How can UX professionals work to become indispensable team members and not just another cog in the machine?

Grady Kelly, an interaction designer on our team, ask this question on Jared Spool’s UIE Podcast, Userability Podcast #19 – Be a Linchpin.

posted by Emmy Southworth on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011
tagged with uie, usability, jared spool


Hi Jared,Your project idea is good. The potantiel scope seems a bit overwhelming. Perhaps it might be helpful to further define spiritual experiences. What is a spiritual experience to one might not be considered a spiritual experience to another. For example, I can read just about any recent talk from General Conference and pull out what I consider spiritual experiences because the speaker related something that was based on faith or testimony of the influence from those living in the spirit world. To me, that is a spiritual experience.If you are looking for experiences that are clearly identified as such by the church leader saying, I would like to tell you about a spiritual experience I had , you may not find very many, especially among modern church leaders. I think we all have our favorite collection of stories we like to relate in talks or lessons that we consider spiritual experiences. They are usually ones that can be found in the official curriculum. I shared one on my blog just the other day where Heber tells of his vision of the devils while on his mission in England.I consider that a spiritual experience, but it is not one that is usually shared in a Primary lesson or a Sunday School class because it is not particularly uplifting. Yes, it is evidence or rather testimony of the unseen world, but does it fall into the category of spiritual experiences you are looking for? If that is the case, I would be happy to share other experiences from my collection that are similar in nature, all from church leaders. They are mostly from the Journal of Discourses.I like your research project. Perhaps you could provide some more precise categories of experiences that you are seeking. Which types of experiences do you want first the kind where individuals came from the spirit world to deliver a message, or the kind where an individual went to the spirit world and then reported on what they discovered there? The stories I have in mind are very sacred to the ones who related them, but can all be found in some sort of published form. They may not all have been first-hand accounts that happened to the church leader, but ones they were relating to illustrate a point in a discourse.Assuming that you are going to have contributions from multiple sources, how will you determine the ones that you will include? Do you have a criteria for classifying or verifying the source? Must it be from something published in an official publication of the church or will you accept journal entries found in books or magazine articles over the years? Does the church leader have to be a General Authority or will you accept stories from Bishops and Stale Presidents? Will you accept stories that occurred before the church leader was a church leader?The list of questions can go on and on. I intend this to be encouraging, not discouraging. I have many to contribute to your collection. Are you going to share them in a blog format? If so, how will you index them for easy reference? Perhaps they might be better organized in a website format with a master index on the front page that readers can use to find what they are looking for. Although I imagine your intent is to provide inspiration and encouragement that comes from reading and sharing these stories, ultimately, the collection will be most useful as a reference work. You might also want to include some statements from the Brethren on warnings about sharing stories- are they meant to uplift or to just be sensational?That’s enough for now. I hope I haven’t overwhelmed or in any way discouraged you from your project. I offer again my help in getting it started. Although they are not mine, I have dozens of stories that I can think of right away that I can contribute to your collection. God bless you in your project.Tim MaloneLatter-day Commentary

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As a pastor's wife- this topic is near to my heart!First of all, I have to say that I do not believe that the "Church" is at fault!! The Bible is very clear, that it is to be us PARENTS that are to be training our children in righteousness!!! Sunday School & Youth Group were started many, many years later & really were started for the "non-churched" kids! Those statistics are sad, but I think they are a lot due to the fact that parents have been relying on the church to teach their children about Christ- instead of taking an active role themselves (& actually living what they believe)!A couple things our church does that I LOVE are… when children turn 4, they join their parents in "big" church- children younger than that are certainly welcome, but there is nursery & children's church provided for children under 4. Although I do understand how difficult it can be for some kids to sit so long (we are all about wiggles at our house), we believe that having children in the service, plants seeds in their little hearts! :)We also have just started a curriculum (our pastors & elders & teachers have created) that lasts 7 years & walks everyone through the Bible… all Sunday School classes of various ages as well as the sermon are focused on the SAME topic… are memorizing the same verse, etc. In this way, children (along with their parents) will go through an in depth study of the whole Bible twice.Sorry, this is getting way too long! ;)Great question!Jessica

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