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Hi I'm Keri

I was raised in Oregon, changed my life around at 23, served a mission, am a single mother and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a single mom of a 16-year-old boy and two girls, ages 10 and 15. I love nature...it's the best entertainment around and at such a good price...free! I love trees, the Oregon coast, mountains, clouds, light, animals.... I also love to camp. I love to climb up high to see the panorama of beauty. I'm not an amazing homemaker: I don't sew, cook all that well, scrapbook, etc. I do like to make a cozy home and care for my children. I like to follow the commandments by doing all I must to keep our family close together and as safe as possible (we do family home evenings, read the scriptures, pray, and go to church together). I love the scriptures. I love to create things that will be useful in my mind and find a way to bring those ideas to life (problem solving, creating gifts or cards, planning events, etc.). I love movies that are inspiring, funny, down-to-earth, suspenseful, and real. I love books that are true stories of people who have overcome difficult things. I love to share things I've learned. I love to see others find joy. I love to learn. My life to this point includes serving a mission in Tampa Florida, working in a fishery in Alaska as a cannery lead, finishing my degree at 40, being a mother of three priceless children, being a sister, a daughter, and gaining a strong relationship with my Father in Heaven and with my Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know what it's like not to live like one and the sorrow and devastation that came with it. From my late teens to my early 20's, I saw the darkness and hopelessness that living for the moment brought to my life. When I chose to think about what I believed in at age 23, I remembered what I had felt when I attended the temple when I was 14. I had felt the Spirit strongly and that special experience stuck in my heart and it told me that the things I had learned being a Mormon were true. I hadn't read the scriptures (Book of Mormon and Bible) nor prayed much throughout high school, though I tried to live the principles I had learned. A tragedy happened when I was 17 and I drifted away from my beliefs when my actions and words began not coinciding with the things I knew were true. I lost the Spirit by doing things that chased it away. The consequence was I didn’t want to try to do those things that would bring the Spirit in my life. I realize now that I didn't have the spiritual strength or faith needed to help me through that tragedy but most likely would have had I been praying and studying the scriptures regularly in my life as well as living the principles I had learned. It was when I was 23 that I experienced a true conversion which came when I began repenting, reading the scriptures consistently, and reaching out in humility to Father in Heaven. I had to change my lifestyle completely to match what I knew was true. It was difficult but worth what I gave up. The "fruits" of my choice to change my life have brought me peace and the most joy I've ever experienced since then and has brought good things to my life consistently. Shortly after beginning my life over, I decided to serve a mission to share, even if a small amount, the great feelings of what I knew to be true with others. It wasn't a sacrifice to go on a mission. In fact, I didn't want to leave it. I'm a Mormon because I have found answers to every problem I've had through living the teachings, following a living prophet and apostles, reading the Book of Mormon and Bible and building a close relationship with Heavenly Father and my Savior. I have felt no other peace like the peace that has come through being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a Mormon, I've learned why we are here on earth, where we came from and where we go after death. I've learned that the closest bonds I have with my family, my children, and my close friends can continue after this life if I do my best to live my sacred promises or covenants I've made to the Lord through baptism and through attending the temple. The things I know are true make up my testimony and even if everything in the world fell apart, I would still possess my testimony and it would help me exercise faith to rely upon God. I know that whatever happens, everything will still be o.k. I know that if I try to do what I know is right, Heavenly Father knows it and will be faithful in blessing me with whatever I need to get through, understand, and progress. Fears get kicked out the door knowing what I know through being a Mormon. I've learned being a Mormon that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer and that he will never force anyone to believe. He invites us to learn of him and find out for ourselves what is true. I have felt an overwhelming love for and from him and from our Heavenly Father. I trust them and know they are faithful to do what they've promised...to help me when I reach to them. I'm grateful for all they have done and still do to help me become my best self.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed to serve others within my faith as well as out. Within my faith, at church I've served as a teacher for various age groups from toddlers up through adults for about 30 years. I've been able to be part of programs such as scout activities, girls' camp, young girl activities and more by planning and preparing activities and helping the youth make and work on goals. I share my testimony with others to help strengthen them and to help them know they are not alone and are loved. Because of the truths I've learned as a Mormon, I've become someone who enjoys reaching out to others in sincere love, understanding, acceptance and non-judgmentalness (not a real word but it works). These feelings have propelled my children and I to visit people in rest homes consistently, play fair at school, forgive, find joy in serving when a need arises in our neighborhood, schools and community and more. Our family finds every person valuable because of our faith and that belief translates to everything we say, do and think to uplift, accept and enjoy others for who they are in whatever we do.