Monthly Archives: December 2013

The reason why people lash out.

ImageThose who are hurting often strike out and hurt others (especially those whom they love the most), simply because they are in so much pain themselves.

-BYU Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (and my former Stake President) Robert Todd.

Omgosh so true!

If someone is angry or bitter or frustrating or acting like a punk, the root reason is almost always because he/she is hurting, often badly.

Who in YOUR life (past or present) does this idea hold true for? How can you be understanding to this person’s needs and true feelings?

Here is the context of this quote. It’s from a BYU devotional 6 years ago. I was in attendance!  The years sure fly by 🙂 

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Those who are hurting often strike out and hurt others, simply because they are in so much pain themselves….

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Life is a series of constant epiphanies…

Image“Life is this constant series of epiphany after epiphany. ‘Oh, I know this now.  I didn’t know that then.  You’re a different person today than you were yesterday.’ ”

-The lovely and effervescent Ms. Taylor Swift

Totally true!  We’re always learning through trial-and-error experiences and unintentional lessons.  Epiphanies can be painful, but they can also be enriching and even comical.  And the real problem would be living all this time and NOT learning anything.  So we just gotta try to take things in stride, I think.

What epiphanies have YOU had?

Here is the original context (so inspiring, as always):

life is a constant series of epiphany after epiphany…

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“I kept my heart under (self) CONTROL!”

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The only real control in life is self-control. 

-Jeffrey Holland.

Read context here.

Omgosh, soooooo true!  No matter what it is, the power lies within us, but we have to have the courage to exercise self-control.  People who do this don’t make excuses for themselves, but instead take full responsibilities for their lives, including any mistakes they may make.  Know what else people with self-control can take responsibility for?  Their successes.  Self-control enables you to have success in (almost!) any and all areas that you could desire.  That’s the power of it.  Pretty awesome, I’d say.

Elder Holland pretty much hit the nail on the head with that quote, huh?  Oh, and even if you think Mormonism is weird/crazy, you should know that Jeffrey Holland has his PhD. from Yale, so it’s 99% guaranteed that he’s smarter than you.

No offense (he’s waaaay smarter than me!)

🙂

(loooooove you William.  More than you’ll ever know). 

FRIENDS!

Is there something concerning which YOU need to exercise better self-control? (ex: sleep, internet use, what you eat, exercise, personal habits, moral cleanliness, finances, etc.)  How can you make sure you ARE in control?

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the only real control is self-control…

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Equating pro-abortion arguments with pro-slavery arguments: “I don’t personally agree with it, but who am I to tell someone else how to live?”

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Just came across an article that articulates specific reasons why common pro-choice arguments are essentially the same as pro-slavery arguments.

And if any of my friends identify as pro-choice, don’t go hating on me for including this piece that is more than a little harsh/ spiteful/ condescending in tone.  Mark Twain, as you may recall, was a staunch opponent of slavery, and he was also a bitter pessimist against any and all sympathizers, whether or not they actually practiced the institution themselves.  You could choose to think of this writer in a similar way if you’d like.  Here is the article in full:

Arguments commonly made in support of slavery and abortion:

Appeal to privacy: “Well, I don’t personally endorse or condone slavery, but who am I to tell someone what to do with their own property?”
Appeal to privacy: “Well, I personally object to abortion, but who am I to tell someone what to do with their own body?”

Appeal to the superseding right: “My property rights come before the rights of a slave.”
Appeal to the superseding right: “My reproductive rights come before the rights of a fetus.”

Appeal to popular sovereignty: “States can decide for themselves if they want slavery. If a state doesn’t like slavery, they don’t have to have it.”
Appeal to personal sovereignty: “Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one.”

Appeal to inevitability: “Slavery has been around for thousands of years, it’s never going to go away. We might as well have a safe and legal system in place for it.”
Appeal to inevitability: “Abortion has been around forever, it’s never going to go away. We might as well have a safe and legal system for it.”

Appeal to faux-science: “Slaves aren’t really people. They aren’t like us. Look at them — they’re physically different, therefore we are human and they are not. They don’t have the same rights as white people.”
Appeal to faux-science: “Unborn babies aren’t really people: they’re fetuses. Look at them — they’re physically undeveloped. Therefore, we are fully human and they are not. They don’t have the same rights as born people.”

Appeal to economic concerns: “The economy relies on slavery. It would be a financial disaster if it ever came to an end.”
Appeal to economic concerns: “The tax base is strained already, most of these babies would end up on welfare. It would be a financial disaster if abortion came to an end.”

Appeal to the courts: “Slavery was vindicated by the Supreme Court in Dredd Scott. It’s already been decided, there’s no point in arguing it. Nine men in robes said that blacks are property, and so that settles it.”
Appeal to the courts: “Abortion was vindicated by the Supreme Court in Roe v Wade. It’s already been decided, there’s no point in arguing. Nine people in robes said that fetuses aren’t people, and so that settles it.”

Appeal to faux-compassion: “Slavery is in the best interest of Africans. They can’t function in the real world, they need to be protected and guided by the white man.”
Appeal to faux-compassion: “Abortion is merciful. These babies are unwanted. They would have a miserable life. Better to help them avoid it all together.”

Appeal to the Bible: “Slavery isn’t condemned in the Bible. If it’s wrong, Jesus would have specifically said so, but He didn’t.”
Appeal to the Bible: “Abortion isn’t condemned in the Bible. If it’s wrong, Jesus would have specifically said so, but He didn’t.”

 

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I just love me a rousing expression of freedom of speech.

In the words of my friend Crystal, “Stir the pot, why not?”

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Will you make some room?

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“Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.”  

-Neal Maxwell

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Don’t be like that selfish innkeeper who was too busy and rude to care.

Make some room, okay?  Perfect!

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Faith Without Works is Dead…and Vice Versa!

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The relationship between faith/grace and works/good deeds/ordinances is a complex and intriguing facet of Christianity that has been the subject of intense debate throughout the centuries.  Indeed, entire religious denominations have been torn apart, with new ones being born, due to differences of beliefs concerning this topic (think Lutheranism vs. Catholicism for just one example).

There is more I wish to explore on this subject at a future time, but for now I’ll say that while the New Testament teaches that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20, 26), I would also go so far to say that works, without faith is likewise dead.

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1)  What do YOU think about the relationship between faith and works?

2)  How can you make sure your faith isn’t dead?

3)  What can you do to ensure that your works aren’t faithless?

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A very stupid quote from a Mormon woman.

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With all due respect, Ms. Lauritzen, this is one the STUPIDEST quotes I’ve ever read.  I do not mean to be unkind, especially because I do not know your personal circumstances.  But come on now, you are essentially saying that the Church figuratively kills young women?! That is completely and utterly ridiculous.  If you have problems with church culture or even with the doctrine, you must express them less dramatically and violently, especially because there really are women in the world who experience actual oppression and violence.  Stephanie, you can do better than that.

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I have never been more proud to be a Mormon woman: I am NOT oppressed, I am NOT gypped, I am NOT brain-washed, I am NOT second-best.  And I am NOT forced to do or believe anything.  I am the exact opposite of all those things.  Raising a young woman in the gospel of Jesus Christ can provide the way to lasting happiness and self-esteem.  I should know 🙂

never been more proud to be a Mormon woman…

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Love at Home.

There is beauty all around

when there’s love at home.

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A house doesn’t make a home…

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(Love makes a home)

And did you know that there was a recent LDS conference address that specifically addresses the unique experiences and challenges of single parents?  It was given by this cool Scottish guy who was himself raised in a single-parent home.  I hadn’t heard anything like it before nor have I since.  Check it out!

Read here.  (It’s a good one!)

(Speaking to single parents:) “[p]lease never feel that you are in some kind of second-tier subcategory of Church membership, somehow less entitled to the Lord’s blessings than others.

      In the kingdom of God there are no second-class citizens.

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Friends, how can you cultivate love in YOUR home?

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Yo Obama (administration), way to perpetuate offensive stereotypes that gay people are promiscuous just to get more people enrolled on your pathetic website.

This is a highly offensive and tactless attempt to try to get LGBT Americans to enroll for healthcare via the government website.

Gay advocates should be offended as well, as it blatantly sexualizes these men and promotes a stereotype of promiscuity among homosexuals.

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Different sources have confirmed that government officials working for the Obama administration met with #out2enroll, the campaign that created this hideous ad.  Here is one:  Here is another:

ImageAnd I have yet to find an exact source, but some news outlets have even suggested that President Obama personally approved of this ad.  If that is true (which I hope it’s not!), shame on him yet again!

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Hey Prez!

        Your policies stink.  Your website is a joke.  And the way you now promote these things is incredibly inappropriate.  You are a disgrace to America.  The end of your term cannot come soon enough, but even when it does, we’ll be (in the words of John Mayer) “cleaning up the mess [you] made.”  Thanks for nothing, loser.  I usually refrain from using such harsh language to describe dignified leaders (even if I disagree with them), but Barack  your actions do not warrant any measurable amount of respect, so I don’t feel the need to pull any punches.

                      Sincerely, your angry constituent, Katherine

😦

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Why…

Science answers the “how”…

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but the gospel answers the “why.”

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“Forget not the why of the gospel.”

-Dieter Uchtdorf

And you know I’d find some way to get John into this post. 🙂  And this is the best version of this stellar song there is!  It starts getting exceptionally good at 1:15.

I wonder sometimes about the outcome

of a still verdict-less life.

Am I living it right?

Why, Georgia…

Why?

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“In the course of justice,

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none of us should see salvation.”

-Portia (from Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’)

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Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him…

and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness,

and love God with all your might, mind and strength,

then is his grace sufficient for you

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      -Moroni 10:32

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Girl, put your glasses on, come listen to my song, and thank Ben Franklin you have them!

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Glasses are weird.  Don’t get me wrong, they’re awesome!  But they’re weird.  Stop and think about it.  They consist of a frame holding together two circular pieces of glass that perch on your nose and are tucked behind your eyes to secure them on your head.  Pretty weird.  Know what else they are?  GENIUS!

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Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States and a key participant in the American Enlightenment period (duh), is the mastermind who is historically credited as being the inventor of bifocals.  Hmm, I wonder if he had an inclination of just how massively important and critical his development would become.  Who would have ever thought that something that was very likely once incredibly hideous looking would spawn such a revolution, not only related to optometry, but also in the sense of fashion and self-expression?   Glasses have forever affected our global economy.  Wow, Ben Franklin was incredibly smart (understatement).  In so many ways, but even if all he ever did was invent glasses, that man would still be beyond brilliant.

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I personally am really glad for glasses.  They make me look cute.  They make me look smart.  They make me look like an official scholar (but not in a pretentious way!).  Oh yeah, and they help me see!

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We oughta be thankin’

Mr. Benjamin Franklin

He was inventive and vocal

’bout the need for bifocals.

And now the world masses

are wearing his glasses!

🙂

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Miley’s cute, but Phil gets the boot?!

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“It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh,

and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”

-Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal

AMEN!

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Fake cigarettes make you look like an idiot!

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Truly, they do It’s one of the dumbest trends I’ve seen among college-aged Mormons.  Whether it’s Halloween or some poetry slam, or whatever the case may be.  They look it looks sexy and glamorous and cool and unique, but they really just look pretentious and pathetic.

I once threw a party, and some loser showed up with a fake cig hangin’ outta his mouth.  Guess how long he lasted before I kicked him out?  It was less than 2 minutes.

I realize I’m bein’ a bit harsh, but that’s never stopped me before. 🙂

(But I do like this song):

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Alrighty, back to the main point:

Fake cigarettes

make you look like an idiot!

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3rd-Person self-references are dumb!

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Katherine has realized that it’s kinda silly and pretty pretentious when people refer to themselves in the 3rd person.  She’s done it a few times on her blog, but has realized the error of her ways and vows not to do it again. Katherine feels confident about this grammatical/stylistic decision, as she hates pretension with a passion…

🙂

I’ve heard there’s not much worse

than the person of third.

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Search Engine Optimization brings my blog to many nations!

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I’ve written a little before about how my blog has presented me with the great (and sometimes daunting!) opportunity to learn a TON about computer stuff.  Sometimes, I’ll marvel at my own words when I hear myself speak or think about internet lingo: javascript, widgets, plug-ins, Akismet, etc.  This kind of thing is no longer (completely) a foreign language to me and is actually kinda becoming a normal part of my vocabulary and psyche.  Never thought that would the case.

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One of the most critical aspects of being web savvy (which I still am not fully yet!) is something magical called Search Engine Optimization, often abbreviated as SEO.  That is a really important term, so commit it to memory please.  It refers to using tools to make it so that people can actually find your blog!  You optimize it’s availability, so it’s not just floating out there in space with a minimum amount of readers.

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For example, when somebody googles the term(s) “LDS/ Mormon,” the first things that will come up will be the official LDS Church website.  This is because the web masters of the Church are SEO experts and know how to get our standardized stuff to pop up immediately.  Cool!

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I personally am still quite new to all the ins and outs of how SEO works and how to best utilize it for my blog.  But guess what?  I am doing it!  Things like tagging my posts with quality/searchable terms, or boosting my Alexa ranking (an online indicator of a website/blog’s comparative traffic) are helping me get it out there.  Though I still have a long way to go, my blog is steadily gaining a reputation and presence online.  Score!

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Search Engine Optimization

Brings my blog to many nations!

(59 to date…)

🙂

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Not totally clueless, I guess!

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Lately I’ve started fixing my mechanical problems myself (as opposed to calling my brother-in-law, who can fix anything).  It’s cool to be creative, and I really like problem-solving a lot.  And it’s not about pride, but more about being self-reliant and motivated to tackle problems by myself if I can.  I do, however, believe in enlisting the help of experts when necessary, as it would be unwise to attempt to do things that are out of my capacity and skills.  But so much of the time we can do stuff ourselves if we just take the time to learn and try!

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When it comes to handy stuff,

I’m not totally clueless, I guess!

🙂

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Resilience is Brilliance; I will rise.

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Resilience is one of the most important characteristics of a true follower of Christ (in my opinion :)). Being resilient means not allowing yourself to be crippled by failure or paralyzed by fear.  It means choosing to be strong and carry on despite any previous disappointment.

I personally have had to be be resilient a lot in my life.  A lot.  It can be difficult to remain optimistic after being let down so many times.  But I try my best to accept hardship and/or criticism with grace, and just put one foot in front of the other to keep moving forward.  I don’t believe it’s healthy to try to smother or mask any feelings of frustration when things don’t go the way I planned or wanted, but still I retain some semblance of hope, some pocketful of sunshine, despite what rains may come.

The Savior is the ultimate example of someone who was resilient; He either vicariously experienced or felt himself every kind of sorrow, cruelty, sin, and abuse imaginable, and yet He still rose to the occasion (literally!) and reached His glorious potential.

I will rise out these ashes, rise.

From the stubble on the ground

and the trouble I have found

I will rise…

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 1.  When have YOU been resilient and risen out of the ashes?

2.  How can you be resilient to any challenges that you might encounter down the road?

Resilience is brilliance.

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Spiritual Puberty

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At some point or another, everyone has to experience what Mormon writer Joanna Brooks calls “spiritual puberty,” which is basically the evolutionary growth process of one’s belief system.  It’s where we trial-and-error wrestle with our faith, doubts, logic, and conscience as we try our best to reconcile any inconsistencies we might find.

Sometimes people even experience a complete paradigm shift where everything they once knew or believed for certain is turned on its head and then  may or may not be profoundly changed.  Spiritual puberty can be heartbreaking, embarrassing, disillusioning, and painful, but it can also be enlightening, comical, and faith-affirming.

What are YOUR experiences with spiritual puberty?

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.

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“I am convinced that it is not the amount of money an individual earns that brings peace of mind as much as it is having control of his money.”

-N Eldon Tanner

Omgosh, sooooo true!  Yes, yes, yes!  Having control of your money is infinitely more important than the actual amount!  Being aware of your finances, having sufficient savings, and being strong enough to exercise self- control (uh-um, Mr. Tyson) are key to a truly happy life!  Now, I certainly wouldn’t turn down a million dollars, but that’s not where peace of mind comes from; it comes from being in control.

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1) Friends, how can YOU have control of your money (no matter its amount)?

2) How can you make sure money doesn’t control you?

ImageOne of my most favorite resources EVER is mint.com.  It’s an amazing money tracking website that can’t be beat!  Time Magazine and Forbes have consistently rated it one of the best websites.  And it has seriously changed my life.  If you haven’t already, check it out!

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Why do some people cling to their pride?

Some people cling to their pride because it’s all they have.

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All my pride is all that I have…

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Pride is what you had, baby girl I’m what you have!

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Congratulations! You are officially alive!

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So you ruffled some feathers?  Yah, you’ve done it now. 

Turned the tables in the temples clean upside down. 

You’re out on a ledge and one thing’s for sure,

when you got ’em wishin’ you’ve never been born…

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Congratulations! 

You are OFFICIALLY ALIVE!

I don’t believe in stirring the pot just to cause a scene.  Not into controversy for controversy’s sake.  And I think publicity stunts are really stupid.  Still, if I am who I am and someone has a problem with it, so be it.  As long as I’m following the Lord and following my own self, I don’t care much at all about others who may disagree.  In fact, if I ever get people talking I think it means that my experience is something special.

On a literary note, I give Brad mad props for his Biblical allusion.  For my friends who may not know, in New Testament times, Jesus was very angry (one of the few times ever) that people were doing commercial business in the temple since it is a holy place.  He overthrew the tables of the money changers (as pictured above).  YIKES!  Here is a short, yet powerful video reenacting this passage in the book of Matthew.  It shows the passion that Christ felt about the importance of not “trifl[ing]… with sacred things” (D&C 6:12).

And back to the main message:  If people get riled up, it might be a sign that you’re actually doing something right.  So why not go against the grain a little bit?  I’m NOT suggesting you go do anything sinful at all, but in other ways why not push the envelope?  Get out of your comfort zone.  Be wise of course, but maybe it’s time for you to try something completely new.  You may just discover something profound about yourself that you wouldn’t otherwise.  So live.

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I personally am officially alive.

Are you?

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“What are we going to do today?” “What we try to do everyday, TAKE OVER THE WORLD!”

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Behind the scenes of my blog I can see how many people are clicking on my links.  And what’s really cool is that a lot of people are clicking on links to the LDS Church website (over 150 clicks to date!).  This fits perfectly into my plan of Mormons taking over the world!

🙂

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A plow boy reading the scriptures?! That’s quite remarkable.

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William Tyndale, religious reformer best known for translating the Bible into English, said the following (when speaking to the sometimes snobbish clergy of his day):

“I will cause the boy who drives the plow

to know more of the scriptures than you do.”  

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.Um, does this not SCREAM of Joseph Smith?!  Wow!

In literature, we’d call this foreshadowing.

In the gospel, we call it a prophecy 🙂

Read more here about Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s thoughts on these issues.  His talk totez rocks my socks!

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…the boy who drives the plow

[will know] the scriptures…

plow boy knows the scriptures Joseph Smith

AWESOME!

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It IS true!

ImageIf Mormonism was not true, if its doctrines were bogus pieces of garbage or delusions of Joseph Smith’s mind, if everything it stood for, claimed, and represented was all a bunch of crap, then the LDS Church would be the most blasphemous, offensive, and ridiculous organizations ever created….

But it IS true!

🙂

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President Snow

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The man on the left is Lorenzo Snow, 5th president of the LDS Church way back in the day.  Here’s some info about him if you’re interested.

The man on the right is Coriolanus Snow, president of Panem in the Hunger Games trilogy.  He is the central antagonist and is responsible for the sick tradition of the bloody games.  That man is totez going to hell (I know he’s not real).

President Lorenzo Snow was really awesome.

President Coriolanus Snow is pure evil. 

I MUCH prefer the former Prez Snow.

🙂

 

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If ye love me…

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 keep my commandments.

-Christ (John 14:15).

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1.  Friends, do YOU love the Savior? (nod your head in agreement)

2.  What commandment(s) can you try to keep a little better to demonstrate your love?

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Stand a little taller, rise a little higher, be a little better.”

-Gordon Hinckley (LDS Church President 1995-2008)

Keep the commandments

in this, there is safety and peace.

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Women and the Priesthood: a poetic take.

Alrighty, I REALLY want you to watch this video, ‘cuz you just can’t get the full effect by reading the words.  It’s kinda like how Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be seen, and NOT read.  And I just compared myself to Shakespeare; that definitely warrants a thunderbolt of blasphemy.  ANYWAYS, I know full well  that some don’t want to watch, so I have decided to include the text of the poem just in case.  But seriously ya’ll, just watch the video.  It’s not that long.  Okay, this introduction has gone on waaaay too long, so without further ado, here it is:

(And now, for you lazy bones:)

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For those who feel gumption about their assumptions

concerning Mormon women, and what is most common.

You got something to learn, and now it’s MY turn

to teach, but not to preach.

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You see, the priesthood is the authority to act in God’s name

It has nothing to do with status or fame.

Men aren’t sad that they can’t have babies

that’d be stupid; that’d be crazy!

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And it’s NOT that the only thing I have in my life

is to be a future mother and wife, but still I hold no strife

.Because those who do hold it, never withhold it

On the contrary, I am empowered near every hour.

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So no, I don’t hold the priesthood

I’m not sure I’d want to even if I could!

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And, not to brag or sound immodest

but I.  Am.  A future goddess

who’s simply in training,

so I’m not complaining.

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You see, the priesthood only adds

to what I’ve ALWAYS had

as a daughter of the King, to Him I will sing

and he’s already given

Every.  Needful.  Thing.

(including access to the priesthood)

🙂

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“These are the last days, GET WITH IT!”

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A wise, old sage in my parents’ LDS ward said it best:

(endearing pessimism)

These are the last days…

GET WITH IT!

🙂

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100 Years of Writing.

I could write for 100 years straight (hyperbole, but only slightly) and STILL not be finished.

It’s frustrating and wonderful at the same time.

Image[It’s] happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time..”

T. Swizzle

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I have SOOOOO very much to write: so much to express, to explain, to question, and to create.

Guess I better keep plugging away, huh?

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I give to homeless people; sue me!

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I give spare change/food to homeless people when I can.  And anyone who tells me to not do that can just go to hell!  I know it won’t solve poverty, I know there are some fakes out there, I know they might use it to buy cigarettes/alcohol.  Know what I else I know?  I know that I do whatever I want, so just shut it! (I try to give food/ water when I can.  Also, I feel that the fact that I acknowledge them as a human being is just as important as anything I give them.  And my own safety is my top priority, know what I’m saying?)

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“Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just.

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But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.

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For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?”

Mosiah 4:17-19 (in the Book of Mormon).

Friends, what are YOUR thoughts/experiences

on the subject of giving money/food to homeless people?

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And just a reminder if you tell me to not do as I do:

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🙂

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Back from the Dead.

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In August 2012, I began to have a faith/existential crisis that lasted for about 10 months and was the closest thing to what I can only imagine hell is like.  By the grace of God, I have come out of that dark period of my life and am once again strong in my testimony.  As painful and horrific as that experience was, I’m glad that I went through it, as it enabled me to be more understanding, empathetic, and ultimately more Christlike toward other people, particularly those whose beliefs are different than my own.

What sort(s) of crises/challenges have YOU experienced

that have made you more compassionate?

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Katie made a 180

and now she’s back

and on the right track!

🙂

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I used to think that most non-denominational Christians were not only church haters, but also were just a bunch of fence-sitting pansies who were too afraid to take a stand (mean-spirited and judgmental, I know!)…

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I do not think that anymore.

Still Christian!

Still Latter-day Saint/Mormon!

I do feel bad that I used to have this condescending attitude toward Christians who choose not to follow or participate in one certain denomination or religious sect.  But here’s the thing:

If my own faith is centered around Christ, with all other doctrines and details being merely peripheral (which is true of the Latter-day Saint theology), why should I doubt the sincerity and piety of others whose beliefs are essentially the same?

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“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”

2nd Nephi 25:26

Yeppers, that pretty much says it all.  And even though that passage is Mormon specific, I’ll bet that pretty much all believers agree with its general message.  So sorry I ever thought the way I did, friends.

Hope you can forgive me…

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🙂

*Just a note:  I still do think that it is possible to be too general in moralism and even underly-dogmatic (is that even a word?).  Read Jewish NY Times writer David Brooks’s thoughts on this idea here,  as it specifically relates to the Book of Mormon Broadway musical.

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A Poem on the Sad Subject of Sexting (safe for all eyes and ears).

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Sexting in texting?!

That’s pretty perplexing

and more than just vexing

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‘Cuz when you subject

the world to your sexts

you might forever affect

the forces that direct

your future, which you must protect!

.

And those are mistakes

that you DON’T want to make.

.

And it’d be incorrect

for you to neglect

the major aspects

of real life, and those who will surely object

to your sexts.

.

You don’t have to be perfect,

but it’s not at all complex,

just show a little respect.

And PLEASE save your sex

for a different context

than a text.

:

Thanks!

Love, Katherine

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“Unsolicited Advice:” A Poem.

You better think twice

‘fore giving unsolicited advice

Not sayin’ never do it

Just sayin’ think through it

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If it’s truly needed, I will be humble

‘Cuz pride is a block that could make me stumble

or cause my foundation to crumble

Still, you gotta give it very judiciously

Otherwise, it may come off perniciously

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Also, tone of voice

is a conscious choice

And your deliverance

makes ALL the difference.

.

‘Cuz if you insult my intelligence

I just may become belligerent.

So think awfully carefully

before you “advise” me.

The End.

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“Keep it to yourself, it’s MY LIFE!”

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“I don’t care what you say anymore, this is myyyyyyy life.

Go ahead with your own life, LEAVE ME ALONE!”

I like this version a lot.  Jacob Artist is such a good dancer, and I love the choreography.  And yes, I realize I just posted how I don’t always love Glee, so let me call myself out before anyone else does….

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“Keep it to yourself, it’s MY LIFE!”

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A Spectrum of (Mormon) Feminism

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There are some (Mormon) feminists who are sincere, honest, and intelligent in their beliefs.

I respect and validate these people.

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There are some (Mormon) feminists who are obnoxious, bandwagon followers, and are just looking for reasons to protest and make their annoying voices heard.

I roll my eyes at these people (sometimes literally) and pray they would just STOP!

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There is, and always has been, a spectrum of feminism:  You’ve got your bra-burning liberals, your Susan B. Anthony’ types, and everything in between.  The American author Charlotte Perkins Gilman leaned veeery far to the left, even going so far as to seriously suggest that women should segregate themselves from men and form their own societies.  Though I certainly don’t agree with this level of extremism, MANY of Gilman’s other feminist ideals resonate strongly with me, particularly those found in her ever influential piece “The Yellow Wallpaper” (duh!).   Gilman perfectly embodies the ambiguity of the concept of feminism, even within a single person.

I personally am conservative/moderate, both on the political spectrum and on the feminist spectrum (though they are of course not mutually exclusive).

What are YOUR thoughts on (Mormon) feminism?

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The woman wearing orange in the first picture is Neylan McBaine, a Mormon moderate feminist writer (just like me!).  Among other things, Neylan founded the Mormon Women’s Project, an online database that interviews LDS women of a range of backgrounds, experiences, ethnicities, goals, and challenges.  I have privileged to be a writer for the MWP.  Will definitely write more about it soon.  Stay.  Tuned.

🙂

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Not biting off more than I can chew is something I’m tryin’ my hardest to do!!

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I have lots of artistic projects in the works.  LOTS!  Some of them have been on my mind for 10+ years.   Some of them are collaborations, some of them are just me.  Some will require lots of work and preparation, some I could complete in 15 minutes or less.  For some of them, I’ll have to do extensive research, while for others I already have all the information I need.  But all of these artistic endeavors are from my heart (cheesy, I know).  Anyways, I am excited to make these things happen, but I am learning to not bite off more than I can chew.  I write these ideas down, I create plans for them, and, in time, make then happen!  Oh, btw, all this time, I am coming up with new ideas 🙂  Overall, it’s a good problem to have, but it still is a problem.  I wish I could stop time just to do my art all day long!  But of course that cannot happen, so I’m tryin’ my hardest to balance my time and energy to create and also to prioritize my projects..  On that note, the planning/timing of my blog/art is not an exact science (duh), so I’m just doin’ my very best, but letting myself off the hook when I’m not perfect

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And can I just say how lovely it is that I don’t have to ask anyone’s permission?!  There’s no committee I have to go through to get my ideas approved.  No one can tell me I can’t do something.  I don’t have to wait for anyone to edit/revise my posts;  I’ve been doing this kind of thing for years, and I am FINALLY really seeing the fruits of my labor!  As the sole proprietor and visionary of my blog, I celebrate and relish my power.

Still, as much as I love this creative process, I cannot get ahead of myself, though I still think ahead.  🙂  So bear with me as I make all my artistic/ writing dreams come true!

Not biting off more than I can chew

is certainly something I’m learning to do!

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But make no mistake,

a feast does await!

🙂

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It’s a long way back.

Two years ago, I ran a full marathon (26.2 miles).

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Yesterday I ran 1.75 miles.

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It’s a long way back.

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“Some day, I’ll fly.  Some day, I’ll soar.

Some day, I’ll be something much more.”

‘Cuz I’m BIGGER than my body gives me credit for!

🙂

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Mormon women posing nude?! Come on ya’ll, that’s super crude!

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There is a new photography collection by artist Katrina Barker Anderson of Mormon women posing nude (google at your own risk, which some of you will because you’re pervs).  It’s done in the name of the women reclaiming themselves from a culture of shame about their bodies.  Come on, ya’ll.  I know you have good intentions, but that is ridiculous.  Posing NAKED?!  How are your children gonna feel knowing there are naked pictures of their mothers online? (hint: super awkward).  Listen, the female body is beautiful and divine.  Yes, throughout history there has been shaming of women’s bodies and sexuality.  These types of behaviors and attitudes are unacceptable.  But that does NOT mean ya gotta show us all you got!  Because it’s sacred, keep it covered (except for yourself and for your husband, who will totally love it!).  Not because it’s ugly or shameful, but because it’s personal!  Goolly, this REALLY is inappropriate (understatement).  Go on and say I’m judgmental if you’d like.  Some of you undoubtedly will, and that’s ok.  But an exhibit of Mormon women posing naked?  No way, Jose.  I’m not saying it’s pornography, but I AM saying that it’s extremely inappropriate.

Oh, and if any men deem this collection to be wrong, the artist and her models will cry of oppressive patriarchy.  So take it from a fellow Mormon woman:

                            PUT SOME CLOTHES ON!

And when in recent history has something good coming of posing nude? Pretty much NEVER.  Some of you might say, “but it’s art!”  That’s a slippery slope, and I really believe we’d all do well to avoid it.  Taking naked pictures of yourself is never a good idea, ESPECIALLY in our digital age.

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You can be pretty and feminine and STILL keep your clothes on.  I am living proof of that 🙂

(hope that doesn’t sound too terribly cocky!)

Mormon women posing nude?

Come on ya’ll, that’s SUPER crude!

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Another Violent Brick in the Wall.

“Home Alone” is a lot more violent than I remember (and than is necessary).

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I HATE violence with a passion.

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Oh, and I got my title from this classic Pink Floyd song:

music starts at 2:17ish…

and now lemme rewrite the lyrics to fit this post!

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We don’t need no altercations….

We don’t need no violent throws…

Hey! 

Kevin! 

Leave them thieves alone!

All in all, you’re just a kid home alone.

🙂

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