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I'm a mother of 2 children, Jasmine who is 12 and Brandon who is 9 as of this year, I work for a demolition company in town & enjoy the work i do.

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Time Flies

Isn’t that the truth?! I was without Internet access for about a month and I’m still trying to catch up to all the changes during that time. DoddemaGen is undergoing a facelift. The USS Riverside is getting a complete makeover from a new forum theme, the addition of a blog and image gallery and custom graphics. That’s alot!

Where do I fit in? Right in the middle. It reminds me when I was a child and we had a small car and I had to sit in the middle of my two sisters so they wouldn’t fight. I hated being in the middle. I don’t dread it as much as I did when I was younger. Usually I thrive in that sort of condition except when I feel like I’m over my head.

What saves me is networking. We’ve all heard the magic catch phrase before but in today’s helter skelter world networking is key. I have friends and those friends have friends and they all know a little something about something. I met my good friend Steve online. Have we ever met? Nope. Just through that mysterious ether we call “the Web”!

He’s given me so much of his free time helping me devise new themes only to have me tear them down and build up again. He’s great. There’s my other online friend, Kim, who makes wonderful graphics. Simply amazing. If you go to DoddemaGen or the USS Riverside blog, you’ll see her work. Soon she’ll be here.

What I’m getting at is networking is a real and powerful tool. No matter what you want to call it in today’s world of political correctness, networking is valuable to anybody, whether you’re an aspiring artist, writer, dog groomer, or even a web administrator. Have you reached out lately?

This book stank!

I’ve read books that I just couldn’t finish…not because it was bad writing, it just didn’t hold my interest at that time. I’ve never stopped reading a book because it offended me…until now.

I’ve read all the Left Behind books and really liked them. Although LDS views are somewhat different about the latter days, it was interesting to see how the story unfolded and what the world could possibly be like during that time period before Christ’s return. Kingdom Come, the last book in the series (13 in total) takes us into the Millennium.

What should be a wondrous occasion turns into a future that I want no part of or at least this interpretation. Husband and wife are no longer together…they’re platonic buddies. Family ties are separated and we’re just brothers and sisters working for the “Cause”.

If marriage isn’t possible in the Millennium and beyond for those that lived before it’s beginning, then why even have marriage? Why go through all the trials and tribulations of marriage? Why has our Heavenly Father told us to “cleave one to another” if only to separate us at death?

This is where I take a LDS viewpoint. Families are forever…..literally. In 1995, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came out with the Family Proclamation where it specifically states that “ The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.”

It further states:

“The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.”

I believe, no I know that this is true. I’ve prayed and fasted about it and know that my wife and I can be together forever if we but continue to keep the faith and strive to do our best by others, ourselves and our God. I can do no less.

That’s why I quit the book. I tried but after reading 100 pages and listening to the drivel of meaningless human marriage, I had to stop. Obviously, it’s only my opinion. If you thought differently, comment but do so tactfully.

The proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah. For the whole revelation, please go to Family Proclamation.

Kara out of Surgery

It’s been a hectic day but I’m pleased to say that Kara’s surgery went well.  She had a thermal ablation (I think I got that right).  If you don’t know what it is, research it.  She’ll be hurting for a few days but should be feeling lots better by the end of the week.  Estimates are that by the time her blood level reaches normal, she should be a brand-new person!  That’s a good thing.

So thank you for all your prayers and well wishes.