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Hi I'm Kellie

I'm a mom, I'm a professional knitter, I'm a photographer, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 48 and live near Washington D.C. I'm a wife, a mom, mother-in-law, and grandma, I work occasionally as a professional knitter and photographer. My everyday life consists of taking care of my home and family, exercising, working, maintaining 3 blogs, and volunteering both at church and at my kids' school. I've run the occasional half-marathon and also like to ride my bike. My greatest satisfaction comes from participating in family life in all its forms. By my choice, everything I do needs to fit into and enhance the life I've made with my family. I have felt spiritual confirmations over and over again that being a mother is my greatest and most meaningful way to make a difference in the world. That confirmation comes through feeling peaceful and happy when I keep the balance of family first. If everything else goes away, we will still have the relationships we treasure most. My kids are mostly gone from home I am enjoying this next stage of my life and find that the service I've rendered over the years in church has actually trained me really well for any endeavor I'd ever be interested in. I've learned organization, networking, management, teaching, using technology, and lots of other skills because when one is a disciple of Christ, one works and works hard! This aspect of true religion, that is, putting belief into action to add light to the world, is one that helps confirm to me that the Restored Church of Jesus Christ is again on the earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon first because I was born into this church. I live now as a Mormon because my parents set an example of finding joy by living the principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Being a Mormon helps me understand things about God that make me feel loved. The things I learn from serving in church and studying about Jesus Christ help me to cope with the realities of life and live my life in a hopeful and happy way.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to live a joyful, Christlike life. Of course no one can do that in full, but I try to be open and friendly, to engage with everyone and treat them as a brother or sister. I'm naturally shy, so this is not always easy, but being involved is an important way for me to live what I believe. I try to focus on people, both family and friends, rather than things, and I try to contribute as much as I can to my church community as well as the larger community in which I live.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Kellie
We believe that pornography is absolutely wrong because of the way it distorts the view an individual has of life, sex and relationships; and also because of its addictive nature. Drawing that line for ourselves and our family is the first step. The next step, protecting our loved ones from its influence, requires diligence and boldness. Don't be afraid to talk to those you love about sex in its proper context. Be willing to take control of your home computer. Cultivate healthy, loving relationships with those under your influence. Don't feel shame in reaching out for help if it is needed. There is help and hope available. Show more Show less

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

Kellie
There definitely is a distinct Mormon Culture, but that is to be expected when a group of people try to have integrity and practice similar beliefs. Thus, many things in everyday life have real meaning to us: What we wear, what we eat, what we do on Sundays, etc. I actually appreciate that God cares about my everyday life and I am happy to do a few simple things to show Him that I believe in Him and know he loves me. On Sundays, in general, we wear our "best" clothing. In America, that means dresses or skirts for the women and shirt-and-tie or suit-and-tie for the men. I see this as part of the act of worship. We also keep the law of the Sabbath and try to keep Sundays as a Day of Rest from our ordinary activities. I always tried to sum it up for my children as: Worship, Serving, Learning and Resting. If an activity could fit into those categories, then it was ok. Because we are all so diverse and come from so many backgrounds, there is a great deal of variance on how members of the church apply these customs. I think that is a good thing as it means that there is a place in this church for anyone, no matter where they are on the continuum of faithfulness. The rest of the time, we wear ordinary clothing as long as it is modest. About holidays: We assign great spiritual significance to Christmas and Easter, and we have fun on all the usual festive days of the year. We dress up for Halloween and love a good parade and some fireworks on America's Independence Day. Show more Show less