Here are some of our favorite videos we’ve featured on MDB.
A Fire Still Burning Brandon Flowers is a young rock star with a wife and kids. While most of us may not be rock stars, many of the challenges he faces in juggling his work and family life may strike a chord.
The Third Thing. Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549 that crash-landed on the Hudson in 2009. The experience taught him three things, all of which we can learn from, but the third thing has special relevance for those of us here on MDB.
Slowing WAY Down. MDBer Tucker Dansie shares with us a first glimpse of a new Mormon Message video on his blog, Epic Meltdowns. Shot at an amazingly high frame rate, it’s cool without calling attention to the technology, cool as it is.
From Boy Band to America’s Choir. If you scripted Alex Boyé’s story, nobody would believe it. Living on the streets of London, he is discovered and signed by a record label, becomes part of a boy band sensation, tours the world, yet finds his life to be unfulfilled.
Flash forward a decade and a bit, and he’s now a Mormon dad, recording artist and member of America’s Choir. Watch Alex Boye’s I Am a Mormon video.
The Slanted Lens. Jay P. Morgan is pretty famous for his amazing still photography work, creating then capturing moments of sheer chaos in his lens. What makes his work even more fascinating is that he doesn’t Photoshop these moments together; he creates and shoots them practically. Which is completely impractical, but amazingly cool.
Now he’s turned his talents to extending these moments to short video vignettes. This video is his latest. After you’ve watched the video above, see how he made it here.
Down to the Wire. They had made it through two rounds, but as the competition for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine heated up for Fictionist, we featured the only band remaining consisting entirely of returned missionaries. (They have to be good; they passed the Donny test.)
Visiting Teaching: The Movie. Why would a video about Visiting Teaching be the video of the week on Mormon Daddy Blogs? Two reasons: 1) It was made by MDBer Tucker Dansie with the help of his ward, the Murray 33rd; and 2) the shortcomings portrayed could ring more than one bell among us home teachers.
The video has surpassed the 100K view mark since being uploaded three years ago, making it a superstar in the ward video genre. If Tucker isn’t careful, he’ll find himself being asked to do a from-the-ward-that-brought-you-the-visiting-teaching-movie sequel. Oops. Nevermind.
Livin’ Life. “I am grateful to be an amputee. I love it.” When Jarem Frye says that at the outset of his interview, it seems a little hard to believe. But over the course of the next few minutes, when he lays out the many experiences (including building his own leg) that have come into his life through overcoming that challenge, we’re inclined to believe him. Meet Jarem Frye, LDS dad and father of two (with a third on the way).
A Work in Progress. On the surface, this is a video of a star basketball player who sets aside his athletic ambitions for a higher calling. But there is also a poignant message about a Mormon dad and the role he can play in shaping the life of a child. While it may be a Mormon youth message, it is just as relevant for their dads. Enjoy.
Good Things to Come. There are times on this journey called life when we dads are struggling and we just need to hear the kind of message that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shares in this beautifully shot Mormon Messages video.
Since 2008, Tucker Dansie has been working on the Mormon Messages campaign. We learn from Tucker’s latest post that his responsibilities in the Mormon Messages project are changing. But before he goes, he leaves us with one final video, perfect for Easter. Thanks, Tucker.
Fictionist is the only band we know of that is in the running for the cover of Rolling Stone and consists entirely of returned missionaries. Take a listen below to one of their songs, “Still Reaching,” and if you like what you hear, show these future Mormon dads some fellow Mormon daddy love by voting here and spreading the word before voting ends on April 14.
You don’t have to be a Cougar fan or even a basketball fan to appreciate what happened with BYU basketball in 2011, a season to remember.
Our first video of the week was the Jeff Decker “I Am a Mormon” video.