New Snapchat-like Video App Missionary Families Will Love

Alex Balinski, creator of the popular mission prep YouTube channel “Prepare to Serve,” recently launched an app, that’s like a combination of Snapchat and Wikipedia.

 

The new app “Lifey”, is a video platform that allows the public to share what they know and things they’ve experienced. So far the Lifey app has crowdsourced and published more than 5,000 informational videos, mostly about missions.But that’s only the beginning. In the next three year, Balinski aims to crowdsource 50,000-100,000 mission videos through the Lifey app. And in the next 30 years he hopes to crowdsource more than 100 million videos to create the world’s largest free video database to help people learn from each others’ experiences.

Balinski’s primary focus for the app so far has been on providing returned missionaries with a platform to share useful tips and experiences about their Latter-day Saint missions, to help prospective missionaries prepare.

Returned missionaries are able to download the app and record short videos, up to 60 seconds long, on approximately 15 topics, including favorite foods, language tips, packing and safety advice. Upon receiving their mission calls, young men and women and their families can watch these videos and learn from returned missionaries’ insights and stories to better prepare them for missionary service.

The Lifey app was created to help individuals in their unique circumstances, find the help they need. It’s a user friendly app that allows users to quickly upload videos or browse thousands of topics in only a few clicks. In five minutes, the user can become more knowledgeable about any of a myriad of topics.

The Lifey app also allows people to share their insights and experiences about what living in their hometown in is like. People thinking of moving to a city can learn about the community from residents. Lifey users can browse city videos on about 17 topics, including local issues, crime, community resources, pros, cons, etc..

Another topic recently launched on the Lifey app is health conditions. People can record videos about their experiences with health conditions, share valuable information, and offer support for other people diagnosed with the same diseases/conditions.

In the future, Balinski plans to expand Lifey to include tens of thousands of video forums to improve people’s access to information, and help them make better life decisions.

If you or someone you know is interested in sharing mission stories on the Lifey app, watch this video:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=FQ7VSMzOWvU

If you or someone you know is interested in sharing health experiences on the app, watch this video:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=nZ9d8BAULOg

To learn more about Lifey, visit their website, Lifey.org.

*Please share this article with anyone you know who’s served or is thinking of serving a mission.
*Guest post contribution by Brittany Fromm, a BYU student intern for Lifey.

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