July 30, 2012

Janessa Cazier, Texas, “Taking Time to Slow Down”
 

Janessa Cazier

I took this picture while on a family vacation to Florida. When we got home, I was looking through the pictures from our trip. This one caught my eye. I noticed the busy footprints running all around my daughter, Abby. I love the way she is sitting in the middle of all the footprints, drawing in the sand and enjoying the moment. As I studied this picture my mind turned to President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk from the October 2010 general conference: “One of the characteristics of modern life seems to be that we are moving at an ever-increasing rate. … Let’s be honest; it’s rather easy to be busy. We all can think up a list of tasks that will overwhelm our schedules. Some might even think that their self-worth depends on the length of their to-do list. … My dear brothers and sisters, we would do well to slow down a little, proceed at the optimum speed for our circumstances, focus on the significant, lift up our eyes, and truly see the things that matter most.” Life does get very busy. I know that every day can't be spent on the beach drawing pictures in the sand. I'm grateful for those vacations, though, and I am trying to take time on a daily basis to slow down a little, enjoy the moment, and focus on the things that matter most.

—Janessa



July 23, 2012

Marchet Butler and Moriah Heppler, Atlanta, Georgia: “Silhouette against Sky”

 

Marchet Butler
Moriah Heppler
 

This photo was taken as part of a project to build friendships between our ward’s Relief Society and young women. Each Relief Society sister was assigned a young woman to mentor in a specific talent. As a professional photographer, I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to create photos that my mentee and I could submit to the “Helping in the Vineyard” project.

I was assigned to Moriah Heppler. Moriah and I spent several afternoons taking photos of people in the ward who agreed to model for us. We used Moriah's brother Zak for this particular image. It was late afternoon, and Moriah had to lie on the road and angle the camera just right to get the shot. Believe me, it wasn't comfortable! It took about 10 tries before Moriah and I were satisfied with the result, but it was definitely worth it. I see this as an image about faith and looking forward towards the future.

—Marchet and Moriah


 

Jeremy Foote


July 16, 2012

Jeremy Foote, Oregon, "Becometh as a Little Child"

Jeremy Foote

From the time that our daughter Rebecca was young, we've prayed with her and read scriptures (usually just a verse or two) before she goes to bed. On the night I took this photo, we had put her pajamas on, and she ran into the other room. When we came in, she was lying on the couch with the Book of Mormon, pretending to read it.

Usually, she moves too quickly for me to grab the camera and take a picture of anything that she is doing, but she stayed there "reading" for a few minutes, and I snapped this shot.

It was nice to know that our persistence in reading the scriptures was having an effect. Even though she was too young to read the scriptures, or even to understand much of what we read to her, she realized that reading the scriptures is important.

—Jeremy


Jeanne Miller


July 9, 2012

Jeanne Miller, Idaho, “Sisters Sliding”

Jeanne Miller

We were visiting family in Utah for Thanksgiving in 2011. It was a nice day, so we all headed over to the park. Lots of cousins playing, but this picture is of my oldest and youngest daughters going down the slide. They are 12 years apart so I like to make sure I get pictures of moments like these; the oldest will be college bound in another year or so and I want to make sure that her little sister remembers the good times they had when she was little. I like to have pictures to keep the memories fresh—they are a big help for me as well!

—Jeanne