“And all saints who..walk in obedience to the commandments shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures”
-Doctrine & Covenants 89: 18-19
“In the quiet heart is hidden, sorrow that the eye can’t see.”
-Lord, I would follow thee (Hymn # 220)
What things do YOU have hidden?
The $2.5 million fine imposed on disgraced racist Donald Sterling is very troubling. The fact that the dollar amount is a drop in the bucket for a filthy rich coward is of no relevance.
And don’t you DARE accuse me of defending or condoning this man.
Freedom of speech, anyone??
“I disapprove of what you say,
but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Even abhorrent racists
have a right to freedom of speech.
“For they [the Anti-Nephi-Lehites] became a righteous people, for they did lay down their weapons of rebellion.”
-Alma 23:7 (in the Book of Mormon)
“We’re gonna get it right if you lay your weapons down.”
What weapons can YOU lay down?
“All seems infected that the infected spy,
As all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.”
(English poet; Father of modern satire)
When your vision is cloudy, it’s near impossible to focus on anything else. It’s hard to be see color when your lenses are stained. When something’s wrong, all seems wrong.
(everything comes back to “The Yellow Wallpaper”)
“I am beautiful because I’m not afraid to answer the front door without makeup.”
-Kath Wilk (ME!)
“Your beauty’s deeper than the makeup.”
-Hunter Hayes (my latest obsession)
This is for the campaign I was part of a few years ago for BYU Women’s Services and resources.
YOU DON’T NEED MAKEUP TO BE BEAUTIFUL, LADIES!
(but still, I deeply ❤ it)
“I loved you, gray sweatpants, no makeup.”
-J. Mayer (who else?)
PS. After reviewing this post, I realize I have 3 pictures of myself. That’s kind of a lot. Sorry if this seems vain. But whatevz, it is my blog after all.
“And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things…”
(Doctrine & Covenants 59:21)
No offense to any Blogspot users out there, but WordPress is seriously superior!
And I had a blogspot blog once upon a time, so I’m not just speculating!
Don’t slog when writing a blog.
Use the best; use WordPress!
“At some point, ignorance becomes sin.”
Ruminate on that a bit
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to Seattle to see a debate about a proposed $15 minimum wage. On the opposing side was none other than Ben Shapiro, one of the smartest young Americans today, and a rising voice in conservatism. Orthodox Jew, Harvard Law Grad, 30, host of a veeeery entertaining and educational talk show, and just overall brilliant mind. And look, I got to meet him!
And he’s hilarious.
PS. Don’t judge my bare shoulders!
Gotta get it all in before becoming a VIP temple girl.
“So what? So I got a smile on. It’s hiding the quiet superstition of my head.”
“In the quiet heart is hidden sorrow that the eye can’t see.”
-Lord, I would Follow Thee (Hymn #220)
There’s pain behind the smile,
but I’ll hide it for a while.
When has YOUR smile lied?
“When faith is your foundation, nothing can crumble.”
-Hunter Hayes (musical genius and wildly poetic songwriter)
“And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation.., a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.”
-Helaman 5:12 (in the Book of Mormon)
How firm is YOUR foundation?
ZBB has an album called “The Foundation.”
And as a makeup aficionado,
I gotta say that my personal favorite cosmetic foundation is BB cream.
Build your foundation on faith
Build you foundation on Christ
You can have needs without being needy.
“Man shall not live by bread alone.”
What are YOUR needs?
(emotional, physical, spiritual, social, intellectual, etc?)
“It’s such a waste to grow up lonely.”
“My loneliness is killing me.”
“Sometimes when I’m lonely, don’t know why
Keep thinking I won’t be lonely, by and by.”
I won’t be lonely forever.
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
Eye of a needle?
Eye of the tiger!
PS. I’ve heard that famous scripture is often taken out of context and misinterpreted. Any of my friends know anything about that?
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are studying the Old Testament in Sunday School this year. You know, like how Moses delivered the children of Israel, and then they wandered through the desert for 40 years? Yep, that story.
As you may recall, the Israelites ate manna on their journey. Manna is a grain that fell from the sky. It’s how they sustained themselves in the wilderness. Probably not the tastiest food known to man, but it’s still hecka cool that they got their nourishment in such a fantastical way, dontcha think?
Cloudy with a chance of Manna.
Now I just wish I could have a MANna fall from the sky for me!
Century Link is ripping me off.
And it’s REALLY p*ssing me off.
(sorry for the pseudo-swear!)
*learning to take better records
*don’t be so quick to pay
*research, research, research
*this too, shall pass
you Really Stink!
“No man liveth unto himself; no man dieth unto himself.”
-Romans 14:7 (in the New Testament in the Bible)
“No man is an island.”
-John Donne (English metaphysical poet)
“You hold in your hands the happiness of more people than you can now imagine.”
-Elder Henry Eyring (1st counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
You affect other people.
No [wo]man is an island.
I think it’s only fitting I write a post about Easter:
“Anyone can be sentimental about about the nativity; any fool can feel like a Christian at Christmas. But Easter is the main event; if you don’t believe in the resurrection, you’re not a believer.
“If you don’t believe in Easter, don’t kid yourself—don’t call yourself a Christian.”
-Owen Meany (from John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany”)
I believe in Christ.
And I believe in the literal resurrection.
[Men] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…
Rights do NOT spring from government. If they did, govt. could take them away as easily as they gave them.
True rights (none of this birth control crap) spring from something deeper.
They are born of a higher source.
They come from God.
PS. The spring daffodils do not quite mesh with my decidedly Fall outfit. But that’s alright.
A Sonnet on Sandra Fluke:
makes me wanna PUKE!
Birth control is not a right
so please give up your silly fight!
There’s nothing that we’re denying you
Just refuse to ever be buying you
something you can get on your own.
I mean, you ARE an adult, you’re fully grown
So find a way to pay for sex
Just don’t go using anyone else’s checks
Stop this “war on women” rhetoric
It’s asinine and makes me sick.
So find a new hobby, get a new goal
‘cuz we AIN’T PAYING FOR YOUR BIRTH CONTROL!
“Don’t you think we oughta know by now?
“And if any man think that he knoweth any thing,
he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.”
-1st Corinthians 8:2
“You should never argue with a crazy mi, mi, mi, mind.
You oughta know by now.”
.”You, you, you oughta know!”
By the way, that first lyric of John’s is from his simultaneously gut-wrenching and incredibly sexy “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room.” Think it’s a coincidence that I chose a picture with fire in the background? Only in your dreams..
Just THOUGHT YOU OUGHT TO KNOW!
What is the purpose of religion?
Is it to qualify and prepare us for the next life,
or is it to refine and guide us in this one?
(Temporal salvation vs. Eternal Salvation)
“Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”
-Thomas S. Monson
(President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
“No problem justifies your mistreatment of another human being.”
And soooooo true!
Problems never trump people.
It’s important to research out critical issues (duh). But I don’t believe you have to be an expert at something to have an opinion about it. Some may accuse you of being unqualified to make a commentary about something unless you’ve completely immersed yourself in the details, but I don’t think that is always true.
For example, I HATE “50 Shades of Gray.” I’ve never read it, nor will I ever read it. But I say that with no hesitation (read my post if you’re interested in why).
What do ya’ll think? How much do you have to be versed in something to have an opinion about it?
“Avoid the appearance of evil” (Thessalonians 5:22)
PS. By the way, I do think that MOST of the time, you gotta know your stuff really well to establish your credibility and lend validity to your argument. Don’t accuse me of not being into that. I’ve written enough college essays to know you gotta back up your stuff with evidence.
BUUUUT sometimes something is so awful and such a turn-off that you don’t have to be incredibly familiar with it to know its trash.
It takes a lot to ignite the wrath of Kath.
But if you DO ignite, get ready for a fight!
Read here about how
I don’t let anyone insult me
Everybody’s just a stranger
but that’s the danger
of going my own way…
I guess it’s the price I have to pay
I’ve heard “Why Georgia” about a million times (hyperbole!), but last week, this line struck me like never before. I have come a long way, but still I don’t have everything quite right in this new life I’ve chosen for myself. I am making friends, but I’m still alone. I’m still surrounded by strangers. Or maybe I’m the stranger. John Mayer was lonely and felt out of place when he first moved to Georgia. I now know how he feels.
Moving to Salt Lake City was an exciting, brave decision, and I’m so glad I chose it. But it certainly comes at a cost. Crafting a new life with new people can be terribly lonely. And I feel that loneliness a lot. It’s palpable. I hope that it will all be worth this initial feeling of being an outsider. I hope that I will create my circle of support, but there’s no way to know for certain. So for now, I’m taking it day by day and celebrating the progress I’ve made so far. Still, I am a stranger here. And still, I am often painfully lonely.
I wonder sometimes about the outcome
” I’m Ready for Christ”
by Katherine Anne
I need something deeper, I want something more
Wanna understand what I’ve been preparing for
I’ve had enough baby food, I’ve since grown some teeth
I’ve drunk enough milk, so bring on the meat
Moses’ way sufficed for the day
but it was always preparatory to the ultimate glory
What I desire is a law so much higher
to be quite concise:
I’m ready for Christ.
Mark Twain left an indelible influence on American culture (duh). His legacy is most evident in THE great American novel “Huck Finn,” which was, among other things, a bitter satire against slavery. Twain dedicated his life to exposing the injustices of the institution and working to dissuade the public against practicing/ supporting it.
As admirable as he was, Twain was not without his vices. For one thing, he was far from a kind person. Indeed, he could best be described as a harsh pessimist (though I personally find this trait of his to be endearing). And, to get even more specific, Twain was not a big fan of those dang Mormons. He even went so far as to say that the Book of Mormon “is chloroform in print.”
There are certain individuals, works of literature, and overall influences where we can take what we want and leave the rest. We can filter that which we believe from that which we don’t.
What are your partial influences?
From what imperfect sources do you draw some measure of inspiration (even if disagree on some things)?
“As long as sadness is being cultivated, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sadness can be progress.”
“By the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.”
“I’ll make the most of all the sadness.”
It’s not always bad
to feel like you’re sad
of plucking your eyebrows!
It may sound a little silly, but plucking those bad boys just can instantly make you look and feel more polished and feminine.
Eyebrows are a topic to which I have given a LOT of thought throughout my years. Will write more later…
PS. Look at brave I am for posting such close up pictures of myself where I’m dressed really scrub. I’m cool like that.
One night a couple of weeks ago, I hit Smith’s to stock up on food. And my cashier’s name was Anthony! It’s like the Billy Joel song “Moving Out:”
“Anthony works at a grocery store,
saving his pennies for someday…”
I sang it to him, but he didn’t think it was as clever as I did.
That happens to me a lot.
My stupid mouth.
In this past General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said that “love is to be our watchword.” He most certainly was absolutely correct in this (duh), but I would like to take it a step further to articulate my own personal watchword.
I cannot pick just one. I can’t. But here goes: My watchwords are:
1) kindness/ understanding
2) expression/ creativity
3) beauty/ humor
What are YOUR watchwords?
What words articulate what you believe?
In this past General Conference, Elder Ballard asked that we make a renewed effort to refer to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by its full name (as I just so obediently did 🙂 ). We’ve heard this before, but, as was the topic of his address, we were admonished to follow through with this counsel.
Truthfully, I felt a bit daunted. I mean, it’s a long name! But, as you might have noticed from some of my recent posts, I’ve been doing what Elder Ballard asked.
I recently spoke to a man a bit about my faith. He asked if I attended a church. I responded that I did, and then told him that I am a member of “TCOJCOLDS” (I had to abbreviate cuz I’m tired!). And guess what? He said, “That’s a beautiful name. I love that it has “Jesus Christ” in the title.” SAWEEEET!
Follow the prophet(s), ya’ll.
They know their stuff.
Gotta follow through
on what the Brethren say to do!
“I still count on one hand
the number of good men I know.”
“We must be men that women can trust,
that children can trust,
and that God can trust.”
-Elder D. Todd Christofferson
(of the Quorum of the 12 of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Fathers, be good to your daughters, please.
For my male readers/ friends,
I beg of you to be good men.
❤ Katherine Anne
The gospel is not weight.
It is wings.
(First Counselor in the LDS General Primary Presidency)
Some of the most beautiful words
I have ever heard
There is nothing inherently moral about government (quite the opposite is often true, in my opinion). History is replete with tyrannical governments violating basic human dignities. To try to justify something as ethically acceptable simply because it is legal is dangerously absurd.
There is a higher law. There is a natural law. And, I’m not afraid to say, there is a God.
By the way, I am NOT suggesting that laws of the land aren’t important. Nope. No way. One of the articles of faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says “we believe in…honoring, obeying, and sustaining the law” (source). Buuuuuuut, when people try to justify heinous acts (such as abortion) as okay because it’s legal in our country, they fail to recognize (among other things) how many times we’ve gotten it wrong before. Something being written into law is a terrible measurement of if something is morally conscionable or not.
There is nothing inherently moral about government.
There is a higher law.
In His most painful hour in the garden, Jesus desperately needed His friends. And yet, failing to comprehend the gravity of His despair, they slept through His excruciating undertaking. These otherwise good men had no malice in their hearts, and yet they were thoughtless of their Lord when He needed them most.
(begin at 2:50)
Is there someone in agony who needs YOU to be awake
as a source of comfort and strength?
“O, that ye would awake; awake from a deep sleep!” (2nd Nephi 1:13)
Don’t fall asleep
when someone needs you awake.
PS. I realize I’ve been posting quite a few pictures of myself lately where I’m crying. It’s true that I use tears to express emotion-namely sadness. But don’t worry, I’m happy a lot of the time, too! See, look:
“Stay foolish, stay hungry.”
“He hath filled the hungry with good things.”
In my BYU freshman college writing class, I wrote an essay analyzing biblical themes in the relatively obscure (but still awesome!) U2 song “Window in the Skies.” Some people thought I was weird and should have just written about a book like most everyone else did. But now I see how that simply presaged what I do now all the time: identify and analyze Christian/ religious imagery in sooooo much popular music. Cool!
1. What habits did you start early?
2. What have you always had a knack for/ interest in that has carried through the years?
PS. I’ll dig through my mounds of junk and try to find that paper!
PPS. I did get an A on it. 🙂