"God blesses those who take out his sweet spirits." - Just Another Cassio
Question #45110 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Hopefully, I can provide some insight to Board Question #45000.

I work at the Center for Teaching & Learning, where "student access to student ratings" more-or-less originated. Student access has been my baby for the last four months and is something I have a vested interest in as a student.

Here are a couple points to consider:

1) Student access did not originate with Professors. Somewhere between the Administration and CTL Designers, the conclusion was reached that BYU had information about courses and professors that might be useful to students. After the tool was designed and debugged, CTL opened it to professor review. There were mixed feelings about the entire initiative and some alterations were made. Ultimately, though, the Administration decided to go ahead with it. Students were given access to the "four learning items" circa May 1, 2008. For more on the thought process behind this initiative, John Tanner's letter to faculty announcing student access is useful: http://ctl.byu.edu/?page_id=767 .

2) CTL did not expect the student access tool to replace students' use of RMP.com. Rather, we wanted to provide better information. For anyone who suffered through Stats 221, the distinction is obvious. RMP.com is no where statistically sound... there's a varied number of replies, from semesters ranging from the advent of the site to last semester. Users have to wade through copious amounts of biased opinion to get information that is really useful. I could go on... but I won't. The BYU tool, though, is taken from the student ratings surveys filled out at the end of each semester. The data is automatically reported and sorted. It's also just numbers, so you can take it into account and draw your own conclusions on it.

The current iteration of the BYU student access tool, granted, does not contain all the information a student desires on a professor before the start of a term. However, please consider it a step in the right direction. Students who have been crying for transparency in the University should recognize this monumental bit of progress. ;)

So... to answer the question of "true or false"... you'd have to ask your professor. As for the reasoning behind the BYU student access tool, "not wanting [you] to use RMP.com" was not it. If you would like more information on this, feel free to stop by CTL (we're located at 3800 HBLL... enter through the doors with our logo on the South side of the library) and ask for me. The receptionist will know who I am. ;)

- The Person in Charge of Ill-defined Projects

PS: For more information on student ratings generally, please see these FAQs: https://studentratings.byu.edu/info/students/faq.asp .

Question #45107 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In response to Board Question #44928, you could get a job at Ideo (http://www.ideo.com/). I watched a documentary on them in a class last semester, and it's pretty much the coolest place ever for people who like to improve things.

- Saw the Forest

Question #45101 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In response to question Board Question #45002, the best home-spun remeday for a cold sore is to pop the blister with a needle, put fingernail polish remover on it, and then put toothpaste over it. Leave the toothpaste on over night. It stings like crazy, but it works. Also, talk to a doctor. Depending on the frequency of your outbreaks, there are prescriptions meds available.

- hates cold sores that have appeared right before my junior prom and my wedding...

Question #45097 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Regarding the question about wintergreen mints:

I also love these mints and I LOVE the dissolving effect you described. I used to go to summer camp in humid humid Connecticut and would take a bag with me each summer. I discovered that the humidity will turn a bag full of unopened mints into dissolvy deliciousness. That's really been the only way I've been able to "create" this texture. Hopefully you have access to high humidity.

Question #45050 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I need an opinion from an unbiased party, I'm in Alaska right now working for the summer. I found out a few days ago that one of my coworkers has a crush on me. I thought maybe I liked him too, and so far we've only done a little talking and texting, but never have been on a date or even spent time alone (we've always been in groups). The more I've thought about it, the more I think he's not my type, as much as I like him as a friend to joke around with. The trouble is, he's been pretty attentive to me and I admit I did flirt a little with him before I realized I just wanted to be friends, so now I'm pretty sure that he thinks I like him "like that". I don't want to hurt his feelings because I know he hasn't dated that much. Do you think I should kind of distance myself and just allow him to get over me (especially since we haven't formed any sort of attachment)? I don't really feel I know him well enough to have a DTR talk or anything...but maybe I'm just trying to avoid it.

- Duane Reade

A: Dear DR~

Do you think I should kind of distance myself and just allow him to get over me (especially since we haven't formed any sort of attachment)?


Question #45049 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, for the last 5 hours or so, I've been having fun with the "I'm board" button. I've had a couple of repeats, and I was wondering if I click on "I'm board" enough times, will I eventually find the question that tells me how to become a board writer? Or do you have that one on a not able to find randomly setting?

It's late, sorry if this seems stupid, it probably is. Nelly, I hate time differences.

- xkcd 313

A: Dear 13:72,

There are actually about a half dozen questions in the archives that tell you the first step to becoming a Board writer (or give you a direct link to a question that does) and they're not in any way blocked from coming up on the "I'm Board" link. So, yes, one of those questions could come up eventually, but there are over 45,000 other questions in the database, so it's statistically improbable.

- Katya
Question #45048 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why do my bangs start to look greasy well before the rest of my hair does? Before I got bangs, when those hairs were long, they didn't get greasy before the rest of my hair. And how can I deal with this without frying the rest of my hair by shampooing multiple times a day?

- oh dear

A: Dear Saffron,

Your bangs look greasy before the rest of your hair does because they hang on your face and absorb your skin's oil. You can try pinning them back once they start looking greasy so that your hair will still look nice for awhile before you need to wash it again.

Good luck with that.

-Kicks and Giggles
Question #45046 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a few sound clips (which I did not obtain personally) from the same source--likely a mock sci-fi TV show or film. I have been trying to figure out where and what exactly they are from, and have so far come up empty-handed. The quotes go thusly:

"Ed! Quickly! The monster is coming!"
" I'm launching these monkeys into space...FOR SCIENCE!"
"Deploy the Monkey!"

Any ideas on what and where these quotes are from?

--Ardilla Feroz

A: Dear Ardilla,

I can't confirm this, as I have never heard these clips before and I haven't been able to find those exact quotes anywhere, but they sound very much like the sorts of comments you would find on Mystery Science Theater 3000, which had people making mocking comments about old science fiction b-movies. I feel pretty confident that is where your mysterious sound bites originated.

-Humble Master
A: Dear Ferocious Squirrel~

Although I couldn't find the quote either, I think Humble Master's hit the nail on the head. That's MST3K if I ever heard it.

Question #45044 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm having a lot of drama in my life and I thought maybe the 100 hour board could help.

I won't go into detail but here are the facts:I had a girlfriend for a 1 and 7 months and she broke my heart and told me she didn't love me anymore and she didn't know why. I still love her with all my heart. Now my best friend likes her. They started going out but then I got really messed up seeing them together so my best friend decided he couldn't stand doing this to me so he broke up with her. Now no one is happy. He's sad because he really likes her she's sad because she likes him but they both really care about me and don't want me to be sad. I'm really sad because I want them both to be happy but I know I'll be a mess if I see them together. I really love this girl so I really want her to be happy but she doesn't want to hurt me. I told them they could go out even though it'd make me sad, but they don't want to because of that but they do want to. What are we suppose to do? Every way looks like a lose lose situation for someone. It's been like 3 months since she broke up with me and I just really can't get over her. I wish I could so I could make them happy but I really don't think I can just get over her quickly it's going to take a long time. I've been sad for a long time and I'm really tired of it and I know if they start going out I'm going to even more sad.We're all really nice people and we care so much about each other,we don't want anyone to be sad. What are we supposed to do!?!

A: Dear sad guy,

What are you supposed to do?

Well, here's what President Hinckley had to say about it:
When you are young, do not get involved in steady dating. When you reach an age where you think of marriage, then is the time to become so involved. But you boys who are in high school doń’t need this, and neither do the girls.

I'm not trying to make you feel worse by accusing you of anything, but your present sadness makes you a perfect illustration of the wisdom of this counsel. You are obviously not emotionally capable of handling a steady dating relationship - and the breaking up that is often an end result.

Now that you're experiencing the pain that's resulted from not heeding the prophet's counsel, my suggestion to you would be to turn to the Lord and see how He can help you get over it. Talk to your parents, too. Really, TALK TO THEM. You may think you can't. I promise, you can. They want you to, and it will help.

Finally, if you really want to stop feeling sad, I will give you the secret right here. You have my 100% guarantee that it will help you feel better. Here it is:

For the next 3 days, your entire focus has to be on helping your mom. While you are awake, you must be concentrating on helping your mother. While you're reading scriptures, ponder on ways you can help her. While you're praying, pray for ways to help her. While at school and activities, make sure she'd be proud of what you're doing. Do not talk on the phone with friends. Do not watch TV (unless it is with your mom, watching what she wants.) Do not go on the computer - unless you're doing homework or something for your mom.

If she's confused by all the new attention, feel free to show her my answer. I'm sure she'll be fine with it, and that you'll have plenty to do. Feel free to let us know how it goes (after the full 3 days, please.)


The Cleaning Lady
Question #45043 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What would you do if you are home from the summer from BYU but you neglected to get a place to live for when you come back for the fall? And you are really stressed about it? Where would you look, what would you look for, and would you do it as soon as possible? Are there any really good places to live that don't fill up like those crazy places you have to stand in line for three months ago? Oh, I also am far enough away that it is kind of a pain to go and look at places.

- I was too picky and now I have NOTHING

A: Dear Selective,

I would go to BYU's Off-Campus Housing web site, click on "Search for Housing" -> "Vacancy Listings" -> "Search Undergraduate Listings." There you can narrow down what you're looking for. Personally, I look for cheap, while still meeting a few minimum standards, and closer is better (though I'm willing to compromise a bit). What you look for depends on what's important to you, though. I would definitely find a place as soon as possible; this isn't the kind of thing you want to put off any longer. Really, I have a hard time recommending anywhere without knowing what you're looking for, but BYU's housing site has a ton of information. You can also search our archives under "Housing"; we have a fair number of recommendations in there. Good luck!

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Picky,

And, whatever you do, DON'T sign with Alpine Village.

-One who learned the hard way
Question #45042 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Would say... 725 glow-in-the-dark stars be illegal in the dorms? What about on the ceiling? I'm going for the look in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.

- xkcd 266

A: Dear xkcd 266,

As long as they're the plastic kind that you stick on the wall with putty (as opposed to the sticker kind), there's no rule against it. However, you might want to consider your ability to go to sleep with so much light in the room, and the possibility that doing this may give your roommate reason to maim you. Just a thought.

A: Dear xkcd 266,

Hermia's right. If you're doing the putty kind, you should be fine. However, when I was in the dorms they had a particular kind of putty they wanted us to use, because it came off pretty well (while some of the others didn't). Check with your RA or the central office before starting, just to be safe.

—Laser Jock
Question #45041 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How come all the RMs go after young girls who are only 18-19? Is it just because they're fresh meat? Are they just more attractive because they're nieve and don't have much real-life experience?

-Someone who isn't fresh meat...

A: Dear Not Fresh Meat,

It is because many of them are young (so they don't know what they want) and they come straight from High School (where their options were much more limited) so these girls are a lot less picky. Many times they are so thrilled that a RM is paying attention to them that they just go with it, even if the guy is a doof. Generally, the older you get the pickier you get.

A: Dear Rancid Meat?,

I agree with Krishna. I'd also like to add that oftentimes these girls are in the dorms, mostly surrounded by pre-mission guys who are about to leave for two years. Thus, when they see a guy who isn't going to leave for two years, they pounce, teeth out and fangs bared (metaphorically speaking, of course. Usually.). Far too often, the RM doesn't notice that these girls are nearly rabid, and respond favorably to what they perceive to be flattering attention from a cute female.

~Hermia, who once had to rescue an RM friend from such a RM-rabid female
A: Hey rotten meat,

'Cause the older they get, the cuter they ain't. You gotta start young if you wanna snag yourself a hottie.

Don't cross me.

Double White Lines
A: Dear meat,

I remember when I was a freshman, one of the guys I worked with, who had just got off his mission, said that he felt like I was the same age as he was because the last two years didn't count for him "socially." So maybe that's why. They feel like the girls who are their age are really a lot older.

- steen
A: Dear not a freshling,

I think the other writers have had some good points, and I don't have much more to add there. However, I feel like you're generalizing an awful lot here. All the RMs go after girls who are 18 or 19? Fresh off my mission, I dated a 22-year-old. I've noticed that with a few exceptions, freshman girls (and a decent percentage of the sophomores) don't really appeal to me as much as those who are older. I'm not the only one who tends to prefer somewhat-older girls, either. So keep your hopes up; there are plenty of guys out there who like people in your age range as well.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Rotten Meat,

For what it's worth, I dated a sophomore when I was a freshman and married a junior when I was a sophomore.

So...I'm with LJ. Don't be too quick to judge the RMs.

A: Dear Someone,

I think a lot of time, it's like steen says: those girls are the age the RMs were when they left. All they know of dating has been with girls that age, so it makes sense that they'd be comfortable doing that again.

I'd also like to remark that when I got back from my mission, I got asked out a lot by other recently returned missionaries. And I was far from looking, being, or acting age 19.


The Cleaning Lady
Question #45039 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear Katya,

I got new glasses recently, and when I came home wearing them for the first time, my husband said that they gave me that "sexy librarian" look. Naturally I thought of you...

...which made me wonder, do you wear glasses? Are they "sexy librarian" glasses? I would be honored to emulate you in any way.

- Near-sighted

A: Dear Wears concave lenses,

I prefer wearing contacts during the day, but I do wear glasses in the evenings and on weekends. (I also wear them when a headache or dry eyes due to allergies are preventing me from wearing contacts, which has been the case for most of the last two weeks, unfortunately.)

It seems to me that stereotypical "sexy librarian glasses" have fashionably thick frames and my frames are thin and silver, so I don't think they qualify in that respect. And, truthfully, I don't think I have enough, um, "va-va-voom!" in me to fit the mold of a "sexy librarian." Maybe I could settle for "cute cataloger"?

- Katya
Question #45038 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Last night at Institute our teacher was talking about the Light of Christ and the Holy Ghost. He made a distinction between the two, but I didn't really understand. I understand the role of the Holy Ghost and who it is, but I don't know what the Light of Christ refers to. Can you help me and point me towards some scriptures?

--life long learner

A: Dear Learner,

I found two scriptures for you to look at (since you specifically requested scriptures):

Moroni 7: 18-19
And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully; for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged.

Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ.

D&C 88: 7
Which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made.

This teaches us that this light of Christ is given to everyone so that they might be able to judge good from evil. This sounds a bit like our conscious right? I have a lot more commentary that I could give but I found an excellent talk that just outlines it so well.

If you look at the talk The Unspeakable Gift by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin then you'll get to read very distinctly what the differences are:
"As the sun gives life and light to the earth, a spiritual light gives nourishment to our spirits. We call this the Light of Christ. The scriptures teach us that it "lighteth every man that cometh into the world." Thus, all mankind can enjoy its blessings. The Light of Christ is the divine influence that allows every man, woman, and child to distinguish between good and evil. It encourages all to choose the right, to seek eternal truth, and to learn again the truths that we knew in our premortal existence but have forgotten in mortality."

"The Light of Christ should not be confused with the personage of the Holy Ghost, for the Light of Christ is not a personage at all. Its influence is preliminary to and preparatory to oné’s receiving the Holy Ghost."

The Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit, a separate and distinct member of the Godhead. 4 He is a witness or testifier of the power of God, the divinity of Christ, and the truth of the restored gospel. Many throughout history in all nations have sought diligently to commune with the heavens and gain the light of gospel truth. They have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost confirm the truth of the gospel."
I hope that clears it up for you! Isn't it nice how he cleared up all of those questions for you? I love General Authorities.
Question #45036 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

To the 100 Hour Board

I have decided, for various reasons, to give up all T.V. and movies (including those online) for the rest of the month. However, I am worried that my venture will fail, as my promise to go a week without wheat failed after two days. To prevent this I want to have a good reward at the end, but I can't think of anything to do to reward myself. Do you have any ideas of what to reward myself with? I was thinking of doing something in conjunction with my birthday, since that's on June 1st.

- bobtheenchantedone

A: Dear bobtheenchantedone ~

I went through a similar thing last year. Except, it was getting to bed on time and staying caught up with my homework. To reward myself, I set reasonable goals, then picked two things that I really wanted, but had never been able to justify buying, then told myself that if I completed my goal, I could finally justify buying it.

I went to bed within a half hour of curfew for a month in order to justify buying a digital camera. (This was possibly also helped along by the fact that I knew I would want one to take to Jerusalem with me.) I did not achieve my goal of staying caught up with my homework, however. I suppose an ipod just wasn't motivation enough. (Also, my friend let me borrow his ipod, even to take to Jerusalem, so why bother?)

So... think of something you really want, but have never allowed yourself to get/do. Then make that your reward. If you don't accomplish your goal, then you're not out anything... you wouldn't let yourself get/do it anyway. But if you do accomplish your goal, oh baby... just what you always wanted!

So, that's my advice.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear bobby,

I recommend that you reward yourself by having a movie night and cuddling with a cute girl (assuming that you are male, otherwise pretend that the word girl is actually the word boy). Since you won't be watching TV or movies, any cuddling that you might have gotten in during those times will be non-existent. So plan a nice little cuddle fest with a pretty girl and a good movie as an after-party.

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear robert,

Why would you want to go without wheat? That's a perfect example of trying to get yourself to do something you don't really want to do. In my experience, arbitrary self-determined rewards have very little influence over that. Since you probably don't really want to stop watching TV and movies either, but are only doing it for idealistic purposes (the key is balance, my dear, not extremism), I would recommend using a service that puts the reward, or punishment, out of your control.

You can find online services, like stickK.com that will do this for you. Let's say your reward is a fancy dinner for your birthday. Using self-regulation, if you succeed you get your dinner, but if you fail, you may still get your fancy dinner if you rationalize enough (it's your birthday after all) and at worst, you don't get the fancy dinner, which is no different than normal. You don't actually lose anything if you don't achieve your goal, you simply maintain the status quo. Not a lot of motivation. With a service like stickK, you can put up, say, $100. For each time you fail in your goal, a certain amount, say $10, will be deducted from that amount and donated to charity. If you are successful in your goal, you get your money back and can afford that dinner. If you are not, you lose the money to charity as your punishment. That's real motivation. Especially if you use an honest referee (someone else to confirm your progress). There are lots of different options, but that's the basic idea.

So sorry, that wasn't a direct answer to your question, but I think it's a really cool idea that people should know about. As for a reward, I'm having a hard time believing that you don't have something you've wanted to buy for a long time but couldn't justify. I have a Google Doc with all of mine. Or some kind of pampering you've never indulged in, spa treatments like pedicures, manicures, facials, etc. I'm sure you'll figure out something.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #45035 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm home for the summer and one of my friends from BYU called me up tonight. While we were chatting, we somehow came up with the strange, albeit hillarious to us, idea of a DTR ring (instead of a CTR ring). So know we're wondering: is there really a DTR ring? They make CTR rings in different languages. Is there a language where "Choose the Right" would be "DTR"? We'd both like one of these rings.

- Epsy

A: Dear Soll,

No, they don't really exist, but I remember one of my professors was joking about it one day in class- probably Brother Barlow, only I amn't 100% sure on that. More like 95%.

Also, I don't believe there are any languages where "CTR" is translated to "DTR;" if someone wants to prove me wrong, they're more than welcome to it.

A: Dear Epsy,

This looks to be a pretty exhaustive list of CTR rings in different languages. Unfortunately, it looks like Ilokano's "PTR" is the closest you're going to get.

You could always have a ring specially made, though.

- Katya
A: Dear Epsy,

You could get a ring like this one and have it engraved!

You might start something though. A strange little fad where couples in relationships wear DTR rings or shirts that say "I just had a DTR! This could be bad...

-The Cheeky Chickie
Question #45034 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm from Canada and my high school's grading system is as follows

A 86-100%
B 73-85%
C+ 67-72%
C 60-66%
C- 50-59%

I know of schools that have a harder grading system where the cut off line between an A and a B is 93%. If I applied to BYU-UT would they regard my 4.0 GPA lightly because it was more easily attained than from other schools? And this sounds silly, but would they convert my marks to a more "standard" grading system? Also, my school grants 0.5 points to your GPA for taking an IB diploma, would i be considered to be getting a 4.5 GPA?
This is getting long, but what is the percentage of current canadian undergraduate students?

much thanks
- a perspective student

A: Dear Perspective Student,

I know that grading systems differ even within the United States. For example: where I grew up we didn't have A-, A, A+. We simply had A,B,C,D for letter grades. Ours went like this:

A 93% - 100%
B 86% - 92%
C 76% - 85%
And so forth...

From what I heard, BYU tends to simply look at the unweighted GPA. Flat. That's it. Period. (So I don't think that the extra 0.5 would be counted when looking at your GPA.)

I remember wondering about the same thing when I applied to BYU and I asked a BYU representative about the different grading scales. He didn't seem very eager to divulge much about their acceptance processes but it doesn't look like the varying of the grading scales matters very much. However, I don't think that I'd be worrying as much about my GPA as I would be about my ACT scores. My gut tells me that those scores matter more than GPAs anyway. It is easier to let that type of decision rely more heavily on standardized tests (like the ACT).

As for the other part of your question: I called the Institutional Assessment and Analysis Center for BYU (422-5004) and received the following information for this past winter semester:

-The number of full time undergraduate students at BYU was: 175 (out of 26,748 total full time students)
-The number of part time undergraduate students at BYU was: 12 (out of 3,980 total part time students)

I hope that helps!
Question #45028 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Have you any suggestions on how to not miss my friends going on missions so terribly (and focus on my own mission), but not really let them go and be able to rekindle it two years down the road? I have a few friends reporting in the next few weeks whom I already miss terribly, but I'm trying to get over it so I can focus on my own mission coming up.

- Zipah D. Doodag

A: Dear Laddie,

Write letters?

A: Dear Doodag,

Time heals all wounds. But in the meantime, just keep busy.

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear Zipah D. Doodag~

It sounds like you're making this far more dramatic than it has to be. Does "missing your friends" really consume your life so completely as to interfere with scripture study and clothing shopping? Is there something else involved in preparing for a mission that I've forgotten about?

As for "rekindling it down the road," if you're good friends, it will basically happen automatically. If it's not rekindled, it's because you don't want it enough. At no point before, during or after your mission will evil alien robots come and take over your brain and seize control of the rest of your life. It didn't happen on my mission, at least.

Question #45027 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

All my life I've been blessed with great skin. Unfortunately, it's made me very lazy as far as skin care goes. My 21st birthday is appraoching, and I suddenly realized that I should probably start now if I want to prevent major wrinkles. I already wear a light moisterizer with sunscreen everyday and I try to avoid a lot of sun exposure with no sunscreen. Anyway, what else should I be using (eye cream, masks, etc.)? Also, I'm on a student budget, so the cheaper (and still quality) the better. Thanks!

- Christine Daae

A: Dear Christine,

Wrinkles are a blessed sign of aging. They come with wisdom, knowledge, age, and experience. There is no need to get rid of these physical indicators of maturity!

I do, however, promote good health and hygiene. I think that sunscreen and a moisturizer are a great start. If you want to do something more than that then I would simply recommend that you get a good facial scrub. One with those little scrubbing beads? Just do a nice scrub on your face at night before you go to bed or when you shower. Other than that, I wouldn't worry much about it.

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear Christine~

Moisturizer and sunscreen every day? That's all? Shame on you!

I sometimes wear sunscreen. I think I average 3 doses on sunscreen a year. That's the only cream of any kind that touches my face, except for the occasional bar of soap.

~Hobbes will glory in his wrinkles
Question #45018 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In order to join the BYU network on Facebook, you need a BYU email address. But BYU is getting rid of email accounts soon. Will you still be able to set up email aliases or anything like that and use that to join the BYU Facebook network?

- I'm asking this for a friend who's a junior in high school

A: Dear Proxy,

Yep, you'll still be able to set up aliases and use those for sites like Facebook just like you can now. You can get a little more information in Board Question #44931.

—Laser Jock
Question #45015 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have been trying to think if there were any situations where turning on an air conditioner in a house would save the home owner money, and I think I have come up with one, but wanted to run it by you guys to see what you think.

Let's say that you (or someone you know if it makes you feel better) has a 2 year food supply consisting entirely of frozen goods. (Yeah, I know. Not the brightest idea.) However, because of limited space in this person's area, they only have a small apartment, so a significant amount of their living space is taken up by freezers. Now, since freezers and air conditioners are both heat pumps, their efficiency inherently falls as the temperate difference between their hot and cold reservoirs increases. So, now it is summer time, and this freezer filled apartment is in a very hot summer area. I think that they might actually save money by turning their AC on.

Here is my reasoning. From a theory standpoint they wouldn't save any money of course, as they would be using ideal heat pumps that are as efficient as possible, and so no matter how many "layers" of cooling they employ, they will always use the same amount of energy to remove the same amount of heat when the pump is used between two heat reservoirs at a certain temperature. (A good mental exercise to understand this is to imagine infinitely many ideal heat pumps in line. While each one is practically 100% efficient, the sum of their efficiencies still equals the efficiency of one ideal heat pump operating between those same two heat reservoirs.)

But, this isn't how the real world works, and because of the limits of real world technology, equipment, such as heat pumps, generally has an efficiency curve. And not only that, but I am willing to bet that most, if not all, freezers are tuned to be at or near their peak efficiency when in an environment that is "room temperature," while ACs are made to cool a building to room temperature from the significantly warmer temperature of the outdoors.

So, back to the scenario, if you (or that person you know) don't turn on the AC, the freezers start to operate toward the more inefficient part of their efficiency curve. But, if you turn on the AC, both the AC and the freezers and operate at, or at least near, their peak efficiency.

What do you think?

- Fredjikrang

A: Dear Fredjikrang,

It would depend on how much less efficient the freezers were at that particular temperature, how efficient the air conditioner was, and how hot it actually was outdoors. I suspect that in most cases it would be more efficient to just use natural cooling (open the windows), or perhaps forced convection (fans) to cool the house. However, since I can't find more-specific information, I suppose it's possible that turning on the A/C would save some money. (Now, if you're including the cost of installing the air conditioning system, plus maintaining it, then I don't think it would ever be cheaper than natural or forced convection.)

—Laser Jock
Question #45005 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Hey! So I joined this forum called narniafans.com quite a while ago, and I got myself involved in a religious type thread about Mormonism. I'm not losing my testimony or anything, but a point they brought up was that if Jesus is the son of our Heavenly Father, then to worship him would be like worshiping an idol, because he was created. They also said that in Jeremiah 36:somewhere in the middle, all the records were being burned, so the scriptures would have been as well. So how do I address all of this? I argued, but I'm afraid of saying the wrong thing and preaching false doctrine! ;) THANKS!

- Elfie

A: Dear Elfie,

I wasn't quite sure I understood their points correctly, so I went and looked up the thread you're talking about. Yikes, a thread that's almost 600 posts long, all debating our theology? I wouldn't have the patience for that, frankly. Arguing with people gets rather old after a while. However, answering a few objections isn't too bad.

I'll address your second question first, since it has the shortest answer. They're basically saying that since the "evildoers" in Jeremiah's time were destroying records of his teachings, it makes no sense for Laban to have records that include his teachings. That's not much of an argument, though. There are plenty of arguments against such a position: he wanted to appear pious; he was simply ignoring Jeremiah; he was unaware that these particular records had some of Jeremiah's teachings; or any number of other plausible motivations. Although many people were persecuting the prophets and destroying their words, you can't draw the conclusion that everyone who was wicked was acting in exactly the same way, nor that all copies of prophetic words in their possession would have been destroyed. There's simply not enough evidence to support such a conclusion.

Now, to their other point. It basically boils down to our conception of the Godhead: we believe in three separate personages who are nonetheless united in purpose, while they believe in one Trinity, which is only one being yet three. (I almost got sidetracked on the definition of worshiping an idol, which is not just "worshiping something that is created," but that's not the main point here.) Because we believe in three distinct personages who are members of the Godhead, some people claim that we are therefore polytheistic, or breaking the commandment "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3).

Here are what a few general authorities have to say about the charge of polytheism; I urge you to go read the entire articles I'm linking to, since they go much more in depth on the matter than I can quote here. I'll warn you that this is going to get a bit long, though I've tried to be as brief as possible while still maintaining enough context.
To acknowledge the scriptural evidence that otherwise perfectly united members of the Godhead are nevertheless separate and distinct beings is not to be guilty of polytheism; it is, rather, part of the great revelation Jesus came to deliver concerning the nature of divine beings. Perhaps the Apostle Paul said it best: "Christ Jesus...being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God" (Philippians 2:5–6)
- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent," Nov. 2007 Ensign, pp. 40–42.

A fourth area of misunderstanding among some of our friends in Christianity is that they refer to us as "polytheists," meaning that we believe in a plurality of Gods. Much misunderstanding would be avoided if they understood that we worship only one Godhead, consisting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. We believe that the biblical record teaches that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are separate persons. When the Savior was baptized, the Father spoke His approval from heaven, and the Holy Ghost was witnessed to be present by the sign of a dove (see Matt. 3:16–17). Likewise the Bible records the prayers of Jesus Christ to our Father in Heaven, a separate being (see John 17:3). We believe this doctrine is taught in the Bible despite what the creeds of other Christian denominations may teach.
- Elder M. Russell Ballard, "Building Bridges of Understanding," Jun. 1998 Ensign, p. 62.

We are Christians because we worship the Christian Godhead, the Christian Trinity. "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." (A of F 1:1.) We have no other gods before us. (See Ex. 20:3.) We do not worship prophets or saints, neither of modern nor of ancient times. We pray only to the Father, as the Savior taught during his earthly ministry (see Matt. 6:9–13); and this we do only in the name of the Savior. We teach, as the scriptures do, that there is no intermediary between God and man save Jesus Christ, and "none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ...whereby man can be saved." (2 Ne. 25:20.)
- Elder Robert E. Wells, "We Are Christians Because...," Sep. 1984 Tambuli, p. 7.
A few who aren't general authorities have also done a good job of explaining and defending our doctrine:
The Latter-day Saints are accused of worshiping a "different god" because we do not believe in the traditional Trinity. "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost" (A of F 1:1) as taught in the New Testament. What Latter-day Saints do not believe is the non-Biblical doctrine formulated by the councils of Nicaea (A.D. 325) and Chalcedon (A.D. 451) centuries after the time of Jesus—the doctrine that God is three coequal persons in one substance or essence. We do not believe it because it is not scriptural. As Harpeŕ’s Bible Dictionary states: "The formal doctrine of the Trinity as it was defined by the great church councils of the fourth and fifth centuries is not to be found in the New Testament."

Jesus didń’t teach the Nicene doctrine of the Trinity. The New Testament writers didń’t have any idea of it. The doctrine itself wasń’t invented until centuries later. So one cań’t say the Latter-day Saints are not true Christians for not accepting it, unless one also excludes Jesus, his disciples, and the New Testament Church, who similarly did not know or teach it.
- Stephen E. Robinson, "Are Mormons Christians?", May 1998 New Era, p. 41.

As the church entered the third century, many ridiculed Christianity because they regarded it as polytheistic—that is, it had a theology of three Gods: the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. By this time the more sophisticated had rejected polytheistic pagan deities and had become monotheistic, accepting but one God. So the issue for the church was how to make Christian theology accord with respectable opinion.

Tertullian, a lawyer, offered this solution: The true God was composed of immaterial spiritual substance, and though the three personages that comprised the Godhead were distinct, this was only a material manifestation of an invisible God. As for how three persons could be one, it was explained that the persons were legally conceived entities, "just as a corporation is composed of various people though it is not the people." (T. Edgar Lyon, Apostasy to Restoration, Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1960, p. 113.)

Fusing the ideas of church theologians, such as Irenaeus, Origeu, Tertullian, and Athanasius, the Trinitarian formula of three spirits in one was finally accepted as official doctrine by the council of Nicea in a.d. 325. (Lyon, pp. 144–53; Barker, pp. 249–71.)
- William O. Nelson, "Is the LDS View of God Consistent with the Bible?", Jul. 1987 Ensign, p. 56.

In an effort to satisfy the accusations of Jews who denounced the notion of three Gods (Father, Son and Holy Ghost) as polytheistic, and at the same time incorporate ancient but appealing Greek philosophical concepts of an all-powerful moving force in the universe, the Christian church began to redefine the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. One classic work describes the intersection of Christian theology and Greek philosophy: "It is impossible for any one, whether he be a student of history or no, to fail to notice a difference of both form and content between the sermons on the Mount and the Nicene Creed. ... The one belongs to a world of Syrian peasants, the other to a world of Greek philosophers. ... The religion which our Lord preached ... took the Jewish conception of a Father in heaven, and gave it a new meaning." In short, "Greek Christianity of the fourth century was rooted in Hellenism. The Greek minds which had been ripening for Christianity had absorbed new ideas and new motives" (Edwin Hatch, The Influence of Greek Ideas on Christianity (Gloucester, Massachusetts: Peter Smith Publishers, 1970), 1, 4–5.)
- Robert L. Millet, "What Mormons Believe About Jesus Christ," from the newsroom of lds.org.

Allow me to unequivocally state in the clearest terms I know of: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not believe or teach that Jesus is "just one" of countless other gods. This has never been taught or believed, nor is it today. ... The Old Testament and the New Testament are consistent in proclaiming the existence of multiple "gods." However, Latter-day Saints do not recognize any other god as "our God." "To us, there is but one God, the Father," and "one Lord, Jesus Christ." ... And does this make Mormons polytheistic? Not unless they started worshiping other Gods, which is not the case. We place no other god before God, as commanded in Exodus 20:3.
- Cooper Johnson, "Mormons--Can They Be Considered Christians?", The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research. (This article is particularly focused on logical arguments and scriptural examples.)
I think you probably get the point. And as I mentioned before, there's a lot more if you follow up and read each of these articles. I simply couldn't quote everything I wanted to.

Hopefully this is enough to help you figure it out yourself, and explain our beliefs to anyone who is actually trying to understand them. That's the key difference between argument or debate and meaningful dialog: if the parties involved are willing to carefully listen and try to understand each other, whether or not they agree in the end. Good luck!

—Laser Jock
Question #45004 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do you think that in an eternal perspective, in the kingdom of God "faith" is replaced by "proof"?

Here on the earth it is our time away from our father in heaven, memories of ourselves in the pre-exisitence with infinite knowledge available is weak if non-existent. We have to have faith on the earth and we know it is not correct to rely on "proof". We have to have faith in Jesus Christ because we are not with him constantly. We have to have faith in the prophets, church leaders, and parents because we don't know everything. We have to have faith that our bodies will just get up and walk to the bus stop in the morning and not really understand perfectly how our brains and bodies work.
We know however, that in the kingdom of God we receive the fulness of joy and complete self-restoration. We will have that infinite knowledge again and the abilty to understand it better physically because of our physical experience on earth. We will have a personal relationship with our Father in Heaven and the Savior because of the atonement and we will understand exceptionally well, if not perfectly, who we are and what our purpose is. Would there be a need for faith or atleast how it is on earth? Is it possible that we become creatures of proof, law, absoluteness and faith the way we see it now will be irrelevant to our eternal lives? What does our all-knowing God have faith in? I'm sure he has a father which he gives all of his glory to, but faith?

"proof"? Can it be the new "faith?

- Thomas

A: Dear Thomas~

Remember, Alma taught that faith is believing in things which are not seen which are true. We are also told several times throughout the scriptures that when we "pray with faith", that we'll receive whatever it is that we're praying for.

Faith, then, is more than just believing in things that you can't prove by the scientific method, but it's having some notion of the nature of God and therefore understanding better how He works on the earth. Your faith does not improve because you arbitrarily decide to believe harder, but rather, your faith improves through disciplined study, prayer, church attendance and so on, which then helps you better understand the nature of God. Once you better understand the nature of God, more about the world will make sense to you, and you'll solidify your belief. I'm not entirely guessing here, but rather this is something I've experienced personally, and I'm willing to bet you have too.

So in "faith" required in the Celestial Kingdom? In the sense I've defined it here, I would imagine so.

However, if you're asking whether there will be precepts we need to act on without knowing with assuredness of their reality, then I'm guessing here, but I would say no. Once you obtain a fullness of knowledge, acting on something you believe but don't know is a logical impossibility.

Question #45001 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've heard a number of people share that in their patriarachal blessing it says they will "see the second coming of the Lord in their lifetime" (or something similar to that affect) I understand in some cases this statement has the ablility to mean different things but I have noticed a "theme". I am fascinated by it. Ever since I was very little i have had dreams about the second coming and ponder it with great sense of meaning and importance in my life. I feel the constant need to be prepared. I guess my point is what is your opinion, is the time now? We see many signs that have been fulfilled; the restoration, priesthood, missionaries, wars contentions, Oprah, prophets, technology(i'm joking about oprah) and many others. I mean look at our goverment! haha...are the messages in my friends patriarachal blessings a new revolutionary thing? We often hear the prophets and leaders of the church refer to us as "zion's youth", the "chosen generation"...but wasn't the same thing said to youth 50years ago? It all confuses me. I'm sorry my question is not completely clear and direct. I'm not very intelligent...haha.

Second coming in your lifetime? to be or not to be?


A: Dear Doubting Thomas,

I've heard of people with similar promises in their blessings. It is kind of hard to say though. I mean, with new technological advances these people could all be in their 100s before it happens. The Lord works in mysterious ways. I don't think it is my job to predict when the Second Coming will happen. Not even the angels in the heavens know...so how on earth are we supposed to know?

A: Dear Tommy Boy,

I disagree with Krishna. The Second Coming will happen April 6, 2027. Be thou warned.

-The Mischievous Madame
A: Dear Thomas~

Especially considering that we haven't seen the exact wording of the Patriarchal blessing, it would be excessively foolish for us to try and interpret its precise meaning.

In fact, even if we held it in our hands, the revelation in those blessings was intended for the respective recipients, not us.

Krisha's right on; Nobody knows when the Second Coming is, not even the omniscient 100 Hour Board. I do believe that you're wise in thinking that it's a good time to prepare right now. Amulek emphasized that this life is the time to prepare to meet the Lord, and Elder Oaks a few years ago told us we must be ready to meet the Lord at any time, whether that be by His advent or by our own death.

Don't waste time trying to calculate the exact date; more than one entire religion has been misguided by obsession with that idea, but rather do as you've done, and realize that it could be very soon, and we must be ready.

Question #44990 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Yesterday during priesthood, we had a discussion about immortality, eternal life, and exaltation. I was under the impression because of what my seminary teacher taught us that eternal life is the same as exaltation, that is, living like God forever, and only the righteous get it, while immortality is living forever, and everyone gets it. However, the teacher disagreed and claimed that immortality and eternal life are the same thing, while exaltation is the odd man out. Can you tell me which of us is right, as well as providing scripture references either way?

Thank you,

A: Dear Amnesiac,

I found a few good quotations that help explain the difference, and they do cite scriptures as well. Your seminary teacher is right; eternal life is the kind of life that God enjoys, while immortality is simply living forever (which we all will do, thanks to Christ's atonement and resurrection).
Those who receive exaltation in the celestial kingdom are promised the fulness thereof. "All things are theirs, whether life or death, or things present, or things to come." (D. & C. 76:59) Our Father in heaven is infinite; he is perfect; he possesses all knowledge and wisdom. However, he is not jealous of his wisdom and perfection, but glories in the fact that it is possible for his children who obey him in all things and endure to the end to become like him.
(Pers. Corresp.; Joseph Fielding Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 342-362, 369-376.)

He has provided a salvation for all of his children, except those who wilfully rebel against him after having partaken of the light, and all shall come forth in the resurrection to die no more the physical death. The mercy of the Lord extends as far as the fall, and the resurrection brings to all the reuniting of spirit and body never again to be divided or see corruption. Thus all men are blessed with immortal existence. The last enemy to be destroyed, said Paul, is death. After death is destroyed Christ shall deliver up the Kingdom to the Father, for he will have finished his work (1 Cor. 15:24-28). However not all shall obtain the blessing of eternal life who partake of the blessings of immortality. The scriptures point out very clearly a difference. Immortality is the gift of God, through Jesus Christ, to all men; by which they come forth in the resurrection to die no more, whether they have obeyed him or rebelled against him. This great gift is theirs; even the wicked receive it through the grace of Jesus Christ, and shall have the privilege of living forever, but they will have to pay the price of their sins in torment with the devil before they are redeemed.
This distinction between eternal life, as received by the faithful, and immortality, obtained by both the faithful and unfaithful, is shown in the words of the Lord to Moses: "For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." The conjunction clearly separates the two thoughts. It explains that the Lord is giving to the vast majority of men, those who will not be obedient, the blessing of immortality; and to those who will serve him, the blessing of eternal life. This thought is even more clearly expressed in the word of the Lord to Joseph Smith: "And thus did I, the Lord God, appoint unto man the days of his probation—that by his natural death he might be raised in immortality unto eternal life, even as many as would believe. And they that believe not unto eternal damnation; for they cannot be redeemed from this spiritual fall, because they repent not." —D.C. 29:43-44.
(Joseph Fielding Smith, Way to Perfection, pp. 328-330.)

The Savioŕ’s gift of immortality comes to all who have ever lived. But His gift of eternal life requires repentance and obedience to specific ordinances and covenants. (Russell M. Nelson, "The Atonement," Nov. 1996 Ensign, p. 33)
Doctrine and Covenants 19:4–12 also supports this:
4 And surely every man must repent or suffer, for I, God, am endless.
5 Wherefore, I revoke not the judgments which I shall pass, but woes shall go forth, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, yea, to those who are found on my left hand.
6 Nevertheless, it is not written that there shall be no end to this torment, but it is written endless torment.
7 Again, it is written eternal damnation; wherefore it is more express than other scriptures, that it might work upon the hearts of the children of men, altogether for my namé’s glory.
8 Wherefore, I will explain unto you this mystery, for it is meet unto you to know even as mine apostles.
9 I speak unto you that are chosen in this thing, even as one, that you may enter into my rest.
10 For, behold, the mystery of godliness, how great is it! For, behold, I am endless, and the punishment which is given from my hand is endless punishment, for Endless is my name. Wherefore—
11 Eternal punishment is God́’s punishment.
12 Endless punishment is God́’s punishment.
The Lord, then, uses "eternal" as an adjective meaning his. Thus, "eternal life" is "God's life," just as "eternal punishment" is "God's punishment."

—Laser Jock
Question #44949 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
A similar question was asked a year ago in (^33694), but I feel with new writers, there may be some new suggestions. Let's say you have a day or two to spend in the LA area. What would you do? Also, what would you do (besides the beach and the hollywood walk) that was cheap or free?

- Hyperactive Hummingbird

A: Dear,

There may be new writers, but it doesn't look like we have any new suggestions. Looks like you get to discover this city on your own.

-Uffish Thought
Question #44892 posted on 05/13/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In the process of registering online for next year I opened the visual arts (studio) category to see if there was an opening in one of the 100 level 'Intro to--' classes. I love art, but it's definitely not my major. Anyways to my surprise they weren't even listed! There is Intro to Calligraphy (full, of course) but no sculpture, no painting, no ceramics! I'm devastated, werfs!
My almost feasible hypothesis is that, due to AP test credits and such, I'm technically listed as a senior now. Perhaps my beloved intro classes are meant only for less credited students? Then again, isn't senior year the best time to take 'for fun' classes anyway? I am doubtful that the University decided to suddenly remove the basic art classes entirely, but I just looked through the academic catalogs and can't find them there either!
Help me, oh truthy ones, out of the murky pit of confusion and despair. Is this problem specific to me for some reason? Did the class numbers change, and I just don't know where to look? Or are VaStu 103-108 gone forever?


A: Dear Dodd,

Sorry about the wait — I ended up playing phone and email tag several times with the secretaries in Visual Arts department (who were, ultimately, quite helpful).

Here's the scoop:

VAStu 100 (Introduction to Art) and VAStu 103 (Introduction to Drawing) have been combined to form VAStu 101 (Introduction to Art and Drawing).

VAStu 104-109 have, as far as we know, been eliminated. There is a 200-level series of "fundamental" courses offered, but those courses are only open to Visual Arts majors. Sorry! (I do, however, recommend VAStu 330R, which is still offered. Also, as of this writing, there's still one spot open in VAStu 107, summer term.)

- Katya