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Hi I'm Michael Kelly

I grew up in a town called Niceville in the Florida panhandle. It's very "nice" there. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Michael, and I come from a family of 4. Well, 5 if you include our Great Dane that we have. I have one brother, and two parents who I love with all my heart. I'm an avid sports fan. I even cheered for Lebron James during these past NBA Finals, and feel that he made a smart business decision in going to Miami even though his methods of doing so, I question. I'm currently finishing up my last year of undergrad, and am heading to law school in the fall for a J.D. Degree. I was recently married a year ago to my lovely wife, and I love being married. Life seems to slow down so much more, and it seems like I am able to focus more on my academics now that I am not a single man.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church by my loving parents, but as with many other members of my faith, I eventually had to gain my testimony on my own. When I went on an LDS mission at 19 (which worthy males of my faith are required to do), I engrossed myself in two years of doctrinal study. Ironically, I was called to serve in Salt Lake City, Utah, and surprisingly there were many who opposed my faith from day one. The first horn honk I received on my mission, was from a person giving me an expletitive gesture. From that point, I knew that my testimony would be shaken at times by men and women who were much more doctrinally sound than I was. Because of this, I dove head first into the Book of Mormon. Of course I always knew that it was true, but it wasn't until my mission that I realized how important this book truly was to me and my faith. It truly is the "cornerstone" of our religion, and as Joseph Smith said, "A man will get closer to God by abiding by it's precepts than by any other book." I was able to more fully understand that any questions or queries that people had with the LDS faith could all be tied back to the Book of Mormon. Either it was true, and Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, or else it wasn't, and Joseph was a fraud. I used this to my advantage, and studied it every waking opportunity that I could. I came to love the Book of Mormon as a constant companion, and have taken up Moroni's challenge at the end of the book many times. He tells us in regards of finding out for ourselves if it is true that if we, "shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost." I took these words to heart, and even though I prayed about it before my mission that this book was true, every time that I have read it since I continue to take up this challenge. Every time without fail, I have received that wonderful peace and confirmation from the Holy Ghost that it is true.

How I live my faith

My faith influences nearly every decision that I make throughout my day. Whether it is my morning or evening prayers, or everything in between, I try to live my life the way that the Savior would. Of course I am far from perfect and make mistakes on a daily basis, but I am so grateful for the comfort and joy I receive from following what I know to be true. As stated, I am currently attending an LDS Church affiliated school, so I would say that I am definitely in the majority of those who live the LDS faith. But in heading out of state next year, my wife and I are very excited to be able to enjoy a different phase of our lives, where we most likely will be in the minority on a daily basis. That is why it is so important to continue to stay active in the church and non religious community as well. It seems no matter where you go, there is always kind and loving church members willing to lend a helping hand along the paths of life. We aren't worried about where we will end up next year, because we know that there will be LDS friends and families whom we have never met who will be willing to give us the shirts off their backs so that we will feel comfortable. That is what is so great about our faith, in that service is second nature to everyone, including myself. My wife and I love to serve, and are currently serving as Librarians/Sunday School Teachers at our local church. We love our callings very much, and will be sad to leave our church where we are currently living. But we are also optimistic about our future church too, and for the callings that we will receive there to serve. We are told in the scriptures that when we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are only in the service of our God. This is a main facet of my religion, and I love being able to serve and help the Lord continue to develop His kingdom here on the earth.