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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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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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