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Posted on 04/24/2014 12:18 p.m. New Comment on: #77376 I was reading a book and came across a phrase that I've never heard. The Google ...
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Question #77385 posted on 04/24/2014 3:06 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am extremely interested in being involved in the behind-the-scenes tech work that goes into putting on a stage productions. How can I learn the skills and get a position working in, say, the scene shop, or working the sound board for something like that?

-Prospective Techie

A:

Dear PT but not a cruiser,

My home teacher (who is also the roommate of Ozymandias, but that's a different story) is involved with this sort of stuff at BYU, so I sent your question to him.

Prospective Techie,

I'm super excited for you wanting to get involved with theater! I've working in one form or another with technical theater since I was 14 and it has been some of the best experiences that I've had. I'm assuming that you are at BYU and if so then there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. One way is to sign up for TMA 160 which is the first production class in the theater major. They will give you a basic overview of everything from stage management to lighting to sound to set construction. It would be a good way to get introduced. The other way is to try to get a job with BYU Arts Production. They have general stage hand jobs as well as more specialized jobs within lighting and sound which would usually require a bit more experience. If you want more information contact yayfulness and I can maybe get you in contact with some of the right people for a job.

If you're not at BYU, try to get involved with a local community theater or a high school production. I know that they can always use help even if you don't have much experience. But really, working with theater (specifically lighting) has been one of the best experiences I've had at BYU. I've been able to go on tour internationally with one of the groups and I've had experiences that I'll never forget. So I hope you can get involved but just be warned, once you get in, you sell part of your soul to the theater!

- MDUB c/o yayfulness


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Question #77350 posted on 04/23/2014 8:54 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What percentage of songs are love songs? Breakup songs? Any other popular category?

-Irma H.

A:

Dear Irma,

According to this study, 64% of Billboard topping songs are love songs. It wasn't very scientific and was from 2004, but obviously counting every song in existence is impractical (especially during finals week). However, I think that gives a good ballpark number. As for other categories, unfortunately I am not sure.

-Ozymandias


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Question #77377 posted on 04/23/2014 7:30 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can any of you guys tell me about the linguistics computing classes offered here at BYU? They seem so interesting, but when I went to register for them, I saw that they aren't offered Spring, Summer, or Fall, and they also weren't available this past Winter semester. Do any of you guys know what's up?

- You Guys Are Awesome

A:

Dear Awesome,

So the thing about the linguistics computing classes offered here at BYU...is that there are none. The last "LINGC" course was LingC 260, which I took last fall semester. That class, as well as the other linguistics computing courses, have now been merged with the CHum (Computers and the Humanities) classes (and some others) to create the new Digital Humanities and Technology minor. The linguistics computing class I took is now called DigHT 260, and it's the only class specific to linguistics computing as far as I know. The DigHT minor classes are designed to provide similar skills that were taught in the LingC and CHum classes, and they're not restricted to the minor, so their general programming and possibly web classes should still be useful to you. You might want to contact Jeremy Browne, the coordinator of the program, to ask which classes would be a good fit for your interests. His information is at the bottom of the DigHT website, and he's really  nice. There's also Ling 240, which covers "Linguistic Tools," but I don't think it would be interesting for non-majors, and it isn't really linguistics computing anyway. Finally, there are the general computer/tech classes that would be useful paired with any beginning linguistics courses, like the CS 142 beginning programming course. As for myself, I'm taking IT classes to supplement my linguistics education. Really, though, there isn't anything specifically for linguistics computing left any more, so it looks like you and I missed the boat on that one. (I wanted that to be my minor.) Good luck with everything!

-Owlet


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Question #77370 posted on 04/23/2014 7:30 p.m.
Q:

Dear Board Marauders,

I used to run along the Provo river trail in Provo canyon and I remember seeing some old abandoned buildings along the trail. Can you explore those and find out what they were and why they're still standing?

-Old mill?

A:

Dear not quite,

It was another stormy evening. The skies were gray and laden with clouds and a fine mist of dust blew along the Provo River trail, mixing with the cold spray of Bridal Veil falls. Bluetongue and Prickles set out alone in the early evening as the only Marauders who had managed to survive finals week. 

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As they walked along the trial, they passed a variety of rocky trails leading further into the recesses of the dark tree-lined hills, causing Prickles to frequently remind Bluetongue that they were on a mission and that darting up every new and mysterious trail they found was somewhat time-consuming and potentially dangerous. 

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Eventually they stumbled across the building in question, padlocked shut and decorated with a variety of amateurish graffiti. The building appeared to be made of concrete and recently whitewashed to cover old graffiti. Despite Bluetongue's lock-picking abilities, the lock was of a type resistant to being picked and the two Marauders attempted to enter a different way. 

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First, Bluetongue attempted to lower herself into the building through a mysteriously blocked up tunnel but after the mud started seeping into her boots, she quickly gave up.

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Bluetongue then attempted to break her way into the building through an old, boarded-up window but after nearly falling off of the roof, Prickles convinced her to give the venture up. Bluetongue wishes to note that she visited this structure once a few years back and a corner had been broken down, exposing the interior, which consisted of two small, dark concrete rooms filled with garbage. The corner has since been filled with concrete.

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Not entirely dissuaded, Prickles and Bluetongue continued up the trail until they discovered this rusted shack. The two slowly approached, taking in the bullet holes and mysterious stacks of lumber with a cautious eye. Even Bluetongue thought it best not to enter and the creepy aura prevented them from getting a better shot. 

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It was then that The Marauders discovered something unexpected. Curious, they crept closer and opened up the bright yellow egg. 

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Lo and behold, it was filled with candy. Surprisingly, Bluetongue was the voice of reason and encouraged Prickles to not eat the unwrapped candy that was in the strange egg that had been sitting in the woods for who knows how long, but Prickles promptly ate the contents and thoroughly enjoyed them. She has not died yet. 

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Upon their return, as it was starting to get eerily dark, The Marauders also discovered a strange set of fences that formed a tight square with the remnants of a chicken coop and a stool used to mount horses. Feeling a little on edge after all the exploring and after finding so many ruinous things, The Marauders decided to call it a night and fled to safety.

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Upon the conclusion of their journey, The Marauders had found little evidence as to what the large, concrete building had once been. This sign offers some guidance, although it was on the same side of the river as the building, which leads The Marauders to believe that it is not the aforementioned screening structure, but was probably an office property that supervised the whole process. At the same time, the pictures suggest that the flume may have entered the concrete building through the small "window" that Bluetongue attempted to break through. Regardless of the exact purpose, it's safe to assume that the building was somehow involved in the process of bringing water out of the canyon. 

-The Marauders


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Posted on 04/23/2014 7:14 p.m. New Comment on: #77328 I want to get a PhD, but may end up in a career outside academia (perhaps ...
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Posted on 04/23/2014 11:20 a.m. New Comment on: #77373 I've decided to 'test' myself to see if I may have a gluten intolerance. In order ...
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Question #77356 posted on 04/23/2014 9:42 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Did you ever have the birthday party for the Board mentioned in Board Question #77223? How did it go?

-Happy Birthday!

A:

Dear Happy,

The Board's birthday party was an amazing success. 

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Just take a look at that poster. I seriously would not stop talking about it. I was way impressed with my art skills. Everyone loved it so much they wanted to have their picture taken by it. 

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And you can't have a birthday party without a birthday (cup)cake!

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Sorry this went wayyyy over. I was supposed to flip Sheebs' head around but then finals week hit me like a truck and I'm not on campus now so I don't have access to Photoshop. 

Happy belated birthday, Board!

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #77373 posted on 04/23/2014 7 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've decided to 'test' myself to see if I may have a gluten intolerance. In order to do this, I'm going to try to go gluten free for three weeks. The problem is, I have no idea where or how to get started! It seems like everything I eat has gluten in it. I loooooove bread of any kind, and definitely rely on it for almost any meal.

Can you help me? Do any of you have any great gluten free meals or snacks that you love? How can I ensure that I can be successful? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!

-Gluten-free Gina :)

A:

Dear Gina,

I've never tried eating gluten-free, but one of the women I visit teach and her daughter have celiac disease. When I cook for her family, she said the best website to use for finding gluten-free ingredients is GF Overflow. You can search for "BBQ Sauce" or "Flours" and it will pull up a list of brands and specific products that are gluten-free. This makes it a lot easier to shop, since you can buy things that are already gluten-free without going to a lot of trouble. You'd probably be interested to know that gluten-free breads do exist, it's just a matter of figuring out which grocery stores sell those specific brands.

Other than that, just search for "gluten-free recipes," browse through some websites, and choose your favorite recipes to try out. Some of them look really delicious. Pinterest is another good way to find gluten-free recipes and snacks.

One thing I might suggest to help you in your experiment is to have someone else do it with you. A support system is always a big help when you're trying to change your lifestyle. I know that may not be possible, but if you can find a partner, I think you'll find that you'll have a lot more motivation for staying on track.

Good luck!

--Maven


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Question #77376 posted on 04/23/2014 4:18 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was reading a book and came across a phrase that I've never heard. The Google wasn't helpful, so I come to you: what is "Old Stink"? Does it even mean anything? Some prison, maybe? If it helps, the book is set in England in 1950, and here is context: "The place was locked as tight as Old Stink" and, two hundred pages later, "in the name of Old Stink" (as an interjection).

-spice cake

A:

Dear Spice Cake,

For a second there I thought you were going to ask us about horcruxes.

-Sheebs

A:

Dear Spice Cake,

Personally I believe if you can google a phrase and the only hit is from the "The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley, which is set in England in 1950 (so presumably the book to which Spice Cake is referring), I would make the assumption that the author made up the expression for his book. Perhaps he was just trying to come up with a phrase that sounded old English-y.

"Why did the universe conspire against me like this?"
Hobo

A:

Dear Sheebs,

Stop mocking me.

-Lord Voldemort


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Question #77375 posted on 04/23/2014 3:42 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

We have lived at Wymount Terrace (south) for about three years now. For as long as we have lived here we have noticed that there is a loud beep (if you are sitting by the front door on the bottom level) every night at about 11:30pm. Last week my wife was outside around this time and noticed a guy with a metal stick-magnet-sonic-screwdriver-thingy come up to the stair well and put it up to the side of the fire extinguisher box. Any idea as to what this could be? I think it is a fire alarm test to make sure they are working, but if so why cant they do that remotely? Why every night?

-BeepBeep

A:

Dear Vashta Nerada,

Lucky for you, one of my good friends is one of those guys. He might've even been the one you saw!

Every night, they walk around the on-campus housing to make sure things are safe. Freshman housing is the most important for them to check, since those buildings have doors that are supposed to lock the entire building. The buttons are placed throughout the areas to make sure that the rovers (the people checking) visit every part of the area. The metal stick thing, which they actually call a pipe, is used to create an electronic record of when and where the buttons are checked.

Basically, they're just making sure you're safe, and the buttons make sure that they're doing their job.

-Tally M.


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Question #77374 posted on 04/23/2014 3 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is that Matt Meese (Captain Literally, on Studio C) staring in the hotels.com commercials (see here, here, and here, for example) as Captain Obvious?

—Damasta

A:

Dear Damasta,

While he's very popular within the BYU sphere, I don't think Matt Meese has reached this level of fame yet. The New York Times reports that Captain Obvious is played by Brandon Moynihan

Who knows? Maybe one day the Studio C cast will be this famous. Stay tuned!

- Haleakalā


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Question #77372 posted on 04/22/2014 8:42 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How are you supposed to know when or when not to give people your address on Facebook when they ask for it for their wedding announcement? Let me just be clear, I'm talking about when Facebook friends you may not know too well invite you to their "wedding address group." This practice is obviously the way things are done pretty much these days, but I can't help but hate it (despite seeing its convenience) because it puts the people in a very awkward situation.. how do we know when to join the group and post our addresses for them to send out an invite? How well should one know someone before asking for something like this? I don't want to come off as rude by not giving my address and then not seeming interested in their life.. but at the same time, I get a lot of requests from people I really don't know that well (just went to high school together or something) and in that case, I neither care to go to their wedding nor do I want them to waste a costly invite on me when I'm may not even know them that well. Plus sometimes even when I AM interested in getting the invite but not necessarily interested in going (because the person intrigues me, has a good style and thus likely will have a cute announcement, etc.) then I don't want to ask for an invite and then have them weirded out by me asking since we barely know each other in the first place. UGH! Help fellow Facebook users? What's the etiquette of this entire situation?

-Miss the good old days

A:

Dear friend,

You ask for an invite if you are planning to go to the reception. Yes, it can be fun to get people's invitations regardless, but wedding invitations are expensive, dang it! It seems inconsiderate to request one simply to see what the announcement looks like.

Additionally, you shouldn't give out your address unsolicited. If a couple chooses to only ask a few of their friends for addresses, it may be because their budget doesn't allow for more announcements than that. 

The one exception is if you are close friends with someone and can't make it to their reception. Asking for an invitation can be a way of showing your interest in their lives despite your inability to attend. I would include a caveat though, such as, "I won't be able to make the reception, but if you have an extra invitation, send it my way! Here's my address."

Peace,

-Stego Lily 


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Question #77362 posted on 04/22/2014 8:14 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How much did you weigh when you were born?

-Diaper Sniper

A:

Dear Reader,

Five-and-a-half pounds. I was born four weeks early.

- Haleakalā

A:

Dear friend,

8 pounds even.

Peace,

-Stego Lily

A:

Dear sniper of diapers,

Seven pounds, eleven ounces.

-Sheebs

A:

Dear You,

I was 6 lbs, 4 ounces.

-Squirrel


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Question #77369 posted on 04/22/2014 6:42 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have heard about a bakery in SLC called Les Madeleines that apparently makes this delicious thing called a Kouing Aman. Have you ever had one of these? If so, can you tell me why it's so expensive?!?

On a related note, what are your go-to places for baked goods?

-au chocolat

A:

Dear Cinnamon,

I think one of the reasons it's so expensive is because it takes forever to bake (I don't know how close this recipe is to the one at Les Madeleines because I'm not brave enough to try it, but it looks like something where I'd rather pay a lot to eat it rather than make it myself), it tastes like flaky, caramelized heaven, and, most importantly, people are willing to pay lots of money for desserts.

Have I also mentioned how amazing they are? Seriously, they're so good.

Les Madeleines also has really good key lime pie and lemon tarts.

For other baked goods, I love Mrs. Backers. I like everything, but am particularly fond of their cupcakes, fruit tarts, chocolate chip cookies and, when they have them, lemon squared. I could also eat a million butter dream cookies from Normandie Cafe without a second thought. They are amazing.

-Marguerite St. Just


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Question #77368 posted on 04/22/2014 5:24 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do the writers know who the editors are? I'm assuming at least some, if not all, of the editors are current writers. But those writers who aren't editors--do they know the editors' identities? Also, do "probies" know who the editors are?

-Marlsven

A:

Dear Marlfox,

It's a complete secret. Some of the editors don't even know that they're editors.

-yayfulness

A:

Dear Marlsven,

It's not a secret internally. As an editor, I sign internal emails from the editor account with either my name or 'nym. Probies do know who the editors are (or could certainly find out if they needed to and didn't). We tend not to publish to the whole world Because Reasons, but within the Board people know.

-Editor

A:

Dear Marlsven,

I did not realize that a specific someone was an editor until a few days ago, so yes, it does happen. However, that was mainly due to my inattention and forgetfulness, since looking back I realized I had been told and simply forgot. But it's not like it's a secret, had I asked any writer they would have told me (or had I even looked again at who signed the emails I had received!). 

-Ozymandias


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Question #77367 posted on 04/22/2014 5:12 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So lately I've been planning to write a novel having to do with maple syrup production. In my research I've learned that the biggest output of maple sap comes just around the spring thaw, when temperatures rise above the freezing point during the day. This means that syrup producers have only a few weeks during the year when they can tap, which means that their product for the entire year depends on those few weeks. So this begs the question: Would it be possible to increase sap output by "tricking" the trees by housing them in an artificial environment in which you manipulate the temperature? I am guessing that the answer is no or somebody would have done it already, but why not? Thanks!

- Beeners

A:

Dear Cilantro,

Just because the weeks in the spring are the best for sap production doesn't mean they are the only weeks for sap production. There's also the fall cooling down that performs the same thing -- cold nights and warm days make sap output.

More importantly, though, I can't imagine creating an artificial environment would be worth the time and expense. You're talking about heating and cooling down the area the size on an actual forest, which feels crazy. Maple trees need a lot of space, and it's preferred that they grow in a natural ecosystem with cycling soil conditions -- and therefore includes all sorts of bugs, other plants and animals. Not only that, but it requires tapping three or four trees for an entire year's worth of sap-producing time to create a single gallon of syrup; that's how much the stuff boils down. That would require a lot of trees in your giant artificial environment (unless this is some futuristic society where they have the technology to make heating and cooling giant forests a relatively easy task; if so, I'm pleased that the future still knows the value of maple syrup. Though, I must admit, now that I'm thinking about it, the idea of an entire forest kept under strict cycling conditions by a private entity with the intent to profit is sort of awesome.)

Another issue would be tricking the trees into speeding up their growing and maple producing processes. Plants do things ridiculously slowly. They have reactions to cooling temperatures -- like shedding leaves and drawing excess water -- I'm not sure that's a cycle you can easily speed up. You'd also run into the problem of tapping being hard on trees, it damages the portion of the tree that was tapped and the tree needs time to recover, so there would be downtime just for that. Would you still want to cool the whole structure while they're in their recovery period? Would it even help? I don't know. 

Just for fun, though, a high yield forest with 400 trees per acre will probably only have 100 maple trees per acre. This isn't a bad thing; as I mentioned, forests should maintain a variety of vegetation. 100 trees would get you about 40 gallons of syrup, or about 40 gallons per acre. Let's say we can up the maple trees per acre to 300 without horribly affecting the sugar content/taste of the syrup, and now we're getting 120 gallons per acre, or about $8,000 retail. You need to determine whether or not consistently, evenly heating and cooling an entire acre of forest is going to cost less than $8,000. To be safe, though, it should cost less than $6,000 since we're considering throwing in the production cost.

I'm also thinking that maple trees in a controlled, sped-up environment are unlikely to produce higher quality syrup, and the cost of temperature-controlling an entire forest would make them so expensive that they would not even be competitive with local artisan product.

Modern maple syrup producers use series of tubes leading from each tree to maximize the amount of sap they can get out with the minimal amount of travel time, which may be about as good as it's going to get.

-Marguerite St. Just


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Question #77310 posted on 04/22/2014 3:48 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've got a problem. I'm usually very enthusiastic about the gospel, and very sensitive to the Spirit. I love general conference, devotionals, church, etc. Lately, however, I just don't feel... much of anything about the gospel. I understand that one's enthusiasm comes and goes. I know that doing the little things can feel mundane sometimes, or whatever.

I also know that that's not my problem. It's not that I feel bored with the gospel, I simply don't care about it. I don't care about my calling, I don't care about praying or reading the scriptures, I didn't care about conference last weekend, I don't care about going to church. In fact, it's almost as though I have some inner anxiety about the church, and I don't understand it. It's not a spiritual thing. I don't have any doubts about the gospel's truthfulness whatsoever. I just don't care, which is kind of scaring me. My apathy makes it extremely hard to make myself do the things I know I need to be doing.

These feelings are not like me at all. I've felt this way once before, about a year ago. After a few months the feelings went away and I was as 'into' the gospel as I usually am. Back then I thought this just happened because I wasn't being righteous or obedient enough, but I don't think that's the problem this time. I've tried so hard to do everything I'm supposed to, and it seems like these feelings have just come out of nowhere, and I can't deal with them. I feel miserable all the time, and I just want everyone to leave me alone. The weird thing is, my attitude towards school and work hasn't changed. The only thing I'm having these weird hopeless feelings for is in regards to the church, and I just don't get it.

Basically, I'm asking you for some ideas of what could be wrong with me, and what I can do to fix it. I've considered that maybe it has to do with depression or anxiety, but I honestly have no idea. I just know that I don't want to feel this way anymore.

I understand that you can't know with certainty what's going on, but I would really appreciate any ideas or advice you may have.

-Lana

A:

Dear Lana,

It sounds to me like Satan has got you down. Sometimes he is just really good at that--at getting you not to care. For many this begins the path of falling away--they simply stop caring and stop doing and eventually stop believing. You have made it clear that you don't like what is happening to you, and you miss the passion you have held for the gospel. So my advice will be equally as clear: force yourself to care. The very fact that you want to care about the gospel again shows that you can have that desire, and desire is where we all begin. So work at it. Flex your exhausted spiritual muscles and recommit yourself to the gospel. Pray that the Lord will aid you in your quest, and to strengthen your desire. You may not care to pray right now, but do it anyway. Do it now! As you are reading this answer. It is really easy and it will help. Then, go and do (don't sit and stew). Once you have asked for help, act by throwing yourself back into the gospel. Do service, read the scriptures, pray, and above all seek to invite the Holy Ghost into your life. It may also be a good idea to talk to your bishop about how you are feeling and see if he has other strategies that you might try, and while you're at it, you could ask for a priesthood blessing to help you to find the drive to continue to be an active participant in the gospel and the Church. Don't give up though. Acting in the gospel is just as important as believing in it.

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger (who believes that you can do hard things.) 

A:

Dear Lana,

I think the fact that you are doing your best to be obedient and that you are scared about not caring are signs that you actually care very deeply. If you really didn't care, you wouldn't be asking this question. As wonderful as the feelings that often come with living the gospel are, commitment is a greater indicator of how much you care. You are not deficient.

Everyone's life is different and what I say may not be relevant to you at all, but I really resonated with the story you've related in your question.

In the past year, I have at times been troubled by an absence of good feelings about God and the gospel. At first, it was very disconcerting. In the long run, however, it has made me aware that my pattern of worship tends to be me trying to be as obedient as possible to avoid making mistakes or failing to do enough. The problem is that it distracts me from my relationship with God. For example, when reading the scriptures, I have a tendency to measure how well I am doing by how much I think I should read instead of how I feel when I read. And when I pray, sometimes I say the things I think I should instead of the things I want to say. When I resist this tendency by relaxing my arbitrary standard of "good enough" and focusing instead on my relationship with God, I feel less drained and the gospel is more meaningful to me. 

I don't know if your experience is similar to mine, but I shared it anyways because it seems like you are also really focused on obedience. I'm sure there are any number of reasons why you could be experiencing these feelings, though. Have you tried talking to your bishop? He has a spiritual stewardship over you and can receive inspiration to help you. You may also want to consider getting a blessing.

Best wishes.

-Sheebs


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Question #77364 posted on 04/22/2014 3:18 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are your favorite Easter traditions? Is there anything that your family does that helps you feel the Spirit of Easter? On a related note, do you celebrate Lent, or Good Friday? How and why? I want Easter to be special and sacred, but I'm not sure how, since most of the Easter symbols I grew up with seem very pagan (and sugary!). I didn't grow up observing Lent or Good Friday. I feel a little like I'm in a cultural no man's land.

~kill 'da wabbit

ps This is slightly unrelated, but if you wanted to address the lack of LDS tradition surrounding Holy Week, that'd be cool. Or is it just me?



A:

Dear wabbit,

Besides the basic Easter-themed family home evening the week before Easter, my family has the Twelve Days of Easter (Easter symbols & scriptures contained in 12 plastic Easter eggs). I don't know if you can call it a tradition since we just barely started last year, but I hope it becomes one. You can find a lot of examples of this online; basically, you use twelve plastic Easter eggs and fill each one with a small symbol and a scripture reference. The symbol represents something related to the scripture, and the scriptures go chronologically through the ministry of Jesus Christ, focusing on the Atonement and Crucifixion and ending with an empty egg to represent the empty tomb. The symbols are small things like a small red cloth, rocks or pebbles, a small nail, etc. The idea is that you open one egg on each of the twelve days leading up to Easter, and I've found it to be a nice way to look forward to Easter and focus on Christ.

Some other things I sometimes do to make Easter special are look for pictures of the resurrected Christ and choose my favorite to post in my room or on my computer; watch the religious Easter videos the Church makes (anyone else a huge fan of the "Because of Him" video?); make Easter cards for the girls I visit teach with my testimony written inside; plan a time to simply sit outside and be grateful for God's gifts and ponder how all things testify of Jesus Christ.

I don't celebrate Lent or Good Friday, but I'd like to. I'm just so busy at that time each winter semester I haven't really gotten into it. I don't know if there's just a lack of LDS tradition surrounding Holy Week. Other countries, such as those in Europe and Latin America, put greater focus on religous tradition, and other places have greater populations of Catholics, so maybe you're just not seeing it so much around here because of that. We also focus in our church on the resurrected Christ and not so much about the crucifixion, so maybe that's another reason why not many LDS people celebrate Good Friday. From what I've heard, it can vary from family to family.

-Owlet


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Question #77363 posted on 04/22/2014 12:30 p.m.
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Dear 100 Board,

When I eat a pear, sometimes my mouth starts to feel all chalky. Why does this happen?

- bismark

A:

Dear North Dakota,

When I first read your question I thought to myself, "Oh, werf is probably allergic to pears," and then I realized, when I eat fresh pears my mouth gets chalky tasting too! Then I thought, "I can't be allergic to pears! I love pears!" But then I remembered, gingers are immune to all allergens (oh the perks of not having a soul of one's own--keeps the body healthy). I tried searching the Google, and it didn't have much information, neither did my other usual sources, so here are my ideas. It could have something to do with how ripe the pear is. When pears aren't ripe they have a kind of powdery texture to them that could be causing the chalky feeling in your mouth. I also have a suspicion that it may be the skin of the pear, which is oddly smooth and contains a unique flavor. I have noticed that I don't have that chalky flavor when I eat canned pears, which are usually skinless. 

If anyone else has any ideas, please comment below.

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger ("Pears are not apples. Although they grow on trees (like apples), have a core with seeds surrounded by lots of fruity goodness (like apples) and come in the same colours and textures as apples (like apples), they are in fact not at all apples. Pears probably derive their name from the feature that most distinguishes them from apples: their 'pear'-shapedness.") 


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Question #77359 posted on 04/22/2014 12:30 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How can I find out which schools are legitimately accredited for Diagnostic Medical Sonography? My Google searches bring up lots of results, both online and traditional schools, and they all SAY they are accredited but I have a hard time knowing which ones actually are (or who is even responsible for being accredited??). I'm in Florida, can you help me find schools that will allow me to become a certified medical sonographer? I'm good with online or traditional!

-Confused about where to begin

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Dear Confused,

If you go this this website (which is powered by the people that handle accreditation of allied health education programs), and in the "Profession Name" field, select Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and then in the "State" field, put Florida, it will give you a list of accredited colleges and universities in your state for that program.

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger (who would like to add the word "accreditation" to her list of silly-sounding words.)


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