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Hi I'm Kerri

I'm a wife, a mom, an office manager for a CPA and recently reunited with my husband after a separation. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being a mom is my most important and best job. I have one daughter and I am convinced part of why she is the amazing, kind and good person she has grown to be is directly because of the influence of this church. The programs for Young Women and Young Men help them feel value in themselves, teach modesty in dress, purity in thoughts - the things that will help them make positive, safe choices in the world we live in today. My animal loving daughter has brought two sweet cats into our home - well, one is sweet and the other spends far too much time getting into things. I also love to write. I'm currently working on a Young Adult novel that I hope to publish one day while working full time as an office manager for a CPA. I love music of all kinds, though choose to avoid forms of rap that include rude or inappropriate lyrics. Nothing starts my day out as well as a little classic rock on my short drive to work each morning! I come from a military family, my father having served for 23 years in the U.S. Army and, consequently, carrying the unique fact of being born in Germany. I am proud of my father's military service and the sacrifices our current and past military personal give/gave for our freedoms. Patriotism is an important factor in who I am. My husband and I have recently reunited after a separation and I am grateful for the loving support, both emotionally and spiritually, from our church family.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been raised in several faiths prior to converting to Mormonism, I can honestly say I had not grasped the true relationship between myself and our Heavenly Father until joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 21. It has been a great source of joy and peace in my life. I don't think I even realized I was searching for something until one of my brother's, who had recently joined the church, asked me to take lessons from two sweet sister missionaries. They asked me, after just a couple of lessons, to prayer with them about whether or not the church was true and it was a life changing event. I knew at the moment I asked in prayer, without question, that it was - and my life began to change drastically for the better as I began to live within the teachings of the gospel. I wanted to share my tranformation with all my friends, because I wanted to share the joy I'd found. Some of them humored me, some of them were touched and later joined the church, too, and some decided to no longer be friends with me. But to this day, it has been worth it.

How I live my faith

I have a strong testimony about Visiting Teaching. I love the women I have had the opportunity to befriend through visiting teaching. In some cases, they have been women I would not have approached as friends being somewhat shy and not having been in the "popular" group when I was growing up. But those friendships have been lasting and wonderful. I am a Visiting Teaching Supervisor, so I also have the opportunity to get to know the other visiting teachers who report their completion of visits to me each month. I can count many women as my friends because of this experience. And I have wonderful, caring visiting teachers myself. What a blessing it is to have people care so much for you, they check up on you regularly! My daughter and I love to participate in service projects with our ward and it has been a great learning experience for both of us. One of those activities was cleaning at the Ronald McDonald House in our area and made us aware of some of the trials others endure. I have taught children's Sunday School from the little three year olds to the twelve year olds, too, and that, along with being a mother, has taught me to appreciate the youth we are raising in a difficult world. But most of all, it helped teach me about this church in a simply way since I'd missed these years as a convert. What a wonderful way to gain the ground work in understanding my faith!

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Kerri
Prior to becoming a member of this church, I viewed Heavenly Father as someone unreachable. I hadn't been able to grasp the understanding that He is our literal Father. But as I studied both The Bible and The Book of Mormon, prayed regularly and consistantly, and attended church which helped me understand and learn even more, I came to realize He loves me unconditionally and He desires that I be happy in this life, despite trials and struggles which only help further my understanding of His abiding love for His children on this earth. I have learned "precept upon precept; line upon line" (Isaiah 28:10). As the years have passed and I have been faithful in my study, prayers and church attendance, I have been given a sure answer and have learned to love Heavenly Father as, indeed, my Father. In prayer, I find myself speaking humbly but frankly, seeking answers to questions, offering thanks and requesting blessings for others. In response, I see and feel those prayers answered in one way or another and know in my mind and heart that He hears me and cares for me. If you desire a sure knowledge of Him, I challenge you to seek this in prayer, reading the Scriptures, invite missionaries to come teach you and to attend our church. Show more Show less