Stuart Edgington is an LDS YouTube star who discusses here how listening to uplifting content on the Mormon Channel helped inspire him to start down a new career path.
A few years ago, I was a struggling college student who was cleaning port-o-potties to pay my way through school. The days were long, and to pass the time, I would listen to music and talk shows on the radio. After a while, all the songs were the same and the talk shows were full of arguments—I felt like I wasn’t progressing in any aspect of my life.
I then had the idea to start listening to general conference talks during my workday. There are close to 1,000 hours of these talks available for download, so I knew I was going to have plenty of things to listen to while driving from one location to another. The first day I listened to these talks on the job, I immediately began to feel a change. I had much more energy and I was lot happier while I was working. Tipped-over port-o-potties used to be my worst nightmare because it would add 15 minutes of work to my day, but now these situations were a blessing because it meant I got to listen to one extra talk.
I began to be inspired as to which direction I should take my life, habits I should develop, and which career path I should choose. One day while working, I was listening to another Mormon Channel program called Conversations. The story was about a man by the name of Gary Ceran. As I listened, I was amazed and inspired by his life and the choices he made to bring him peace. His choice reminded me so much of our Savior and how He would act if He were here. A distinct feeling and desire began to grow within me. Just after that episode, I listened to one about how making videos can spread the gospel message. It was in this episode that I got an impression that I should start making videos that could hopefully inspire others. I could not stop thinking about it the rest of the day. How was I supposed to do this? I had no experience making videos! I knew, however, that I needed to start. As soon as I got home, I looked for cameras online. Even though I had very little money, I bought my first DSLR camera that night. I thought I was going crazy, but I felt a comfort that I was doing the right thing.
Within a month from buying that camera, I quit my job as a professional portable restroom specialist and started an internship learning how to make and edit videos. I started making my own videos and posting them on YouTube. It was about three months later that I had my very first viral video. I guess you could say the rest is history.
The talks given at general conference, as well as the content on Mormon Channel, have changed my life. This weekend, the 185th Semiannual General Conference is in session. I want to invite you, wherever you are in the world, to listen in.
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