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Hi I'm Kelly

I grew up in Montana and didn't become Mormon until I was 30. I have 5 children & 10 grandchildren.

About Me

I am married with 5 children and 10 grandchildren. I enjoy road cycling and amateur radio, sometimes at the same time. My main interest in ham radio is emergency & public service communications. I work for an electronic parts manufacturer as a Test Technician. I have an Associates of Science degree in Electronic Technology.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife was LDS when we got married but she was not active and neither of us attended a church. As our children got older my wife realized they needed some direction that they weren't getting from us and wanted to take them to church. We attended my church once then attended her church. I enjoyed her church but didn't understand it. I took discussions from the LDS Missionaries, not with an eye toward joining but just to become familiar with the teachings of the LDS Church. I took all of the discussions but simply listened and didn't really take part in them. A friend of my wife, who had been her Bishop at one time, attended the last discussion and convinced me to listen to the discussions again with him in attendance. This man, who is still a good friend of mine, was able to ask questions I needed to hear and get me to actually read the Book of Mormon. I remember vividly the day, after a discussion, he told me he knew that I new what the missionaries had been teaching was true. I told him that I thought it was true but that I felt I needed to pray about it. He told I could take care of that right there and he bowed his head and waited. I had quite a struggle getting to my knees. I could feel the presence of the adversary as he worked to dissuade me from praying. I finally was able to get on my knees and ask God if what I had been taught was true. I'll never forget the feeling of peace that came over me or the burning in my breast that I received. I knew, without a doubt, that the Book of Mormon was the truth and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. When I got up off my knees I knew that I had to be baptized and become a member of the Lord's church. That was in 1985. The knowledge I gained that day on my knees is still with me. I have received more assurances in other ways and am more knowledgeable about the gospel of Jesus Christ but the powerful witness of the Holy Ghost that I received that day is still with me and helps to keep me strong in my faith.

How I live my faith

In church I teach 15 to 17 year olds on Sunday. I've done a lot of different things for the church including being a clerk, counselor to the Bishop, president of the Young Mens organization for youth, and many more. I am also an active Home Teacher, which is someone who has the responsibility to visit several church members at least monthly and help them with any problems, temporal or spiritual, that they may have.