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Syntactical Clarification of my Religious Reasoning and Practice:

I do not believe the LDS Church is true and good

because I am a practicing member.

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I am a practicing member

because I wholeheartedly believe that is is true and good!

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Crucial distinction

*Read here about the ever important grammatical subject of syntax vs. semantics.

Also, it’s probably not appropriate to wear flip-flops to the temple, but it was okay here.  Read here for a brief explanation of why.

😛

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I’ve gotten my share of crap in my life about maintaining a less than perfectly spotless car.

For any critics (of any and all levels of levels of indignation/condescension/legitimate concern),

I have an answer for ya that just may freeze hell.

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I keep the image of my Church/ family name veeeery clean.

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click here for a full explanation!

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so I don’t mind in the least that my car usually is not immaculate

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course I still gotta get rid of some of the crap and vacuum it out sometimes

(line of propriety)

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but overall it’s NOT my top priority

AND THAT IS OKAY!

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Don’t ever give me crap about my car again (it’s not that bad anyways!).  I ain’t lookin’ to be offended, but just don’t talk to me about that subject, k?

Imageya right, you’re better off tryin’ to freeze hell!

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Don’t go chasing waterfalls!

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~TLC

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and I do have TLC for this girl here, btw.  Love you Rachel girl

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Perpetual Education Fund

1)  Learn more here about the amazingness known as the “Perpetual Education Fund.”

2)  I have met a handful men and women who have benefited from the PEF, and it is obvious that their lives have been super blessed because of it!

3)  I like the band “Fun” a lot.  Here’s one of my favorite songs by them:

When you’re lost and alone, and you’re sinking like a stone….

CARRY ON!

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The Latter-day Saint Perpetual Education Fund has done (and continues to do!) amazing things for men and women around the world who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to receive an education and better their economic opportunities.  It is truly a philanthropic flagship, and I am grateful to pay a portion of my offerings to it every now and then.

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PERPETUAL EDUCATION FUND RULES!

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I draw strength from my own art.

ImageIt helps bring peace and comfort to my heart!

Natasha B. and John M. have expressed similar sentiments on more than one occasion.

Didja really expect anything different?

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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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I have responsibilities…

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but only because I choose to have responsibilities.

I believe in accepting legitimate criticism and also in getting out of my comfort zone, but if anyone ever tries to force or pressure me into anything in a manner or form with which I am not comfortable in any way at all…

I’M GONE!

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figuratively AND literally…

 But as is always the case, I am kind and civil about this.  Ain’t no James Dean, “rebel without a cause” thing going on here.  This is NOT me being selfish or evading (legitimate) responsibility in any way at all.

  I desire to work hard and stretch myself to serve others.

Still though.  The number 1 person on my list is ME!

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and for that I will NEVER apologize…

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READERS!

1) What responsibilities do you choose to have?

2) What is your LINE OF PROPRIETY when it comes to responsibility?

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“I don’t answer to ANYBODY.  And it’s a lovely, LOVELY feeling…”

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~John Mayer

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That’s Who I Am.

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Sometimes, I’m clueless and I’m clumsy.  But I got friends who love me. 

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How do I make this post less cheesy

(momentary internal brainstorm…)

How bout an ugly Kath pic?

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Works like a charm 🙂

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Whoever said orange was the new pink

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was SERIOUSLY disturbed!

ImageSorry, Pettermint Patty.  I know it’s not your favorite color, but I just LOVE this shirt because of all the memories it brings me.  But I swear to never wear it in your presence lest you faint of disapproval.

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Victoria’s Favorite Quote:

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“A [wo]man filled with the love of God is not content to blessing [her] family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.”

~Joseph Smith Jr.

And holy freakin’ cow, does she embody it!  Her money is TOTEZ where her mouth is…

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Even I can’t find the words to express how I feel about this girl.

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Help me out, Natasha:

Can’t think of a better way.  That’s all I have to say.  I love you!

PS.  In case you’re wanting some sort of count, she’s been to Uganda (TWICE!), the Phillippines, Fiji, France, and probably a million other places I don’t even know about.  Jet-lagged much? 

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My blog has many part-time jobs…

ImagePart-time journal, part-time missionary, part-time teacher, part-time money-maker (although I’m looking into getting a few more hours there, know what I mean?), part-time musician, part-time keeper (in touch with family and friends), part-time therapy, et cetera….. but full-time AWESOME!

It’s a Jill of all Trades.  Just like me 🙂

Read more about my part-time “employment” here. 

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Language Smorgasboard

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I took this picture in Fiji.  Where people speak English and Hindi.  Fascinating. 

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Sometimes you don’t understand the first thing about Rugby…

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but you take a picture with a guy you find in Fiji because he’s wearing a BYU Rugby shirt.

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🙂

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Brush ’em, brush ’em, brush ’em!

Looking cute while brushing your teeth

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is not as easy as it looks.

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But it’s still fun to try!

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And Annie outdoes me once again!

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In the past year there were times when I was a part-time Mormon

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but now I’m back to full-time.

PS.  Please don’t read this as self-righteousness.  And please also don’t misunderstand my metaphor.  Members of the LDS church are not paid.  Just thought I’d clear that up…

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Autographs!

Some day I’ll be signing autographs

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or maybe the only autographs I sign will be on books I give my nieces and nephews…

annie letter from Katherine!

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Sometimes you want a picture with the missionaries but it’s kinda weird cuz of female/male interaction rules

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So you just add a few more friends!

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Hey Lautoka Sister!

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One pair of candy lips and your bubble gum tongue

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#This is the song that made everyone think JM was just a heart-throb lothario (which he is!), but us true fans know he’s much, much more.

#I try hard not to repeat pictures, but it’s one of the only tongue ones I have, and I don’t want to do a photo-booth picture just to get a good tongue shot.  And least not today.

#acoustic is almost always better!

#someone as goofy as me can’t be legitimately sexy anyways, so I think it’s all good

#Me including this song might be one of those times where I cross over into that territory of being a teensy bit over that line of propriety, just a little.  And that’s just fine. 🙂

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Starting to rethink this whole tanning thing…

Remember when I told you I had learned to be confident having less melanin in my skin that others (IE I was happy being a whitie)?

Well, after reviewing some of the following pictures,

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I’m beginning to have second thoughts…

PS.  Readers PLEASE KNOW that skin color/tanning is NOT the only thing I think about when I see these pictures.  Sure I appreciate beauty/fashion/makeup/color, etc. but even I’m not that shallow as to forget the wonderful faith, spirit, friendship and love of the people I met in Fiji.

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Sometimes you need a little artificial help…

to get that windblown look.

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But other times it’s totally natural.  And with any luck, you might even be surrounded by hot Fijian Rugby players!

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When attempting to look sexy and tropical…

sometimes you kinda, sorta get it right,

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but other times you just look like a fool.

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Modern-day Polygamy

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JUST KIDDING!

Hey Stace, Janey and I could take a modesty tip or 2 from you.

By the, Mormons no longer practice polygamy.  Read more about it here.

Oh, and I interviewed a girl who was born into a polygamous family, but later converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Check it stat.

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Fijian women give you the jewelry off their neck…

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You thought it was a picture, but it was actually a video….

We’ve all been there…

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We had a great view….

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When I was living abroad for a brief period during the summer of 2010, I at one point sensed a need to unite the girls in our house.  We weren’t having any major problems or anything, but we were living in close quarters, it was hot and sticky, and everyone had their share of humanitarian projects that didn’t go through quite as we had hoped.  Plus I of all people know the importance of a good, hearty belly laugh every now and then.  So I concocted this little project (and I feel the need to point out that while I of course had help, I was the head honcho of this artistic undertaking); I must say I think it turned out quite nicely!  So even though we were different girls with different goals and objectives, we came together as friends of all shapes, sizes, and colors to SUPPORT each other.

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this just might work for a Relief Society or Young Women’s  break-the-ice activity…

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“She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys…she calls friends”

I attract men like bees to pollen, like magnets to other magnets, like a moth to the flame.

kath boysme and my marines!katherine pink dance men

mac alan me hahaportland singingme collin hometeacher

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There are 29 males in the above pictures.  And only 1 glorious female…Boys, I ain’t saying it’ll be easy.  You got some tough competition.  But if you wanna go and take a ride with me, I guarantee there’ll never be a dull moment 🙂

PS.  Quite a few of the above men are now married, 1 was my home-teacher, 3 were in my Bishopric, and 2 of them are my uncles.  And I have never lip-kissed any of these guys.  I am exploiting their XY chromosome genetic makeup to make myself look more attractive and desirable.  Hopefully none of the wives find this blog and come at me with an ax.  I swear I’m not “that girl.”

But as for the rest of you, maybe I’ll want to be “with you, with you, with you, with you, with you.” 🙂

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

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Don’t be shy now….

This is Shy Grass:

Shy grass closes as a survival adaption/defense mechanism. As amazing at that is, let’s not follow its example…Don’t close yourself off when you are threatened….

*metaphor I made up as I wrote it-true story!
*Fiji good times
*youtube “shygrass” for more videos…fascinating

#how on Earth did I change glasses so fast?  no idea…

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

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July 26, 2013 · 5:59 pm

My Boyfriend Ronald

I usually try to eat pretty healthy, but lately I’ve been spending a lot of quality time with Ron.

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And sometimes we’re REALLY close and I can’t keep my hands off of him…

Ronald funny katherine hug cute pretty ok that is all

#Fiji 3 years ago

#at least i get the salads and snackwraps and low-sugar sodas…

#i swear i’ve had real boyfriends before, not just inanimate ones

Core Beliefs:  beauty, humor, creative, expression

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