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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

Courtesy of Scott Kurtz


Monday, October 29, 2007

I think I am going to faint

Josh Groban has a new (first ever) Christmas CD. I had heard this news from ~J who went with me to his concert in Salt Lake City this last August. I went to the store to get a copy and they were all I haven't been able to listen to it yet.

Today I saw a discription of the CD online.

"Time and again, on his albums and soundtrack work, Josh Groban has proven that he can deliver a Christmas song with classic flair. His first collection of traditional seasonal songs is sure to be a Yuletide smash. The CD includes a beautiful rendition of 'O Come All Ye Faithful' featuring a guest appearance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir."

I absolutely MUST have that CD....and then I will faint.


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Friday, October 19, 2007

What's wrong with Harry Reid?

For as long as I have known of Senator Harry Reid I have been on the opposite side of political issues. But, as the highest ranking Mormon elected in the United States, I had some respect for him. I say, "HAD" because I no longer have any respect for him WHATSOEVER!

On October 10, this year, Harry gave a speech at Brigham Young University. The next day I read some of the quotes that came from that speech. I was troubled by what I read. This is a guy, as I said, who is a member of my Faith. Yet, he had the audacity to tell the students, in attendance, that their leaders were leading them down the wrong path--AT the Church's own university.

“People in the (Mormon) church have to understand there are issues more important than abortion and gay marriage.” Said Reid.

“These people [Church leaders] have taken members of the church down the path that is the wrong path.” Reid also said.

Then I saw this column (forwarded by my mother) on the subject. This is when I learned of some of the rest of what he said.

The columnist said, "On the campus of the Mormon university, the most senior elected Mormon in the country called evangelicals “anti-Christian.”

Does that mean he believes that they are collectively the anti-Christ? Is he completely ignorant of the biblical import of that word? Is he so politically and religiously intolerant that he would pass such condemning judgment on an entire class of people?"

My deepest apologies to my fellow Christians (from whatever denomination they come from) for Mr. Reid's remarks.

His actions were shameful, at best.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007


I just want to congratulate two very dear friends [ ~J and Drake] on their engagement... each other.

Here's to HAPPINESS!!


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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Garage/Workshop almost done

Awhile back I posted an entry about the moat in our backyard. Well, we have progressed with that project. We are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel on this one. My husband will finally be able to stretch out his power tools and make things without bumping into walls.

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

LDS Patriotism or blindly following the POTUS

During an Interfaith Conference on War and Peace in Salt Lake City the idea was presented that Mormons (members of the LDS Church), who are deeply patriotic, won't protest the war in Iraq because it would be unpatriotic to speak out against the Bush administration about the war.

It is true that members of the LDS faith tend to be patriotic. One of the Articles of Faith, written by Joseph Smith, states, "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." Members of the faith also believe that this land was set aside as a land of promise.

But, for the most part, they do not blindly follow the POTUS simply because he is the leader of this country.
Case in point 1: Harry Reid. Reid, a Democratic Senator from Nevada, is a member of the LDS faith and a PROMINANT opponent of said war.

Case in point 2: Since most of the LDS membership tend to be conservative they were not likely to be very supportive of a POTUS like Bill Clinton.

Case in point 3: In Utah, where the majority of residents are LDS, Bush's "No Child Left Behind" law has been highly disliked.
The Conference does point out:

"The LDS Church has taken no official position on the war in Iraq, Birch said, leaving its members to make up their own minds regarding the justification of the war. The invasion and occupation of Iraq has been renounced by nearly all major Christian denominations, he said, with the exception of the LDS Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

That leaves people to speculate as to the reasons for the LDS Church's silence. The practice of church leadership has been to not make a statement on a particular topic unless there is unanimity among the church's First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Birch said."
The LDS Church usually takes a neutral stand in regards to politics unless it involves an issue that will directly affect the Church and its values.

Brian Birch, an associate professor of philosophy and director of the religious studies program at Utah Valley State College, added.
"In a democracy, we can renounce war and proclaim peace," President Hinckley said. "There is opportunity for dissent. Many have been speaking out and doing so emphatically. That is their privilege. That is their right, so long as they do so legally.

"However, we all must also be mindful of another overriding responsibility, which I may add, governs my personal feelings and dictates my personal loyalties in the present situation."

President Hinckley later added, "It is clear ... that there are times and circumstances when nations are justified, in fact have an obligation, to fight for family, for liberty and against tyranny, threat and oppression."

But that doesn't mean people who oppose the war aren't faithful members of the LDS Church, Birch said.
As a member of the LDS Church it is my decision to either support or protest the war. I base that decision on my own personal view of the issue.

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