel online
Admit it, you get on Facebook at least once a day. Why not share the gospel in between chatting with your friends and studying every picture of that cutie from your math class? Sharing the gospel through social media or other websites can be easy and unintimidating for you and your friends. The Church has made it easy to share the gospel online; all you have to do is click a button to get a video or article on your Facebook, Twitter, or blog. For more ideas of how to share the gospel online, check out these suggestions.