BYU-I Students and Rexburg's Winter Roads


Here in Rexburg the winter season seems to dominate the entirety of the year. Along with this winter wonderland comes snow covered roads and dangerous driving conditions. I talked to a couple of students about their experiences with Rexburg's winter roads. For Jamason a native of Montana snowy roads are nothing new. They are what he grew up driving on. However for Sara, a native of sunny California, these snow covered roads are a new and often frightening part of her life. In this video we take a look at the dichotomy of these two worlds meeting in the small town of Rexburg, Idaho.

Behind the Scenes

Jamason Schmidt grew up in the small town of Fairfield, Montana.  He loves to tell stories about terrible winter drivers including having an experience where someone came sliding right past him while he was at a stop sign.  He claims that it was a California driver and he pulled further over than usual to avoid said driver and the sure to come accident.  Sara Allen is my wife and grew up in sunny San Diego, California.  She is a very safe driver and having lived here in Rexburg for the past few winters has become a very competent winter road navigator.  She likes to hide the fact that she is a California driver by driving our car with Montana license plates.  That way people will just assume she knows what she is doing.

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This past summer my wife, my brother and my mom all went up to Glacier National Park. It truly is one of the most gorgeous places on earth.


Some fun bloopers from this semester's interviews.  I had a lot of fun interviewing and putting my friends in front of the camera.   

BYU-Idaho Fitness Center

The BYU-Idaho fitness center is a full service workout mecca.  It has treadmills, dumbbells, and everything in between.  There are a plethora of programs offered and just as many opportunities to participate in them.  One such program is the Lazy Man Ironman.  This is a one month long fitness program that includes running 26 miles, biking 112 miles and swimming 2.7 miles.  Many students have benefited from this program, but I wanted to focus on my friend Shay Ricks.  He truly enjoyed participating and saw the many benefits that it had.  It not only benefited his physical well being, but also his mental as we was able to work harder in school and learn more readily.  It was also a great way to relieve stress after a long day of classes. Shay is not unique in his experience.  Many students around campus use the fitness center and it's programs to benefit and bless their lives.  It is a great thing that the school offers students free of charge.  All we have to do is get up and take advantage of it.

Behind the Scenes

Shay Ricks is originally from Idaho Falls and he and I were roommates way back in the fall of 2005 before we served our missions.  We both entered the MTC on the same date, February 15, 2006.  He then went to the Oklahoma City Oklahoma mission for two years.  Upon returning to Idaho he worked and then reentered BYU-Idaho in the fall of 2008.  The winter of 2010 was the first time that he participated in the Lazy Man Ironman.  He did it in an attempt to lose weight and get into better physical condition.  He lost 65 pounds between working out and dieting.  He is an inspiration.  He worked extremely hard and was incredibly dedicated.  He will be graduating this upcoming April and will do so with a healthy body, thanks in large part to the fitness center. 



Crazy awesome stunts on the BYU-Idaho campus and in parking lots of Rexburg.  Prepare to have your mind blown!  To be completely honest, the stunts really are more humorous than amazing, but it is still a fun video with a good soundtrack.

This is video that my wife and I made for my little brother Brock who is currently serving a mission in Zimbabwe.  It was a fun little thing that we did for him just before he left.  It is a collage of sorts of a few of the things that we did with him this past summer while he was down here in Rexburg.


This is the audio cut for my video on the BYU-Idaho Fitness Center and more specifically the Lazy Man Iron Man.

This is a series of clips that my younger brother and I did in the spirit of Terrence Malick movies. It's a fun little video with fun cinematography and set to some nice classical music.

YouTube link: Homage to Terrence Malick

My little brother Brock just left to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the country of Zimbabwe. Before he left I interviewed Brock and the rest of my family on their thoughts about his leaving to serve in Zimbabwe.  Here is the compilation of their interviews and a few outtakes courtesy of a giggling mother and sister.  Enjoy!

BYU-Idaho Student, Father and Husband

McKay Pearson and his wife Ashley are students and parents attending BYU-Idaho. McKay is a Health Science major and will be graduating this semester.  Ashley is also a Health Science major and she will be graduating this upcoming April.  This upcoming August they will be heading to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for two years, where McKay will be attending physician assistant school. Their baby daughter Brinlee was born June 22, 2011 and is now almost 4 months old. She was born with a month left in the semester, right before finals. This video delves into their lives and how they juggle the multiplicity of responsibilities, which they have. McKay talks about how the intramural recreational sports program at BYU-Idaho has been a place where he can unwind and enjoy the comrade that comes with playing on a team.  Ashley talk about taking each day as it comes and about all of the help they have received from friends and family.   Watch and be inspired as these two battle life and emerge victorious, looking at every challenge as a blessing.

Behind The Scenes:
McKay and I are from these same small town in Montana. My family moved there right before I left on a mission, so we didn't become friends until after high school.  McKay served a mission to the Philippines and upon his return he came back to BYU-Idaho where we were roommates.  He and Ashley met in the fall of 2008 and were married in September of 2009.  They had their first and only child Brinlee in June of 2011.  They are looking forward to graduation and the new experiences and adventures awaiting them in Philadelphia.

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This is a little video that my brother and I did while I was back home in Montana. It's a tribute to the movie drive. Is it as cool as driving around the streets of LA at night? Well...let's just say it's different. A fun little drive through the countryside set to a great song, "A Real Hero" by College.

Some cell phone fun on a Saturday in Rexburg.

Vox Pop - Fall Seasons

Me in a minute.  A little rough.  But, it's a good starting point.