Why do you take soooo many pictures?

I grew up with a set of albums called “The Family Bookie.”  It was a favorite past time to grab a book, go sit on Daddy’s lap and relive a favorite family vacation.  My Dad said I took his love for pictures and record keeping to the next level.  I take pictures so I can remember these precious moments.  I know in a few short years, my kids will be “too cool” to hang out with me so often.  But I hope by looking at these pictures together we can remember everything our family is built on- traditions, fun & faith.  Pictures, looking at life through a lens, helps me slow down time and live in the moment…again and again.

What kind of camera do you use?

Right now I feel blessed to have a Canon EOS Rebel T5i.  But I started out with a 5MP Kodak Easy Share- a more simple camera than most people’s cell phones have.  And some of my favorite photos came from this camera.  It’s the subject and composition that make a great photo.  But I REALLY love the Cannon I have now.  I saved a long time to get it, along with the standard 18-55 mm lens it comes with.  I ADORE my 50 mm lens which I use the most.  I also really appreciate my zoom 75-300mm lens my hubby bought me.  It’s a humble start compared to some photographers, but every piece was hard earned and I’m grateful to have them to help preserve my family history.

What program do you use to edit your photos?

I am a BIG FAN of Picassa but I have an old version that isn’t around anymore for download. Today there are plenty of apps that are great. I like Canva for basic fixes or Instagram. I also use Corel & Lightroom.  But these only enhance the qualities of a good photo. They can’t make an awful picture good.  It’s the content, composition, lighting and a good crop that helps us focus and appreciate what we see…kind of like life. <3
Do you collaborate?
Definitely, maybe! I would love the opportunity. Send me an email and let’s see if our purposes align. I’m always looking for families, local businesses and other artists to feature in my material if our values resonate. I hope to hear from you at eva@riseupandsmile.com.

Why do you write SO much?

I write because I’ve been prompted to. I need reminders of why I do what I do.  I easily forget how important my job as a mother is.  Writing helps me loosen up and remember what matters most- that I’m teaching my kids they are LOVED.
I also have some quotes that have prompted me to use my talents from God – like singing, writing, and dancing – to serve others.
This is the most important work that we can participate in. Now, may I ask that you join the conversation by participating on the Internet to share the gospel and to explain in simple and clear terms the message of the RestorationIt is essential that you are able to offer a clear and correct witness of gospel truths. 

“Others have recorded and posted their testimonies of the Restoration, the teachings of the Book of Mormon, and other gospel subjects on popular video-sharing sites. You too can tell your story to nonmembers in this way. Use stories and words that they will understand. Talk honestly and sincerely about the impact the gospel has had in your life, about how it has helped you overcome weaknesses or challenges and helped define your values. The audiences for these and other new media tools may often be small, but the cumulative effect of thousands of such stories can be great. The combined effort is certainly worth the outcome if but a few are influenced by your words of faith and love of God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

“The Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ has no doubt had a powerful impact on your life. It has, in part, shaped who you are and what your future will be. Do not be afraid to share with others your experiences as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. We all have interesting stories that have influenced our identity. Sharing those stories is a non-threatening way to talk to others. Telling those stories can help demystify the Church. You could help overcome misperceptions through your own sphere of influence, which ought to include the Internet.” – Elder M. Russell Ballard, “Sharing the Gospel Using the Internet”

And more recently…

“My dear sisters, you have special spiritual gifts and propensities. Tonight I urge you, with all the hope of my heart, to pray to understand your spiritual gifts—to cultivate, use, and expand them, even more than you ever have. You will change the world as you do so…

“…This gathering is ‘the greatest challenge, the greatest cause, and the greatest work on earth today’!1

“It is a cause that desperately needs women, because women shape the future. So tonight I’m extending a prophetic plea to you, the women of the Church, to shape the future by helping to gather scattered Israel…

“…My dear sisters, we need you! We need your strength, your conversion, your conviction, your ability to lead, your wisdom, and your voices.”4 We simply cannot gather Israel without you. I love you and thank you and now bless you with the ability to leave the world behind as you assist in this crucial and urgent work. Together we can do all that our Heavenly Father needs us to do to prepare the world for the Second Coming of His Beloved Son.” – President Nelson, “Sister’s Participation in the Gathering of Israel”

And probably my favorite…

“Thirty-six years ago, in 1979, President Spencer W. Kimball made a profound prophecy about the impact that covenant-keeping women would have on the future of the Lord’s Church. He prophesied: ‘Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.’5

“My dear sisters, you who are our vital associates during this winding-up scene, the day that President Kimball foresaw is today. You are the women he foresaw! Your virtue, light, love, knowledge, courage, character, faith, and righteous lives will draw good women of the world, along with their families, to the Church in unprecedented numbers!6

“We, your brethren, need your strength, your conversion, your conviction, your ability to lead, your wisdom, and your voices. The kingdom of God is not and cannot be complete without women who make sacred covenants and then keep them, women who can speak with the power and authority of God!7

President Packer declared:

“We need women who are organized and women who can organize. We need women with executive ability who can plan and direct and administer; women who can teach, women who can speak out. …

“…We need women with the gift of discernment who can view the trends in the world and detect those that, however popular, are shallow or dangerous.”8

“Today, let me add that we need women who know how to make important things happen by their faith and who are courageous defenders of morality and families in a sin-sick world. We need women who are devoted to shepherding God’s children along the covenant path toward exaltation; women who know how to receive personal revelation, who understand the power and peace of the temple endowment; women who know how to call upon the powers of heaven to protect and strengthen children and families; women who teach fearlessly…

Sisters, do you realize the breadth and scope of your influence when you speak those things that come to your heart and mind as directed by the Spirit?…

“…My dear sisters, whatever your calling, whatever your circumstances, we need your impressions, your insights, and your inspiration…

“…Married or single, you sisters possess distinctive capabilities and special intuition you have received as gifts from God. We brethren cannot duplicate your unique influence.

“We know that the culminating act of all creation was the creation of woman!11 We need your strength!…

“…My dear sisters, nothing is more crucial to your eternal life than your own conversion. It is converted, covenant-keeping women—women like my dear wife Wendy—whose righteous lives will increasingly stand out in a deteriorating world and who will thus be seen as different and distinct in the happiest of ways.

“So today I plead with my sisters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to step forward! Take your rightful and needful place in your home, in your community, and in the kingdom of God—more than you ever have before. I plead with you to fulfill President Kimball’s prophecy. And I promise you in the name of Jesus Christ that as you do so, the Holy Ghost will magnify your influence in an unprecedented way!

“I bear witness of the reality of the Lord Jesus Christ and of His redeeming, atoning, and sanctifying power. And as one of His Apostles, I thank you, my dear sisters, and bless you to rise to your full stature, to fulfill the measure of your creation, as we walk arm in arm in this sacred work. Together we will help prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.” -President Russell M. Nelson, “A Plea to My Sisters”

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