Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mitt Romney's Tithing... Really?

This article was on the Deseret News online and it discussed how now that Mitt Romney has filled his taxes they are public record and we get to see how much he actually paid in tithing and blah blah blah. * (I'm not a political person. I follow it more now because I'll become a state employee soon, however me and politics, well they just aren't my favorite thing. I neither support nor reject Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate. This post has nothing to do with his campaign.) Okay. So in the article in the Deseret News this post was mentioned from a gentlemen who writes for Forbes. He writes, and I quote,
               "Now, depending on how you look at Romney’s tithing, this can create some policy
               implications (or faith policies) for the entire LDS church.  I almost half-jokingly expect the next
                General Conference to address this issue.  Romney, by releasing his tax forms may have
               reopened a debate within the church as to how much should be given – after all, he will become
               the LDS example that others will look to.  It’s not just a presidency that he’ll represent, if his
               tithing isn’t up to par within the church – that could create some interesting complications within
               the church itself.  If his finances aren’t in line with the church, what sort of political ideals will he be
               representing?  And just because he is rich, or just because he becomes the President, it wouldn’t
               preclude him from tithing." - Kia Petanien.

Okay, so how is this going to create a faith policy for me? Why would the amount Mit Romney pays in tithing open a debate within the church of how much should be given? We know how much should be given. God has told us through a living prophet. Mit Romney is not the president of the LDS church. Thomas S. Monson is. And no, Mitt Romney will not become THE LDS example of what others will look to. My example is Christ. It's his(Christ's) church after all. I don't see how Mitt Romney's tithing would create complications within the church either. I could care less what he pays. It has no effect on my relationship with the Father and his Son than anyone else's tithe in this church. It doesn't matter what anyone else pays. It(tithing) like all other commandments are a way for us to show our love to our Father in heaven. So for me, a full tithe paying member in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I'm going to go right on paying my 10% tithe to my Father in Heaven. And Mitt Romney can go on paying his 10% or whatever he wants. I do not hold the responsibility to judge my fellowman. That's Christ's job.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Something was recently brought to my attention that I found very odd. I overheard someone who describes themselves as agnostic use Jesus Christ as an expletive. Now, before going further I want to make it clear that I fully respect an individuals rights to practise what they believe when it comes to religion. Really it makes no difference to me. But I found it odd, that someone who has no desire to participate in religion chooses to use one of the most iconic religious figures in the world as a part of their daily vocabulary. Especially using it in such derogatory ways. I then thought about the countless people who probably fall under the same category who are Atheist. I then wondered do how many use God's name in vain? The term 'Oh my God' is far to common today. I can't even stand it when people put OMG. It makes me sick. Back to my thought though, if someone who is Atheist says that phrase it's completely contradictory. It would be like me saying "Oh my Buddha." Right? Because He isn't their God. But He is mine. So just like I would never show such disrespect to another religions figure, I ask that those who do not believe in our Father and Savior show the same respect.

Monday, January 16, 2012

I want to be...

I want to be...

I want to be a runner.
I want to be a cyclist.
I want to be a teacher.
I want to be a singer.
I want to be a sports reporter.
I want to be a sign language interpreter.
I want to be a lion tamer.
I want to be a dancer.
I want to be an actor.
I want to be a teacher in a foreign country.
I want to be a horse rider.
I want to be a mother.
I want to be on Broadway.
I want to be an example of our Savior.
I want to be an author.
I want to be a film editor.
I want to be a linguist.
I want to be in a movie musical.
I want to be a photographer.
I want to be a wife.
I want to be a soccer player.
I want to be a good friend.
I want to be an activist for proper education.
I want to be a historian.
I want to be a film writer.
I want to be a skilled guitarist.
I want to be in a movie with Johnny Depp.
I want to be a adoption parent.
I want to be a wedding dress designer.
I want to be a mountain biker.
I want to be a snow boarder.
I want to be a drummer.
I want to be a rock climber.
I want to be a beach bum.
I want to be a dancer at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
I want to be a nutritionist.
I want to be a sympathetic individual.
I want to be an artist.
I want to be on the board of education.
I want to be on 'So You Think You Can Dance'.
I want to be a sports photographer.
I want to be a voice for a Disney character.
I want to be a positive force in the world.
I want to be a professor of religion.
I want to be a certified spin instructor.
I want to be a world traveler.
I want to be a goof ball.
I want to be a surfer chick.
I want to be an athlete.
I want to be an accepting person.
I want to be a health nut.
I want to be a motivational speaker.
I want to be a person to be trusted.
I want to be a jewelry designer.
I want to be a family historian.
I want to be a professional dark chocolate taster.
I want to be a hard worker.
I want to be a super hero. (Wonder Woman.)
I want to be a woman of virtue.

I want to be....

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A bunch of sillynes really...

I have many thoughts so off I go.
Where they'll go... Well I don't really know.
I don't seem to keep much to myself
It's like keeping a good game up on a shelf?
I find that some things don't make much sense
Sometimes it's easy to think you're the only one in existence,
Who has ever felt the way you feel
But with experience comes a weight that you know is real.
Just when things seem figured out
A fork in the road when stepped on, will produce a shout.
Life sure is fun when you choose to not fret,
To see things for what they are not what you want to get.
Remember the time things seemed all clear?
And then one day you stop and think "what am I doing here?"
Maybe if I took a bite of cookie like Alice I'd grow real big
And maybe then I'd be able to see what's up ahead.
Like a crazy cat whose smile never ceases
Or a group of wild meeses.
Speaking of moose, I saw one once.
I was with my friend T, and turned on a hunch.
Calmly I asked her not to freak out,
I think he(the moose) just wanted some water from our spout.
But once he knew he was spotted he was off
And I think too that's were I'll... end.

Have a good day!

Talk about FUN!

Why can't a day at work be like this for me?!

Oh... I don't work for Disney... I might need to rethink my current career goals.