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The single most fundamental tenet of Mormonism…

is NOT that Joseph had a vision, that the heavens are open, that families can be together for eternity, that there are prophets and apostles on earth today, that Jesus Christ performed the Atonement, that modern revelation is real, that the Book of Mormon is scripture comparable to the Bible, or that the Church/gospel has been restored in its fullness.

The single most core belief of the LDS faith is…

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God Exists. 

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I respect people who logically, tactfully, and even passionately disagree with (parts of) the Mormon Church.

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But people who trash talk the Church? Ya’ll got your right to free speech of course, but guess what…

WE AIN’T GOING ANYWHERE!

Go start your own Church and see how far you get. Maybe you’ll get 100 Facebook followers in a week if you strategize real well and give out free candy 🙂 If I were you I’d choose the winning team, huh?

Sheesh

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I used to be concerned with “proving” that the Book of Mormon was true.

book of mormon baby!

Now I’m more interested in using the principles that it teaches!

(Look, I even read it lounging by the pool in my one-piece bathing suit!)

Proof vs. Use

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Myth vs. experience

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President Ezra Taft Benson was a very famous proponent of not only reading the Book of Mormon, but also utilizing its teachings.  I mean, it was written for our day, ya’ll!

More to come on these ideas.

Much more.

Readers!

What are YOUR thoughts/experiences/opinions

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on “proving”/using the scriptures

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PS.  I see a connection to the educational theory known as Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Go research it if ya wanna.

And Stay.  Tuned.

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Joseph Smith didn’t have the Internet.

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

Screen shot 2013-08-03 at 11.20.58 AMThis 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 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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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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it is from this wonderful waving woman…)

love this song, it reminds me of Fiji.  It will change your life. 

LISTEN TO IT!

Girl, get back to your thesis

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.

Christ!

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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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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Joseph Smith didn’t like the idea of micromanagement.

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“I teach them correct principles,

and they govern themselves.”

And neither do I.

More to come on these ideas.

Much more.

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Be believers…

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 Be truth-seekers.

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and the world’s gonna know your name

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(dedi[k]ate yourself and you’ll be) STANDING IN THE HALL OF FAME!

~The Script (featuring will.i.am).

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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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Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, and Katherine Wilkinson

Jesus Christ had his hell in Gethsemane, Joseph Smith had his dark place in the Sacred Grove, and I had my rough (garden) patch as well. 

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But all 3 of us pulled through to see the light.

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I usually don’t like to state the obvious:

but I just wanna  be very clear here:

If you are experiencing trials, take a lesson from these 3 people:

Although gardening is great and black and white photos can be very beautiful, you want your life to be in Color and NOT in some Secret Grove of Golgotha.

AND IT CAN BE!

Yes I am aware that I just compared myself to the Savior of the World and the Prophet of the Restoration.  And yes, I am expecting a thunderbolt of blasphemy any minute now…

Not gonna lie I’m pretty proud of this one, ya’ll…

🙂

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“If the Church is true, it will win against any anti-Mormon crap out there,”

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said a good friend once who helped me a lot in my faith journey.  I like that a lot.  I am not suggesting that we go dig through every piece of dirty laundry we can find.  But I’m no longer afraid of the big, tough issues.  Polygamy, Mountain Meadow’s Massacre, blacks and the priesthood, Salamander letters, that kind of thing.  I still don’t have all the answers (but have definitely gained some!), but I no longer feel anxiety.

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