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Hi I'm Keri

I love to read, learn, sing and laugh. I have a terrific family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served an LDS mission in the Dominican Republic, graduated from BYU in Near Eastern Studies, then opted to become a full time mom of 5 great kids. My R&R is singing in the Omaha Symphonic Chorus, exercising with friends (done a trialthon or 3) and reading in the few remaining quiet moments. My husband and I make it a priority to spend time serving in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS church. Over the years of my life I've studied, prayed and tried to live the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They never seem to lead me wrong. Believing in Jesus Christ and the Atonement is my lifeline. That faith allows me to pick myself up when I do wrong or make mistakes and begin again with confidence. The teachings of the church also appeal to me intellectually and expand my views of the world.

How I live my faith

We try to be good neighbors and raise the kids to be well behaved and kind in play and at school. I like to contribute to our community by singing as a volunteer with the Omaha Symphonic Chorus, participating in the schools and serving in the church where I've worked with the Primary (the children) and the Relief Society (the women's organization). Our RS is rockin'. We do lots of service projects. A couple times a year we work on Habitat for Humanity Houses which gives me the rare opportunity to swing a hammer- its my favorite. One always feels inadequate trying to live as Christ did but it feels good to make my feeble attempts.

What is the Relief Society?

Keri
When a woman age 18 or older is baptized she automatically becomes a member of the Relief Society. It is the Lord's organization for women in His church. The restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was not complete until the women were organized as well as the priesthood. We serve each other and our communities, we learn together, and we support the priesthood in bringing all people to Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Keri
We believe that this life is part of our eternal progression as individuals. It started before we were born and will continue after we die. We are here to experience having a physical body, to see if we will obey the commandments of God to the extent we understand them, and to make promises with God that make it possible for us to grow more like Him eternally. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Keri
Because that is how Jesus Christ, who leads the church, has set things up. I come from a line of women who have struggled and sacrificed so that women might have an equal voice and equal opportunities to those had by men. My understanding of the priesthood is that it is Christ's power- not men's, and that it is given to men as a means to bless all the human race. Not only is the priesthood a gift to those who are blessed by it, but it is also a learning opportunity for the men who use it worthily. Therefore I feel no deprivation at all in not holding the priesthood but seek to support those men in their responsibilities. And I feel their support in fulfilling mine. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Keri
The Book of Mormon is a book of scripture- meaning it was written by prophets of God through inspiration. The first of these prophets lived in Jerusalem around 600 BC. He and his family were commanded to leave Jerusalem and were led by the hand of God to somewhere in the western hemisphere. Prophets were called among this people (and others who joined them) for the next approximately one thousand years. Their records were compiled by one of the last prophets of the people, a man named Mormon. He also abridged the history of an even more ancient civilization that was brought to the New World much earlier. These records were engraven on gold pages and hidden in the earth for over 1600 years. In 1823 Moroni came as an angel to a man named Joseph Smith and showed him where to find the book. Smith translated the record through the power of God. The Book of Mormon is a powerful testimony that Jesus of Nazareth was actually the divine Son of God as Christians claim throughout the world. Every prophet teaches of Him. It also records His post-resurrection visit to this group of people. Show more Show less