American Idol 8: Salt Lake City Auditions - Mormons in the House!

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No longer is it possible to think of Salt Lake City, Utah without connecting it to Idol runner-up, and Mormon -- David Archuleta. No question that American Idol hit the jackpot in the city last year, so of course, they were hoping to strike it rich again!

And lets not forget our beloved Mormon girl, Brook White, who stole all of our LDS hearts, with her fresh face, and genuine personality!

As many of you know, I covered both of these Mormons, who were American Idol Contestants, extensively over on Hubpages. So, will this Well-Behaved Mormon Woman do it again, IF a Mormon goes and makes a splash once again on American Idol Season 8?

Lets see...

The SLC episode of American Idol 8 opened with David Osmond, 19, yes one of the famous Osmonds, who lives in Utah. He’s a good-looking, clean cut guy with a bit of his own sad story. Despite belonging to a famous family, Osmond’s life isn’t all sunshine. He, like his father, suffers from the very debilitating disease MS. You’d never know it to see him at his audition, however. Osmond has a nice voice, if his song was a bit over-done. Paula Abdul advised him to “start thinking of yourself as one solo artist.” Osmond emerged from the audition room with golden ticket in hand.

Well, Salt Lake City definitely made an impression on the American Idol Judges. In fact, there were quite a few residents that snatched a Golden Ticket! A lot of people are already wanting to know, which of them, are Mormon?

Although there was and is, some great talent that made it through to Hollywood, I've decided on the ONE that I am going to keep my eye on, for right now:-)

Taylor Vaifanua, 16, is from Utah also. (pictured above) She’s also extremely tall and gorgeous - if she’d been born in LA, she’d already be modeling full time. She belted out “Joyful, Joyful” in a gorgeous voice.

Good luck to all the contestants on American Idol Season 8. It looks like we are in for another amazing season!

Tell me YOU think?


Well, I did it... I wrote a complete Hub about Taylor Vaifanua over on Hubpages. I decided to put on my detective hat, to find out EVERYTHING I could, about this up and coming American Idol starlet!

American Idol Season 8 Taylor Vaifanua - Mormon Sensation!

Read more about the Salt Lake City auditions HERE.

Bees Are Good Luck - Really!

The actual swarming of the BEES, that came to visit me - was really quite a brief encounter. Before I knew it, the BEES began to settle into a bush/tree that is set right behind our rod iron fence, and again - outside of my upstairs bedroom window. I decided that I would once again, photo-journal the event. I grabbed my Olympus camera, put on my telephoto lens and like the coward that I am, shot a picture of the swarm of bees, through the window.

It became imperative, that I find something positive about having to experience "my" MASSIVE BEE SWARM; lest I have nightmares! So, I decided to Google BEES and the word LUCK. Here is some fun BEE-LORE, that has made me feel a lot more comfortable with my very busy buzzing visitors. In fact, I'm actually feeling a lot better now... kind of.


If a bee enters your home, it's a sign that you will soon have a visitor. If you kill the bee, you will have bad luck, or the visitor will be unpleasant.

Bees have often been regarded as wise and even holy insects, having foreknowledge as well as knowledge of many secret matters. In antiquity they were sometimes divine messengers, and their constant humming was believed to be a hymn of praise. Because of their status it is still considered unlucky in some places to kill a bee. If a bee flies into the house it is a sign of great good luck, or of the arrival of a stranger; however, the luck will only hold if the bee is allowed to either stay or to fly out of the house of its own accord.

A bee landing on someone's hand is believed to foretell money to come, while if the bee settles on someone's head it means that person will rise to greatness. They were once considered to deliberately sting those who swore in front of them, and also to attack an adulterer or unchaste person; it was once held to be a sure sign that a girl was a virgin if she could walk through a swarm of bees without being stung.

Source: Vanessa's Pagan Place Folklore Page

Now, if for some reason MY BEES decide to give an encore performance, I will know exactly what to do, to make the MOST out of the situation.


Massive Bee Swarm In My Backyard!

Swarm of Bees in Backyard, taken on my iphone (through window:-)
Originally uploaded by Kathryn Skaggs

For the last few months, we've had a bit of a concern, that we might possibly have a BEE problem? You see, BEES have been hovering under the eaves of our roof. On occasion, they will even drop dead on our patio. My grandkids have stepped on a few of them. Ouch! So, obviously, we have known that we should have it checked out, right?

Well... as "procrastination" happens - we had not done so yet. The other day, I was certain that I could hear humming when I was standing in my master bathroom. No one else was around, but it did freak me out a bit. I told my husband. He just looked at me...

This morning, right after my husband left for work - I noticed the silhouette of a lot of BEES buzzing around - through my bedroom shades. And I mean A LOT! Not good:-(

I raised the shades, looked out my windows -- and nearly FREAKED OUT when I saw this MASSIVE BEE SWARM, flying all over my backyard! I immediately took survival action - and quickly made sure that they could not compromise the house - and get ME!

Next, I called my husband and freaked out on him! Of course, he was on his way to an appointment, and said that he would be home about 4pm and take care of things then. Bye. WHAT THE HECK???

To prove to HIM my plight -- I grabbed my trusty IPHONE, and took a picture of "my" BEE SWARM. I then, uploaded my picture to TwitPic and Twittered my condition to my trusted Tweeps -- where I was immediately validated!

Thanks Tweeps;-) Well, that's enough drama for this post. I've taken a picture of where "my" BEE SWARM has landed for now. I used my Olympus, so that I could get a fairly nice close-up. But mind you, both this iphone picture of my swarm of bees, and the one that I will post in a bit - were taken through my bedroom window.

Hey... I'm not going outside!


Note: Here is the update to my BEE SAGA, here you go - Bees Are Good Luck... Really!

U.S. Airways Flight 1549 "Standing on His Wings"

I was watching Fox New channel this morning, and witnessed NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pay tribute to the pilot of Flight 1549. Now being lovingly referred to as, "Sulley".

Mayor Bloomberg said: "It woud appear the pilot did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river and making sure everyone got out." The pilot "walked the plane twice" to ensure all passengers had got out before leaving the plane himself."

I know I am not alone, but this particular picture, of the passengers of flight 1549, has captured the very depths of my heart. And if you didn't know already, it was captured on an iphone, by Janis Krums of Sarasota, Florida. This immediately was broadcast on the Internet, all over the world.

Again, while the news was breaking about the plane crash on the Hudson River, of U.S. Airway Flight 1549 - I also had quick access to Twitter... and Twitter I did! Twitter folks were broadcasting information as it was being made available, as fast as we could "tweet"! It was quite a site to behold -- as photos and video footage began to stream.

All of this amazement aside - I continued to go back and reflect on this particular stunning picture. The symbolism of what I was seeing, overwhelmed me -- as much as the miracle I was literally beholding. On one site, that posted this picture - it read "Standing on the Wings".

I used to have such a fear of flying, that when I was only a little bit younger, I would ask my husband for a blessing - to calm my nerves. Flying was so stressful for me. It often took me a day or two to recover, once I landed. You would never know it to observe me - but on the inside I was extremely fearful. Every bit of turbulence, I was certain I was going to die. Honestly, I am not exaggerating. However, my fear was not so great - that I was willing to miss out on traveling for whatever I desired.

As I began to fly more often, and realized that I most likely would not die - I decided to just accept, that my life was truly in the Hands of God. I made a conscious decision to allow Him to take away my fear, and just accept whatever destiny, and that He was in control.

Believe it or not, flying has now become very relaxing for me. I look forward to it. Once I began to visualize, that vulnerable jet in the palms of His Hands - all my fears dissipated. For me personally, that has been a miracle.

As I have gazed upon this picture of that strong jet, carrying on its wings, literally the lives of each passenger and crew aboard - I can't help but have it confirmed in my heart - that this visual is profoundly striking to our relationship with our Heavenly Father, each and everyday of our lives.

I feel such a gratitude, for each one of us, who are rescued and can consider ourselves "survivors" of such evil, etc.. that we experience in the world today. It is my personal belief - that each one of us, through the atonement of Jesus Christ - Stand on His Wings!


Mormons on Twitter

Lets just get this right out in the open -- I am addicted to Twitter. There - I said it! Yes, this Well Behaved Mormon Woman spends quite a bit of her precious time, as LdsNana, twittering around. I'm not even going to attempt to justify the amount of time I spend sending out tweets and connecting with multitudes of people, nearly everyday - on Twitter!

Instead, I'd like to persuade more LDS members to come on board, and join me on Twitter! That's right -- consider this an informal invitation, inviting YOU to jump on the Twitter bandwagon! I've even provided a way for you to connect, almost instantaneously - with many other awesome LDS members!

All you need do, is first sign-up for a Twitter account, and then head on over to this link -- and join the LDS Twitter Group. Piece of cake.

You might be asking yourself, why YOU should join Twitter? In fact, you might not even be aware of what Twitter is all about... Well, that's OK! In all honesty, when I first signed-up, I didn't either. It took me quite a few months to begin to understand the POWER of Twitter!

I'm not here to tell you how you should use Twitter. But I will tell you, that I do think you should be a part of the Twitter movement. There are already quite a few Mormons on Twitter. It's fun, because everyday - we learn that another person on Twitter, just happens to be a Mormon, too. Really, they just keep coming out of the woodwork! As LDS members connect with each other on Twitter - others are also intertwined into our "small conversations". This is a great way for others, to get a small glimpse into Mormonism.

"That word conversation is important. There are conversations going on about the Church constantly. Those conversations will continue whether or not we choose to participate in them. But we cannot stand on the sidelines while others, including our critics, attempt to define what the Church teaches. While some conversations have audiences in the thousands or even millions, most are much, much smaller. But all conversations have an impact on those who participate in them. Perceptions of the Church are established one conversation at a time."
Elder M. Russell Ballard

I'd like to share with you, a few of the exciting things on Twitter, that I have been privileged to be a part of over the last few months.

During our most recent LDS General Conference, Twitter became a medium to connect with other LDS members, in real-time - during conference. I will admit, that I did find it necessary to re-read each talk, later. (Which we always do anyway:-) However, the POWER of connecting in such a way - cannot be denied.

Twitter and LDS General Conference

Twitter is an amazing tool, for dispensing information in a very efficient manner. Many Mormons, were very involved with the YES on 8 campaign. For me personally, Twitter became a way to connect with many others, online - that are also passionate about defending traditional marriage.

And last, but not least - I have had wonderful opportunities to meet many people of different faiths, and beliefs through my Twitter connections. I am consistently impressed, encouraged and humbled at the sincerity and respect, that I find with so many people on Twitter. I'd like to introduce you to just one, of these amazing people, of whom I have come to truly respect and value their friendship greatly... Meet @wading4U, also known as Tim Wade.

You can read the full story here... Are Mormons better Christians?

Well, I could go on and on about the many positive reasons for spending my time, just Twittering around. I could list off @ after @, of the really nice folks that I have had the blessing of becoming associated with, on Twitter. Instead, I'll stop there. I hope that you have - in some way, been inspired to join the conversation, on Twitter - and add your light, to a place where there are so many who are ready and willing to receive you, as a person.

About Twitter - In Plain English

What IS Twitter?

THE Twitter Manual - DOWNLOAD IT NOW!

Twitter Quick-Start Guide

How to use TweetDeck
- My favorite application for managing your Twitter account

I would love to hear about some of your - Twitter experiences?


LdsNana on Twitter!