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Real Vs. Ideal (Poem)

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“The natural [wo]man is an enemy…”

(Mosiah 3:19 in the Book of Mormon)

Toughest critic, newfound cynic, cross examine everything
Radar for threats, emotional debts, I trust only reluctantly
Riches on my mind, not quite as kind, eyeing the world ambitiously
Only a shell of my former self, where is that girl I used to be?

How can I retain my purity after tasting the fruit of iniquity?
Can I regain my innocence in the face of spiritual dissonance?

Struggle between who I am naturally
And the person that I need to be
Caught up in ideal identities
(My best friend and my enemy)

No easy victory in this internal war
I’ve lasted this long; I’ll keep fighting some more

“Got no choice but to fight, so fight on.”
        -John Mayer

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Making a comment/ joke that is racist even in the slightest…

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will ignite the wrath of Kath.

I’m not trying to be cute or funny or anything.

I’m not one to get offended easily.

Racism is COMPLETELY unacceptable.

Read more for a detailed explanation of this.

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[W]atch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds,

and observe the commandments of God…

~Mosiah 4:30

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Let’s STRIP away the idea that strip-clubs are cool (because they are TERRIBLE!)

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The disgusting phenomenon known as “strip clubs” is a sad and embarrassing part of our society.  As is often portrayed in pop culture, “men” will go to these kinds of clubs (why they are sometimes referred to as “Gentlemen’s Clubs” is beyond me!) soon before they get married, or even for no specific occasion at all.  For some reason which I will never fully understand, it seems fun and harmless to casually objectify women.  Sadly, sometimes women themselves  contribute to this false idea; some think they will be more appealing and sexy if they fulfill some sick fantasy.  Ew!  Totez gross!  Be a lady!  And the guys need to be real men (just like Elder Christofferson talked about in this post)!  So now howzabout you let me set the record straight on what should REALLY happen on the dance floor.

Hint: it’s classy, clean, AND still lets me bust a move.

(safe for all eyes and ears OF COURSE!)

Truths to Consider:

1)  Most girls/women who work in strip-clubs have been abused and are very unhappy (more to come on this idea in another post).

2)  Most boys/men who patronize strip-clubs are lonely, desperate, insecure, and unhappy as well.

3)  God intended for us to be sexual, but within the realm of a committed, marital relationship (read more about this here), and certainly not in some stuffy, crowded shack of sin that smells like stale armpits and halitosis.

(this sentence will be repeated in this post, FYI).

4) Miley Cyrus has sooooo very much to learn.

5)  Playboy King Hugh Hefner is a TOTAL loser!

So what is to be done?  Thankfully, all is not lost.  There are inspired leaders (ancient and modern) who have given us counsel and truth concerning these issues.  Here are just a few insights that will bring us safety and happiness if we heed them:

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             Dancing can be fun and can provide an opportunity to meet new people.  When dancing, avoid full body contact with your partner. Do not use positions or moves that are suggestive of sexual or violent behavior or are otherwise inappropriate….Attend only those dances where dress, grooming, lighting, lyrics, music, and entertainment contribute to a wholesome atmosphere where the Spirit may be present.

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     ~For the Strength of Youth

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[W]atch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds,

and observe the commandments of God…

~Mosiah 4:30

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And once again, lemme show you a girl who can dance

and have a good time while still keeping things clean:

dancing queen

And ya’ll, this may or may not apply to you, but just so you know,

any man who engages in any sort of these behaviors

doesn’t stand a CHANCE with me!

So keep it clean, and maybe we can get to know each other.

🙂

And now let me give you a nice, take-away quote (the one I said I’d repeat!):

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  “God intended for us to be sexual, but within the realm of a committed, marital relationship, and certainly not in some stuffy, crowded shack of sin that smells like stale armpits and halitosis.”

~Katie Wilk

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In conclusion, let me utilize the megaphone pic of the ever lovely Ms. Bedingfield (she can move and still be a lady!) to express something that I really just wanna shout to the world:

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       Don’t glamorize what is ugly in reality…

 STRIP CLUBS STINK!
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*if you wanna pass this message/post along, I wouldn’t object…

PS.  This is not a judgment on women who work in the industry, especially because so many of them are coerced or have a terrible background story.  Don’t call me judgmental, ok?  That’s not what this is about.  We’re all children of God, but sin is sin, and I’m not afraid to call it that…

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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!

 line of propriety, line of propriety, line of propriety, line of propriety,

“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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I love the use of light/dark dichotomies

Imagebut as a writer, sometimes it can be tricky because of unintended racial implications, know what I mean?  Just gotta be wise, like Jacob said, I think…

(I dare you to listen to this song and try to resist tapping your toes.)

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And while we are on the subject of race,

allow me to reiterate the words of President Gordon B. Hinckley:

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“Racism still lifts its ugly head, and that is unacceptable.  I remind you that no [wo]man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ.”

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[H]e inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness;

  …he denieth none that come unto him,

black and white, bond and free, male and female, Jew and Gentile…

~2nd Nephi 26:33

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ALL ARE ALIKE UNTO GOD.

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(this is an excellent resource about racial equality within the Lord’s Kingdom).

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And ya’ll just to close this post, let me say that I know that unfortunately there still is some racism lurking within our society (duh!), and sadly even within some of the members of the LDS Church (or any others who identify as followers of Christ, or perhaps even simply the human community).  But I also know that with the Savior’s help we can do better.  So I encourage you all to consider what parts of your actions, speech, and thoughts (Mosiah 4:30) you can improve to make sure you are living more fully in harmony with these sacred gospel principles.  Sound good?  Peeeeerfect 🙂

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The natural [wo]man is an enemy (to God)…

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and that’s why THESE were invented.

And Zeus just launched a thunderbolt (of blasphemy) headed for my apartment…

I use this same scripture is a much more spiritual and much less risque post.

Check it stat.

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Which one do I feed, the enemy or the daughter?

The natural [wo]man is an enemy to God, and yet I’m also a daughter of God.

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I decide which part of my identity to feed.

so do you…

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