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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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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

My favorite Nativity Video

Luke 2 with Amy Grant singing Breath of Heaven.

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Donny's version of Mary Did you Know

This video is Donny Osmond singing Mary Did you Know put to pictures.


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Thursday, December 06, 2007

The hardest book I ever read

I recently sat down to read a book that was highly recommended by a good friend. I don't know that I would have ever picked this book to read, myself, but as it was given to me I felt I ought to read it.

The book I am talking about is Give Us This Day by Sidney Stewart. It is the true story of a survivor of the Bataan Death March.

It took me a couple days to get past the first page or two, but then I was drawn in with a vengeance. It took the better part of a day to read the remainder of the book. I could not put it down. But OH how I cried!

I was warned that it was a hard read. It is most definitely NOT for the faint of heart. The night after I read it I could not sleep. My mind simply would not be quiet. It had too much to talk about and discuss with me.
It is an incredible story. I was profoundly moved by the underlying story of faith that carried this man through this horrendous experience.

Thank you, jb, it was/is a really good book!

"Sometimes, son, men know not what they do. They cannot help sometimes when they lose faith in themselves, sometimes even in God. But God is just. Your God is a just God."

---Father Cummings

Suddenly I felt stronger again. I reached over and touched [my friend's] body. It was growing cold now. I looked down at his face. It was strange to me that I had not noticed how very thin he had become, how sunken his cheeks were. He had suffered, he had wanted to live. He had been good, always kind and good. I looked up, closing my eyes, and I could feel God about me. I knew that God forgave him.

Christ's own words came to me like whisper:

'My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me!'

All at once I knew that God had taken [him] home. God was good.
----excerpts from Give Us This Day

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Getting into the spirit of the season

I had avoided going out to the stores on Black Friday and the next day. My hubby and I spent those days with some dear friends, instead.

The following Saturday, December 1st, I entered the foray of Christmas shopping. I really wasn't looking forward to it and still don't relish the idea of going out to complete the job. However, on that Saturday, I woke to find 4 inches of snow on the ground. I don't really like driving in it, but I LOVE snow.

I went through the Christmas jar we have for the kiddos to enter suggestions for what they might like for Christmas. Among the little papers that made requests for things like a football or a basketball hoop or a new bike I found this piece of paper that made my heart melt.

For those who may not be familiar with my family, my hubby and I are the legal guardians of 4 youngsters who have not lived with their parents for 3 1/2 years. This is their 4th Christmas with us.
On this little piece of paper from the Christmas jar I read, "I want to live with my mom and dad." Of all the gifts this young lad could ask for he had included that request.

Although I could not grant that request of this young boy I kept that thought in my head as I headed out into the snow and traffic. Shopping was a pleasure. I enjoyed looking for just the right gift for each person.

Upon returning home, however, I found the kitchen to be a mess and a headache was coming on. I knew I didn't have time to rest due to friends coming over that evening. So, I slipped my new Josh Groban Noel CD into the player. Somehow, listening to some good Christmas music made my task of cleaning so much easier.

Later on that day my family and I attended a church Christmas party. It was set up as a journey to Bethlehem. We were given tokens we could use to "buy" our food and such. We sat on blankets in the hall as we watched a simple production of THE Christmas story.

As we gathered with friends that evening in our home I felt grateful for all the good things that had brought the spirit of the season to my heart.

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