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Hi I'm Wendy Kleven

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Brisbane Australia. When I was 4, my mom met some missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who taught her the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. She embraced it and joined the Church. Her family then disowned her. So she took her two daughters (my sister and me) and immigrated to the United States. Here she married a wonderful man (with a full beard!) who then adopted my sister and me, and we’ve called him Dad ever since. One of the highlights of my childhood was being sealed to my family by Elder Le Grand Richards in the Salt Lake Temple when I was seven. In my youth I loved track and cross-country, long jump, cheer leading, working the drive-thru at Wendy’s (don’t laugh, I loved it!), and boys. Then I became a cosmetologist and loved doing hair for 20 years. Today, more than all that, I love my family. I am a wife of 12 years (previously divorced) and a mother to 5 beautiful children. They are my life and I love them very much. My husband is my best friend and someone I depend on more than I probably should. He has always been there for me through the good and bad, and I have learned so much from him, which I’m so grateful for. I love cooking with him and going out to the movies, and just having our alone time together.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because I believe Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and restored the fullness of the gospel through revelation. I believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and am thankful for it. I’m so grateful that the Lord calls prophets today to guide us, just as in Biblical times. Today that prophet is President Thomas S. Monson. I know he is a man called of God, and I know this to be true with all my heart. I believe families can be together forever, and I’m grateful that I was sealed in the temple to mine. I love to go to the temple and feel the warmth of our Heavenly Father's love there. It's so peaceful. Now we are getting a temple built about 3 miles from our home. I am so excited about it and can't wait to take my children through the open house. Most of all, I know Jesus Christ lives. He came to this earth to atone for our sins, and I will forever be indebted to him for that. I love him so much and can’t wait until I can see him myself and show him my gratitude. I know that God knows each one of us by name, loves us all, and has a plan for you and me.

How I live my faith

I have bipolar disorder. It’s quite difficult at times, but I feel like, at this moment – if I continue to put the Lord first, take my medications, follow doctors orders, follow Heavenly Fathers plan, try to not be perfect in everything but to do my best in everything – I know I can conquer the trials of this challenging disease. I hope, in my life, to find those who suffer from mental illness and to be a support for them as others have been a support for me. There were times when I thought I couldn’t go on. I felt so alone. I don’t want anyone to feel that way. So my gift to you, whoever needs it, is to be here for you to strengthen you and offer support, to hold your hand and to help you through this time, and to let you know: yes, you can make it. The Savior has been there for me so many times, and I have felt the blessings of His atoning sacrifice for me during my life. I have felt the arms of a loving Father in Heaven raise me up when I thought I couldn’t go on. And I have felt the whisperings of the Holy Ghost reminding me exactly who I am at all times. For, you see, I am a child of God. And I am a Mormon.