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Hi I'm Kelsey

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I've found hope when there did not seem to be much. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have three kids. I love the outdoors, especially hiking and kayaking with my husband in our inflatable kayaks. I enjoy singing, biking, playing games, and reading non-fiction. I am a licensed social service worker and I had the opportunity before my kids were born to work at an agency that assisted low-income families with rent and utility assistance. I learned so much about true charity and being an advocate. My husband and I were not sure we would be able to have children, so we adopted our first child and quickly had two biological children. We have a lot of fun together.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with an autistic brother. His behavior was often unpredictable and at times it was scary to be around him. Yet, in his calm moments I could feel he loved me and that God loved him. My sisters and I had to band together with my parents to help raise him. We are all very different from each other, but we have a special bond because of the fun and the difficult experiences we've shared. Another difficult time came when my dad left my mom. It was a complete shock to my sisters and I, since we had no idea anything was wrong. I turned to God in earnest prayer, pleading for peace and hope. It came powerfully. I am now married and have my own children. Our family has struggled financially in the last few years, yet as I have continued to pray and read scriptures and trust in God, He has performed miracles in my life. He's given me true joy and brought me closer to my husband and kids. I am a Mormon because I know that money doesn't really matter and that the family is central to God's plan for the eternal destiny of His children. I am also a Mormon because I have received personal confirmations that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints it true. I feel God's love especially during difficult times.

How I live my faith

As I said before, I pray and study scriptures daily, but I also have family night with my husband and children weekly. My husband and I teach our children about Jesus Christ and encourage them to follow His example. Our family prays together daily. My positions within the church include leading our congregation in hymns (Chorister), coordinating choir rehearsals and performances (Choir President), and encouraging/enabling the members of our church to be frugal and self-reliant (Provident Living Specialist). I love the organization of our church because it makes it easy to serve others and in that I find so much happiness!

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

We dress up for church. Men wear slacks, shirts & ties and women wear skirts or dresses. We celebrate Easter and Christmas. A unique Holiday we celebrate in Pioneer Day: July 24. That is when the Mormon Pioneers first arrived in the Salt Lake Valley to escape the persecution they had faced everywhere else. We spend the month of July learning more about the Mormon Pioneers and singing the songs they did. There are oftentimes parades, pageants and concerts held to celebrate this holiday as well. On the first Sunday of each month we have "Fast and Testimony Meeting." This is when we don't eat or drink anything for at least 2 meals and we prayerfully think about those who are struggling with health or we may fast for answers to our own challenges. We donate the money we would have spent during that time to a fund that helps the poor. At the church meeting, in addition to partaking of the Sacrament, we have the opportunity to stand and state what we know to be true. This is often a very spiritual meeting where we are able to buoy each other up. Show more Show less