Monthly Archives: February 2014

Be careful in how you use the name of God.

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One of the 10 commandments of Judaism/ Christianity is “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God in vain” (see Exodus 20:7). This means that when we speak of deity (God, Jesus Christ), we do so reverently and respectfully. It certainly does not mean we never use the word(s), but we do so carefully, as the language is very sacred.

I am a believer (duh). Therefore, I take this commandment very seriously. I feel grateful that it’s never been a problem for me: I grew up in a home (and a Church!) where we were taught from a very young age to not use the name of God casually. It’s never been a temptation for me.

However, as we all know, other people do not always have the same views/ standards as us (that’s not self-righteous!). Naturally, I’ve heard other people speak these exclamations where they use the name of divinity. I do not (necessarily) think these individuals are bad people, but still their words deeply offend me. I often struggle about whether or not to bring it to their attention and politely ask them to stop.

I am not a prude. I don’t swear (except on very, very rare occasions- not that I’m proud of it). Still, hearing the Lord’s name taken in vain is more offensive to me than virtually any other obscenity I know of. It hurts that much.

I would like to think that even if I did not believe in God or I thought religion was all just a bunch of quack, I would be respectful of spiritual folks by not making casual exclamations (at least not in their presence) with the name of common deity.

What are YOUR experiences/ thoughts on this topic?

PS. It goes without saying that I would ask any/ all of my friends to respect my beliefs enough to not do this kind of thing (at least not where I can see/ hear it). Thanks! ❤ K

PS.  Here is Pentatonix doing a cleaned-up version of Usher’s song OMG.  Not only does it avoid taking the Lord’s name in vain, but it also omits other parts of the song that are less than G-rated.  Love these guys! (and sooooo good in concert!)


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How do you express your pain, but not complain?


Everyone experiences tough stuff (duh a million times). But how much is it acceptable/ desirable to talk to other people about it? Hmm, not sure. Check it:

No one likes a whiner. Being negative is unproductive and annoying. Talking about his punk sons Laman and Lemuel, the Book of Mormon figure Lehi refers to this activity as “murmuring,” which is basically just griping and groaning and being a downer. Not a good response to dealing with your inner turmoil. Nope. Not at all.

But it’s not healthy to keep all of our uncomfortable feelings inside, either. If we do, they get bottled up, and then we either dramatically explode (figuratively) or continue to be weighed down by ever increasing emotional baggage. So it’s important to let it out sometimes, know what I’m sayin’?

It’s a crazy balancing act, and I sure as heck haven’t nailed it (yet?).


How do you express your pain,
but not complain?

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Some Lessons Learned.

ImageI’m not the biggest Carrie Underwood fan, and I find the following lyrics somewhat cheesy but still soooo incredibly true. Check it:
“There’s some things that I regret,
Some words I wish had gone unsaid,
There’s mistakes that I have made,
Some chances I just threw away

Some pages turned, some bridges burned,
but there were LESSONS LEARNED!

Definitely 🙂

Even President Hinckley reflects on lessons he’s learned:

What lessons have YOU learned?

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Katherine: My tongue will tell the anger of my heart…

ImageMy tongue will tell the anger of my heart,

or else my heart, concealing it, will break.”

-Katherine (from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew)

Say what you need to say!!

I love, love, LOVE that this was spoken by another Katherine.  And it perfectly expresses what I’ve always believed:  how incredibly important it is to speak, to communicate, your true feelings.  This idea is one of my core values, it is at the foundation of my identity.  Thanks, Shakespeare, for writing something so beautifully and exquisitely true.  You rock.

My tongue will tell the anger of my heart,

or else my heart, concealing it, will break…

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Getting away with murder.

Getting away with murder.

getting away with murder Papa RoachI came out of the library and saw the officer putting a ticket on my windshield (didn’t pay the meter).  Time to turn up the charm 🙂  And guess what?  IT WORKED!  No ticket for me.  And he gave me some job leads!



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Be grateful for the gospel. Lot of people through history would have given all they had for it..


“[E]mperors and philosophers would have given a king’s ransom for what God has offered freely in our time.”

Dieter Uchtdorf

Um, not tryin’ to guilt trip anyone or be this crazy zealot, but do we recognize how incredibly blessed we are to have the gospel? Just sayin’

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Michelle Obama and the right to bare arms.

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The best thing about first lady Michelle Obama is her toned triceps and buff biceps. 






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Let me take some of the punches for you tonight.

You don’t have to put up a fight

You don’t have to always be right

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                                          Let me take some of the punches for you tonight.


Sometimes you can’t make it on your own…

(and that’s okay)

“You don’t have to go it alone.”

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The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.


I am an artist

I need to create

And President U says

this is a Godly trait!

“The desire to create is one of the

deepest yearnings of the human soul.”

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

desire to create one of the deepest yearnings lds Dieter Uchtdorf

What do YOU create?

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Mormons aren’t forced to obey anything their leaders say. So your talk is pretty cheap if you imply we’re mindless sheep.


It REALLY bothers me when someone says, implies, thinks, or in any way insinuates that Mormons are controlled by our leaders (whom we often refer to as The Brethren).  Yes, we accept their counsel as divinely inspired, but we are NOT forces to obey (or even believe!) anything at all.  The principle of agency is foundational to the Latter-day Saint theology.  Consequently, we are free to choose what we say, do, and believe.  So don’t go thinking or saying that our leaders control us.  That.  Is.  Not.  The.  Case.  Sound good?  Perfect! <3

Mormons aren’t forced to obey

anything their leaders say. 

So your talk is pretty cheap

if you imply we’re mindless sheep. 

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Quiet Your Mind

“If you’re too busy talking

you’re not busy listening

to hear what the land has to say.”

ImageQuiet your mind.

(nature is conducive to spirituality)

This song is pristine, beautiful and clear.  I’ll never forget when I heard it live…

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“I’m spiritual, but not religious.” Say what?!

Concerning their personal belief system, many people today say, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.” While I always try my best to respect other viewpoints, truthfully I think this is a cop-out, and a silly one at that.

Being religious simply means acknowledging the reality of God, both in the world and in one’s own life. A religious person does not have to be strictly orthodox to any particular doctrine or sect. A religious person can be non-denominational. A religious person does not even have to be Christian. But what the heck does being “spiritual, but not religious” even mean? You believe in spirits? Like ghosts? I don’t understand.

Perhaps some use this cliche because they are afraid of sounding like a heathen otherwise. But one doesn’t have to be religious to be a good person of upstanding morals.

Claiming to be spiritual, but not religious

Is very confusing and ambiguous.

Not tryin’ to demean

Just don’t know what that means!

What do YOU think?

*I don’t love this song. It’s too weird for me.  But I had to include it for the title.  Oh, and John Mayer co-wrote it.  🙂


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I’ve got the world on a string…but it broke :/


I yearn to make music

I just wanna sing

But sadly I can’t

‘cuz I just broke a string!

; /


Guess it’s time for some new strings!


PS.  I am in love with this song.  The theme of setting out on one’s own, being brave, and jumping into the unknown really resonates with me, especially right now!  A young woman, with no master plan but still a hopeful heart, trying to “finding her missing piece.”  Leave it to the incredible Miranda to articulate how I feel.

I guess if you don’t jump

you’ll never know if you can fly!


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Now I really need to get my guitar restrung!


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Brad ain’t just a fad. I’m crazy for Paisley!

ImageMany of the biggest names in music today are overrated (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, etc.). But every now and then, a very famous artist deserves every bit of attention and praise that he/she gets.  Case in point: Brad Paisley


Brad is an incredible musician: he can shred a guitar to pieces AND he’s an excellent songwriter and lyricist (great with the wordplay). And he’s REALLY funny (see above right for just one example where he’s poking fun at Zac Brown) . He’s a good family guy, seems really down to earth, is scandal free, is extremely diverse, and puts on a great show (my first real concert!). There’s a reason Mr. Paisley‘s been around for a while and still going strong.


Oh yeah, and he’s HOT!  What woman isn’t jealous of his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley?? (if you don’t already know it, google their love story.  It will make you melt!)  And he’s a daddy, which is so incredibly attractive.  Get this:  one of his sons is named Huckleberry (Huck for short).  Cuuuuuute!


This is a song of his that I’ve been into lately.  It ROCKS!

                                                                                     Brad ain’t just a fad.

And I’m crazy for Paisley!


And he has some awesome friends…



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