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Hi I'm Keary

I am a mother of two. I write young adult fiction. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of five girls, myself the oldest. I loved to sing and ballroom dance growing up and read way too many books. I graduated high school and just a few months later met a return missionary. Even thought I was supposed to be moving (not far away) for college, I just knew that I needed to stay after I met him. Just a few months later we were engaged and a few months after that we were married in the Manti, Utah Temple. I was still only eighteen. Six years later we have two beautiful children. After a few years of being married, my husband and I decided to move back to the place he grew up, which was almost exactly 1,000 miles away from where I grew up. The island in Washington where we moved was a lot different from the town in Utah Valley that I was used to. Being away from all of my family and friends was difficult. I had a hard time dealing with it. But as I focused on the things that I loved and really dove into my writing, I started doing better. It isn't easy being a Member out here. Our branch is small, with only about 30 or less active members. But each of them is family to me and they help to lift me up.

Why I am a Mormon

I was very lucky and was born into an active LDS family. My parents are both great people and they taught me the principles of the gospel. Believing the things we are taught was second nature to me. I just always knew growing up that the Church was true. But when I moved to where we are now, things got harder. Due to location reasons, we couldn't always meet with all the members of our branch and we could literally have to listen into Sacrament meeting via conference call and it was very difficult to hear. Many times we would get disconnected half way through the meeting. For the members in my area it was hard to feel the spirit having meetings this way. The prayers of the people on my island were heard, and soon the Stake presidency met with all of us, and a few months later we learned we would be getting our own branch! We were so overjoyed! We had been waiting for so long for this and the Lord had heard our prayers! Being in such a small branch isn't easy. With only about two dozen of us we each have a heavy load to carry in order to make the church work in our area. But I don't rely on the masses around me anymore, to keep up my own testimony. I am at church every Sunday because I want to be there. I need to be there.

How I live my faith

My calling in the church is as a youth leader, a member of the young women's presidency. Which is not easy when you only have two young women in the branch! But I have gotten to know those two girls so well, and I have gotten to love them. Being in the area that I am in is at times a challenge, because most of the people the same age as my husband and I like to go out and drink on the weekends, and pretty much everyone drinks coffee. But those around us know that we don't drink either of those things. It is amazing to watch their reactions when they find that out. A member at the golf course here heard that once from my husband and his reaction was "Huh, well that seems... healthy." Haha!