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Hi I'm Kelly

I enjoy hosting parties and cooking, I served a mission in The Netherlands and Belgium. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have four amazing kids, a 22-year-old daughter who is a junior at BYU-Idaho, currently on a hiatus to serve a mission in Hong Kong, a 16-year-old son in a 300-plus member high school marching band, a 10-year-old daughter who loves to read and to swim, and 1-year-old baby boy, who keeps us all smiling and entertained. I'm a stay-at-home mom, after having worked in sales for several years. I love to cook, bake, and host parties and get together with friends. Infertility led us to adopt our first two children as infants, and years later, we were asked if we wanted to adopt our third child (who was 8 then) while we lived in Taiwan for a year. While each of them came to us through the miracle of birth, our last child was the biggest surprise of all. At age 48, I got pregnant and delivered at full-term, a beautiful, perfectly healthy baby boy! Such miracles and joy in family have blessed our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Some LDS neighbors lived on my street when I was about 11 years old and I remember criticizing their belief in The Book of Mormon in a conversation with my mom. When she defended the Mormons, I was surprised because I thought she would be proud that I was standing up for the Bible and our faith. She told me to not judge them because I didn't know exactly what they believed, and she later spoke to the mom of that family. Mother asked her a few questions and she referred our family to the full-time missionaries. Two young men began teaching us and our lives began to change for the better. I'm eternally grateful that my mom was open-minded enough to listen to the message of the restored gospel, because I'm not so sure that I would have been receptive if it had been up to me. My mom, stepdad, my four siblings and I all got baptized and became members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that summer. That was without a doubt, the best thing that has ever happened to me. Throughout my life, that one decision has had such a powerful ripple effect in who I have become as an individual. Today, that book which I was once critical and fearful of, is the one thing that brings peace into our home like nothing else. Our family, which now consists of my wonderful husband and kids, have read The Book of Mormon many times from cover to cover, and it has helped us with every trial we've had to bear. I love that book! We also enjoy the Old Testament and New Testament for our scripture study time, but for some reason, The Book of Mormon is my favorite. I know that it is true and I'm so happy that I somehow, accidentally or who knows how, got to be exposed to this incredible treasure. My heart aches for Moroni, who must have felt so alone as the last one standing before the ancient record was buried in the hill where it lay for hundreds of years until the time came for it to be introduced in the latter days. The images of those amazing people who lived long ago, who fought for truth and righteousness, and were blessed when they were obedient, and faced sudden destruction and despair when they were not, have made a lasting impression on me. The stories are so uplifting and easy to understand, even though they may seem like they are written in a somewhat biblical sounding way. I am like any other person you may see or know, but when it comes to my testimony of these sacred things, I want the world to know that I know, without a doubt, that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and that the fullness of His gospel is here on the earth, just like it was when He walked and talked with the Twelve Apostles. I want to shout for joy over the love I feel for my Savior, my redeemer. I know He loves me too. This gospel can heal all wounds and I know that through Jesus Christ, we can return to be with our Heavenly Father some day, with the one who created us.

How I live my faith

Wow. I'm who I am because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's my defining characteristic! I just try to be positive and follow the perfect example of our Savior. I'm far from perfect, but I try to act on feelings I might get to do something nice for someone, or to check on a person if I think they might need a call. I also try to not fill my mind with garbage. I try to forgive others and to not hold grudges, and to look for the good in everyone, because that's what Jesus would do.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Joseph Smith. We love him and are grateful for him because it was through Joseph Smith that Christ's true church was brought back to the people after hundreds of years of darkness, where only bits and pieces of His truth were remaining. Joseph Smith was a prophet in our era, as we refer to as the latter days, and suffered through severe persecution to bring forth this marvelous message of hope and truth. He was led to this knowledge after being confused and reading in James 1:5 that if anyone was lacking wisdom, he or she could ask of God, and God would give unto them liberally, or generously. Joseph went to pray to find what he was looking for and his prayer was answered. Many events followed and Joseph stayed true and faithful and until the time was right and eventually the Church was organized through him. What a valiant servant he was, but we do not worship him. We worship God, who is our Heavenly Father, and His son, Jesus Christ, and no one else. We also believe in a third member of the godhead, the Holy Ghost, who is a comforter and through whom we may know the truth of all things. Show more Show less