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Hi I'm Kelly

I may never become rich or famous, but God has blessed my life so much.

About Me

I am the second oldest son of seven children and now I have 3 beautiful little ones of my own. I met my wife at church and we were married in the Salt Lake Temple 17 years ago. We both work from home and, any chance we get, we love to travel with our kids.

Why I am a Mormon

At 19, I left my home to serve a mormon mission. I did not have very strong beliefs at the time and I was going to serve in Ireland. My first area was Belfast, Northern Ireland, and I quickly learned that the religious convictions and traditions in this country ran deep. Before long I wondered if I really could make a difference in a country torn apart over religious and political differences. At one point I felt useless and helpless and wanted to go back home. But the Lord was only stretching me to see just how deep my roots would grow. One night I knelt with four other missionaries in prayer. They knew of my struggles and we prayed to our Heavenly Father for help. It was as if I was searching for the answers I was supposed to be sharing with the Irish people. I will never forget that night in Sligo, I will never forget the overwhelming feelings of love and light that God chose to pour down on my despirate soul. He encircled me in the arms of His love and touched my soul in such a way that I was bouyed up by His very presense. God answered the prayer of a lost young man and sealed in that young man's heart the clear answers to his troubling questions. I knew what to do. I needed to stay in Ireland, and give to the Irish people what God, through the Holy Spirit, had given to me. I knew at that moment what I was teaching was true, and 25 years later, I can still say, that in all humility.

How I live my faith

My service in my church is in the choir. I am the choir president of my ward choir even though I have never been in a choir before. We practice singing wonderful hymns each week after church. There are not very many of us, but the music is wonderful and so is the fellowship. Sometimes my wife and girls sing with me in the choir and it brings us closer together.

What is being a Mormon like?

Belief in God is a very personal thing. But as a member of this church, I find that associating with others who are also humble seekers of happiness is a wonderful blessing. Religion is as much about serving as it is about preaching and praying. Selfishness disappears when I am loving and serving other people, because when I am loving and serving other people, in reality, I am really loving and serving the Lord. We don't get paid for it in material compensation, but the hand of God can be seen in every stage of my life as a testiment that He is there in the wings and is in the very details. Once a month at church, on the first Sunday, we are given a chance to share our convictions with the congregation. Quietly, I listen for the promptings of the Holy Ghost to whisper to my mind and heart if the Lord would like me to bear my testimony about the truths I know to be true. Many times I have felt the warm infusion of the Spirit in my soul, nudging me forward to stand up and tell my friends and neighbors how much I love the Lord and that I know that He lives. My words are not polished or profound, but the Holy Ghost guides what I say and I speak from the heart and tell the truth. Some may think I get up too much, but I know what I know and know when to share it. Show more Show less