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“What are we going to do today?” “What we try to do everyday, TAKE OVER THE WORLD!”

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Behind the scenes of my blog I can see how many people are clicking on my links.  And what’s really cool is that a lot of people are clicking on links to the LDS Church website (over 150 clicks to date!).  This fits perfectly into my plan of Mormons taking over the world!

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Catch

Great catch!

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                                                                    You’re such a catch.

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Katniss is a Christ-figure in this series. FYI

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gonna include this AND the talk cuz it’s that good!

Read here. 

                                             Holden Caulfield is a weirdo, I hear…

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CATCH!

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Very rarely does a song capture pretty much everything I believe about what a man should and SHOULDN’T expect of his girlfriend (in a way that is both refreshingly true and also hilarious!)

This is one of those songs.

Not only that, but musically it’s a great song as well (blending a ton of instruments/ genres).

Oh, and Shedaisy is Mormon too.  Don’t hate that!

And their name was derived from a Navajo word that their brother learned on his full-time LDS mission.  Cool!

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More to come from these girls.  I like them a LOT.

I won’t be your Martha Stewart baby, or your all-night restaurant. 

But I WILL be your everything!

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Mormons who view non-Mormons merely as “potential converts,”

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are potentially not truly converted themselves!

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But I believe that even for those kind of Mormons there is hope

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 and the possibility of a happy ending!

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So let’s celebrate that people can change!

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Think about what I am saying here.

How does it apply to you?

Katherine was once a Mormon zealot herself, so she relates to the character of Sam in a way.

But now she’s a Mormon/ Woman/ Human (thank goodness)!

Click here for a bit more on this idea of not viewing non-Mormons as projects…

(but still desiring to share the glorious gospel!)

Click here for my informed opinion on how to NOT argue about religion while still standing up for the Church.

As you might have guessed, I have more to come concerning this topic.

Much more.

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Concluding thoughts (only for this specific post though of course)!

Mormons are not always perfect in their approach to sharing their beliefs.  I certainly have made mistakes in this regard, (although my intentions were always good).  But I strongly believe there is hope, and that members of the LDS Church with an initial tendency to be overzealous can change and find an appropriate, tactful way to spread the gospel and perform “missionary work” (formal or informal) in a manner that respects and edifies ALL, whether or not baptism(s) ever actually occur(s).

It’s a gift, if you get my drift.

Now if I could only have hair as beautiful as Ms. Charly’s I could be truly happy.

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“No Promises”

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is a phrase that I have found to be quite useful as I navigate this journey of life.  I am certainly not suggesting that we avoid making any promises, but only that we make sure we don’t get people’s hopes up when we cannot back up our commitments with 100% surety (myth vs. experience).  Additionally, we needn’t “run faster than [we] have strength” (Mosiah 4:27) in trying to keep promises we perhaps should not have made in the first place.  Now, don’t be calling me lazy!  As I have said before, I desire to serve others, get out of my comfort zone, and work hard.  Still though, I cannot do it all.  Neither can you. Neither can any one person (and that’s okay, ya’ll!)  So we must decide what kinds of things are worth the word “promise” (or at least the level of commitment that it implies).  But when we do make those promises, let’s make them count!

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“I never make a promise I don’t intend to keep.”

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~John Michael Montgomery

READERS:

1)  What promises have you made (or will make) that are important to keep (family, covenants, relationships, employment, etc.)?

2)  What are some aspects of your life about which you should probably not make promises?

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And now, one final question:

Is this blog the best thing in the world?

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What’s your opinion?

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“You’ve GOT to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.”

~Aaron Tippets (country musician btw)

“I don’t need a microphone to say what I’ve been thinking. 

My heart is like a loud speaker that’s always on 11.”

~Natasha Bedingfield

                              “Don’t let your mind be SO open that everything falls out!”

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  “You got opinions, man.  We’re all entitled to ’em. BUT I NEVER ASKED!”

~Sara Bareilles

O BE WISE! WHAT CAN I SAY MORE?

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~Jacob 6:5

Belief is a beautiful armor.  But it makes for the heaviest sword. 

It’s like punching underwater.  You never can hit who you’re trying for.”

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~John Mayer

“I still don’t know what I stand for.  What do I stand for?”

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~Fun

“You got your same big loud opinions, but nobody’s listening!”

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~Taylor Swift

This post might be borderline offensive with the juxtaposition of some of the people pictured.  Once again, I hope to spark discussion and thought without ever making my own OPINION explicitly and fully clear.   

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intentional ambiguity!

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Ann Coulter is someone who Katherine believes gives conservativism a VERY bad name (for the most part).

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“One can have a strong intelligent opinion and even be persuasive

WITHOUT being overly opinionated or pushy.” 

~Katherine Anne

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LINE OF FREAKIN’ PROPRIETY!

Also, I believe very strongly that the teachings found within the structure and gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

can and will bring us lasting happiness.  Thus, I greatly value missionary work.

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But I value religious freedom just as much.

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Blink and you might miss that there are TWO pictures

of Natasha Bedingfield on this post.

Also, John Mayer is brilliant and has forever changed my life,

but he will be the first to tell you that he has at times had a very stupid mouth (read more about it here).

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And Katherine would like to remind you that EVERY. SINGLE. PART. of this post serves a purpose (I don’t believe in fluff, remember?). 

Also, I try hard not to toot my own horn too much, but go on and count the number of allusions/references I made in this post………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

HOW MANY DIDJA FIND?

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Attempting to “prove” that the LDS Church is true…

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rarely works.

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But still know your stuff!

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And still stand up for it (the Church).

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“Though argument does not create conviction, lack of it destroys belief.”

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~CS Lewis

Here is an interesting talk that is somewhat (though not directly)

related to this idea.

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Overall, when it comes to nitpicking and even (quasi) arguing about religion,

just try to remember that it’s about Christ.

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And that if someone isn’t interested,

IT.  IS.  OKAY.

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Remember that the most important convert in your life is YOU.

The most important testimony to maintain is your own.

Capiche?

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While we ought to maintain the purity of the image of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we need not feel anxiety about “enemies” (real or perceived).  Furthermore, we should seek to avoid being overly defensive while simultaneously exercising conviction in our own faith.

-Katherine Anne Wilkinson

If/ (Because) the Church is true, it will win. 

Go write your own blog!

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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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What does the abbreviation “MTC” mean to you?

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Did you get it?

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The Surprise of a Lifetime!

This is Thomas:

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Thomas is a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He attended Southern Virginia University (where he did music with my mama!), and after graduating, made the brave decision to serve a full-time LDS mission at the age of 24.  When making a quick stop in Utah to stock up on missionary gear, Thomas experienced a BIG surprise.  Check it out!

So awesome, huh?  Actually, he was one of 15 soon-to-be missionaries who got this star treatment:

Read the full article here: 

Godspeed, Thomas!  And Deseret First Credit Union, mad props.

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Lil Wayne’s Got Nothin’ on Me!

Lil Wayne wanted to know if this girl was down for a sing-off.

Know what she said?

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“Honestly, I’m down like the economy!”

Compare this (start at 2:24-3:00):

Lyrics here: 

To this (start at 1:02-1:43):

(I changed the gender pronouns.  I do that kind of thing a lot.)

Readers, what do you think?

PS.  Wayne, I love and respect you no matter what (not really, but just didn’t want to come off as judgmental and also wanted to soften this next part), BUT your body is a temple…why would you want to put graffiti on it?  Join the LDS Church and I’ll help you pay to get rid of those tats (but readers FYI you don’t have to do that if you want to become a Mormon-just thought I’d clear that up)…

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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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Mixed Messages

The media today gives us a lot of mixed messages about sex,

I like the following clip because it perfectly captures the humor in the contradictions of things we hear and are taught on the subject matter:

but I  believe that there are inspired leaders who can teach us truths about controversial and difficult subjects,

read here!

and also that there are still young people today who believe in chastity. 

Wanna know more or have any input on the subject?  Hit me up.  Dead serious.

katherineannewilkinson@gmail.com

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My friendship with you

is in no way contingent upon your interest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Still, a new pogo-stick would be a shame to pass up…

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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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Mormon Pogo!

On Sunday, my home-teachers Dan and Todd came over to give me a little lesson.  These guys are both attractive, hard-working, and successful.  They also love God.  So the lesson went great, but the REAL party started after when we pulled out the pogo-stick!

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Mormons don’t just go to church for 3 hours every Sunday, people.  We do stuff like this.  Join the church and I will buy you a pogo-stick for your baptism.  And you’ll just have to keep coming back to my blog to wait for a picture of me doing the pogo-stick 🙂

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A legit musician put gas in my car AND bought me a drink! Non-alcoholic of course.

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True story.  Probz should have actually cleaned myself up a little, huh? Oh well.  Ya’ll know I’m beautiful, even if not everyday.  But I digress.   This kid Oba is the real deal.

And boy can break it DOWN!

This stuff is good enough to be on the radio.  Too good.  Puts Chris Brown and Jason DeRulo to shame.  This song is another literary gem, teachers.  Can you believe this kid is giving up music for 2 years to go on an LDS mission?  Now THAT’S dedication.  You know homeboy will be winning Grammys in no time when he gets back.  Oba if you ask really nice, I GUESS I’ll be your date although it’s such a terrible bother to get a pretty dress and have  your makeup and hair all done up and stuff….. 🙂

Gender confusion?

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And he liked some of my Natasha mash-up ideas.  DON’T HATE THAT!

#those drinks are “Arizona” brand, but they’re not tea!  Promise!

#Shaq is doing this now I guess…

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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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Neti Pot is my Genie’s Lamp…..

#UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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Especially not literally….

If 2 people are getting to know/courting/dating, whatever you wanna call it, that’s awesome.  But once the kiss comes, whole new game plan.  I mean, I don’t need to have a ring or anything.  But here’s what:

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YOU SHOULDN’T BE KISSING TWO PEOPLE AT THE SAME TIME!

not literally kiss~

Especially not literally.

“What do kisses mean when robbed of their sacredness?”

LDS President Spencer W. Kimball

Oh, and the following video is for a certain someone who just may have inspired this post.  I am NOT angry, I am NOT vindicative, but I AM super good with the wordplay and just had to do an anonymous shout-out.  I don’t rat anyone out, but friend just COUNT (literally!) how many references I make:

How many did you find (it’s over 10…)?  Oh, the travesty…

“You know I ain’t gonna dis you on the Internet…”

~Beyonce

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THIS BLOG POST IS FOR EVERYONE ON PLANET EARTH!

Mormon, Baptist, Jew, Agnostic, Atheist, Catholic, Muslim, Sihk, Gay, Straight, Black, White, Brown, Purple etc. (not listed in order of importance btw but Mormon IS number 1 on MY list…just sayin”)  This one’s for YOU!

Wanna know something?  Everyone can create!  And I’m not just talking about the sexy dance of procreation 🙂  I’m talking about being an artist.  Making something beautiful.  Something of value.  Something of substance…

We can’t all be this girl:

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(Natasha with her guitarist Luca)

Or this man:

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(Mark Twain for those who don’t read in this digital age)

Or this guy:

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(been hanging out with Mike Tyson lately, Vincent?)

And we DEF can’t all be this woman:

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(She’s obviously amazing and is helping the human race not go extinct, but I don’t want to be her anyways…..)

BUT WE CAN ALL CREATE!  WE ARE ALL ARTISTS!  I’M YELLING OUT OF JOY NOT ANGER…Enough with the caps-lock…

This beautiful German man says it better than I ever could (and that’s saying something!)…..

Read the full address here:  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/happiness-your-heritage?lang=eng  He’s talking specifically to women but his words are a universal truth, yes they are…

“You may say ‘I am not the creative type.’  If that is how you feel, THINK AGAIN.”

How do YOU create?

*not trying to convert you to the LDS Church (ain’t no bait-and-switch), but if you do I wouldn’t hate it…

#not trying to be preachy, just excited and wanted to share…

Core Belief:  Expression, Kindness, Beauty, Creativity, Understanding, Humor, Christ

(ALL OF THEM!)

*might be my best blog post yet….

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Put Your Arms Around Me…

This is my signature song, yes it is!  Anyways, I am going to include 3 versions.  But they ARE ALL GOOD!   Compare/contrast if you like.  If you wish to comment, don’t worry about hurting my feelings.  I have thick skin when it comes to this, I feel confident in my version, and I would like your honest feedback so long as you are kind and constructive!     My ranking of them are as follows:

1)  Walmart Stripped Acoustic Version

2)  Katherine Version

*Did it all-guitar, lead and harmony vocals, no autotune (the shakers were added in electronically)…oh, and I obviously don’t have a ton of experience with youtube videos yet (this is my first and only one).  Start small, dream big!

3)  Album Version

“i know they’re easy words to say, but i mean it”

*so many ups and downs but nothing’s changed, that’s why you know I’m here to stay…

*I played this for Tori and Jared and when I did she leaned over and whispered to him “that’s our wedding song.”

*WHY isn’t this song more popular?  It’s SOOO GOOD!  I guess I am the missionary bringing it to the world 🙂

I WANT TO MEET NATASHA BEDINGFIELD SO BADLY!

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

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