7A Magazine Spread Content

The magazine spread project is to write and design a two-page magazine spread for the Ensign or New Era (magazines of the LDS Church). I chose to write for the Ensign and decided to write of an experience I had that taught me about how the Lord answers our prayers and guides our lives through His omniscience.

Story: Lost Then Found

It was in Mandeville, Jamaica, almost sixty miles of winding, climbing difficult road from home for our annual Church Educational System in-service island wide training.  Split in different workshops, someone had left the door to my training room open and I could hear the whispers as searchers passed up and down the halls. “Have you seen Sandra’s keys?”  “Where did she last have them?” “Could they be locked in the car?”

Two thoughts, distinct and deliberate, came into my mind.  You need to pray to find her keys.  You need to pray in a private place. Since I was in the middle of delivering a presentation I put the thought to the back of my mind and continued with the business of the day.  An hour passed, maybe even two.  We broke for lunch and by this time the queries were louder and I could see that Sandra was becoming visibly upset. Gone was her usual poise and grace.  Even her wardrobe seemed to be suffering from the frenzy of the day.  Her heels were gone and she padded about bare-footed, looking here and there. I attempted to talk to her about the lost keys.  I even tried to suggest praying but she gazed past me, questioning everyone that went by to know if they had seen the elusive keys.  I doubt she heard, much less heeded my advice.  Again the impression: you need to pray to find her keys.  You need to pray in a private place.

So I focused my efforts on finding a place to pray.  The Mandeville meetinghouse was a perfect replica of my home branch.  I felt comfortable peering into different classrooms, trying to find a private room.  It seemed everywhere I thought of was occupied or unavailable somehow.  Still, the feeling of urgency weighed heavily on my mind and heart.  I needed to find somewhere that would afford privacy.  I didn’t understand why I had to pray or why I could not simply mentally make a request of the Lord.  Every time I attempted to do that my thoughts would flee and the words would not come. Finally, I retreated to a place that I often resort to for solitude, the restroom.  I was glad to find it empty and I walked to the final stall, entered and closed the door.  I felt I needed to kneel and proceeded to do so.  Before my knees hit the ground, my mind went back to a matching place.

Perhaps a year or two before in my home branch, my keys were missing.  It was a Saturday with few people about.  We had been cleaning and now, weary and late for my next appointment I needed my keys.  I recalled cleaning the bathroom and so I retreated there, searching and hoping that I would find them.  They were nowhere in sight.  Distressed, I went to that identical last stall.  I closed the cubicle door, collapsed to my knees, and entreated the Lord to show me my keys.  I was desperate.  Into my mind came a picture of me entering the stall earlier and having nowhere to place my keys putting them on top of the stall partition.  There they were!

And so, at this later date, before the words had even come, I knew the location of the lost keys and needed only to whisper thanks before jumping up to retrieve Sandra’s lost keys.

Of all the people in that chapel that day I was the one the Lord spoke to because I had the memory that could solve the mystery.  Being God, He knows things like this. He is able to maneuver people and places and times and things to perfectly orchestrate the sorting out of our needs and the answering of our prayers. I needed to remember this later as I prayed and hunted for a job that would suit my talents and my needs. It was important that I realize then that God knew my talents and skills and would know where best they would fit and be beneficial to my employer.  I needed to know this when I grew frustrated in seeking an eternal companion.  I needed to trust that God was already aware of the person that would best complete me in the eternities and could and would get us together eventually.  I needed to trust in this through many and varied circumstances where the answers seemed long in coming. I needed to learn that revelation comes to each of us as our omniscient Father chooses to share it. He uses people and places and things that have been prepared in ways far beyond our capacity to comprehend. Because He is God, He can do that.



7A Sketch layout



Woman in prayer Restroom Keys

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6A Slide Design Project


Speakers Outline

A friend of mine decided to convince his wife to buy a new truck

  • Once she was convinced, he decided to prove the trucks worth
  • Went to cut wood in the mountains and found himself stuck in the snow
  • He decided to cut wood and load truck
  • Trying again, he found that the truck moved

It was the load

  • The load provided the traction
  • The load allowed him to move forward

Each person carries a load

  • Our loads come in many forms
  • Both positive and negative
  • We should ask ourselves if our loads are producing the spiritual traction to:
    • Take us along the straight and narrow path
    • Take us to Heavenly Father in the eternities

Yokes are designed to share loads

  • The Saviour invites each of us to take His yoke upon us (Matt 11:28)
  • We are yoked with Christ by covenant
  • We are strengthened by His yoke
  • The Saviour succours and thus lifts us

The load is necessary

  • It helps us rely on Jesus Christ
  • As we rely on Him we come to learn that:
    • His yoke is easy
    • His load is light


I started off by looking for a talk. Several appealed to me but most were not usable. When I thought of and listened to this talk, “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease,” by Elder David A. Bednar given at the April 2014 General Conference, I could visualize the imagery in my mind and was determined to make it work.  The message is that through the Saviour’s Atonement we can use the burdens of this life to take us safely to the next life with Our Heavenly Father.   Thee audience is the general adult membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but is pertinent to all people. Once I created the story line the salient points of the talk were even more clear and I created my storyboard based on those ideas.

6A Storyboard Slide Project

Critique Report

I uploaded my slide project to slideshare.net and then shared it on Facebook for critique by my classmates. Both Lori Lee Hamblin and Margery  Sabolsky suggested that I needed to find more images rather than repeat as I had done.  Rebecca Jones and Steph Dee both commented that some of my lighter colours were difficult to read.  Taking their advice into account, I found a few new images to use for some slides.  I also changed to a single font colour throughout the slide project and I changed the background of a few key words to increase visibility.  I then saved the changes and re-uploaded the file to slideshare.net.

Link to talk:


Fonts/Category: Calibri(bold and regular)/Sans-serif

Colour Scheme: Complementary

Links to images:

Burden carrying man link


Truck with load




Christ the Shepherd


Truck stuck in snow


Yoked Oxen link


People with loads link


Christ baptism




Benefit Flier Project


This is the flier as created in Microsoft Word.

5ALacey-AnnDennis Screenshot

My message was an appeal to support a benefit concert in aid of a children’s hospital in Jamaica. My target audience was middle to upper class Jamaicans. I searched for an image that would represent typical Jamaican children. Initially, I sought for images of thoughtful children but then decided that a happy child would be more inviting to the target audience. When I found the image of this happy little girl, I was thrilled. I chose a blue-orange color scheme because I thought the bold colors go well with the black and white image. I positioned the title so that it appeared that the little girl was laughing because she was looking at the name of the proposed event.

My critiques came from class members on Facebook and my instructor Kristen Larson. Paul Duhacek suggested that I move the body copy to the area so that the girl’s eyes were directed toward it. Connie Chatelain suggested that I use only one colour for all the text inn my date and time area to prevent a “jumpy” feel. Nancy Wells and Steph Dee both commented that the white font of my body copy was difficult to read. Sister Larson suggested that I use only blue as a monochromatic colour scheme. She also suggested that I align the date time and place with the body copy.
I attempted to flip the picture to have the girl’s eyes focused on the body copy but that did not work as the flipped image did not have sufficient room to accomodate the body copy. I decided to embrace her looking at the title. I added lines above and below the title for a repeating element. I aligned the date time and place with the body copy. I also moved my website address from the original lower right corner to above the date. I also changed the color of the text in my body copy and changed the color scheme to blue.

Link to image source

Font Name/Category
Title – Cambria/Oldstyle
Copy – Arial Black/Sans-serif