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Hi I'm Kerri

I'm a daughter and sister. I'm an army brat. I am a disciple of Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In 25 years I have moved about 15 times and my family is moving again this summer. I have lived in three countries on three continents and throughout it all, my knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has kept me grounded. Perhaps because I moved around so much with the army when I was a kid, I love moving to new locations and getting to know the area and the people. Two of my favorite moves were, first, to Changzhou, China and, later, to San Diego, CA. When I was 19, I moved to Changzhou to teach English at an elementary school. Because the Chinese government does not currently allow Church members to share the Gospel to Chinese citizens in China to whom they are not related, I had to guard what I said to my students. It pained me that when I was asked by one student why I pray before eating, I could only respond, "I say, 'Thank you' for my food." The experience encouraged a greater appreciation in me for my knowledge of my Father in Heaven. That deepened appreciation and all the previous spiritual experiences of my life encouraged my move to San Diego when I was 21. I chose to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was blessed to be assigned to serve among Spanish speakers in Calexico and San Diego, CA. I find myself, daily, in awe of the depth of love I have for the people whom, with whom, and for whom I served. The two years since I have returned home have only served to solidify my desire to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Coming to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really is the organization on the earth through which Heavenly Father offers the saving ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been a process which I continue to this day. I have experimented on the Word. At the end of the Book of Mormon is a promise that if any man will read the Book of Mormon with an honest desire to follow Truth, he will feel the tender mercies of the Lord, and as he feels them, if he will pray to know if they are not true, the Father will manifest the truth of His love to him. This has served me as evidence that the Book of Mormon is good and is of God. Joseph Smith, a prophet like Abraham and Moses, was given the Book of Mormon to translate and share with the world. He was commissioned to and guided in reestablishing the Church which Christ, Himself, established during His mortal life. That church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have prayed and God has answered me. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Church of Christ on the earth today. That is why I choose, everyday, to be Mormon.

How I live my faith

Because our Father in Heaven so cares for His family and our immediate families here on Earth, we are encouraged to meet together in our families each week for what we call Family Home Evening. FHE's generally open and close with a prayer and song, have a lesson about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and an activity of some sort. In Church congregations specifically for single young adults, we organize ourselves into family groups and meet together for Home Evening. I volunteer as one of the organizers for the groups in our ward. Working in this capacity has helped me get to know the people in my congregation better. It brings me joy to know these children of God and help them feel at home, even whether they are a city or ocean away from their own family.