How to Achieve World Peace. And... That's Not Right.

Howdy hey hi ho, people! 


Hope you all are having a fabulous week so far.

How's my week, you ask? Well, I'm absolutely convinced that I've found the solution to all the world's problems. You wanna know what it is? Okay, I'll show you [kittens are obviously the solution to all our problems].
 This is Patches. She will be coming home with us, and we are pretty excited. 
On another, completely unrelated note, I am Mormon. You probably already knew that, but if you didn't before, you know now. I don't know if any of you have seen this:
But if you have, I encourage you to read the church's official statement regarding it. I try to stay away from talking religion and politics on my blog because, although I have opinions (very strong opinions), I don't feel that my blog is a place to talk about them. 

Anyway, I encourage you to learn what our church is really about rather than what the media portrays. 

Here is a snippet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' response to the article in Bloomberg Businessweek. If you'd like to read more, you can do so here, and I am always open to answer any questions you may have about my faith. 

"...The vast majority of the income used to manage the Church comes from tithing, not from businesses or investments.

"Tithing has thus proved to be an enormous blessing to the Church and its people, along with simple but sound economic principles such as avoiding debt, living within one’s means and setting aside funds for a rainy day.
"The key to understanding Church finances is to understand that they are a means to an end. They allow the Church to carry out its religious mission across the world.
"Does the Church own for-profit businesses? Yes. In the Church’s earlier history as it was establishing itself in the remote Intermountain West, some of those businesses were necessitated by the simple fact that they didn’t exist elsewhere in the community. Gradually, as private businesses developed and the need for Church-owned businesses diminished, they were sold off, donated to the community or discontinued.
"Today, the Church’s business assets support the Church’s mission and principles by serving as a rainy day fund...
"Tithing funds are used to support five key areas of activity:
  • Providing buildings or places of worship for members around the world. We have thousands of such buildings and continue to open more, sometimes several in a week.
  • Providing education programs, including support for our universities and our seminary and institute programs.
  • Supporting the Church’s worldwide missionary program.
  • Building and operating nearly 140 temples around the world and the administration of the world’s largest family history program.
  • Supporting the Church’s welfare programs and humanitarian aid, which serve people around the world — both members of the Church as well as those who are not members
And... that's all I have to say about that. 

27 comments:

Joslin said...

Aww I was just telling my husband how badly I wanted to get a kitten. Your sweet little one just makes me want to run out and adopt one right this moment.

Susanne said...

Kittens should not be allowed to be so cute. I feel worthless next to them.

Catherine Anne said...

aww the kitten looks so cute

Laura said...

I did not know you were a Mormon. I am fascinated by other religions and lifestyles.

Maša said...

I agree that kittens are a solution to all world problems! And they are certainly healthier than anti-depressants. :)

rooth said...

Oh lucky girl. The kitten looks SO adorable.

I didn't read the Bloomberg article but now will need to check it out as well as the LDS's response. Thanks for bringing this up

Breenah said...

That kitten is ADORABLE.
I feel like it goes in cycles of who the media is going to bad mouth. The media as a whole (tv, newspapers, etc) needs to look in on itself once in a while.

Bri Buzali said...

That kitty is so cute! awwww....

Also, I don't understand why people have to slam others religions. So what if you have a different belief than them? Be accepting and open to listening why it is that they believe what they do. AND, I think the fact that there are SO MANY very smart and successful business owners who are Mormon says something. Instead of judging maybe they need to take some lessons! :) That's all.

kimberly rae said...

Yaay kittens! I have to admit I'm more of a dog person but only bc I feel like cats are so independent and I want my pet to snuggle up with me! But some cats are snugglers i just don't know how you'd know! lol!

Also I agree with Breenah in terms of how the media portrays certain religions, politics or groups of people. I feel like there are SO MANY Mormon bloggers so I have a better idea of what Mormonism (am I using that right?) is about but for most Americans the only exposure they have to it is Big Love and Sister Wives so it's easy for them to publish stuff that's not necessarily true because nobody really knows!

his little lady said...

i haven't even heard of this bloomberg article. i'll have to give this a read. and congrats on the little kitten!
xo TJ

Georgina said...

1. That kitten is the sweetest nugget I've seen probably EVER. You are so lucky!

2. I'm so glad you posted more details (and resources) regarding your religion. Growing up in one of the stricted of the strict (Roman Catholic) I had no views regarding the Mormon religion from someone who actually practiced.

Kylie said...

I'm not a cat person, but kittens are another story. Patches is adorable!

Thanks for sharing that response from the Church :) I'd heard about the article and I'm glad to know there's such a concise response.

Kayla fromSealedWithAKay said...

That kitten is just adorable! I think it's totally that you're offering more info on your religion, even if you don't want to make it a primary focus on your blog. We all have things like that I'm sure that our blog is a place to write what you want to. I did check out the links though, I'm always very interested in reading up on other religions/practices/cultures from my own. Thank you for sharing!

xo Kayla

Courtney B said...

That kitten is just precious!!

And thank you for posting this!!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I'm not Mormon... I don't really believe in any kind of organized religion. However I don't think it's right for anyone to judge a religion (or politics, for that matter). As long as Mormons aren't hurting anything, I don't really care how they make money. What right is it for me to judge?

ANYWAY. I think the judgement is lame. Just know that not EVERYONE is judging!!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Oh wow... I haven't seen that. Off to check it out.

Allison Taylor said...

Oh!! Can't wait to see more pictures of Patches!

Kelly said...

You kitty.... is so CUTE. I want to steal. Now.

Kristen Seuberling said...

PATCHES!!! Patches and Mr. Beckham should be blogger-pet best friends once she comes home. They can swap stories about the horrors of being perpetually photographed, and forced to wave to the webcam in vlogs.

I don't read these kind of magazines for a whole host of reasons, but I think it's silly that they want to attack religions for getting involved in business. Last time I checked, America believed in Capitalism... which means that we all have the right to own our own business and run it according to the Nation's laws. That means that the profits can support any legal venture that the business is designed to support, and consumers make the choices about what their money supports. End of story. Darn liberals.

Rima said...

I like reading about the Tithe. My religion practices Tithe as well and pretty much the purpose of the tithe is similar to Mormons.

But anyhoo, why can't we just practice our beliefs without attacking each other?

ps. you make me want to have a cat. huhuhu

Trish said...

can i just say that patches is so cute... awww. :)

eef said...

wahhhhh kittens! =]

Mrs. Osmond said...

I have neve seen this article either, I am so glad you posted about this you are so amazing. Ps thanks for the tweet earlier and pps I am so jealous you have a cat. I love cats

Leanna Vera said...

Patches is absolutely adorable! I'm so glad you were able to get a kitten!

Catherine said...

I'm Mormon too. That article (especially the cover image) was a little stunning to say the least.

Cute blog.

Catherine (your newest follower)
FEST (food, style & travel)

Sara Louise said...

I'm not Mormon (I'm pretty sure you know that) but that magazine cover is disrespectful and would be whether it was Mormon, Catholic, Baptist, Muslim and so on. (except for Scientology, they're fair game).
(That was rude. I apologize to the Scientologists)

Sierra said...

Ugh. This just frustrates me. I try to just talk about MY relationship with God. And that's it. No one can argue with that ya know? but that article still makes me so mad.
Kittens, however, always make things better. ha.
xx
Sierra