Recording your life story in video format has never been easier…and now it’s free. At least for anyone who can make it to Utah.
Whether you are fresh off the mission, in the middle of your career, or in the final stage of life, you should consider preserving your life story. It’s easy to do, and can create enormous value for your family and friends. It’s something that if you procrastinate until it’s too late, could be tragic.
Here are 6 reasons you should consider recording your life story through video.
1) It’s Easy
Recording your life history in video is now easier than it’s ever been. It typically takes only 2-4 hours to create your video life history. It typically takes 30-60 minutes to prepare an outline for your life history, and only 1-3 hours to record it. You can record all of your most meaningful life experiences and insights in a single afternoon.
While journal writing is good (and I’m all for journal writing), writing a comprehensive journal of your life, can takes weeks to months. Recording a video history of your life, can be done in a single morning, afternoon or evening.
2) It’s Free
Starting this year there’s a completely free service to help you record your life history in video. It’s called Lifey. Currently Lifey only has offices in Provo, Utah, but it plans to open dozens of offices in the future. So if you live in Utah, or plan to visit Utah any time in the next year, you’re in luck! If you live outside of Utah and don’t plan to ever visit Utah, you may have to wait a few years.
3) It’s Fun!
I’ve watched 100s of people share their life experiences on video. It’s fun! It’s fun because you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about, in whatever way you want to talk about it. And who doesn’t like that!?
4) It’s Incredibly Valuable For Your Posterity
Imagine if you could see and hear your great grandparents share their most meaningful life experiences. That would be INCREDIBLY VALUABLE. It’s one thing to read a story about your grandparents’ lives- it’s another thing entirely to see your grandparents’ faces and hear their voices share powerful stories from their life. Sure text is a powerful medium, but I’d argue that video can be even more powerful.
For example, the Sermon on the Mount is incredibly powerful to read, but imagine how powerful it’d be to see the Lord share the Sermon on the Mount- to see His face, and hear His voice. That’d be powerful. Imagine instead of reading Moroni’s promise about The Book of Mormon (see Moroni 10), you were able to actually see Moroni and hear Moroni’s voice testify of The Book of Mormon. Imagine instead of reading the prophet Joseph Smith’s testimony of the Godhead, you were able to see the prophet testify of the Godhead.
That would be powerful, and probably life-changing.
Though you may not see yourself in the same spiritual boat as the Savior, Moroni or Joseph Smith, your life stories and insights can be just as powerful a way to strengthen your children and grandchildren. Your posterity needs your testimony and advice. There’s a reason you were placed in your family, with your particular parents, siblings, children and grandchildren. And at least part of that reason is to help strengthen and bless your family- immediate and extended family members and friends.
One of the best ways you can strengthen your family and friends is to share your testimony with them- not just testimony that is made up of words, but testimony that is forged through real-life experiences your family and friends can relate to, and be strengthened by.
5) It’s Easy To Browse
While a journal is good, it’s hard to browse to specific stories, without a lot of searching. While a DVD about someone’s life, is better, DVDs still aren’t easy to browse. At best you might be able to skip forward or backward to another chapter- but even that’s not the best viewing experience.
If you record your life story with Lifey, you’re video will be super simple to browse- to any specific story or insight. And stories and insights are organized by topic, which makes it even easier to browse.
6) It’s Easy To Share
While a journal is good, it’s hard to ship 100 copies of Great Grandpa’s journal to all of the children and grandchildren living across the country. While a DVD history of someone’s life is good, it’s likewise hard to share it with the entire family. And what’s the point of taking the time to record a life history, if no one’s going to have easy access to it.
A Lifey on the other hand, is super easy to share- Lifeys can be shared with any of your friends or family who have internet access, which lucky for us, is just about everyone. And Lifeys can be embedded on your personal blog or website. It’s super simple to do- you just copy and past a line of code and wala!
By now you can probably tell I’m quite passionate about this subject. I’m passionate about it, because I know how valuable it can be to you- and to everyone. I’m 27 years old and I’ve recorded my life story. It’s the single most valuable resource I’ve ever created for my family. If I pass away unexpectedly, I can rest assured that my family will have access to my most meaningful stories and insights. Even if I weren’t alive anymore, my wife, siblings and children would still be able to derive the strength, love, and support I would’ve offered them had I been alive. That, to me, is priceless. I love my kiddos more than you can imagine, and I want more than anything for them to be safe physically and spiritually. The life experiences I’ve shared in my Lifey can help my children receive that strength and safety throughout their life.
I started Lifey because I felt deeply impressed to.
My hope is that the situation where a person passes away without having recorded their most meaningful life experiences and insights, will never happen again. It’s too tragic and needs to stop.
I plead with you to be willing to share your life experiences with your family. They need the strength that you can offer them, by being open and sharing your life with them.
I don’t care how you record your experiences and insights. It doesn’t matter to me whether you record it with our free Lifey service, through another service, or on your own. Just please do it. Your family is worth the sacrifice.
Please don’t procrastinate until it’s too late.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.