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Hi I'm Kelsey

I'm married to my best friend. I'm a technical writer. I love to run, read, and eat. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Dave and I have been married for ten years and live in Indiana. We enjoy doing active things together like running, riding bikes, hiking, and skiing. Before we knew each other, we each lived in Europe as missionaries for our church--me in Austria and Dave in Italy. Because of our experiences there, we share a love for European food and culture and have set a goal to visit as many times as possible in our lifetime! In college I studied humanities, English, and German, and I enjoy reading all types of literature. I work as a technical writer for a software company, and the best part of my job is being able to work from home. I can wear what I want all day, fold laundry during meetings, and go running (or take a nap) at lunch. We don't have any children and have been through the ups and downs of infertility treatments and the adoption process over the course of our marriage. We are grateful to have each other and know that someday we will be parents.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the church, so from a young age I learned about the gospel of Jesus Christ. They were never pushy and always let me choose for myself. I can remember having my prayers answered when I was very young, and then around age twelve I started to record in my journal spiritual impressions that confirmed the truth of things I had known my whole life. During my teenage years, I began to discover for myself how living the way Heavenly Father wants me to leads to happiness. I was able to draw comfort from the knowledge that I was a known and loved daughter of God, and this knowledge helped me to make important decisions and remain optimistic during an impressionable time. Knowing who I really am and why I'm here on earth has continued to guide my life, and I have discovered that the greatest happiness comes as I try to follow Heavenly Father's will and understand Christ's sacrifice for me, personally. Although I am still learning, I feel comfort in knowing I can always find answers in the scriptures, through personal prayer, and by following the words of our living prophet.

How I live my faith

I try to follow the Savior's example by having compassion for others and recognizing that everyone I meet is a child of God. My husband and I study the scriptures together and try to keep an uplifting spirit in our home. We attend church each week and find fulfillment through serving our congregation. Right now I help the full-time missionaries, work with the teenage girls and occasionally play the organ. I have also been blessed by many different church leaders and teachers through the years who have selflessly sacrificed their time to teach me and offer a Christ-like example.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

I was asked this question frequently when I served as a missionary for eighteen months in Austria. Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ is something I like to do because of the happiness and peace it has brought me. It's in our nature as humans to try and uplift others and share things with them that we know will bring them joy. That said, it's important to listen to the spirit and be sensitive to the feelings and wishes of others. The Spirit invites and uplifts, never pushes or compels against someone's will, so in sharing the gospel I try to follow the Spirit to know when it is appropriate to share something with others. Show more Show less