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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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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Obama attempts to suppress free speech

Sometimes someone else just says it better.

Portions of an article by Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe as posted in the comments section by Mike in Mike's America blog "Mike's America Homepage 10.29.08 - 2:01 pm # ":


If opinion polls are right, Barack Obama is cruising to victory. As president, would he show the same forbearance as Bush in allowing his opponents to have their say, unmolested? Or would he attempt to suppress the free speech of those whose views he detested? It is disturbing to contemplate some of the Obama campaign's recent efforts to stifle criticism.

When the National Rifle Association produced a radio ad last month about Obama's shifting position on gun control, the campaign's lawyers sent letters to radio stations in Ohio and Pennsylvania, urging them not to run it - and warning of trouble with the Federal Communications Commission if they did. "This advertisement knowingly misleads your viewing audience," Obama's general counsel Bob Bauer wrote. "For the sake of both FCC licensing requirements and the public interest, your station should refuse to continue to air this advertisement."

Similar lawyer letters went out in August when the American Issues Project produced a TV spot exploring Obama's strong ties to former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. Station managers were warned that running the anti-Obama ad would be a violation of their legal obligation to serve the "public interest." And in case that wasn't menacing enough, the Obama campaign also urged the Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation.

In Missouri, an Obama "truth squad" of prosecutors and other law-enforcement officials vowed to take action against anyone making "character attacks" on the Democratic candidate - a threat, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt later remarked, that had about it the "stench of police state tactics."

All these examples are forming a pattern. This is how Obama would govern."

Mike's America


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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

On a lighter note: Bessie and the Brain

I have previously mentioned that we have some betta fish and, more recently, that we have a kitten. Bessie, the cat, and the Brain, our remain betta fish* met each other the other day.

Now, it is my understanding that cats like to eat fish. We shall see. The other day, however, our little kitten decided that the table next to the fish tank was a great place to take a nap.

Isn't she cute?!!

The Brain does look a little concerned.

* The other betta fish (Pinky) bit the dust (if that is possible for a fish to do) a few weeks ago, before we adopted our kitten.


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Friday, October 10, 2008

Reasons LDS Church is supporting California Prop 8

From the LDS Church Newsroom:
"At the request of the Protect Marriage Coalition, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is making arrangements for them to call friends, family and fellow citizens in California to urge support of the effort to defend traditional marriage. The coalition has asked members of the many participating churches and organizations to contribute in whatever way they can to the effort to pass Proposition 8."

See video snippet for the reasons we back this proposition.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Legal Perspective on Prop 8

The following came to me via an email group of LDS moms. Permission was given to share this. This issue is not merely a change in who can or cannot be married.

Read on. Mr. King says it better than I can.

I know this list is mostly for Moms, but I'm an attorney Dad who needs to weigh in on this issue, particularly for those not in CA who might not be well informed, or those in CA who feel 'the [LDS] Church has over-stepped its bounds.' It has not.

Far more is at stake than whether same-sex couples can formalize their relationships - the absolute fact is that they can under California law, whether or not Prop 8 passes. The Family Code says there shall be no difference in the rights of registered domestic partners under California Law - so they already have every right California can give them. The only thing Prop 8 denies them is the term MARRIAGE.

The underlying goal of those same-sex marriage is not supporting those relationships, it is totally about undermining established religion and those who espouse moral standards. The goal is to make California a hostile environment for those of faith, as San Francisco attempts to be. As I recall one City Councilman put it [paraphrased, and I wish I could now find the story I read so long ago]: 'Established religion and those who belong to it have no place in San Francisco and should go elsewhere.'

Note the Church that lost its tax-exempt status because it would not perform gay marriages. Note the doctor who was sued [despite referring to another doctor who performed the procedure] over refusal to artificially inseminate a lesbian couple and was then told by the Judge 'find another line of work.' Note that the Catholic Church can no longer arrange adoptions in Massachusetts since they will not do so for same-sex couples. Note that marriages of all kinds have declined catastrophically in foreign countries that have allowed same-sex marriage for years.

Know that there are couples waiting until after the election to approach the LDS Church to be married there, but have already drafted the legal complaint in order to attack the Church in Court for a refusal to perform the ceremony. Know that California law requires that same-sex marriage be taught to children in school on the same basis as heterosexual marriage.

Read liberal David Blankenhorn's article [Los Angeles Times, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008]
'Protecting Marriage to Protect Children' for another perspective.


Bryan King, Esquire

I couldn't say it better.

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