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Hi I'm Kelly

Born at the foothills of the Smokies. A daughter of the American Revolution. I am an adventurer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an adventurer, musician, photographer, silver-lining seeker. A wife of 15 years, and a mother of three with a suprise miracle baby on the way. A college graduate, a collector of books, and a lover of history. Described as "not sedentary", just give me 4-wheel drive, an unexplored road, and let me go. Passionate about my family, about loving others with my whole heart, and about the Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

 The simple answer is it just makes sense to me. Because I believe that God is loving, merciful, and knows and wants the best for each of us as individuals. Because I know that anytime, anywhere I can call on him in prayer and this brings extraordinary peace and comfort to me. Because I see the irrefutable evidence of His hand in my life every single day. Because I know that I have a Savior who has literally felt every burden, sorrow, and anguish I have or ever will, that will never forsake me, that has descended below all and risen from the grave, the Captain of my soul. Because it doesn't make sense to be blessed with such an amazing family who I get to share the most beautiful moments of my life with only to not have them be my family for the eternities too.

How I live my faith

What you see is exactly what you get when it comes to me. I am who I am wherever I go and no matter who I encounter. The same principle applies to how I live my faith. Because I truly believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, I live it at home and everywhere I go. I live it by the respect I have for my husband and the amazing relationship we maintain. From the discussions that we have to the prayers we say together, it is an integral part of our marriage. In nearly sixteen years of marriage, my husband has never called me an ugly name, belittled me, or lead me to believe that I was not cherished, and I have done likewise. I live it by the way I interact with my children, the things that I teach them, the way that I recognize their incredible individuality and uniqueness and try to help them find the courage to embrace that uniqueness and learn how to fly. I live it by praying together as a family at meals, at bedtimes, and at times when we feel especially reliant on the Lord during a difficult time, or know someone else going through a difficult time. Prayer works! I live it by believing that kindness really does matter, and that it is very, very rarely too late to make a difference in somebody else's life. I believe in the goodness of others, and try to do all that I can to help whenever, wherever, and however I can. Even if it means something as simple as waving at the young man who sits on his front porch every morning waiting for the van to pick him up to go to alternative school. I teach my children to do the same, to recognize the worth of every person around them, and to serve their fellowman however they can. I live it in my daily interactions with friends and acquaintances by showing respect for them, by cheering for their successes and mourning with them through the deep waters of their lives. I live it by doing my best to be reliable, trustworthy, and deserving of their friendship in return. I live my faith by how I view my purpose here in life. I am reminded daily that though our lives here are short, there is a purpose to our being here. The more I look outward and upward, the greater joy and peace I have inward. I understand that everything I am, everything I am blessed with is a gift that I intend to use to help those around me. LIFE IS NOT EASY! But, my faith is definately what gets me through. Aside from the daily ins and outs of life, I have worked with the youth of the church for the majority of my adult life. I participate with them in lessons every Sunday and Wednesday, and also participate with them in activities every Wednesday and some Saturdays varying from "Capture the Flag" to talent shows to camp to being involved in some serious service. I am passionate about working with them, getting to know them individually, and helping them find ways to discover on their own their potential, and their own personal relationship with and testimony of the Savior. They are remarkable. I also spend a lot of time contributing to the music at church. Creating music that speaks to even just one soul is what I try to do every time I sit down to play. Music is a powerful and beautiful gift, able to move us in ways that sometimes nothing else can.