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Hi I'm Kerri

I started running half marathons 3 years ago at age 43. I've been married 25 years. I love going the distance. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my amazing husband for 25 years. I had to chase him to catch him. Happily, he isn't a fast runner and was easily caught. We are the parents of six very active children who have kept us on the run. In between soccer, band, and swimming lessons, I've taught preschool and currently teach piano lessons. I love trying to master new things. My youngest child just started first grade and although I previously earned a B.A. degree in English, I've gone back to college to study Spanish. I like the challenge of new things. It's why I like running the hills by where I live. Taking the hills makes me a stronger runner. Mastering the challenges of life makes me a stronger person.

Why I am a Mormon

While I love a good challenge, my life has hills that are way too steep for me to summit alone. Because I am a Mormon, I know I don't have to go through life alone. Because I am a Mormon, I know God loves me. I have felt God's love as I have read the Holy Bible and that same voice that touched my soul as I read that great book of scripture touches my heart in exactly the same way as I read The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Because I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I'm learning and working to implement Christ's teachings in my life. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches me how to live happily now. I don't have to wait for later, or someday, or just over the next hill to be happy. I can be happy now. Being a Mormon has taught me how to treat my husband better so he'll want to stay with me for another 25, 55, 75 years and more! Being a Mormon has taught my husband and me to be better committed to each other, our children, and to God. Being a Mormon has taught me how to be a better mother so I can look my children in their eyes and know that with God's help, I'm giving them my best self- my love, my caring, my respect, and my faith. Being a Mormon has taught me that we are all children of God. We all have divine potential and we should seek and help nourish that potential in others. I started running after the birth of my sixth child at age 41. I started running slow and not very far at first. I've learned it's never too late to do something good and change our lives for the better. It's never too late to invite God into our lives. He can help us and our families go the distance. I am a Mormon because I know Jesus Christ loves us. He is our Master Teacher, the Master Physician. He can heal our wounds. I know he heals mine. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In my community, I love volunteering in my children's schools helping students with reading and writing. I'm active in our school's PTO. In our local church, I work with the children ages 3-11. For around forty minutes each Sunday, I get to teach two groups of 35 children songs about Jesus, families, the scriptures and fun songs to get those wiggles out! My husband and I also get opportunites to speak to the adults and families in our local area. I love occasions when we can share our experiences and our faith. We also have opportunities to speak to young people ages 12-17. We did that this summer around a campfire. It was amazing to see the talent, strength, and energy of those youth! I love doing service projects in our local congregation. We've made hygene kits and quilts, adopted families in need for Christmas, done yard work and shoveled snow for some of our elderly neighbors. I especially love working with some our senior citizens. We give just a little bit of service, and they give us back so much more in return- their smiles, their stories, their special homemade carmel sticky buns, and especially their love!