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Once upon a time, there was tired, tired mommy. She had a little baby who cried and cried all night long, so she couldn’t get any sleep. Finally, in the wee hours of the morning, her little baby stopped crying and went to sleep. Just as the tired, tired mommy was getting to sleep herself, her two older children woke up, bright and cheerful.

“Good morning Mommy!” they shouted as they bounced on her bed, “We’re awake!”
They had happy faces as they played together around their sleepy, sleepy mommy. Pretty soon the little baby heard what was going on, and he too said, “Good morning Mommy!” except it sounded like, “Da da, da-buh, mmm, ya ya, bah!”

The tired, tired mommy was not as happy as her children. In fact, she wasn’t happy at all! She wanted more than anything to go back to sleep. She tried, but of course she couldn’t with three little children giggling and wiggling all over her bed. The tired, tired mommy was about to become a grumpy, cranky mommy when something tickled the back of her mind.

It was the Holy Ghost whispering, “Be grateful! Think positive!”

So the frustrated, sleep-deprived mommy thought. She thought and thought, and tried to come up with something to be grateful for. She reviewed the situation:
Four people in bed.
Three very happy, energetic, cheerful children loving each other and having a great time.
One very tired, sluggish, not-happy mom.

It was then the mommy realized,
“Hey! Three out of four ain’t bad!”

The Holy Ghost seemed to laugh with her as she enjoyed that most astute observation at 6:45 that morning. The tired mommy became a blessed mommy when she looked on the bright side, and everyone had a happy day.

The end.

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Thoughts on Traditional Marriage

Reason to Write is not a platform where we discuss our political ideals. However, this one is of such importance, I feel the need to post about it.

For those of you not in the state of California, let me tell you a little about Prop 8.  Prop 8 would create a state constitutional amendment that would state the only marriage between a man and a woman is allowed in the State of California.

Now, I really don’t know all the statistics or the numbers or every logical argument being put forth about this important issue.  All I can tell you are the things I know to be true.

First and foremost, I know that God loves His children.  All of them.  No matter what.  Because of that love, He has given us commandments to follow and consequences for when we choose to follow or choose not to.  One of the things He ordained from the creation of our Earth was that marriage was to be between a man and a woman.  His first commandment was that Adam and Eve should multiply and replenish the Earth and bring forth children.  These children would get the chance to learn and grow and strive to rely on the Atonement of Christ in the hope of someday after death, returning to live with God.  This is His plan for His children.  And He gave it to us because He loves us.

Gay marriage is not part of that plan.  This does not mean, however, that God loves those children that desire it any less then those that do not.  No, He loves them all.  God’s love of His children does not make it right though.  He has told us that if we would follow His plan and rely on Christ, that we would be led home to our Creator.  He also said that if we did not follow His plan, there would be consequences, the ultimate being the inability to return to God’s presence.

This issues (Prop 8.) is unfortunately being painted as a rights issue.  And it is not.  Everyone is right.  This is a moral issue.  But sometimes moral issues, especially those which go against the framework of truth given to us by our Father in Heaven, are too important no ignore.  This is one of those issues.

I understand that I may offend many by this post.  If so, I’m am sorry you were offended.  But, I am not sorry for what I have written, for what I have written is the truth that I know in my heart.  The truth that family is ordained of God and has been from the dawn of time.  The truth that the “traditional” family is essential to our life here on Earth and our life into the eternities.  The truth that some issues are too important to be a passive voter.

And, so, I would encourage you all to vote Yes on Proposition 8 come November 4th and declare that only marriage between a man and a woman is legal and accepted in the State of California.

For those of you that are interested, here are some links:

www.preservingmarriage.org

The Family:  A Proclamation to the World

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City of Ember, People of Sparks and Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau

A young friend of mine loaned me these books and encouraged me to read them.  I did, and quickly so.  City of Ember was a compelling read that dragged me speedily into an underground civilization that is dying and whose citizens are in need of rescue and escape and whose ultimate triumph comes at the hands of two adolescents, Lina and Doon.  People of Sparks continues the story of the people of Ember and their quest for a better life where food, commodities, and resources are not scarce.  Prophet of Yonwood takes the reader back in time to before the founding of the underground city and some of the many events which led to its creation and in habitation.  A fourth book in the series entitled The Diamond of Darkhold has recently been released.  A movie based on the City of Ember is to be released 10/10/08.

These books are geared for a middle school audience, and do that job justly.  However, the books are full of interesting cultural, social, and modern commentary that cannot help to attract adults to come and devour their pages.

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