It’s Worth One Dollar

Having been thoroughly sucked into the world of tablets and smart phones, I’ve learned a couple things about the apps that you can get. And one lesson in particular stands out:

The app is worth one dollar.

A very common revenue model for apps is that there are two versions, a free app that has ads and a paid version that does not have ads. So far we’ve just downloaded the free version and ignored the apps.

However, even on our regular computer we’ve found that our kids aren’t always discriminating about where they click on the screen. Sam has already purchased and downloaded an app (we have no idea what it does…). But the kicker for me was when I accidentally clicked on an ad inside of an app, and found that I was one more click away from adding an additional $10 to my monthly bill.


Yep, some dinky ad that I accidentally clicked on started signing me up for some additional service, that would automatically charge me $10 per month, which would very nicely (and conveniently) be added to my phone bill. And I’m sure that opting out or canceling would be very simple and painless.

So, I’m thinking that the extra dollar to get the paid app is a worthwhile investment, especially if you ever let your kids play with your phone or tablet.

Happy Easter

Well, this is about a day later than what I was trying for…

Even so, I wanted to express my grattitude this Easter for Jesus Christ, for His suffering for us and resurrection. I’m especially grateful for the knowledge that this life is not all that there is. Death is not the end, it is only another step in a long progression. We will see and meet family and loved ones again after this life. This is the gospel–the good news.

This knowledge comes from the witness of the Holy Spirit. One of the great tenants of my faith is that God lives, and that He speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. We can go to him in prayer and receive answers from Him. We each have the ability to receive inspiration and knowledge from God. That is how I have come to the knowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. That He suffered for the sins of all mankind, was crucified, and rose from the grave. His gift to us is two-fold. One is the ability for us to repent and be forgiven of our sins. The other is that we will also live again. The fall of Adam brought both physical and spiritual death. The sacrifice and resurrection of Christ answers both of these.

That Easter morn, a grave that burst
Proclaimed to man that “Last and First”
Had ris’n again
And conquered pain.

This morn renews for us that day
When Jesus cast the bonds away,
Took living breath
And conquered death.

Thus we in gratitude recall
And give our love and pledge our all,
Shed grateful tear
And conquer fear.

~That Easter Morn, Marion D. Hanks
LDS Hymns 198