Magazine Content and Sketches

When I was thinking of what story I could write, I couldn’t think of a better story than the story of my sweet wife finding the Restored Gospel. So I asked her permission and wrote a brief history of how she found the Gospel and how it can be applicable to the reader’s lives. I chose to direct my writing to a young adult audience in the young adult section of the Ensign. Below is the story along with two different sketches of how the magazine article could look, as well as some eye-pleasing images that will be included in the article.

Story: The Lord Guides Those Who Are Actively Seeking Truth

College was full of fun and adventure for Perla. She would miss all the good times she had with friends at the University of Texas over the past 6 years. It had been a time where she came to understand herself better, but at the same time it caused her greater confusion. She had grown up an active Catholic, but as she began attending college she felt like something was missing from her life spiritually. She began going to different churches with friends trying to find something to fill the void she was filling. She didn’t even know what she was looking for, but she knew something was missing.

By the time she graduated with a Master’s degree she had basically given up on going to different churches and had decided that for her it was enough to just be a spiritual person. However, when the time came to choose a vocation she had a tough time deciding where to take a job. Finally, a job was offered for the State of Texas, but she would have to move a few hours away to a place she had never lived before. Nevertheless, she felt good about the decision (later she would discover that she had been inspired to make the decision) and decided to make the move.

However, instead of living in the small town where her job was located she decided to live in the city 45 minutes away due to the nature of the job and for various other reasons (including being guided by the Lord). And where do you think the Lord guided this woman seeking for truth? Why, to an apartment complex with 8 missionaries living in it of course. However, that is not how Perla found the Gospel. In fact, it was two days after she had moved that she was invited to dinner by the only family she knew in the city. It just so happened that this family was a less-active LDS family and that the missionaries were going to be there that night to have a family home evening with the family.

Four weeks later Perla had read the entire Book of Mormon and just six weeks later she was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Now, you may be wondering where I fit into this story. Well, I was privileged to be one of the missionaries that was guided by the Lord to be in the right place at the right time and that helped guide Perla to baptism. Later I was even more blessed to be sealed to Perla for time and all eternity.

The reason I love my wife’s story of becoming a member of the Church is because it shows that the Lord is always willing to guide those who are actively seeking truth. Although, I have wondered why the Lord didn’t help her find the Church when she was going to different churches in college. There could be a multitude of reasons. However, I like use my wife’s experience as a guide to me in my own life. Just like my wife, we all have to always be open to the guidance of the Lord. We have to be willing to do what he asks at any moment. Then, as life goes on the Lord will continually guide us to truths as we become ready to receive them. The Lord knows each one of us individually and he will help us throughout our lives as long as we are open and willing to receive it. Even though you may not feel like you know all the answers now, keep moving forward and faith and the Lord will guide you to where you need to go.

Two Sketches

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Images

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Kade and Perla

Image Sources

Personal photo

http://exposurescape.com/washington-2/

http://miriadna.com/preview/a-field-of-yellow-flowers

Slide Design Project

Speaker’s Outline

The Left: High on openness to experience

The Right: Closed to many new ideas and experiences

Morality: Our minds come organized and programmed to learn certain things. This includes morality.

Harm/Care

Fairness/Reciprocity

In-Group/Loyalty

Authority/Respect

Purity/Sanctity

As a society we must use all five of these tools if we are to succeed. Liberals need Conservatives to balance them out.

Just like Ying and Yang Conservative and Liberals support and compliment one another.

In the end it is about what is right, now who is right.

Process

Recently I have been very interested in politics and social issues. When the instructions for this assignment mentioned a “TED” type talk I was reminded of a talk I saw for another class that had to do with both politics and morals. I immediately found a variety of pictures that would work well with the talk. Below is my initial sketch of what I had in mind. Fortunately, technology was able to help me create more professional and artistic slides.

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Critique Report

I posted my Slide Design Project on the Facebook page a little bit later than most, but I was still able to get feedback from Cassidy Deering. She mentioned that two of the photos seemed blurry to her, but I double checked them in my PowerPoint and PDF and they look good to me and the size of the pictures were large as well so I left them how they were. Other than that I wasn’t advised to change anything.

Link to talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_on_the_moral_mind

Fonts: Garamond and Berlin Sans FB Demi

Links to images:

http://leavittcenter.org/2013/04/08/republican-club-v-democrat-club-debate/

http://greatinspire.com/40-sleeping-baby-photographs/

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/dogs-cats-kids-avoid-respiratory-illnesses/story?id=16735622

http://drlisawatson.com/essential-fatty-acids

http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2014/02/oregon-asst-coach-says-asu-fans-spit-on-him-players

http://forums.officer.com/t100920

http://fwears.blogspot.com/2011/08/mormon-wedding-dresses.html

http://blog.conqueryourdebt.org/2013/08/14/how-to-prepare-for-unexpected-medical-costs/toolbox-with-tools-skrewdriver-hammer-handsaw-and-wrench/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin_and_yang

Event Flier Project

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Event flier

Process: In our small community small town football is a big deal. Our team and a team from a town about 15 minutes away have always had a huge football rivalry. The real game is actually tomorrow like it says on the flier, but I thought it would be a good idea to had a beneficiary and a benefactor so that the community is not only enjoying in a tradition, but helping out fellow community members as well. All in all, I thought it was a good choice because I was able to add even more appeal to an already popular event.

Critique: I had two classmates who gave me some great feedback. On my initial draft one told me that I had forgotten to had a benefactor and a beneficiary, so I made sure to include those. Another suggested that I do something different with the body text to make it more legible. I took that advice and bolded the text so it could be read more easily.

Colors: Big Split Complementary- Green, Yellow, Gold/Orange and Purple

Text: Title- Gill Sans Ultra Bold; Body-Garamond; The Numbers for the teams’ records- Goudy Stout

Links to images:

http://brhs.brusd.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/announce.phtml?&logged_out=t

http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/show-low-cougars-(show-low,az)/football/home.htm

Tasteful Typography Project

Kade MacNeille COMM 125 Project 1-page-001

Here is my project where I designed it in Microsoft Word.

Perspective

Process: I knew what image I was going to use as soon as I learned about this project. My wife and I hiked Humphrey’s Peak just a couple of weeks ago and this is one of the pictures we took towards the top of the mountain. It is the tallest mountain in Arizona at 12, 600 feet and from the top you can actually see the Grand Canyon (at a different angle not shown in this photo). The reason  I chose this photo is because of the contrast in colors from the lava rock to the left to the grey rock formations to the green and yellow forest below. The text I added was an idea I had myself that I included.

Critique Report: My sister helped me to decide the placement of the text in the picture. Together we discovered a spot that provided a good balance with the photo. Then, a classmate helped me to see that I should use a different font color for the text to provide a better contrast.

Links to images: My own personal camera.

Font names:

Title- Monotype Corsiva

Body- Arabic Typesetting