Monthly Archives: March 2014

Please still respect the Mormon Church, even if I say something that makes me sound like a jerk!

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Dear friends (particularly friends who are not of my faith),

       I write a lot about my beliefs (duh, duh, duh). Political, religious, social, artistic, etc. I think that most of you probably know this, but in case you don’t, let me kindly inform you that the LDS Church is non-partisan. It is true that the majority of Mormons (myself included) identify as conservative, but we are NOT told who to vote for, or what specific policies/ideologies to accept. Nope, nope, nope.

     So if I ever say something out of line (and heaven knows it’s happened), please do not let it be a reflection on the Church as a whole. I try my best, but, contrary to some people’s beliefs, I’m not perfect . Don’t let a silly comment from one Mormon girl color your views of the whole faith. Just don’t, ok? Thanks!

And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God.

Title page of the Book of Mormon

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Please still respect the Mormon Church,

even if I say something that makes me a jerk!

🙂

my stupid mouth

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Speak softly and carry a big stick.

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When it comes to conversing/ dealing with people who are less than amicable, particularly enemies of the faith, I have adopted and adapted Teddy Roosevelt’s famous philosophy of diplomacy:


“Speak softly, and carry a big stick.”


Yeah, what he said.

 
Killing me SOFTLY!
Speak softly and carry a big stick…

 

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Word searches aren’t just for children.

Finding the right words to perfectly capture your heart or succinctly express a profound truth can be really frustrating sometimes. Add that challenge to trying to make it all clever and witty and refreshingly originally, and you’ve got a real task on your hands!

Word searches aren’t just for children.

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“I used to be the back porch poet 
with my book of lines.
Always knowing I’m probably 
Never gonna find the perfect rhyme.”
-JM


“Waste bin, full of paper
clever rhymes, see ya later!”
-NB

When have YOU had difficulty with words?

 word searches aren’t just for children…

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I wonder sometimes about the outcome…

I wonder sometimes about the outcomeof a still verdict-less life…

Am I living it right?

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still got a pocketful of sunshine, though…

🙂

 

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Should professors promote their publishings? YES!

the glory of God is intelligence

Have you ever asked a professor a question and had he/she refer you to an article/book that he/she had written? Me too. Did you find it a bit self-serving? Me too. But I’ve come to change my view. Check it:

If a scholar has taken the time to research and study out a topic and then write extensively about it (often collaborating with other experts), wouldn’t that answer be better than anything he/she could quickly tell you? Professors, who by the name are academic professionals, needn’t be scoffed at for advocating their published work (within reason). Of course, sometimes it’s a bit about money, but I truly believe that more than anything what it’s really about is knowledge.

What do YOU think?

The glory of God is intelligence, or in other words light and truth… (D&C 93:36)

 

 

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Hooters Restaurant: Sexism Incarnate

Just drove past a Hooters restaurant.

It’s disgusting that we still have such a blatant display of sexism in 2014 America.

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O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…

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The afterlife…what do you think?

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The idea of an afterlife (heaven, hell, etc.) has been around since the beginning of time. Writers, philosophers, and theologians have wondered, postulated, and even prophesied about the state of man in the hereafter.

Many people (myself included) believe that some (profess to) believe in an afterlife as more of a defense mechanism against the harsh reality of death, rather than as an actual conviction. But that’s not why I believe in it 🙂  More to come on this later.

Why do YOU believe (or not believe) in an afterlife?

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting; The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting. And cometh from afar; But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home.”

-William Wordsworth (“Intimations on Immortality”).

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