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Hi I'm Kellie

I am a busy Mom to three wonderful children, and a wife to my best friend. I love to travel, cook, and read. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a busy mom, but as my kids have gotten older and are involved in various activities, I mostly feel like a taxi driver. I moved to Arizona from the lush green state of Virginia when I married my wonderful husband. I began my sojourn in Arizona struggling to find the beauty of the desert. Now it would be difficult to get me to move. I love the nearly-continuous sunshine. I love to travel and have been in many countries and states. One of my favorite things to do when we travel is to take a cooking class and learn how to cook the local cuisine. I am very lucky as this is something my husband really enjoys also. My kids are willing participants in my cooking experiments and often express their likes of the food by saying, "When you open a restaurant, this should definitely be on the menu." I have no plans to open a restaurant, but I love the stamp of approval.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I always went to church and loved the spirit there and knew that what I was learning and feeling was true. As a teenager, I gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon and the truthfulness that it contained. As I became a mother and continued to read the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, I gained an even stronger testimony of the truthfulness of the principles taught in the scriptures. As the mother of tweens and teens my husband and I read the scriptures often with our children and teach them the principles that are written on those pages. In addition to the scriptures, I have found that attendance at church, as a family, is a wonderful blessing in our lives. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have the gospel in my life, with my loving husband and children. I know that we will have the opportunity to progress, as a family, through the eternities. I am grateful also for the blessings of temples in this day upon the face of the earth which give us the opportunity for eternal progression. I am grateful to all those around me who follow the teachings of Christ and are true disciples of Christ, always striving to live a Christ-like life. As I strive to continually do better, I know that being a Mormon helps me stay focused on the important things in life and try to sift the good things apart from the even better things. I am eternally grateful to my parents for raising me with a strong conviction of right and wrong and personal responsibility. They were active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their convictions to their personal testimonies of the truthfulness of this gospel, guided me into the adult that I have become.

How I live my faith

The one thing that is important to understand about being a Mormon is that it is a big commitment. It is not a weekly visit to a church in casual attire. Being a Mormon involves DAILY living a life committed to being Christ-like. Does this mean I am perfect? NO. It means that I am continually striving to do better! Striving to do better often means repentance and a commitment to do better the next day. Daily, our family has scripture study which is how we start the day. Then we have family prayer. These two rituals help to keep us focused on the important things in life. Of course, after our morning spiritual ritual we all rush around and get ready for another busy day. Many times I think how much better our day goes if we spend those spiritual moments together as a family. Of course on Sunday we go to church. At church I help teach the ten and eleven year old kids. They have such wonderful questions and I love to see the look in their eyes when they understand a specific gospel principle for the first time. As a class, we have been learning about the events in the New Testament. It has been wonderful for me to teach them about the many miracles that Jesus performed during his mortal ministry here on the earth. I also regularly visit a few sisters in my ward, in their homes, and deliver a gospel message to them. In addition, I try to check and see if they need any assistance. In turn, I have visiting teachers that visit with me and share a gospel message. This is such a wonderful experience to get to know other women.