Tag Archives: Christ

Sweet the sin, bitter the taste in my mouth…

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I see seven towers.

But I only see one way out.

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~U2

This song is about a woman seeking recovery from a heroine addiction.  Bono has expressed that he thought the phrase “Running to Stand Still” (the title of this particular song) aptly described the struggle of an addict trying to battle such a powerful drug. 

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Storey Time

ImageChris was the Elder’s Quorum President in my LDS Singles’ Ward.

ImageIf one were to add a T to the end of his first name, one wouldn’t be far off.

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Congrats to him and to his lovely fiancee!ImageIt’s a love STOREY…

and baby she said yes!

 ImageOh, and just one final plug for CS:  he and I both enjoy the music/ poetry/ quasi revelation of this man right here:

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CS

CS Lewis!

I’m out…

🙂

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Even Great Artists

ImageNEED A STYLIST!     Image“This is NOT an outfit (picked out) by committee, people.”

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And now I’m about to say something that

I often wish I could shout fiddle from the rooftops.

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Are you listening?

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Okay, here I go:

 

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“I DON’T ANSWER TO ANYBODY,

AND IT’S A LOVELY, LOVELY FEELING!”

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There are of course limits to this philosophy, because I do represent Christ,

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I believe that women can be sexy,

but also ought to maintain class and (line of) propriety,

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and also I am a role model.

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But still “I do what I want!”

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Katherine, get back to John Mayer…

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Read more here about the concert that LITERALLY(!) changed my life…

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(more to come on Johnny’s brilliant monologue/idea)

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And now Lightn’ing strikes for that thunderbolt of blasphemy

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for comparing myself to one of the greatest guitarists/poets of all time…

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But allow me to quote from him once again:

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“I LOOK GOOD CUZ I FEEL GOOD!”

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🙂

4 John Mayer lyrics/links/quotations in one post.  Excellent job, sweet self…

Oh, yah, not only do KW and JM share fashion blunders, we also share writing blunders.  Check it out here. 

PS.  Even if your outfits are occasionally a little whacky, you can still be as cool as me.

“It’s true.  It’s true.  I choose you! (says Sara Bareilles). 

To have an awesome day!

Now GO!

Go fall in love.

Go change the world.

Go help an old lady move.

Go help her carry her groceries.

Go clean your car, (that’s what I need to do).

I need to go do my hair, and a few other things…

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I.  Choose.  You. 

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I’m smart, but not THAT smart…

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A few days ago I received an email from someone who said (among other things), “you just write like you are too smart.”  Um, thanks?  Anyways, it made me think about the diversity of topics I cover, and I can understand that some may assume that Katherine is just trying to flaunt her knowledge because she’s sad that she hasn’t gotten eyelash extensions lately, isn’t yet married or something like that.  So here’s what I’ve come up with:

THE PERCEPTION OF KATHERINE’S KNOWLEDGE

MAY NOT BE 100% ACCURATE!

This theorem consists of 2 sub-postulates:

1)  I may not be as intelligent as this blog may give the impression.

2)  I am not as much of a media/(pop) culture junkie as this blog might make it seem.

Yes, both of those points are true.  It’s just that I have a painfully sharp memory (for good and for bad), and there’s not much that escapes my steel trap.  Also, I’ve done an excellent (though not perfect) job of keeping journals, music, pictures, articles, and other influences that are now part of the culmination of this blog experience.  So even if something did slip from my mind, I have it elsewhere to re-insert into my cranium.

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As far as further inspiration goes, of course I wish to partake of film, literature, occasional television, music, journalism, and art.  But I also know that I need to pace myself, and that I cannot ever consume it all (don’t want to, anyways!).  Eternity is a long time; I can catch up on that Audrey Hepburn special I missed if I don’t get to it now, know what I mean?

Plus, I know that no matter what good influences I fill my soul with, I MUST leave room in my Christmas inn (don’t miss that Biblical allusion please!) for the most important:

Where is the wisdom in all this knowledge?

Where is the knowledge in all this information?

-James Faust

Read the whole talk here: 

“You got so much to do, and only so many hours in a day.”

     ~Billy Joel

READERS:  Don’t feel overwhelmed if you can’t make it to every professional development conference, read every book, or catch every episode of your favorite TV show (hopefully it’s uplifting and not complete filth.).  Work hard, but also remember to try to keep some sort of balance.  Eternity is a long time.

Good problem to have…

Back to work now…

🙂

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A guest poet!

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The following poem is written by my friend Mackenzie.  She is a good friend who likes to write poetry (obviously!), prepare for  her upcoming LDS mission, and rock out in the car with me to Kelly Clarkson.  This poem is a beautiful expression of her trials, but also her faith.  I publish this with her permission.

Much Longer

I can’t do it any other way unless the Lord is on my side

In this small peep-hole my life seems like a long ride

I need to trust my faith when all else is failing me

Trying to envision just who God wants me to be

If in failing I lose all sense of self, I know God will be my spiritual wealth

I’m so many broken pieces learning to find my way

But with the Lord on my side, I can never go astray

I need to get my license, that broken piece chips my eye

So many unneedful crystal clear tears that I cry

I want to serve the Lord, that broken piece chips my aching heart

With my faith in all sorts of parts

How much longer will my confidence sink?

This life goes by in such a blink

I need to build up a light around me so that darkness cannot succeed

Christ’s light is what I thirst, it’s what I need

Wow!  Nothing I could say would do this poem justice, so I’ll just let it speak for itself.  Love you, Kenz!

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August 11, 2013 · 2:54 am

My list of countries is so long that they won’t all fit in one screenshot.

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Good problem to have, I’d say.

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SOME MONEY SO FAR…but not a ton 🙂

Don’t want to get into that whole pride cycle thing described in the Book of Mormon.  Although I AM already a Lamanite, right?

I WANT YOU TO BE PART OF MY BLOG!  I am all about collaboration: musical, writing, business, product review, food, sharing of religious beliefs, etc.  No promises, but as long as I feel like it represents myself, my family, my friends, and the Lord well, I’m up to discuss it.  Dead serious.  katherineannewilkinson@gmail.com

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The gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone.

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It’s not just those crazy stories about porn addict turns temple president  (We ain’t all Saul-to-Paul or Alma the Younger gets a rude awakening). It’s for people like me: Miss Mormon girl to the max, does everything right and keeps all the rules, and life falls apart at 25.  No matter who you are, no matter your situation, you can rise out of the ashes, find meaning, and be happy.  If you’re interested, you can chat with missionaries here.  Or just email/comment if you wanna talk.  Dead serious.

katherineannewilkinson@gmail.com

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Every once in a while, the experience is BETTER than the myth.

Example: Car Salesperson
Myth:
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Experience:
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This is Kenneth Christofferson (along with his lovely wife Leslie).  He was my LDS bishop and continues to be a great friend and father figure to me and to countless others.  This man’s name is no coincidence-he is a Christlike person who defies all stereotypes of the sketchy car-salesman.  Bishop Christofferson has helped me out of many a bind, both spiritual and physical (you better believe he’s helped me more than once with my car!).  He works at Ken Garff Chevrolet in American Fork, Utah (Ken works for Ken!).  If you are in the market for a new car, check them out!  http://www.kengarffchevrolet.com/
And yes, I got his full permission for this post.  And no, he’s not paying me. 🙂
Readers!
 Who do YOU know that shatters negative stereotypes?
And who do you know who confirms stereotypes that writers are a little goofy?
holding grudges over love is ancient artifacts…

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“I will stand as a WITNESS of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places.”

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This was a significant part of the theme I would state every Sunday in Young Women’s.  It comes from this passage in the Book of Mormon.

I am not an official spokesperson or representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  (But check out more about Michael Otterson here-he’s one of my absolute faves!)  But I still do believe it is important (AND GREATLY DESIRE!) to stand as a witness of God, even, and especially when it comes to this blog.

Now I am not perfect by any stretch.

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Yes!  (hard to believe I know…)

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(“um,” I will continue, thanks John…)

And is there sometimes a bit of possible tension between my 3 fold identity of Mormon, woman, and human?

Absolutely. 

But has there ever been a clash that I believe could hurt the image of the Church or cause major confusion?

No. 

And if there ever was, I don’t believe I would expose it, at least not completely.

Plus it’s not like I’m super famous anyways so even if I did I’m not sure anyone would care.  🙂

I’m only one voice in a million, but you ain’t takin’ that from me!

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(in case you are too lazy/prideful to click on that above link,

it is from this waving woman…)

ANYWAYS, just wanted to express that I am conscious of the fact that this blog in some small way represents not only myself, not only my family, not only my friends, not only the LDS Church, but also Christ himself.

Is that blasphemous or arrogant?  No way, Jose.  Peace out!

PS.  I’d give my bangs (first picture!) a B+ that day.

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READERS!

What are you a witness of?

And please don’t stop reading my blog because I

ended that last sentence with a preposition…

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Not as bad as it sounds…

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I have compared this blog to Christ.  That may sound a bit sacriligious, but just a minute, let me explain before you excommunicate me.  First of all, my discovery of identity (as articulated in my core beliefs) does not replace my faith.  It merely enhances and diversifies my character.  So yes I still believe in the literal Christ.  However, this blog has given me freedom, expression, joy, and immortality. And it helped rescue me from a dark place.  Does that not sound like Christ?  So I think I’m safe from the thunderbolts of blasphemy 🙂

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Sneak Peak of Bobby, Tasha, and Kate’s music video: “Ring Them Bells”

Writer:  Bob Dylan

Singer:  Natasha Bedingfield

(Lip) Singer/Actress:  Katherine Anne Wilkinson

#this is what I do when I’m bored.  Come be bored with me and we’ll do it together.  Dead serious.  If you’re nice I might let you choose the song…

#someday will be in a real music video perhaps

#song is TOTES about Christ/salvation/all that good stuff

#that dress is my “prison” dress, and am wearing pretty shimmery copper eyeshadow

#song later mentions “Catherine.”  To hear Miss Bedingfield sing my name is heaven…

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Not a Black (name) Tag, but a Blog Tag

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I did not serve a full-time mission for my church.  At one point I was planning on it and even bought a bunch of cute clothes, and we all know that’s the most important part about being a missionary right? 🙂  Some days I so badly wish I had, while other days I feel more confident about my decision not to.  But it’s all good, cuz guess what?  I can use this blog to share what I believe!  It is not my primary purpose in writing and not every post deals with it, but it is a part of who I am, and I wish to share it with others who may be interested in learning ways that they can be happy and have a relationship with God.

Our church leaders recently announced a major change in some of the policies concerning how missionary work would go about.  The LDS Church always has the same purpose of bringing people to Christ, but now there is huge push to utilize technology and social media to be more efficient and user-friendly.  You no longer have to have 2 missionaries come into your home (although you can if you want to) to ask questions.  You can do it online here.  It doesn’t matter if your room is a mess.  You can even do it in your underwear!  Haha.  So maybe I didn’t have a black tag, but I have a “missionary work” blog tag.  Click on it if you want to learn more.  Don’t worry, we won’t dunk you (baptism!) right away 🙂

Oh, and as always you can shoot me an email at anytime if you have any questions:

katherineannewilkinson@gmail.com

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This blog has been a long time coming, yes it has (been in my figurative womb for 25 years!)  It’s kinda like trying to write that perfect song that you just KNOW you have in you somehow.  It just can be hard to reach that place of inspiration….Sure, I’ve had blogs before.  I had a fashion blog.  I had a happiness blog.  I had a church-stuff blog.  I had a regular blog. They weren’t terrible.  They were good stepping stones.  The Law of Moses.  But I was ready for something more.  Gotta step on up that ladder of success.  Gotta crawl before you can fly.  Gotta be in low-budget films before you get that Oscar-winning role, know what I mean?  Now, I don’t know if I’ll ever win an Oscar.  Scratch that, I DO know that I will NEVER win an Oscar.  I wouldn’t mind winning a Webby.:)  But that prob won’t happen.  And that’s okay.  But either way, I don’t want any more baby food.  I got my big girl teeth now.  I’m ready for meat.  I want the higher law.  I want Christ.  The real deal:  and this blog is it.  And I’m JUST.  GETTING. STARTED.

Core Beliefs:  Beauty, humor, expression, creativity, kindness, understanding, Christ

ALL OF THEM BABY!

Think I found my sweet spot, ya’ll….

Love is a temple.  Love is the higher law.

~U2

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July 28, 2013 · 3:31 am

Has-Been…

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How bout we take that feeling of being a ‘has been” and turn it into a has been? (made it up, yes).  Has been-ception, if you will…

Most of us have heard the following quote:  “The best is yet to come.”

I used to roll my eyes and write that off as just a stupid pep talk.  And maybe it is.  But maybe it’s true.  I wanna  find out…what about you?

Core beliefs:  Christ, kindness, expression, beauty

What a drag to say.  “At least I still got yesterday.”

~John Mayer

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Temple

I am excited to be a VIP temple member in the not too distant future, but I get really hot and sweat through lots of layers 😦  I’ve heard you get used to it though, and there’s a ton of other cool stuff in the temple!    #wish i was back in Fiji    #you can wear flip flops to the temple on the IslandsImage
core beliefs:  humor, expression,  beauty, Christ

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The Scream

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Sadly, this famous painting by Edvard Munch captures the general feeling/ psyche/uncertainty/insecurity/depression/ spirituality/ identity/crisis of many people not only of the time when it was painted at the turn of the 19th century, but also of many people today in 2013.  There have been times in my own life when I could photoshop my own face into that distorted figure and call it a self-portrait.  So what is to be done? No easy answer, but here’s a thought: no matter your religion/ beliefs/ camp/political leaning, let’s at least try to show some love, respect, and kindness to try and ease that feeling a little.  And maybe sometimes we can dance in the parking lot 🙂

dance party

Core beliefs: kindness, Christ, expression, beauty, humor

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