Saturday, March 14, 2015
I wanted to focus this post on the importance of work and how it ties into our spiritual lives and our creativity. This has been on my mind as of late for a number of reasons. First the principle of work is a blessing that sometimes goes unnoticed. It seems like the value of work has been forgotten. In the work place, there are certain individuals that take their employment for granted. They falsely believe that it gets easier after retirement. Their whole goal is to make it to retirement. Second, work is the antidote for a lot of psychological issues such as depression. If you want someone to overcome depression, have them work. Third, work will give confidence and self worth to anyone who understands and applies it in their lives. Work has been known to solve a lot of issues not matter what the situation is. It is not just a matter of economic need, it reflects on our spirituality as well. God has taught us the importance of work from the beginning of time. He commanded Adam to work in the Garden of Eden. Then after the Fall, Adam was again admonished to work by the sweat of his face. The Lord knew that the principle of work would give experience and knowledge to better ones own situation. He blessed us with talents and abilities to share with others but also to help us provide for our selves and our families. We must learn and discover those talents so as to give us direction of our chosen academic studies and career path. We all have some talent or spiritual gift. Some have more than others but having a talent and not exercising it does no good. We must perfect our craft and be proficient in our talents but all the discipline and practicing takes work! The media arts takes a lot of work. It takes a lot of talent as well but hard work separates the talented dreamers from success. You ask any successful photographer/videographer and they would say the same thing. You can have all the talent in the world but it is of no use with out hard work. We need to seek out education in our chosen field and pursue it hard. In the media arts there are plenty of opportunities to learn online but I believe the best education is to seek a mentor. To draw from an experienced person is valuable education that you can't get behind a desk. Experience is also a great teacher. By trial and error we learn and grow and get better. Behind all these important principles is the principle of work. We must apply it and be diligent at it. Because this is a business, work will always be a participant. But to learn to love work is beyond making money. To learn to love service and to do it with all of your heart is beyond the "likes" and "comments." To learn the principle of work is to know who God is and what he wants for ourselves. He wants us to be happy. But even being happy requires work. Through work we will learn to love others and help them work out their own salvation. If we learn how to work we will learn how to love because that is how the Savior taught us. Through His Atonement, which is the greatest act of service or work, we will come to realize just how much he loved us. I know this to be true. At the same, I know that work can also be fun. So my video is represents my kind of fun at work. It's all in the attitude. Work doesn't feel like work if you love what you do. Thanks for reading.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Saturday, January 17, 2015
One thing that keeps me going in the wedding industry is my love and passion for filming LDS weddings. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also known as "Mormons". Whether you know of us or not, we are first a God fearing people. But we know that God doesn't rule by fear. Just the opposite. He rules with love and love is a universal language. The kind of love expressed on a wedding day when a couple pledges their vows for one another. That love is a glimpse of the kind of "love" God has for each of us. Marriage is ordained of God, sanctioned by God, and blessed by God. His first priority is our happiness. So He set a plan in motion from the beginning of time to help us obtain that happiness. That plan included marriage between and man and a woman. He provided a way for us to procreate in partnership with Him to help parent other spirits waiting to receive a body. So they may have the same opportunities to be happy. We are promised that if we are faithful and endure to the end, we shall have eternal blessings. Part of those blessings is we can be "sealed" for time and all eternity to the ones we love. First and foremost to our spouse. There is no "death due us part". I cannot imagine Heaven without my beautiful wife. Heaven just wouldn't be heaven without her and my family. Those "sealings" can only be performed by those holding Priesthood authority in temples. Temples are holy edifices dedicated to the Lord and His work. God wants all of His children to be happy. He wants us to return to be with Him again. LDS couples preparing to enter the temple to be sealed must be willing to abide by His commandments. Worthiness shows our faith to the Lord and is a small price to pay for the eternal blessings that await. Promises or covenants are made in the temple. Promises to each other, and promises to the Lord. Part of those promises are that we will strive to serve each other by serving the Lord. It's like a three way triangle promise. The more we serve the Lord the closer we become to Him. That naturally brings a couple closer up the triangle and closer to each other. My "job" as a filmmaker is to capture the love and happiness of the wedding day so a couple has a record of all that took place. It's almost like giving the wedding day immortality? You can reunite with all the emotions, hard work, and the celebration of the day by a click of the mouse. My point is we have a natural tendency as children of God to hope and to want to be together. To carry on our relationships beyond this earthly life. We are children of our Heavenly Father who loves us. We naturally long to be with him and we want our families to be forever not just til death due us part. I know this to be true and because I know this I will be blessed in the eternities. For now, wedding films are my outlet to the eternities. With every wedding I film, I reflect and ponder on the blessings that are mine that I see through the eyes of the newly weds. I love it. I may not show it at times but that's what motivates me to continue to do this. For that I am grateful to the Lord in blessing me with awesome couples to film like Seth and Sophronia. I hope you enjoy this video. This post is dedicated to my BYU Idaho online class. Pathway 2015 baby!!