It’s hard to believe pageant is only a month away. They have trucks staged in the big parking lot at Hill Cumorah. It looks like the stage construction will begin soon.
My workshop classes for photography are during pageant this year (again). This means I’ll be in school from about 8am to 5pm daily. I’ll miss much of the daytime stuff that accompanies pageant, but I’ll be able to watch the show one of those nights.
Social Media Fast
President Russell M. Nelson asked the youth to do a 7-day social media fast. If the prophet asks the youth to do it, it must be good for others too. But, like any fast, there are some things to consider.
Do it in private. Christ warned not to be as the publicans who disfigure their faces and dress in sackcloth and ashes. In modern terms, I would take it to mean, don’t post stuff on social media like, “Okay, I’m going on a 7-day Facebook fast. I don’t know how I’m going to manage, but I’m doing it okay. Starting right now.”
Social media is more than just Facebook. It’s Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, chat rooms, message boards, etc. A 7-day social media fast must include all of them.
A fast isn’t complete without an offering. What will be your offering at the end of your 7-day media fast? I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I think it would be appropriate for 7 days worth of internet or phone charges donated to the fast offering fund.
It should start and end with a prayer. You should have in mind what Heavenly Father wants you to learn from the experience, and you should pray for understanding and strength.
I guess one learning might end up being that people can do with out so much social media.
Today we had a couple of huge cloud bursts. One was around 3pm, and the other was around 6pm. The latter one occurred while I was at the temple. A group of youth came in soaked to the bone. Someone commented, “It looks like they already have been baptized.”
Puddles During the Down Pour
I stood at the doorway to my studio with my telephoto lens and took some pictures of the big drops splashing in the 1″ deep water. I wasn’t about to leave the studio in this down pour. The water was too deep and coming down too fast.
The rain did make the plants look nice and green.
Rain on the Plants
During the evening storm, you could look from the temple and see the rain coming down in the foreground, and steam rising from the Sacred Grove. Even later, on our drive home, the steam was creating tule fog along Stafford Road.
For lack of a better title, I did a youth theme session today with 4 youth from the Pittsford Ward. Without going in to details, we had an assignment to take some pictures with very specific scenarios. This four youth did a wonderful job.
Earlier in the day I had my MRI on my lower back. It amazes me how loud those machines are. It sounds like a jackhammer.
They sent me home with the CD and I checked out the images. It’s kind of cool being able to see in to your body like that. Some of the slices I’m not sure what some of the stuff is, but for the most part I can make out things like my colon, my kidneys, my spine, etc.
Oh, for this MRI they wrapped me in a cage with coils mounted to it. It in turn got plugged in to the MRI machine. When they first brought it out, I thought, “That doesn’t look comfortable,” but it wasn’t bad. They made sure I was nice and comfortable before the procedure started.
The images are pretty grainy, but still, considering what you can see it is pretty amazing.
By the time my photo session was over, I was left with about 2 hours of preparing the images, and another hour of uploading them. So, I get in the house and it is already almost 10pm.