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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