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Name:
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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."

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Standing for Something

Not too long ago LDS President Gordon B. Hinkley published a book called, "Standing for Something." I didn't really think about the importance of such a book until this week.

I want to go back a year ago. I was listening to a song I had heard MANY times before. It was one of those songs that gave the composer credit for having a lot of foresight and selflessness. The song had the same affect on me as someone wanting only for world peace as their gift at Christmas time. Beyond that I had not given the song much thought.

For some reason, on that day over a year ago, the first line of the song caught my attention.


“Imagine there's no Heaven”

My next thought was that he wanted to eliminate religion. I knew a little about the composer—John Lennon. Other than being a former member of the Beatles, he was an activist. I began to hear the song in the mindset of this man.

I continued listening as the rest of the first verse was sung.

“It's easy if you try
No hell below us
above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today”

“Living for today”…that is all there is to it when there is nothing to look forward to. When there is no Heaven or Hell, live and let live, there is only today.

The song continued…

“Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace”

“Nothing to kill or die for”—to me this meant having nothing to stand up for or having a cause for which one felt was just. At this point I just tuned the song out. The lyrics gave me a very bad feeling. From that time to today I would promptly change the radio station as it came on.

This week I saw a
video of a speech by Evan Sayet. In his speech he mentions this very song. He talked about what was wrong with it. All through his speech I kept saying, “right ON!

If you have the time, and I would highly recommend that you take the time, watch or just listen to his speech. Then, come back and read all of the lyrics to “Imagine”.

“Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today”

“Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace”

“You may say that
I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one”

“Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world“

“You may say that
I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one”
I am glad I have something to stand for. I am grateful for my faith in a heaven. I am grateful for people I hold dear enough to die for. I, too, dream of a world where there is peace. But Lennon's dream is not mine.

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7 Comments:

On Saturday, March 31, 2007 6:11:00 AM, Blogger nanc wrote...

kelly - the left wants to blur ALL the lines.

G-d established the need for countries in His wisdom, not ours.

 
On Saturday, March 31, 2007 1:46:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

That is the WHOLE point of their message. We don't believe in anything...except that the Right is WRONG!

I agree with you about countries. We need governments. Without them there is no order. We can see that with the anarchy that is so prevelant among the Left.

There is no law among them.

 
On Friday, April 06, 2007 9:48:00 AM, Blogger John wrote...

I saw Sayet's speech. He confirms what I had independently observed quite some time ago.

 
On Friday, April 06, 2007 8:47:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

John, that is why I have enjoyed your blog so much. You don't mind going "face to face" with the likes of Houstonbat and Lee Harvey inspite of their unhinged view of life.

I feel just as strongly about how things are in this country right now as you. I am just don't say it quite as well as you do...or as forcefully.

Thanks for stopping by, John. And thanks for keeping up on your blog.

 
On Sunday, April 08, 2007 1:15:00 PM, Blogger John wrote...

Happy Easter. :)

 
On Sunday, April 08, 2007 1:17:00 PM, Blogger John wrote...

btw, this utopia that Lennon wants us to "imagine"--in my opinion--sucks.

 
On Sunday, April 08, 2007 8:28:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

That "Utopia" would reduce everyone to the lowest common factor. To me, it is anarchy.

 

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