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Hi I'm Kelly

I grew up in Maine, USA. I'm a mother of 4, stepmother of 8, and a grandmother. I enjoy life. I'm happy to be a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Hawaii, Alaska, Wales, Utah and Minnesota, and visited many other places, but my favorite place, so far, is Maine. I enjoy reading good books, drawing and painting, gardening, writing, hand sewing, and walking. I love animals, and the outdoors. I enjoy good movies, and visits with friends and family. My husband is retired, and I am home with him much of the time. He is recovering from a stroke. I'm thankful to be well and strong enough to take care of our home and yard. We have had much help in the past year from thoughtful friends from the church and our kind family members. I don't know what we would have done without them. When I was young, I went to college for one year at the University of Utah and loved it. I absorbed every cultural event and uplifting opportunity that I could. I enjoy learning, and I've wished for many years to finish college, and maybe someday I will. But for now, I am very fulfilled and happy to learn and grow daily with my dear husband and family. My grandchildren are some of my best teachers ever!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, and have been from age four, when my parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I learned little by little and built a very strong testimony of my own. When I was a child the teachings of the Church gave me a firm foundation of faith in Jesus Christ, and the knowledge that He and our Heavenly Father love each of us, even me. That gave me so much strength to overcome the many challenges that later came into my life. I also learned that we have a living prophet here on the earth, through whom God still guides his children who will listen. Even though I was taught as a child, I still needed to learn through prayer and study and searching, and gain for myself the testimony of the truth of the gospel. I did that. Jesus Christ is the center of my life. Even though I make mistakes, I have continued to study the scriptures, and pray, and attend church meetings, and serve others to the best of my ability all my life, and in doing so, I have felt the guiding and blessing hand of the Lord all through the years. He has helped me to grow and become a far better person than I could ever be without Him. Jesus Christ is my Redeemer, my Savior and my strength. He gives me comfort, hope and peace, and I never feel alone. I know with all my heart and soul that He lives, and that His church is restored to the earth. It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have served in the church as a teacher of children, and of the women's group, and as a leader of those groups as well. My husband and I also served a full-time mission for 18 months in 2005-2007. At this time my husband and I teach together to help people prepare to attend the temple. It is very satisfying to see the joy of others as they learn the gospel and receive the blessings it offers. I also keep in contact with several women to make sure they are O.K., and help, or find help for them, if they need anything. I'm also working on our family history to find information about our ancestors, to take those names to the temple, and to organize that information so that it's meaningful to my family. I pray often every day, and read the Bible and the Book of Mormon to help me stay close to the Lord. It seems like when I do these simple things life goes so much more smoothly, and I feel I have the Lord's help in my daily living. Even when there are problems, He is there to give me strength and peace in my heart. I am deeply grateful for all the blessings of living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm grateful with all my heart that my parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon church) when the missionaries came to them many years ago. What a precious legacy they gave to me!