Invitation to Celebrate “A Century of Honor”–100 Years of Scouting in the LDS Church

The following event was announced over the pulpit in church on Sunday.  I invite all scouts–old and young, members of the LDS Church as well as friends of other faiths–to join with us in celebrating the “A Century of Honor,” with music, history, and inspirational words from scouting and LDS Church leaders.

Boy scouting made a tremendous, positive impact on my life, and I look forward to serving and paying it forward to other boys who will become men through the powerful programs of the Boy Scouts of America.

Event to Celebrate 100 Years of Scouting in the Church – Church News and Events

From the article:

All Scout troops in North America are invited to participate by viewing the broadcast live at a local LDS stake center or online during or after the broadcast at Continue reading


Adding Extra Fields to the WordPress User Profile: Checkboxes

C.Bavota wrote a nice tutorial on adding user profile fields to the WordPress database by modifying the functions.php file in your WordPress theme.  I followed his article with success; however, I ran into difficulty when adding checkboxes.  Here is my addition to his good code.

To use checkboxes, you need to do two things:
  1. First, you need to set a “value” for the checkbox input element (I use value=”yes”).
  2. Second, you need to appropriately set the “checked” attribute of the <input> element.
See the code below.
<input type="checkbox" name="my_field" id=" my_field " value="yes" <?php if (esc_attr( get_the_author_meta( "my_field", $user->ID )) == "yes") echo "checked"; ?> /><label for="my_field "><?php _e("My Field"); ?></label><br />

Communicate, Coordinate, Collaborate

Yesterday I taught a class at the Naperville Family History Conference.  I was one of about a dozen presenters.  It was thrilling to talk with local genealogy experts.  The conference held four sessions of four simultaneous tracks, or sixteen (16) classes in total.  It was organized by the Naperville Illinois Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Christine Bell did a great job as principle coordinator.

The outline of my class is publicly available online:

The conference class materials and presenter biographies are also available: