Hi I'm Kelly
Born and raised in Northern California, I have a BFA in Musical Theater with a Double Minor in Creative Writing and European History. Living and learning in New York City for six years gave me a well rounded view of the world. I love learning of other cultures and accepting more than one idea. I'm very close to my family, and miss them, but am grateful that I have been able to establish myself as a independent adult. I love to sing, dance and make people laugh. One day soon I hope to be a published author, as I am currently writing a novel.
Why I am a Mormon
I wasn't raised in a religious home. My parents are wonderful and brought me up with strong morals and taught me to be a kind, good person. When I was 14 I realized I had a real desire to join a church. I began visiting different churches to see what they taught, I liked the churches but none of them ever felt right to me. I always knew about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I had a few relatives who were members. When I began visiting the Church I loved the people and the peaceful atmosphere I felt there. I loved how the Sunday Talks were given by members of the congregation, instead of the same person every week. It felt like a real community, and everyone was very friendly and welcoming to me. I started meeting with the missionaries and learning more about the churches teachings. The first teaching that resonated with we was that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were separate beings. Heavenly Father is God the Father and Jesus Christ is his only begotten son who is the Savior of the world. I immediately knew that the teaching was true. Before long I came to believe and agree in all of the teaching of the Gospel regarding Jesus Christ. I struggled for a time with having a testimony in Joseph Smith as a Prophet and believing that he had restored the true church to the earth. When I was 16, while I was meeting with the missionaries I finally had a spiritual confirmation that I knew, with out a doubt, that Joseph Smith had been a prophet of God, and that he had restored Christ's original church to the Earth. I was baptized when I was 18, and it was the best decision I have ever made in my life. Having the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life has made me a happier, more complete person. The members of the Church are wonderful, and form a community that is more like a family than anything. We all love each other and support each other with unwavering devotion. I know that this Church is true. God lives and loves us all. Jesus Christ is our Savior and because of his sacrifice we can be with our families forever.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I was baptized when I was 18. I remember after I had been immersed in the water I went back into the changing room and sat there alone for a few moments, still dripping wet. I felt the spirit so strongly that I thought my heart could have burst out of my chest with joy. I remember feeling empty, and full at the same time. Empty, because I had just been washed clean of all my sins, and full because I was filled with love and happiness. It was a confirmation to me that the church was indeed true, and that I had been right in my decision to be baptized.
How I live my faith
I am a Ward Missionary, so I get the privilege of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others often. I love getting the opportunity to meet so many diverse people and discussing faith with them. I volunteer my time to help others as often as I can, whether is be cleaning the church or bringing food and medicine to someone who is sick in my ward. I also get involved with service projects that my ward organizes such as cleaning up public parks or making care packages for families that are in need, or have been affective by a tragedy or natural disaster. I always try to live as an example of Christ's teachings and love, treating others with care and respect.