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Hi I'm Kerri Leland

Southern belle through and through, mom to 4 athletes (3 boys, 1 girl), wife to the best man! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My whole life I wanted only one thing...a family. Who says dreams don't come true?! 16 years ago I met the love of my life and knew it the day I met him...it took him a few days longer ;) We met at an LDS Young Single Adult Conference at the beach in NC and were engaged on the NC shore a few months later. We have been blessed with amazing children who touch my life daily. My oldest son started early morning seminary this year in seeing his growth in the gospel has reaffirmed my testimony. Our second son was just ordained a deacon and as I sit each Sunday in awe of him passing the holy sacrament I truly feel blessed. Next is 'my girl', I already see the mothering in her as she dotes on her three brothers. I blessed to have the relationship with her that I have with my mother (a freakin' SAINT). The baby boy is in kindergarten and is, well, SPOILED! Each day I look at them and I see the actual Lord's hand in our lives. He touches some aspect of our family each and every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a 5th generation southern Mormon, not many can say that. I was blessed to be born under the convenant of temple marriage and raised in the church. Being raised in the south afforded me the opportunity to learn about other religions. I had friends of many faiths, and sadly some with no faith. Each time I talked with them about their relgious choices it made me dig into my soul to make decisions about mine. I'm a rather practical person; I need things to 'make sense'. For me, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints always just made sense. Of course the Lord would want His true church on this earth has he originally had it...a prophet, apostles, temples. Of course, the God head is one in purpose, but not one being...how in the world could Jesus pray to Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane. Pres. Hinckley's wife once said, "The church is simple, either you believe a teenage boy went into a grove of trees, prayed and had a vision or you don't. But if you do, the rest falls into place." I BELIEVE! In the end, for me it is the simple peace I feel when I am at church and know that He loves me, that He sent his only begotten Son for me. That because of His gospel I can live with my family that I love so dearly for all time and eternity. Each day, I am humbled by the love I feel from my Father in Heaven. I see His hand in the simple triumphs in life and I see His love in my greatest trials. The gospel has taught me to how to grow closer to Him and the peace my personal relationship with the Lord brings to me brings me joy and comfort. I know that He knows my name, my struggles, my fears and through it all He walks shoulder to shoulder with me and when I can't walk any further He carries me. Because I'm a Mormon my life has a defined purpose and a meaning. But more than that, it has peace.

How I live my faith

I have served in various capacities in the church...from the nursery leader, to teaching young kids in the children's church classes, to teaching youth in Sunday School and the Young Women, as well as serving in the women's auxilary. I won't lie...working with the youth ROCKS! It has always been my favorite place to be! Right now my husband and I teach the 14/15yr old Sunday School class and it's a blast. We have a large (read: chatty) class of about 12-15 kids each week. It's amazing to see the spiritual growth in each of them. Each Sunday we teach our lesson then we finish with the 'weekly wrap up'. That's our time to check in with each youth about what's going on in their life. We want them to know that we love them so unbelievably much and want to be involved in their life. We pray for them constantly. I serve on the youth baseball board, the school PTA, neighborhood social committee, etc in the community which affords me many opportunities to be 'different'. Because I 'live my religion' I find little need to explain my actions. I often laugh at how my friends do it for me. There are times when I am in social situations and offered an alcoholic beverage and before I can answer a friend will say ' she's mormon and doesn't drink'. I've had a few situations where friends will tell me how people will be discussing Mormons and the beliefs are so off that they say 'my friend is a Mormon and I KNOW she doens't do/believe that!' I love that my non-Mormon friends respect my beliefs enough to stand up for them. My mother (did I mention I think she's a SAINT??) raised me saying "be in the world but not of the world" and the older I get the more I understand this saying. We must be the light in the world, not just blend in.