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Embellishing and exaggerating one’s humanitarian, educational, philanthropic achievements…

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is NOT my cup of tea.

Figuratively or literally.

Let it be known that I DO think that Mr. Mortenson has done some excellent things.

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ImageCONTROVERSY.  OVERSHADOWS.  TALENT.

(click here for an explanation of this ubiquitous

[and sad!] sociological phenomenon)

Sigh.

If you fabricate your facts,

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~Ellie Graham (journalistic boss character from Runaway Bride)

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Oh, and this is tangential, but “Runaway Bride” is one of my favorite films EVER.  If you think it is a mindless chick flick, you are dead wrong!  There is so much thematic substance in it that can relate to everyone.  And I do mean everyone.  Plus it’s funny, clean, short, and has the cute and talented Ms. Julia Roberts!

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But BACK TO YOU (Mr. Greg Mortenson)

(and this applies to everyone else too!)

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Jacob 6:12

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Honest is whatcha gotta be

next time you write a book like “Three Cups of Tea”!

 

More to come on these issues (all of them!).

Much more.

PS.  Go count my references if ya wanna

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A new perspective on Martin Luther

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            In his day, German theologian and philosopher Martin Luther was considered a heretic and a blasphemer.  His ninety-five theses famously nailed to the door of the Wittenburg Church expressed his strong criticisms of the omnipotent Catholic Church, from which Luther eventually broke away.  Luther was further considered even more rebellious when he refused to retract his views, after which he was excommunicated from the Church. 

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           More recently, however, the world has come to think of Luther quite differently.  Obviously, faithful Lutherans thank their founder for the work he did.  One prominent example of a practicing Lutheran was famous American Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., whose parents revered the theologian so much that they named their son after him.  

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           But it isn’t just members of that specific sect of Christianity who are grateful.  Indeed, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also pay tribute to Luther and other participants in the Reformation.  Church leader Dieter Uchtdorf paid homage to Luther in his May General Conference 2008 address “Faith of Our Fathers,” in which he even revealed that he was a distant descendant of Luther. 

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            One of Luther’s most famous doctrine was justification by faith alone.  This differed from the Catholic belief, which was that ordinances, or sacraments, were necessary for salvation.  Although Latter-day Saints revere Luther and view him as a crucial member of the Reformation, their doctrine of salvation is not exactly the same as his was; Mormons believe that faith is absolutely necessary for salvation, but they also believe in saving ordinances, such as baptism and temple rites, as a way to demonstrate that faith.  In this specific way, Mormonism is somewhat of a stepping-stone between Lutheranism and Catholicism.

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          There have been two major films made about Martin Luther.  The first is the 1953 film Martin Luther, which stars Niall MacGinnis and was nominated for two Academy Awards.  The second version is the 2003 MGM film Luther  starring Joseph Fiennes (I highly recommend watching this!), which helps to emphasize the importance of Luther’s translation of the Bible from Latin to German.  Though the Pope and other Catholic leaders considered this controversial and dangerous at the time, eventually, this led to the influence of other translations of sacred text into languages that the common people could read.  This film also shows that Luther observed and hated how Johann Tetzel would sell indulgences, which meant that people could “buy” salvation for deceased loved ones.  Although the Catholic Church as a whole denounces Luther, as evident by his excommunication, many individual members throughout the years and especially today thank Luther for what he has done in helping to expose the problem of the sale of indulgences.   Also, the fact that these films was made at all, in the 20st  and 21st centuries as well, shows that even today, even in America, and even in Hollywood, Luther is still important, still remembered, and still somewhat relevant. 

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          Though Catholic extremists of the day may have once hoped that Martin Luther and his rioutous views would fade away into oblivion, Luther’s influence has lasted long beyond his day.  Not only have Luther’s religious views affected us, his music has stayed with us, too.  Luther’s most famous piece to which he wrote the text, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” is part of the Latter-day Saint hymnbook today. 

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                Overall, Martin Luther has made quite a turn-around from how he was formerly viewed and understood. Once regarded as a blasphemer and a disturber of religious peace, Luther is now considered one who brought much needed attention to the corruption and problems in the Catholic Church,  founded a major Protestant denomination, and, as understood by Latter-day Saints, was a key participant in the eventual bringing about of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

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[The] Reformation resulted in an increased emphasis on religious freedom,

which opened the way for the final Restoration.”

~Preach My Gospel

college days

Wrote this essay in my college days…

And not tryin’ to brag, but I got an A+!

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Do not let your passions

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destroy 

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your dreams.

~Sir LANCElot (from “Camelot”)

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LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson often warns of this temptation

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See that ye bridle all your passions

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Alma 38:12

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READERS:

1) How do these simple and profound truths relate to you?

2)  How can you make sure that you stay in control of your passions so that you can reach your dreams?

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……….

 

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Christina Aguilera is an incredibly gifted musician,

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but unfortunately her blatant sexuality (and other types of extreme behavior) throughout much of her career has greatly detracted from her talent, as she is often written off (perhaps somewhat rightfully so) as a publicity stunt.

“Controversy overshadows talent” is a theme that we see again and again.

Sigh.

*Also, I love fake eyelashes, but Ms. Aguilera’s are usually WAAAAAY too long and make her look like she has an arachnid on her eyes.

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Girl, here’s an example of how to make those falsies look a little more natural:

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Now ya’ll, don’t think I don’t occasionally enjoy Christina’s stuff!  Here is one example where I greatly appreciate her music and her sense of fashion (the girl-next-door, casually sexy [but still appropriate!] look is one I go for a lot):

I also like this video because when I sing and bust a move, my audience is about the same size as hers.

🙂

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Sometimes telling the truth is terribly painful, uncomfortable, embarrassing, and inconvenient,

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BUT IT HAS TO HAPPEN!

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“The truth will set you free”

~John 8:23

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“The truth can be ugly beyond imagination,

but concerning such topics as abuse, we simply CANNOT ignore it.

It may set others free as well.  Figuratively and literally.”

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Read more here about an insight that Mr. Mayer helped me understand regarding the Penn State child abuse controversy.

READERS:

How do these principles/ideas apply to YOU?

And I know that they do somehow.

Truth.

🙂

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The Politics behind Tillamook Ice Cream

I like Tillamook ice cream.  But why on planet earth would you name a flavor after some sketch politician?

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It’s completely puzzling to me…

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The milestone of the first bit of backlash you receive…

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IS AWESOME!  I recently had the slightest negative reaction to somebody who was perhaps a bit jealous of my tenacity and ambition in regards to this blog.  Please understand that the feedback was NOT constructive or voicing a legitimate concern.  It just was someone who was annoyed that I was a little blog happy, I guess.  And remember what I said to those people once upon a time?  🙂

Now I don’t mean to cause controversy, purposefully stir the pot, or ruffle anyone’s feathers (at least not without good reason).  And I DON’T believe that all publicity is good publicity.  However, I view this as a milestone.  So that person can take a hike, and meanwhile, I’ll get back to blogging.  And to living.

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When a comedian spoofs a controversial topic, makes fun of himself, doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings, AND is hilarious.

That’s the sweet spot right there, ya’ll.

PS.  He ended up marrying that girl in the pink coat.  Virgin drinks all around!

PPS.  I couldn’t find Ryan Stone’s website, but here’s his youtube channel.

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Singing songs about potentially unflattering subjects and STILL making great music…

(can’t choose a version)

AWESOME!

Read Lyrics Here: 

PS  I appreciate these songs for their honesty and even finding gentle humor in controversy.  However, I’m not into music that glorifies certain things, say immorality, drugs, violence, or suicide.  Fine line of propriety again.

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I used to think that many (not all) people who supported the cause of gay marriage were disobedient, wicked, and rejecting the words of the prophets

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I do not think that anymore.

Still support the LDS Church’s stance on marriage 🙂

Still believe others should as well…

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Controversy can overshadow talent and achievement….

There are SOOOO many examples of this, but here are just a few:

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1)  Kanye West- (um, Taylor Swift incident, anyone?)

2)  Eminem (If CNN has a top 10, that’s pretty bad Marshall)

3)  John Mayer (You know I love you Johnny, but don’t be spilling your secrets about women! Plus, chastity is where it’s at, anyways.)

And countless, countless others.  These people are often UNBELIEVABLY GIFTED, but when they get brought up in conversation, unfortunately that all often just gets forgotten because of mistakes they’ve made.

Just one more reason to keep my clothes modest.  That and I haven’t hit the gym in a while.

PS.  I do believe in repentance and redemption.  I do.

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An unexpected metaphor

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Warning: I am about to make a comparison between 2 things that are seemingly very different and potentially the slightest bit controversial. But just know that in John Donne’s famous poem, “Batter my Heart,” he compares spiritual conversion to sexual violence.  Mine is no where near that bad, and John Donne has been quoted in Mormon General Conference!  (So now that I’ve established my ethos a bit, onward I go!)  The following subject matter is not offensive, obscene, or inappropriate I believe, but it does concern an adult theme.  But it’s all good cuz I’m not worried about Miss Rosemary or Mr. William reading this just yet 🙂

SEX AND TEMPLES
Many people wonder why only certain people go inside Mormon temples.  There have been feelings of exclusion, privilege, secrecy, and us. vs them.  I was born and raised in the church and I struggled with it.  All through Young Women’s I heard, “you’re gonna get married in the temple.  you are the princess.  you will be so beautiful.  TEMPLE MARRIAGE RULES!”  I felt alone, and I thought I couldn’t ask questions or voice my feelings of nervousness, not wanting to do the whole temple experience, etc.  I didn’t buy the whole “sacred, not secret” thing.  I felt like it wasn’t fair that I would have to commit to something that I didn’t know beforehand.  I didn’t want to wear garments.  But I thought:  I CAN’T TALK ABOUT THIS BECAUSE EVERYONE LOVES THE TEMPLE AND THE TEMPLE IS SO AWESOME, ETC. AND WE DON’T TALK ABOUT THE TEMPLE SPECIFICS..so I lived in silent fear, shame.
As I got older I began to understand that it was okay to ask questions, be nervous, have doubts, and my anxiety began to lessen.

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2 years ago a Christian friend visited me in Provo.  He asked me questions about the church.  I don’t know if he wanted to join, but he wasn’t antagonistic or trying to prove me wrong or anything.  We walked on temple grounds.  He loved it and took lots of pictures (he was a photographer).  He asked me why only Mormons could go in…..the sometimes dreaded question.  (though again he was earnestly asking; not offended or being antagonistic).  In that moment I had a thought come to my mind that was definitely not my own (at least not completely).  TEMPLES ARE LIKE SEX.  Let’s talk about sex first because that’s the one everyone is interested in.

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   In Christianity, God says sex is only between 2 people who are married.  It is natural.  It is good.  It is beautiful.  But when you take sex and put it all over the internet or the magazines or the songs, when you pervert and abuse it, it is wrong, it is offensive, sinful, shameful….ETC…when a couple is married, they have sex!  It is not a secret, not shameful or sinful.  And yet it’s not really appropriate to discuss the details with others.  Sex is for people who are commited, responsible, and mature enough to handle it.  To the wrong eyes and in the wrong contexts, it is wrong, but within marriage, it is right.
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The temple is like this too!  It is for people who are committed, responsible, and mature enough to handle it.  To the wrong eyes and in the wrong contexts, it is wrong, but within the appropriate boundaries, it is right and awesome and wonderful.  Might be kinda weird the first time or two (like sex), but it grows more meaningful over time.  What goes on is not shameful, but we don’t talk about specifics because it is sacred.

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By the way, it must be clarified that there is NOTHING SEXUAL ABOUT THE TEMPLE EXPERIENCE.#ain’t no kinky ceremonies  #just waiting for a thunderbolt for that blasphemy

Since my first time explaining this to my friend, I have used it in certain conversations with about 15 people-Mormon/not Mormon, endowed/not endowed.  And it has gone over REALLY WELL!  They get it.  And by the way, I feel good about knowing when is an appropriate time and place to share this.  Not something I’m gonna say over the pulpit, know what I mean?

I am a virgin in both respects.  Hopefully when my time comes around, it will be rocking, in both respects.  #toomuchinformation?   #idon’tcare

CLOSING THOUGHTS

1)  I invite all people to learn about the LDS temple, and if they choose, to prepare themselves to receive the blessings associated with it.

2)  Similarly, I strongly encourage all people to practice the principle of chastity in keeping with the laws of the Lord.

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“What I am, and what I would are as secret as maidenhood. 

To your ears, divinity.  To any others, profanation.”

~Viola (from William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”)

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PS.  Dear friends/readers, I kindly remind you that if you ever have questions about anything at all, you can always email me (katherineannewilkinson@gmail.com).  I wish to emphasis that I do not believe in bait-and-switching people into any religion or faith (if you think Mormons are cray-cray, it’s okay!), but if you have inquiries, I am a pretty good reliable source I think 🙂

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