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Hi I'm Robert Kelly

I grew up in Southern Illinois. I now live in Alaska and am married and have four beautiful children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up loving sports such as baseball and basketball. My favorite sport is basketball, and I'll play it any chance I get. Because I served a two year mission in Mexico City, Mexico, I love the Spanish language; so much so that I received my Bachelor's degree in Spanish. I also have interests in archaeology, history, science, politics, military studies, economics and religious studies. Actually, there isn't much that I don't like to study and read. At this time, I am going to school to get my Masters in Intelligence Studies. My biggest interest and love, however, is my family, my wife, my two daughters, and my two sons. They are the most important part of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was almost 19 years old when I converted to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I was the member of a First Baptist church and had a knowledge of Jesus Christ. I was hanging out with a friend of a friend who was investigating the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I loved talking about religion with others, and as we talked, I asked her about what she believed. She told me about the "Mormon" faith. At the time I didn't know much of anything about the Church, and so we had a good discussion about what some of the principle beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were. After the second time that I met with this friend of a friend, she invited me to go to meet with the full-time missionaries of the Church to learn more about the Book of Mormon. As the missionaries taught me about the Book of Mormon and about Joseph Smith, I became more and more interested. I was also a little confused, because I already believed in Christ and knew He had a plan for me. So why was He introducing me to this new religion? The next day after I read Moroni 10:3-5, I prayed to know what God's will was for me. As I cried out to Him, I felt a peace come over me, and I heard, as it were, an audible voice tell me to be baptized and to go on a full-time mission. I knew from that moment on, what the Lord's intent was for me. Three weeks later, I had received all the missionary lessons and was baptized by one holding the true authority of God. A year and three months from that baptismal date, I left on a full-time mission for the Church. To this day, the Holy Ghost continues to confirm to me that this is the Lord's Church, and that He does live and is active in my life.

How I live my faith

In my calling at church, I help two other men lead the majority of men that are 18 years and older in our congregation. We help teach and instruct the gospel and service related topics to these men. We also organize activities that helps build a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among the men. Plus, we organize the men into companionships so that they can go to families' homes that are in the congregation. Those companionships are assigned families whose home they visit on a monthly basis to share a gospel message as well as provide any service needed and fellowship. This is called home teaching. I am also involved in home teaching, as I have a home teaching companion that I go with to visit four different families monthly.

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Robert Kelly
Once I was asked by a friend, "how do you know that there is a God?" Show more Show less