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German Shepherd

President Uchtdorf is a German Shephard!

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lemme explain…

Kath’s Main Points:

1)  President Dieter F. Uchtdorf is German.

2)  President U is a shepherd (he leads people to truth).

3)  President U is a German Shepherd!

4)  Gotta be soooo very careful making jokes like this.  I think I’m okay in this case.

5)  I like dogs a lot.

6)  I like wordplay just as much.

7)  Doing black & white videos of yourself makes you look artsy.

8)  Shepherd’s pie is a little too heavy for me.

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President Uchtdorf

is a German Shepherd!

And yes, I know that’s not a German shepherd, so don’t give me any crap, please.  I considered doing some research to see if I could find one to take a picture with it, but I figured this picture does what I need it to….

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KATH DON’T CARE what Simon Says…

Truths to Consider:

1)  WE ARE ALL ARTISTS! (here’s Prezident Uchtdorf’s take on this…)

2)  We ain’t all gonna make it big (and that’s okay, ya’ll!)

3)  Stem of Jesse (Jessica!) in the scriptures

4)  What insight “The Merchant of Venice” taught me about the HBO filth series “Girls”

5)  My take on “The Great Gatsby” in 3 sentences.

6)  Haven’t yet written about Mark Twain’s  ever famous and influential piece (Huck Finn).  Stay.  Tuned.

7)  What Amanda Bynes (indirectly) taught me about Mormon temples.

8)  “American Idol” certainly has produced some talent, but overall is waaaaay over-rated.

9)  Hozaboutcha take an exodus from this blog and go read about what Moses says about idols? (here!)

10)  Katherine loves wordplay.  And admit it, she’s pretty darn awesome at it, huh? 🙂

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should lose that scowl!

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(muuuuch better, darlin’)

Just sayin’

(Kath, refer to your title in an awesome way that only you can…)

this song is one of the best in recent history.  just sayin’

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So friends please take it to heart, when I say to go make some art!

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[E]mperors and philosophers would have offered a king’s ransom…

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~President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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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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Kindness

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More than just kinda, actually.

IT. IS. HUGE.

If you yourself are unkind to anyone in any way at all,

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(don’t love this song, just KINDA like it…)

but I am going to be kind and include it since it clearly relates!

🙂

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This should be incredibly obvious, but I’m just going to say it anyways:

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THE CONTROVERSY KNOWN AS MILEY CYRUS IS NOT OK!

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Miley Cyrus’s recent crazy antics, self-exploitation, and blatant and obscene exhibition of sexuality are not cute.  They are not funny.  They are not sexy.  They are not empowering.  They are not entertaining.  They are not artistic.  They are not healthy.

THEY.  ARE.  SAD.

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“Wickedness never was happiness.”

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And friends, we NEED (young) women who are classy.  We need women who respect themselves and others.  We need these women as role-models for our own children.

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One of my favorite musicians expresses this same sentiment:

   I’m looking for a four-course meal that isn’t based in base desire
I’m looking for a lady that knows the soul is more than an appetizer

Image~Andy Grammer

But back to the troublesome twerker:

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Ms. Cyrus, I only just recently wrote you a letter concerning your disappointing music video “Wrecking Ball. (I wrote your confused father, Billy Ray, a letter as well).”  I didn’t expect to be writing about you again so soon, but you’ve left me no choice.

Miley seriously, you must make a change.

I beg of you to stop before you self-destruct.  Truly.

Please.  Stop.

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Readers, as is always the case,

if you agree with what I’m saying,

please pass this along.

Thanks.

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Not trying to sound conceited…

but who else do you know who can do this when she’s still in her pajamas?

(Actually, I’m not sure that’s something to be proud of.)

Compare to this (0:35-1:10):

this song is weird and kinky and breathy and I don’t like it,

but just wanted to include for the comparison

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But once again, allow me to visually remind you

of the references I made in a brief 2 minutes:

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Living truth

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is on the earth!

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and Katherine could NOT be more pleased…

🙂

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The technology today can make it so that Katherine’s blog…

CAN SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE!

*not tryin’ to be the next big thing (although truthfully there are worse people, right?)

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*if I can share truth, that’s awesome!

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*I REALLY wish we weren’t so online these days, but since we are, might as well make our stuff good!

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These boys (Diddy and Pharell) got to it somehow!

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*I LOVE this song (back to Johnny’s tune…)!

    a little bit of summer is what the whole year’s all about!

*haven’t listened to enough of the new album, “Paradise Valley.”

*there is too much stuff to do with the word “paradise,” must go eat something now…

GO SPREAD YOUR OWN BLOG, TRUTH, BELIEFS TOO!Image

And I think I just found my snack…

🙂

Oh, and also I’m the only woman on this post…

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ADIOS….

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I think the other apostles are getting jealous…

that this guy gets more blog time than the rest of them.

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And I KNOW Iago isn’t the greatest role model,

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but he did rightfully warn about the green-eyed monster of jealousy: (even if the following monster has blue eyes AND blue skin…)

ImageYOU.  HAVE.  BEEN.  ADMONISHED.
(used the word “warn[ed]” already…and I DO follow the apostle Paul, anyways)

And I just got struck by lightening (which followed the thunderbolt of blasphemy, of course).

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And I’m very, very sad now…

🙂

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Most of the hating isn’t done externally, it’s done INTERNALLY…

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No one should be unkind to you, but if ever anyone is,

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remember that it’s probably not about you….

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It’s their own shizzle.

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And although funny in theory, I would NOT recommend making those kind of people a special pie.  Line of propriety.

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But do stand up for yourself, know what I mean?

We hate ourselves sometimes in the voice of other people….

but I disregard all of it and assume that I am loved the world ’round.

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PS. Check out where I got my title here.  Hint, he has his own planet called Guitar Kolob.

Thunderbolt of blasphemy yet again…

Also, BRILLIANT BOOKENDING (of JM’s quote) is what I did here…

blog to self-connection:

READERS!  How do YOU react when people are unkind to you?

Also, if you are yourself unkind to people in any way at all, take a tip from my friend President Uchtdorf…

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🙂

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Just act like you know what you’re doing,

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and most of the time, nobody will ever question anything!

PS.  Don’t abuse this power, please.  Line of propriety yet again.  O be wise, what can I say more?  Plus, I’d rather have this guy guy flying my plane, anyways…

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As beautiful and talented as he is, if Mr. Dicaprio were the pilot, this is what I’d have to say:

I can’t take that, no I can’t take that, I can’t take that, take that plane!

Lyrics here:

I hang out with other people, I promise…

🙂

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Is it bad to give one of the apostles a nickname if it’s done out of the utmost respect, reverence, and admiration?

Because when I see this man of God, one of the many things I think is:

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SILVER FOX!

Again, not over the pulpit.

Thunderbolt of blasphemy?  Maybe just a thunder-sliver 🙂

A silver sliver!

Different contexts call for different dialects.

(for my readers with kiddos, go have an FHE discussion about this if ya wanna)

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“The Lord answers our prayers, but it is usually through another person that he meets our needs….”

"The Lord answers our prayers, but it is usually through another person that he meets our needs....""The Lord answers our prayers, but it is usually through another person that he meets our needs...."

A few weeks ago, I called my friend Alex ( Alex is gender-neutral, and of course is not his/her real name.  But I double-checked anyways and now publish this with his/her permission).  Alex did not answer the phone, but the following text conversation ensued:

Alex:  Hey!  I’m at work.  How are you?

Katherine: Haha, I figured.  Just calling to say hi!  Call back when you can. No rush, just thought of you and wanted to let you know. 

Alex:  Katherine, I truly believe you were inspired to call me.  Thank you for following through with your thoughts even if you didn’t think anything of it.  When you called, I was in the bathroom crying having a really hard time, but your calling is an answer to my prayers. 

Katherine:  Alex, I’m so glad I could lift your spirits a little.  You lift mine.  I really do hope things get better.  Call/text/email anytime!

Alex:  Katherine, thank you.  You are amazing!

I do not relay this text exchange to brag.  I just want to remind you that you never know what role you are playing in someone’s life.

The title of this post comes from this quote by President Spencer W. Kimball.

Don’t be afraid to reach out.

READERS:  Who’s day will YOU make with a terrific text?

🙂

Oh ya, and save your text messages!

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Sometimes when you mess up in front of millions of people…

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you just keep going….

(just watch it…)

and people think you are even MORE AWESOME than before!

Good to know for future reference…just kidding 😉

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The 2 most handsome Mormons in the world:

Mitt Romney is my all-American boy (a twist on Tom Petty’s famous song!),

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but  President Dieter F. Uchtdorf is my international-love.

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🙂

PS.  You’ll definitely want to click on that “International Love” link.  It’s a good one (it ain’t Pit-bull by the way!)

PPS.  This post was inspired by a TEXT MESSAGE exchange I had with Tyler once…

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Hope for an ugly duckling….

Disclaimer:  The title refers to me!  I would never in a million years call someone else ugly (especially not my dear sister Maizy).  Just ain’t my style 🙂 And I also know I’m not really ugly, either. Enough ado.  Proceed:

If this girl:

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can turn into this in a few short years:

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then maybe there’s still hope for this girl:

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🙂

*everyone loves a good makeover-that’s what romantic comedies are made for…

*immodesty once again, will I ever learn?  I’M WEARING A TOWEL I SWEAR YOU JUST CAN’T SEE!

*fresh outta the shower makes my makeup look like AMAZING!

*juxtaposition of beauty and ugliness (is there a euphemism for this word? its kinda mean)

*that first pic was Maizy’s FB profile picture so I know she wouldn’t mind

Core Beliefs:  Humor, Expression, Creativity, Beauty, Kindness

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