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Kelly is the mother of 5 adorable kids--4 boys and a girl. The girl came in a package with a boy (twins). Kelly is married to a charming young man who lives and breathes computers. They are also guardians for three nieces and a nephew.

She is active in the community having served as PTA President of a local elementary school, on the board of the Salt Lake Mothers of Twins, as a district round-table trainer with the Cub Scouts, as a volunteer for Sidelines (a support network for Women on bed rest during pregnancy) and she and her husband are active in the LDS Church.

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"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

Helaman 5:12

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Service and happiness

In recent intereactions with a friend I came to realize that service truly is a means to happiness. We are most happy when we reach outside ourselves and think about the needs of others.

As a teenager I thought it was cool to cut other people down. It made me feel somewhat better than the other person. One day I was hanging with a friend while putting down every remark he made. My friend had had enough. I was not a friend to him. I was mean and he didn't want to be around me. He explained all this to me as calmly as he could muster.

I felt like finding a hole to climb in. I needed a portable hole to duck into. But there I was. I had to just sit there and face this person who had just pointed out a horrible truth about me.

Later that night when I returned home I resolved that I would never be in that situation again. I would never put anyone down as long as I could help it. But I did not stop there. I continued with my resolution. I would go around lifting rather than putting down. I have not always succeeded, but that day opened up a whole new world to me.

I went from being a rather introverted 16 year old to an outgoing 17 year old. As I walked the halls of my high school between classes I found something nice to say about everyone I passed. Sometimes I had to search, but the task I had set for myself became increasingly easier as time turned into years.

A side affect of this new attitude was that I found I had a lot of friends. People liked being around me...not because I was all that great, but because I found the good in them.


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