Hi I'm Kelly
I am married to my best friend. We have been blessed with 5 children. I have two sets of twins. That's right...two sets!! We live in the desert and did you know that deserts are hot?!? I stay busy doing mom stuff, like changing diapers, cleaning the house, and homeschooling my kids. Okay, I don't really have a very clean house, but I try really hard.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into the church. But that is not why I am a Mormon. I have tasted of the goodness of the restored church of Jesus Christ. I have experimented upon the word and the promised blessings. By reading my scriptures, attending church, and praying, I have felt God's love in my life. I have had many instances where the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me so strongly of truth that I cannot deny what I know is true. At the end of the Book of Mormon, there is a challenge to ask God if the book is true and that if you do, the Holy Ghost will tell you. I have accepted that challenge, and I cannot deny what is true. The Book of Mormon is a wonderful book. I try to read it every day. It testifies of Jesus Christ on practically every page. It is clear and simple, an incredible blessing in my life. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. He lives! He atoned for my sins. I don't have to do it alone. I should never try. I do the best that I can, and Christ does the rest. The Book of Mormon tells me this, as does the Bible. The Bible can be interpreted many different ways, but in conjunction with the Book of Mormon it is so clear and simple. I feel my Savior's love surround me. It is frustrating to see what is happening in the world. Nothing seems to matter anymore. Nothing is sacred. Society has separated personal life from public life and tells us that it doesn't matter. But honor and integrity do matter. God's commandments are as important now as they were 1000 years ago. I know that Jesus Christ loves me BECAUSE He gives me commandments. They keep me safe and also keep me free! I choose to keep them. No one makes me. I am eternally grateful for that guidance. The church is an anchor in this world of shifting values or of no values at all. I taste of its goodness daily and how thankful I am for that goodness.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
Just the other day I was really struggling to take care of my five little children. It gets tiring dealing with temper tantrums, dirty dishes, crying, screaming, etc. I was starting to feel overwhelmed. The walls were closing in on me. I was walking down the hallway and I saw a picture I hung up that said, "Say Your Prayers". I went to my room and closed the door. I knelt down and poured out my heart to God, asking Him to help me. I knew that my challenges were not going to disappear, but I needed help and comfort. I made it through the rest of the day and I didn't lose my cool. My kids were not any better. There were still temper tantrums and fighting and crying, but somehow it didn't seem so acute. I managed to make it through the day. I know that God answered my prayers and helped to bear my burdens so that they were light. I am very blessed to know that I can pray directly to God and He listens to me and helps me in the way that is best for me. He helped me overcome that day and the typical burdens that come with motherhood. I am grateful for it.
How I live my faith
I go to church every week with my husband and 5 kids. We try to never miss the opportunity to go. I get to teach a class once a month to the women in our ward. My husband also gets to teach gospel doctrine to members frequently. It can be challenging to go to church and participate with all of my kids, especially since my youngest are still infants. But I am blessed because members are always willing to help and hold babies.