Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. -John Barrymore
Question #47524 posted on 09/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Re Board Question #47439: I think I've got the same model phone. It took me a while to figure out, but it's really pretty easy to activate the predictive texting feature. When you're typing the text message, you should see the letters "Abc" at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. This means that you're currently in the letter-based entry mode, which is the default. If you hit the top left-hand button on your phone, you'll pull up a menu where you can change the entry mode. Pick the "Word" option. That'll switch it over to the predictive texting mode you want. Hope that helps!

- Cindy

Question #47472 posted on 09/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Just a little background. My wife and I are "Ward Missionaries" and as such I attend the Gospel Principles class in our ward in Ogden (my wife is in the library also). The 5th Sunday is coming up, which is usually "missionary Sunday" but the full-time Elders assigned to our Stake already spoke today. Our Ward Mission Leader asked myself and another Ward Missionary to speak with him on that Sunday.

Ok, now here's where I need help -- I figured, "hey 5th Sunday.... Ward Mission Leader asking.... it's gotta be about Missionary work, right?"


10 minutes on "Learning while at the Temple". I jotted down a few ideas during Elders Quorum but I have no idea how I am going to pull off a 10 minute talk, much less talking about something very special and sacred. I know what I'm not supposed to say outside the Temple so there's no worry there but how do I explain how to learn while there? I have President Packer's book (THE HOLY TEMPLE) and I know that will help a lot but I prefer multiple sources, analogies, examples, etc........ Please help!

- Brother "H"

A: Dear Ethel,

A really amazing resource is the Eternal Marriage institute student manual. It has quite a few quotes from apostles regarding temples. You might give that a try.

Preach My Gospel also has a few references to temple worship. Nothing new, of course, but maybe it could be a foundation for you on why you're talking about the temple and what makes them so important.

If you run out of ideas for things to say about the actual temple, perhaps you could start talking about how much of what we do in the temple is symbolic and how it helps one recognize symbolism in other areas of one’s life and the gospel, or how using the techniques for understanding symbolism makes the temple a more meaningful experience.

For instance, there is the symbolism associated with the sacrament, baptism, confirmation, the laying on of hands for a blessing, and many other ordinances which are fair game for speaking in sacrament meeting. You can then outline the different ways a person can look for symbolism by similarities between the ordinances and what they represent.

In my opinion, that wouldn't only help with teaching about how to appreciate the temple experience but would also be applicable to general church meetings. I've known a few converts or less-active members laughingly complain about not understanding things like taking the sacrament with our right hands or why we cover the sacrament table with white clothes—even someone asking why missionary boys always part their hair (although I don't think any lesson can explain that).

-Polly Esther
Question #47471 posted on 09/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I recently found an old CD in my parents' CD collection that has a collection of classical music. I really like a lot of the stuff on it, and would like to find out the names of the pieces and the composers (my parents can't even remember where the CD came from, and no information shows up on the computer). How can I do this? It would probably take years if I just listened for them on the radio, and my music major friends were at as much of a loss as I am. Is there some kind of website that would work for possibly-obscure classical music?

- mollyb

A: Dear good-golly Miss mollyb!

I feel like fate has prepared me for this very moment . . . It's a very humbling feeling and I feel a tear slide down my face as I hyperventilate rapidly into this paper bag.

Seriously though, I am just excited to tell about one of my favorite resources provided by the BYU Harold B. Lee Library. In a library full of amazing, underused resources, this one takes a big chunk of cake.

It is the online classical music library, hosted by Alexander Street Press, an outside company to which BYU buys a subscription. Simply go to the HBLL homepage, click on "Site Index" and go to the "C" page (the fact that I provided a link there indicates how much I want people to try this out). Scroll down to "Classical Music Library." You can sign on, create a profile (though you don't have to to listen to music), listen to pre-organized playlists and create your own. You can search by composer, conductor, artist, instrument etc. Even if you don't know much about classical music (like me)(honest, I swear!), you can find your way around.

So that is the resource that I would recommend, but that doesn't exactly tell you how to go about identifying the music. I would recommend starting by exploring the previously created Themed Playlists. You will be able to find playlists that contain the "classics" of classical music (I assume that any general-type classical music will have things like Beethoven's Fifth symphony and such). Listen to those first. I would then move on to the playlists that accompany books or are called, "Anthology for Music in Western Civilization: CD 1-10" or something. Those usually contain music that was popular when it was written, but didn't stand the test of time as well as the more classical classics. Another tactic would be to try to identify the style or period. For instance Baroque music sounds different than pieces written in the Classical or Romance periods. Chamber music features fewer instruments than an entire symphony. Concertos usually feature one particular instrument (tangent: Mozart wrote some amazing French horn concertos. I recommend.). You can use the search functions to search based on instrument if you think one is being featured in one of the pieces.

If you are not a BYU student (and I guess I shouldn't assume everyone is just because some of us have been doing it so long), you can still subscribe to Alexander Press, but it can be expensive. Another resource you could check out is Classical.com. It appears to be basically the same as Alexander Press, and it does cost to create an account. But it's another option to consider.

Good luck trying to find your music. If you go to the kind of effort that I think your search will take I absolutely guarantee you will find some stuff that you really like, whether or not it matches what's on your CD.

- Rating Pending (who is forgoing a pun here using the word 'Bach' so that he can go listen to "Paintings at an Exhibition." Awesome.)
A: Dear mollyb,

I'm willing to take a listen to see if I can help - I'm familiar with some obscure classical music. Shoot me an e-mail (whistler at the board dot byu dot... edu).

Question #47468 posted on 09/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In the known history of the board, how many questions have taken more than a month to answer? What was the longest wait ever for a question?

- fujiwara tofu (who thinks he might be setting a new record)

A: Dear fujiwara ~

You're not setting a new record. Sorry to burst your bubble.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear fujiwara tofu~

I don't think there's any way to check on this, I'm afraid. Luckily, you did specify that it's in the known history of the Board.

As of the time of this writing, someone has been waiting 860 hours for their question. (Ouch!) Last Summer there was a question which nearly breached the 2,000 mark (although the questioner explicitly stated that they wanted the question to take a long time, so I don't know if that counts.)

Also, if you wanted to forge a writer vendetta to make sure your question got answered on time, I think you found an effective way to do it.

Question #47467 posted on 09/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm looking for a quote that I saw posted in the Brimhall building (near the north entrance gallery?) when I was a BYU student. To paraphrase, it said that the antidote to humiliation was humility. Can you help me find the exact quote?

Jelly Bean

A: Dear Root Beer or Watermelon:
Humility is a safeguard against humiliation.
-From the wisdom of George H. Brimhall
Question #47466 posted on 09/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a friend in the Peru MTC, but I do not have an address for her. Any chance you might be able to help me get the MTC address?

- Letter Writer

A: Dear Ethel,

The MTC Address is:

Centro de Capacitacion Missional
Melgarejo 159
La Molina
Amazonas 12 Peru

-Polly Esther
Question #47465 posted on 09/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Whenever I shampoo my hair, I seem to lose some hairs, and then I lose some more when I comb my hair. Is there something I should be doing to prevent this sort of thing? Should I shampoo less often, for example? Or maybe a different type of shampoo?

- Time Frame

A: Dear Time Frame,

It's a normal part of the hair growth cycle for a hair to stop growing and fall out. Normal shampooing and combing just pulls out those hairs which are already loose; it doesn't cause new ones to fall out.

- Katya
Question #47464 posted on 09/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

At what point does your arm hair stop growing? it seems like mine's been the same length since i was a kid...

-Dirty Hairy

A: Dear Dirty Hairy,

Your arm hair continually falls out and continually regrows to the same set length. See Board Question #33746.

- the librarian
Question #47443 posted on 09/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I have a guy friend that I really sort of like a lot. It's not something that could ever possibly work-- I would never pursue a relationship because he's not a member, and he would never pursue a relationship because I'm not Catholic. And he lives on the other side of the country for most of the year. But the more I talk to him, the more I like him, despite the fact that I don't want to like him. He's a good friend, and he doesn't drink or swear or anything, and I don't want to stop being friends with him, so how do I get myself to un-like him? I know I should just concentrate on the temple and how I want to get married there someday, but that all seems so far away. And I just like him, I don't actually want to seriously date him. Any advice would be much appreciated...


A: Dear c:

Hmm. I'm not as much of a hardliner as some on the religion thing. Maybe it's because the vast majority of my female family members married outside the Church (many of their husbands joined later), but unlike some, I think there are worse things in the world.

However, I think you're getting ahead of yourself here, anyway. You yourself admit that he is far away most the time, and you sound like you're nineteen years old, tops. Given the distance, I don't know that this would be the most fruitful relationship even if he were Mormon.

I don't want to stop being friends with him, so how do I get myself to un-like him?

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the only surefire antidote to a crush is to have a crush on someone else entirely. I think it would be pretty silly to stop being this guy's friend just because you are afraid that "liking" him will get in the way.

I know I should just concentrate on the temple and how I want to get married there someday . . .

Yeah, I see your point, but at the same time . . . don't have too narrow a view, I guess? Like, sometimes I think we just pound this too hard from too young of an age, and I dunno. I guess I just don't see how being good friends with a nice Catholic boy, even acknowledging there are likable qualities in him that you might like in a future relationship, is at all detrimental to your spiritual or social health. If anything, I think if you aren't looking to be married anytime soon, you should actively pursue platonic friendships.

I guess my bottom line is that you shouldn't muck up a perfectly viable friendship with unnecessary drama, and that while I definitely believe temple marriage is a worthy goal to have in mind, I'm not sure merely finding those who aren't of your religion attractive and fun, sometimes, will somehow bar you from that goal.

I think American culture has a dialogue too often of "falling" in love, almost against our will. Remember that you are perfectly able to choose the men you get in relationships with, and if there are factors such as distance and cultural differences complicating that, there's nothing that says you have to pursue it any further than an honest admiration.

A: Dear confused,

Hey, I'm 24 and I've been in the same situation on and off over the last couple years. Catholic and everything. Is the feeling mutual between the two of you? That makes it a bit harder. Here's the thing - it's true that the distance makes a real relationship unlikely without considerable effort in the first place, so don't put out that considerable effort, and be sure to continue pursuing relationships with LDS people around you.

If you find yourself continuing to be interested in him and you don't want to be, though, treat it as you would any potential relationship that you know wouldn't be good for you - whether it's with an ex that you know is an ex for a reason, a guy who doesn't share your standards, whatever. Just back off a bit. Spend less time talking. Be sure to text other people every time you text him. Whatever - just make sure you don't invest a lot in the relationship. Of course it's cool to have non-LDS friends - I'm one of the biggest advocates of that I know - but the issue here is that it's a guy you're interested in who you've decided against dating.

So, if you're worried about it, treat it as such.

Question #47423 posted on 09/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is wheat bad for humans? I get this newsletter from somebody called Dr. Mercola and he is very much against wheat. One of his anti-wheat articles is here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/07/09/gluten-free.aspx

He seems reliable and everything, but his newsletters often contain shocking news to me!

- I love whole-wheat products!

A: Dear Serial Miller,

First, I urge you to take all internet health advice with a grain of salt (or wheat, as it were) as "reliable" and "shocking" are two very different matters. Qualified health and nutrition professionals (which I'm certainly not) are your best resources. Also, take heed of the disclaimer on Dr. Mercola's website that "The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Dr. Mercola, unless otherwise noted. ... [he] encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional." All I'm saying is be careful.

Unless you are diagnosed with Celiac Disease or have some other form of gluten allergy, wheat is not inherently bad for you. The health benefits of wheat (in the appropriately processed form) are numerous. The nutrients, fiber, and metabolic stability among other positive factors, are highly beneficial. Refined wheat does not contain anywhere near the nutritional value of whole-wheat, so I've learned to watch my intake of the super-processed stuff.

The USDA-approved Food Pyramid lists whole-wheat as an acceptable whole grain. (Source) Six ounces is recommended daily. This site also contains some good information on the reasoning behind wheat consumption with lots of references.

There's a reason why we're encouraged to partake of grain in the Word of Wisdom. Unless you hear of any counsel from the FDA or a similar source to stop eating it, feel free to keep on lovin' that whole-wheat.

Question #47406 posted on 09/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the average starting salary for a high school math teacher in Utah? For a nurse in Utah?

- Curious A

A: Dear curious A,

According to the Census Bureau, the average public school teacher in Utah makes $39,456 per year (in 2005, at least). According to the NEA, the average starting salary is $26,819. I couldn't find a breakdown by subject, but I suspect that math teachers make somewhat more than average.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean annual incomes in Utah for registered nurses is around $56,000 and for licensed practical / vocational nurses, it's around $36,000. (Alas, I couldn't find starting salaries.)

- Katya
Question #47275 posted on 09/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

If sheet rock becomes wet in a home/apartment due to a leak, flood etc. to the point of saturation does this effect its strength. I have heard that because of how it is made, water damage is not usually a problem or that it even strengthens it drys out. I struggle to believe this and figured that y'all could enlighten me.


A: Dear Soggy,

I'm not a contractor, but from what I can tell, drywall does weaken when exposed to water. You may or may not need to replace it; that depends on the extent and the duration of the soaking. Wet/damp sheetrock can also lead to mold and mildew growth, which is something else to watch out for. You may want to check out these two informative sites for more information. If you have more questions, I'd recommend getting in touch with a local contractor or restoration company.

—Laser Jock