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Hi I'm Kelly

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, author and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love history, the older the better. I went to university to study archaeology and spent a decade in the deserts of the southwestern U.S. as an archaeologist. I then completed graduate work in anthropology and worked for a couple of years as a museum director. After marrying and having two children, I went back to school to certify to teach history and have been teaching history for 20 years in the public schools. I found that I could reach my students best by telling stories about history and so I decided to write and publish a young adult book of fiction that would engage my students while teaching them medieval history at the same time. The book, The Time Traveler's Apprentice, is now used in classrooms to teach medieval history. I also wrote two units of study for Cornell University about Africa and The European Union. I have been married for 30 years to my husband who is a man of many talents. He is a scholar, a university administrator, a carpenter, a restorer of vintage automobiles, and the leader of our local congregation. I have two children who are both happily married and college graduates. I love to garden, love my quiet hill-top home, and absolutely love my dogs! Mostly, I love the peace and happiness I get from my knowledge of the gospel and of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 12 years old, my older sister came home from a weekend outing she had been invited to attend by a Mormon friends. She had been so touched by her experiences with these wonderful, happy Mormon youth, she asked my mother if she could learn more about the Mormon church. My mother agrees to let her listen to the missionaries, as long as she also took lessons from our Catholic priest at the same time. The more my sister learned about the Mormon church, the more excited she became. I began to be interested and asked if I too might be taught by the missionaries. I read the Book of Mormon, and even at that young age, felt a strong impression of its power and truth. I was baptized with my sister, my mother joining a year later. For over 40 years my membership in the Mormon faith has been the single greatest source of comfort, happiness and hope in my life. I can't imagine getting through life without the knowledge I have about God, Christ, prayer and the power of faith. My children, raised in the faith, never fell into the difficulties so many of their friends went through as they struggle through teenage years. They too found great strength of character and purpose in the church. The gospel kept our family strong and together through all of life's trials.

How I live my faith

My husband and I both serve in our small congregation. My husband is a leader of our local congregation (a branch president) and I serve in our nursery, teaching our youngest children the basics of the gospel. We have family prayer, read the scriptures together, participate in the religious and social activities on a weekly basis, and gain great happiness and strength from all the gospel blessings in our life.