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Hi I'm Kelli

I grew up immersed in the ballet world. I joined the church when I was twenty and served a mission in Norway. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Our house is very alive with four kids in four different schools. I have three teenaged daughters and a six year old little boy. My oldest daughter is multihandicapped. My husband is very devoted to our family and we enjoy spending time together. I grew up in a family that has a deep appreciation for the arts. As a child, I had the opportunity to study ballet. I loved dancing and found it to be a very natural form of self-expression for me. I danced professionally as a young adult. After having children, I continued studying dance and performed part-time with a modern dance company. I have taught both ballet and modern dance for many years. I am not teaching dance this year, but have plenty to do taking care of our home and family. My kids keep me busy with lots of doctors appointments, physical therapy, homework and fun stuff, too. They are interested in dance, music, art, theatre and sports. I like going for walks in the morning after getting all of the kids off to school. I also enjoy going to the park with my son after school. I love nature and feel uplifted by being outdoors or even from opening the curtains and letting the sun stream in. I like reading, writing and photography. I enjoy spending time with my husband, children and extended family. As a family, we like eating together and watching movies together.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was twenty years old. I was really seeking for the truth as I think many people are at this age. I was studying philosophy and ethics and had a desire to read all of the holy books. During this time, I met someone who introduced me to the Book of Mormon. I started feeling and recognizing the Holy Spirit and learned that it is a special instrument for teaching us the truth and for identifying the truth. I started having real experiences with prayer and felt that I received answers to my prayers through the Holy Spirit. Reading the Book of Mormon helped me to grow closer to God and understand Him better. It has continued to do this for me as I have continued to read it. I also gained a deeper understanding of the Savior and His atonement during this time. I felt His love for me and felt forgiven of all of my sins when I was baptized. I felt like I began a new life with unlimited possibilities. Being a member of this church is the best decision I ever made. It has helped me in every phase of my life and has helped me to face many trials over the past twenty-two years including death, illness and disability. My faith has been a source of strength, peace, comfort and joy.

How I live my faith

We pray as a family and study the scriptures at home on a daily basis. We also attend church services and activities together. The teachings of Christ encourage us to develop our talents and use them to serve others. I've had several different assignments at church over the years. Currently, I am a nursery leader at church on Sundays. My class consists of about ten little toddlers ranging from 18 months to two years old. They are a very sweet bunch. They are eager to learn about Jesus and we have fun playing, singing and reading together. My daughters are involved in Girl Scouts. Our troop has been together for about six years. We have a special needs troop and the girls in the troop have a variety of disabilities. We have done many fun activities together including parties, camping, swimming, hiking, singing, field trips, Special Olympics basketball and dancing. I started an adaptive ballet class for this group of girl scouts. It was exciting and magical for us to learn ballet in the studio and prepare for performances. The girls performed in the Nutcracker ballet two years in a row. They were even featured in the newspaper for their debut performance. We also performed at their school. The parents of the girls in our troop have provided a wonderful support network for me. Our daughters have also had a close group of friends in the troop. I have been blessed through my association with these devoted parents and their daughters. It can be challenging to form close friendships and to feel part of a group when you have a disability. This girl scout troop has helped to foster both of these things for us. We have also felt very loved and supported by our congregation and by our extended family. Our lives have been enriched by the relationships we have with others.