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Hi I'm Kelly

I am a happy person. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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.

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.

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

Kelly
Jesus was perfect. He led a perfect life because He was perfectly obedient to his Father. He did everything He was commanded to do. Because He was perfect, then everything in His life had a purpose. Since I know this is true, every story from Jesus Christ's life applies to some aspect of my life. Every trouble and concern I encounter, Christ has already experienced. I don't need to look to self-help books or other worldly things for answers to my troubles. If I study Christ's life I can know what to do. For instance, why did Jesus Christ walk upon the water? What was the purpose? I know there had to be a purpose. Of course, it was to show that He has all power and that He created everything. But also it is a representation of our lives. Just like Peter, we start out in the safety of the boat which is like the world. But the boat was being tossed about by the tumultuous water. Christ beckoned to Peter to come to Him, as he does to us. Peter was obedient and started to walk on the water. He had no "worldly" support. As he looked to Christ and had faith, he was successful in doing this impossible thing. But he got distracted by the waves and started to falter and sink. We do the same thing! We get distracted and falter and sink. But what did Peter do? He didn't try to get back into the boat, He reached for Christ and Christ saved him from drowning. We, too, can be saved from faltering if we look to Christ and reach for Him. This story has helped me realize that Christ has done it all and felt it all. He knows me and who I am and what I need. He has shown me the way. He beckons to me to follow Him. I try every day to do just that. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Kelly
I think that the Church is growing because it is consistent. It does not try to be popular. The values and the doctrine do not alter to accommodate the world. Plus, when you come to meetings on Sunday it is like coming home. It is a family. We are in this together. No one is perfect. It is not a place for perfect people. We are all sick and ailing and need Jesus Christ. We cannot do it alone. That is why we have each other. At church you find friends and people who really love you. All are welcome. It doesn't matter if you are rich or poor or how you vote in an election. We are all brothers and sisters and we try to treat each other that way. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Kelly
The church buildings are made for everyone. On each building it says, "Visitors Welcome", and we mean it. All are welcome to enter. A temple is a bit different. On every temple is the inscription, "Holiness to the Lord, House of the Lord". While we want everyone to be able to enter the temple, that is not the case. You must be actually living the gospel in your life to go to the temple. Temples are not secret, they are sacred. Therefore, you must be clean in your own life to be able to enter those hallowed doors and commune with God. In a church building, we work to teach our members and even non-members how to live so that they may all enter the temple and be worthy of the blessings there. If you are lucky enough to live in an area where a temple is being built, you can still go into the temple. Before it is dedicated, they open it up to the public and you can take a tour. We want everyone to go to the temple, but the temple must be clean in every way...from the inside and out. It is the house of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is special and we do our very best to treat it that way. Show more Show less