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May 29th, 2007  |  Published in Goals, Mormonism, Scriptures, Website Profile

Welcome to Above Yourself, a blog about self-improvement and faith. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe in a reader or subscribe by email. Many of the topics here are related to my faith in Jesus Christ and Mormonism, but all are welcome to share their own beliefs. Thanks for visiting!

As a follow-up to a previous post entitled “Forming Habits: Daily Scripture Reading“, daily scripture reading for me has not yet become an automatic habit like it was in my high school days when the mornings were filled with early-morning seminary. As part of building a new goal, it’s important to set reminders for yourself so that you can train yourself to turn this goal into a habit. This daily email reminder is the most important feature of and the main reason to use this website.

Reading Statistics

Right now the website keeps track of how much of a book of scripture you’ve read and displays the percentage as a small bar. As someone who grew up memorizing the backs of baseball cards, I’d love to have more detailed statistics than this, including some information about how many pages I read per day or how many days I’ve missed my reading schedule.

Read at your own pace

On Read the Scriptures you decide which book of scriptures you’d like to read and how fast you’d like to read it. A few schedules are all set up and ready to use, such as 30, 60, or 90 days to read the Book of Mormon. You can also set up your own reading schedule which will let you read at your own pace.

Work as a team

A newly-upgraded team feature lets you join teams with others and get basic statistics on their reading. Again, I’d love to have more stats here, but it’s enough to tell me that my wife is quite a ways ahead of me in her reading.

Keep notes as you go

I like to keep notes on scriptures, but I sometimes wish I could write more than what I can fit in the space of the margins. Read the Scriptures has a web-reader feature that lets you read and write at the same time, without limiting the length of the notes you can write.

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May 4th, 2007  |  Published in Frugal Living, Website Profile

In chatting with her friends, my wife recently discovered Freecycling at It’s a great concept, and especially useful for people at our stage in life when we’re about to move into a slightly larger place. Basically, you join a mailing list through the site and the people on that mailing list share the items with others who may need them before getting rid of them. In the few days since we’ve joined, we’ve seen messages every day for different things, and we’ve even received a nice, comfy couch for our new place!

Share and Share Alike

We occasionally accumulate our own “stuff” that we can’t always use, so it’s great to have a resource like this that we can go to share what we have as a community, which helps us all keep down the clutter in our lives. has a large community, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that our small town not only has a list of its own, but a few hundred people subscribed are subscribed to the list.