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Thanksgiving: A Time to Give


Just a few weeks ago I told you about a wonderful fundraiser for LDS Business College, to help single moms get an education.  It's been lovingly named "Give Oh Give"!  You can read the details HERE.  I also told you that I would update you on how things are going, and introduce you to another very deserving single mother. (remember Megan?) You may also recall that LDS Philanthropies has partnered with Mormon bloggers to help raise money to provide scholarships to single LDS moms.  I'm thrilled to lend my voice in this shared cause.

Meet Sarah and her sweet family.  (pictured above)  But don't let the smiles on their faces fool you.  Sarah is a single mom, evident in this family portrait, and has been through a lot, with continued challenges before her.  But her future has been greatly blessed by her scholarship from LDS Business College.  Read more about Sarah's story at LDS Philanthropies.   But let me share just a little bit here of what Sarah had to say about attending the college and benefiting by the generosity of others...

My biggest challenge at LDSBC has been overcoming my initial stumbling block of thinking that, as an almost 40 year old single mother of 4 young kids, I would not be able to do well at school after a 20+ year absence from formal education. I didn't believe it was in me to be 'smart enough' or had the confidence that I could do well. The thought of studying, exams, and so much required reading was very intimidating. Added to that, I didn't know how I'd pay for it. 
The boost of confidence I needed came when I found out that the LDSBC offered a Scholarship for single parents, and that I qualified for it. I remember when the email arrived that I had been granted the Scholarship, I cried from feeling overwhelmed with appreciation and joy. I decided right there and then that if the people who donated the funds for the Scholarship and faculty of the College believed I was worth the investment, then I would give my all to my studies and do my absolute best to ensure that those precious funds were not wasted on me. 
The donors may never fully understand how their gift has blessed my life. Within a few days of attending classes, delving into the textbooks, and getting to know my teachers, a feeling swelled within me that has grown and grown ever since. It was a feeling that distilled on me that 'I can do hard things'. Learning has become a joy - I've learned to love learning. Now in my fourth semester, I've averaged a 3.98 GPA. Those feelings of inadequacy and intimidation are gone and I see what I've accomplished in the past and have full confidence that my children and I have a bright future ahead of us.

Here's what Sarah had to say when asked how she would express her gratitude to those who have donated to make her education possible, and what she would say to those who might be considering making a donation to assist other single moms...
Anyone who has heard me speak of my gratitude to the donors who have made it possible for me to attend the College know it is a topic very close to my heart, and usually accompanied by tears. I look forward to the day when I know the names of the individuals who have donated the funds, to look into their eyes, and thank them personally for allowing me the means to have my life transformed. I don’t expect if I were to meet them that I would have the words to describe my gratitude. A simple “Thank You”, though sincere and heart-felt, is so inadequate to really express my feelings of gratitude. When granted the Scholarship, I promised the donors I’d do my very best and assured them that their precious funds would not be wasted on me. I have kept that promise to them and will continue to do so. I too would like to donate to the Scholarship fund, so that other people in similar situations have the opportunities that have been afforded to me.
 Go Sarah!

I continue to be amazed at the challenges that single mothers have to parent their children, and provide for them.  Sadly, 26 percent of children now live with just one parent, and 27 percent of single mothers live in poverty. Those are stunning statistics!   These moms need our help to create a positive future for them and their children.  Most single moms that I've talked to were not the ones who chose their circumstances.  Many of them have had their dreams of the fairytale family that every little girl dreams of, now turned into a nightmare.  Single mothers spend much of their time lying awake at night wondering how they are going to pay their bills and take care of their children.  Education is the key to helping these women, and that's what this project is all about.

As of Sunday evening, 11/20/2011, people have given a total of $8,907.  I wish that I could give a hug to every person who has given the widow's mite on behalf of these, our sisters.  You can donate HERE or use the widget on my sidebar.   Every donation, no matter the size, is helpful and needed.  Won't you please consider making a contribution?

As President Hinckley once said,
"You never can foretell the consequences of a dollar invested in education. It goes on multiplying itself. It becomes not an expenditure but an investment that pays returns far and wide and through generations to come."
At this Thanksgiving time, as we consider the many blessings that God has given to us, may our hearts be touched on behalf of those in need of our help, and may we do what we can to help, however small that may be...

tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs


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LDS Business College: Give Oh Give

As you can see by this list, there are many AWESOME Mormon Bloggers working hard to get the word out to their readers, to HELP single moms:



Modern Molly Mormon: Give Hope, Give Help

Raising Memories: Give Oh Give

11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven: Can You Help?

Food Storage Made Easy: Spreading the Word for a Good Cause

Technology for Moms: Give Oh Give Away

Is this REALLY my life?: Single parent shout-out: Let’s #GiveOhGive

Cute Girls Hairstyles:
Single Parenting | A Time to Give
Lady Gaga Hair Bow - Give Oh Give Plug

Feminist Mormon Housewives: Opening a Door for Single Mothers

formerly phread: Bloggers Helping Single Parents

Perry's Plate: Giving Hope to Single Parents

We Talk of Christ, We Rejoice in Christ: Things I Will Spend (my husband's) Hard-Earned Money On

Chocolate on my Cranium:
Give, Oh, Give
Educating Women: Sarah's Story

Welcome to the Madness: Give Oh Give

Mormon Women: Who We Are: Give Hope: Help Single Parents Get an Education

My Real Life Was Backordered:
Tricks, Treats, and All the Saints at Home
A Dreamy Family Christmas Letter
This Just In!

The Lyon's Tale: WNW: Providing Education and a Future

Cute Culture Chick: LDS BLOGGERS GIVE BACK – SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Divergent Pathways: Because I have been given 


Mormon Moms Who Blog:
Your Financial HELP Strongly Requested
Your Help Needed

Budget Gourmet Mom:
Give, Oh Give and Apple Crisp Pancakes
Three 30 Minute Meals and A Chance to Give Hope

Fruit Height Friends: Campaign: Scholarships for Single Moms


The Jet Set: Single Parent Scholarships

Making Today Memorable: give oh give

Happy Meets Crazy: By Small and Simple Things...

georgia leigh: Achieving the Impossible

Women in the Scriptures: Give, Oh Give

gracious rain: All The Single Ladies

Super Healthy Kids: Meal Plans and Opportunities

Modern Mormon Men: Opening Doors For Single Mothers

NOTE:  Although I've focused my blog posts on single moms, certainly these scholarships are available to single fathers, too.  








Nothing Feels as Good as Gratitude!


When I think of all the different feelings that we as humans experience, throughout our entire lives, I'm convinced that gratitude is the most wonderful and important of them all!  And I also believe that every other positive feeling that we experience is directly related to being thankful.  For instance, you might say that love is the greatest feeling of all, but in reality it is the gratitude we feel for that person, place, creation, service, and even experience, that cause us to love.  One of my favorite scriptures, John 4:19, teaches us this principle...

"We love him, because he loved us first!"  

That's gratitude!  We love what we are most grateful for, and above all, we are grateful for the infinite atonement of Jesus Christ and what that means to us now, and more importantly, eternally!  Love is made perfect through the process of gratitude.  We tend to love that which blesses us, in ways that benefit us in one way or another.  Think about it...

I also believe that gratitude is learned.  It is oppositional to the natural man. Therefore it is inherent in the Ten Commandments, wherein God has commanded that we first and foremost love Him.  And again, we love Him because of His great love for us, and what He has made possible through the great Plan of Happiness!

One of the great challenges in life is to learn how to be grateful when bad things happen, or seemingly bad things happen.  And yet, this is the very key to coming through the adversities of life -- strengthened.  I can't say that I've always had a thankful heart when I'm in the thick of a trial.  However, I've been fortunate enough to have found my way to that place, eventually.  I hope I'm getting better at getting to the thankful place sooner.  I say this, because inevitably my personal trials will become greater.  That's the plan, right?  Not that I'm saying bring it on, but trials and adversity are part of the plan.  For instance, not one of us escapes the loss of those we love.  No matter how good life is, death, illness and loss are with us.

Thankfully, life in general is good, because God intends for us to have joy in the process.  The process of either learning to be grateful, or spontaneous feelings of gratitude for immediate blessings, is most always associated with family.  And for me, that is what I am most thankful for as I consider my personal blessings.  Every lesson I've learned that has helped me to know God better, and every joy I've experienced, have everything to do with my family!

I thank God for my family, and for His wonderful plan designed to create and build eternal families!

Happy Thanksgiving!

tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs


Gratitude - The Power in Being Thankful!

LDS Newsroom: A Thanksgiving for Religious Freedom


Is Gay Mormon Conference Getting Unwarranted Attention?

Clearly there is an intense interest from the public at large, to understand the relationship of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with its gay members.  This past weekend, Salt Lake City was host to the Circling the Wagons conference for LGBT and SGA Mormons, sponsored by Mormon Stories.  The conference focused on the relationship of gay LDS members with the Church.

Surprisingly, with an estimated attendance of only 300 at the conference, media outlets such as the Huffington Post, have picked up on the event as news worthy.  But some have a very interesting reason for this, and I'm not sure that it's necessarily focused on the true content and purpose of the conference...  at least I hope not.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune (SLT), an LDS bishop from Illinois, a featured speaker at the conference on Sunday, reportedly said that "the way gays are treated and perceived by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an "atrocity"".  The bishop also said that "If you leave here not remembering what I have to say, remember this: I'm sorry".  He then went so far as to say that " The straight members of the church have a lot of repenting to do".

However, conference sponsor and friend of sponsor are defending that what was reported by the SLT was not really what was said, or intended.  They feel the bishop's talk was wrongly interpreted and have concerns that the bishop's message is being misrepresented.  I've included video of the LDS bishop's talk below.

From my perspective this is really unfortunate, because in the end, this confusion only lends itself to a further communication breakdown between gay Mormons and the official LDS Church's position on homosexuality.  In my opinion, a local bishop has no authority to ever speak in such a way that his words or personal position might be mistaken as official -- even if he covers himself by saying that they are not.   This seems to be one of those situations where a decision was made to allow his opinion to be made public, knowing full well that the possibility of misrepresentation existed.  One can only speculate as to the real reasons and motives this acting LDS bishop was allowed to address the conference.  A recent blog post over on the LDS Newsroom comes to mind, titled: Informed Reading in This "Mormon Moment"

I think it's important to know, if you don't already, that there is an ongoing conversation amongst gay advocates, both inside and outside of the LDS Church, in regard to the responsibility that the Church should officially assume for the unfortunate suicides of young gay Mormons.  It is a sad and sensitive issue -- one that easily incites extremely passionate feelings.  There has been for sometime now, a call for the Church to officially apologize for its perceived mistreatment of gay Mormon members.  Also, the position that the LDS Church takes, in particular the involvement of California's Prop 8, on same-sex marriage --  hotly debated as being anti-gay.

These are only two of the hot button issues that continue to fuel the chasm between gay Mormons and the LDS Church, and continue to create a divide that to many seems insurmountable.  And yet, it is my understanding that conferences such as this one, hosted by Mormon Stories, is intended to help bridge this great divide and encourage healing for gay Mormons and their families.   So it makes me sad when the purported focus of such an event is overshadowed by a potential misrepresentation that will only continue to fuel the fire.

I'm a firm believer that education creates understanding, and that as we come to understand others, our ability to love and accept increases.  I believe that this principle works both ways.  If we continue to find fault with each other, we will never find healing for those things that divide us.  I also believe that  intention is at the heart of all action.  It is my opinion that the intentions of the LDS Church in relation to those with same-gender attraction has never been oppositional to individuals personally -- only toward the act.

Certainly I am aware of the 'history of homosexuality' in the Church, and its ongoing and unfortunate misrepresentation.  I also know that much has been done and is currently being done to heal those wounds and create greater respect for those, within the Church, who struggle with same-gender attraction.

There is no question, in my experience, that members of the LDS Church are growing in their ability to better understand, love and accept gay members.  And I believe that this is happening in direct relation to our embracing the official position of the Church, on the issue of same-gender attraction, and putting those principles into action.

Personally, I have a very tender place in my heart for faithful and active gay Mormons, who truly desire to be included in the gospel family.  I am confident that there are many just waiting to feel confident enough, that members will embrace them with open arms, without judgement, truly emulating the love of Jesus Christ -- to safely welcome them back home.


I also believe that the majority of 'straight' members of the Church, sincerely desire to do just that...



tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs




Deseret News: Conference explores unique challenges of gay Mormons


Birthdays are for Celebrating!

Yesterday was my birthday!  Happy Birthday to ME!  Another year has speedily passed and another is before me...  I'm not as young as I once was, but not as old as I hope to be -- someday.  For now, I'm happy to be in the middle of it all.  I'm fortunate to not have too big an issue with aging.   My mother is doing it with grace, which inspires me to embrace it without fear.  Although I'd prefer to not wrinkle, or have the need of frequent trips to the hair salon!

One thing I've been noticing about my birthdays over the last few years, is that I'm becoming more reflective about my life, and realizing or acknowledging what a great life I have birthed through my own birth!

In my youth I looked forward to my birthdays, because I knew I could count on receiving special presents that I had hinted about leading up to the date.  Or particular milestones like becoming a teen, driving a car, becoming legal -- as if that really mattered considering I'm a Mormon.  And for me, that's what birthdays were all about -- then.  And then my birthdays changed...

Once I started having children, my own birthday didn't seem quite as important, and the focus became their birthdays -- making them special in the ways that I had previously felt important.  Dont' get me wrong, I still like the excuse of presents in order to acquire those important things that need justification -- like the new iPhone 4S!  But since then I haven't felt the need to be the center of celebration simply because I was born.

It's funny how things tend to come full circle even when we dont' realize we're in such a cycle.  Yesterday as I was reflecting on just how lucky and blessed I am to have such a wonderful life, my personal birth felt very significant to me.  Because I had been born, I've been blessed with a beautiful life wherein I've made the choice to give birth to the blessings that surround my life daily and are now my hope for eternity!

Life is about giving birth -- by making choices.  Examples...  My decision to follow the Savior, by keeping His commandments and laws, has been accompanied with a peace and joy in this life, not known to the world at large.   I am aware of this daily.  And the decision I made 33 years ago to marry my husband, when I was such a young girl of 18, gave birth to my eternal family -- that I now enjoy beyond words!  

So yes, birthdays are important because they are the beginnings of life and the creation of what we enjoy and experience daily!  And so this year, my own birth-day feels very significant when I am able to reflect with a perspective that allows me to look back and forward, to how birth has been and will continue to be a significant part of my eternal journey...

Suddenly my own birthday, once again and with a new perspective, is great reason to CELEBRATE!

tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs


Reaching Out to Help Single Moms: Give Oh Give!


I love November, and not just because it's my birthday month, but because I love this time of the year when we focus specifically on the things that we are grateful for in our lives.  I'm convinced that if we want to feel the spirit, one of the easiest ways to do this is to simply count your many blessings!  Like you, I am filled with gratitude for so many of the wonderful blessings in my life.  But there was a time when I didn't feel this way…

Many who read this blog are aware that I am a child of divorce, thus my passion for defending traditional marriage and strengthening families.  I mention this, because it is so much of who I am today, and what drives me to do much of what I do -- and particularly this blog.

My parents divorced when I was 10, and it left my mother single with three young daughters to provide for -- with no education, and no help.  The years between my mother's first marriage and her remarriage are the worst of my life -- so sad, that I rarely discuss it.  Much of this had to do with the fact that because my father was not around, my mother was left to do her best to put food in our mouths, and shelter over our heads.  During these four years of my childhood we had many moves from apartment to apartment (literal dives) and very little in our cupboards.  We were not active in the LDS Church, and so we did not benefit by any kind of available assistance.  Because my mother was always working at a low paying job, we rarely saw her and were little cared for, to put it mildly.

When I became aware of this month's sponsored service project to give back to single moms, through the LDS Philanthropies Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it touched my heart deeply, and I just knew I had to get involved.  And I knew that many of you would, too.  So, let me tell you a little bit about this wonderful project to give back, to those currently less fortunate than you and I…

During the month of November, the LDS Philanthropies Department of the Church is partnering with LDS Business College, to provide four full-tuition (and books) scholarships for single parents.  And LDS Philanthropies is partnering with Mormon Bloggers to accomplish this goal!  Through the use of Social Media we intend to assist in getting the word out to as many as possible, to help in the collecting of donations, via our blogs, etc..

Over the next few weeks I'll introduce you to some of these well deserving students/parents from LDS Business College -- to help give you a better feel for how what we are doing to give back, will bless these families tremendously!

A few statistics about single moms (and some dads):

• 28 percent of children now live with just one parent.
• 40% of children under 18 experience a parental breakup.
• 90% of single parent families are headed by females.
• Single moms with children have the highest poverty rates.
• 60% of children living in mother-only families are impoverished.
• Single moms are more likely to be poor because of lower earning capacity.
• Single moms median income is only about 25% what a married couple make.

Why LDS Business College:


• LDS Business College has developed an approach to help single parents, especially
women, improve their earning potential.
• Single parents at LDSBC use scholarship funds to pay tuition, books and other fees.
• Students enroll in one of six career-oriented programs: accounting, business,
computers, medical careers, interior design, or office technology.
• LDSBC has placed 90% of its graduates.
• Each students is assigned a faculty mentor.

How can YOU help?


Donate (whatever you can) via the widget in this post or use the one on the right-hand side bar.

Listen to Megan's story...

Pass this information along on your own blog.

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You will hear more about this fundraising project throughout this coming month.  I'll update you on the fundraising details and progress, as well continue to encourage you to help share this information.  As I said previously, counting our blessings is a wonderful way to instantly feel the spirit, but helping those less fortunate than ourselves, brings a spirit into our lives that is constant.  I feel sure that for those of us who will do whatever we can to help give back to these struggling parents, and ultimately their children, an extra special spirit of the season is sure to attend our lives.

Give Oh Give! (if everyone that is able were to give even just $5.00, imagine the good we could do together! :)


tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs

Mormon Prophet Speaks: BYU Devotional November 2011



The last time that Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed students at a BYU Devotional, it was back in 2009, where over 20,000 were in attendance.  Apparently students have been known to line up or even camp out in front of the Marriott Center hoping to get a seat inside.  I suspect that if I had been a student there, I would have done such a thing myself --  to hear a prophet speak.  Thankfully, when a prophet of God speaks, today, technology allows any and all who desire to listen, hear -- and that's just what I did via BYUtv.  




The principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are timeless, and have value to individuals at anytime during our lives.  Today, President Monson's message, although delivered to BYU students, is one that I took personally and I know you will, too. That's why I'd like to share my notes and a few excerpts from his talk --  to hopefully encourage each of you to take the time to listen to his entire address...


I loved that President Monson began by expressing the tremendous weight of responsibility that he felt in coming to address the students.  Certainly I have no idea what that must feel like, only to liken it to how, as a parent, have at times desired to impress upon my own children that which I felt so passionately.  He told them that they were the most marvelous audience in the world!  I loved that!  


Each of us are one of a kind, having unique experiences that are ours alone.  Each of us come from various places and backgrounds.  And yet, common to all of us is the knowledge of who we are, why we are here, and where we are going -- the Plan of Happiness.  What we do and don't do is of utmost importance.  The Savior provided the precious gift of the atonement.  We can be forgiven.  We have in common the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the responsibility to share the gospel, and as Paul taught -- be thou an example.  A righteous example.


Followers of Jesus Christ are lights to the world.  What is light?  Webster includes 15 definitions -  President Monson prefers this one, "something that illuminates".   The world is increasing in darkness and needs our light.  He quoted Harold B. Lee:


"Every soul who walks the earth, wherever he lives, in whatever nation he may have been born, no matter whether he be in riches or in poverty, had at birth an endowment of that first light which is called the Light of Christ, the Spirit of Truth, or the Spirit of God--that universal light of intelligence with which every soul is blessed."

Each one of us has the light of Christ and are blessed.  Moroni taught:


"For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God."

Unfortunately for many that light has dimmed and in some cases almost to the point of being extinguished. 

"Ours is the responsibility to keep our lights aflame and burning brightly that they might shine for others to see and follow."  


"With the decline of religion in our society many people have come to feel that they are sufficient unto themselves, have no need of higher power.  Wrong.  A loss of religious faith implies a loss of faith in anyone greater than oneself."


Quoted 2 Nephi 28 (scripture mastery):
"O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish."
All vulnerable to such an attitude….


Remember on Whom we are reliant.  To be examples we must believe.


Each of us has a testimony of differing degrees.  We are responsible to develop a testimony that will sustain us.  Faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other.


Among the most effective ways to gain and keep the faith -- is to read, study and pray -- consistently.


Harold B. Lee wrote this on the inside of his daughter's scriptures when he gave them to her...  
"To my dear Maureen Lee Wilkins -- that you may have a constant measure by which to judge between truth and the errors of man's philosophies and thus grow in spirituality as you increase in knowledge…  I give you this sacred book to read frequently and cherish throughout your life.  Lovingly your father, Harold B. Lee"


President Monson - Brothers and Sisters, have you read the Book of Mormon?   Have you put to the test the promise found in Moroni, chapter 10 verse 4-- asking your Heavenly Father, with a sincere heart, with real intent, and having faith in Christ, whether or not that which is found in that book is truth?  


Shared Clayton M. Christensen's experience of coming to find out for himself, if Book of Mormon was really true.   You can read the entire account on Mormon Scholars Testify.


Summary:  


Christensen questioned his testimony of the Book of Mormon, although he had read it seven times, but realized that each time he had read it previously, it had been some type of assignment.  This was a time in his life that he desperately needed to know if it was true, and so committed himself to reading it for one hour late each night.  He had been sustained up to this time by the testimony of others, such as his parents.  But now, he needed to know for himself in order to go forward in his life and with his higher education -- as he knew that conflicts would arise.


Each night that he read, he would begin with a prayer -- out loud.  He told God he was desperate to know if the Book of Mormon was true, and if it was true he would dedicate his life to the gospel.  If not, he needed to know that as well...


He read and he pondered...  Could this have been written by a charlatan trying to deceive or is it from God?  Prayed constantly to know IF it was true, every night….  toward the end of the book he got his answer!  


President Monson then paraphrased Ezra Taft Benson:  "When you choose to follow Christ, you choose to be changed".  He went on to say, "The world will shape human nature, but Christ can change human nature, and changed men and women can change the world."
"I use applied econometrics maybe once a year, but I use my knowledge that the Book of Mormon is the word of God many times, every day of my life.  In all of the education that I've pursued, that is the single most useful piece of knowledge that I have ever gained." Clayton M. Christensen
President Monson's challenge…  


"Set aside time everyday to find out for yourself if the Book of Mormon is a true book -- for it will change your heart and change your life.  If you seek this knowledge with a sincere heart, with real intent and having faith in Christ --- I promise that you will receive an answer -- and once you know that the Book of Mormon is true then will follow that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.  You will have that burning testimony and knowledge that this Church is true.  Such a personal testimony is essential if we are to safely navigate the sometimes treacherous paths through life, with the adversary attempting to deceive us at every turn.  As you keep the flame of testimony burning brightly, you will become a beacon of righteousness, even a light for all to see."


President Monson then shared two beautiful examples of individuals who let their light's shine….  


"My friends, may we be as the apostle Paul admonished, an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.  May we always be known as followers of Christ  and as such become as lights in the world. "


He closed his talk by quoting from the movie, The Lion King...



Look inside yourself, you are more, remember who you are….  a child of God, come at this time to live in such a way that you are an example of the believers and a true light in the world….


tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs


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