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I pray because I believe, and I believe because I pray.

Joseph Walker--Deseret Morning News

Utah, United States

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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Salt Lake LDS Temple Centennial with a full 3D model of the building in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This Single Image Stereogram was done at the 100 year anniversary of the building's completion.

Printed at 18x24 inches.

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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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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

One red paperclip

As a fan of the paperclip I couldn't help notice this story:

Man turns paper clip into house

Taking a paper clip and turning it into a house sounds like a cheesy magic trick or a phony instance of resourcefulness on the 1980s TV show "MacGyver."

By Brian Bergstein Associated Press
People work on the house that Kyle MacDonald bartered a red paper clip for in Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada. MacDonald will take ownership of the three-bedroom, 1,100-square-foot building Wednesday.

Kyle MacDonald, however, has pulled it off.
One year ago, the 26-year-old blogger from Montreal set out to barter one red paper clip for something and that thing for something else, over and over again until he had a house.

Read the rest.

Way to go Kyle!

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Discovery rises to the occasion!

In 1995 the space shuttle Discovery made a visit to Salt Lake City, Utah. I took my youngsters to this once in a life time event. So, when I learned that it was this very space shuttle that took our great country back into space for the first time since the Columbia disaster I cheered.

But then I thought more about how apropo the name Discovery is in the context of a letter I wrote to the editor shortly after the demise of Columbia.

Here is a copy of that letter:

This is what it says:

As I have contemplated the impact of the space shuttle Columbia's demise and the subsequent heightened arguments for the end of such missions I am reminded of one man whose name Columbia honors--Christopher Columbus.

Columbus lived in a day when the Atlantic Ocean was much like space is to us. Venturing into that vast ocean was an expensive undertaking and was no less risky than a ride on a shuttle into space. Columbus and his contemporary explorers set out to find the unknown. Many lost their lives. But they did not give up. Neither should we.

In honor of Columbia and Christopher Columbus, we shall rise to the occasion and never give up.

Kelly (February 2003: Deseret News Editorial page)

I add to those words I penned at that time..."and just as Christopher Columbus and his contemporaries did we will set sail on a voyage of discovery on the space shuttle Discovery.

And in the words of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin speaking of the July 4, 2006 launch:

"They don't get much better than this."

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Saturday, July 01, 2006

The Mormon Battalion ( the story of patriotism in the face of persecution )

This month we honor the 543 men who enlisted to help the United States government in securing new lands in several Western states, especially the Gadsden Purchase of 1853 of much of southern Arizona. The march also opened a southern wagon route to California. Veterans of the battalion played significant roles in America's westward expansion in California, Utah, Arizona and other parts of the West.
In July 1846, under the authority of U.S. Army Captain James Allen and with the encouragement of Mormon leader Brigham Young, the Mormon Battalion was mustered in at Council Bluffs, Iowa Territory. The battalion was the direct result of Brigham Young's correspondence on 26 January 1846 to Jesse C. Little, presiding elder over the New England and Middle States Mission. Young instructed Little to meet with national leaders in Washington, D.C., and to seek aid for the migrating Latter-day Saints, the majority of whom were then in the Iowa Territory.

In response to Young's letter, Little journeyed to Washington, arriving on 21 May 1846, just eight days after Congress had declared war on Mexico
Little met with President James K. Polk on 5 June 1846 and urged him to aid migrating Mormon pioneers by employing them to fortify and defend the West. The president offered to aid the pioneers by permitting them to raise a battalion of five hundred men, who were to join Colonel Stephen W. Kearny, Commander of the Army of the West, and fight for the United States in the Mexican War. Little accepted this offer. ...

The battalion marched from Council Bluffs on 20 July 1846, arriving on 1 August 1846 at Fort Leavenworth (Kansas), where they were outfitted for their trek to Santa Fe. Battalion members drew their arms and accoutrements, as well as a clothing allowance of forty-two dollars, at the fort. Since a military uniform was not mandatory, many of the soldiers sent their clothing allowances to their families in the Mormon refugee encampments in Iowa

Blaine S Nay, Cedar City, Utah, USA
Considering that this group of people had just been chased from the lands within the boundaries of the United States of America they still looked to negotiate with the United States to help them in their expansion. The Mormons had already fled perscution in Missouri (extermination order via Governor Boggs) and the mobs in Nauvoo, Illinois. Their service in the Battalion went beyond the call of duty. The men of the Mormon Battalion are honored for their willingness to fight for the United States as loyal American citizens. Their march of some 2,000 miles from Council Bluffs to California is one of the longest military marches in history. Their participation in the early development of California by building Fort Moore in Los Angeles, building a courthouse in San Diego, and making bricks and building houses in southern California contributed to the growth of the West.

Following their discharge, many men helped build flour mills and sawmills in northern California. Some of them were among the first to discover gold at Sutter's Mill. Men from Captain Davis's Company A were responsible for opening the first wagon road over the southern route from California to Utah in 1848.


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