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Hi I'm Kelly

I'm an air force brat and wife, mother of 5, a kid hidden behind rubber gloves and wrinkles, I'm a photographer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life! Friday night dates with my husband, camping, blogging, sewing, photography, children's books, cooking, history, picking berries in my yard and in the woods, learning and teaching, dressing up my daughters, wrestling with my boys, kayaking, traveling, I love it all. Anything that brings me closer to that which is most real, God, my family, and nature. I have a wonderful hard working husband who is the cutest plumber in town and encourages me as a stay at home mom for our 5 beautiful kids. We have 3 boys and 2 little girls all under 10. My life is very busy, very messy, and extremely blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

Born to homegrown Montanans and converts to the church, I soon became an air force brat as my father, a pharmacist joined the service. Just after Sept 11th and the birth of our first child, my husband enlisted in the air force as well. By the time I was 27 I had lived in 12 different states and countries, had 3 boys and a twice deployed spouse. I loved seeing and experiencing new places but constant change was often a lonely challenge as was moving and living without my father and husband at times. The greatest anchor in my life has always been The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I didn't have to search for a church every time I moved. With each new home came a degree of variation in the culture around me but the gospel of Christ provides a foundation of what is right and true in a very confusing world. As I matured and experienced and questioned the world around me I could see the difference between the ways and messages of the world and the peace that comes through faith in my savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I believe the greatest way to serve God is to serve his children and it is the surest way to find happiness in this life. I also believe my children are my greatest treasure and at this time in my life the most important thing I can do is teach my children. I try to focus our precious time on teaching them while they are young to love the Lord and serve Him. We get up early before school to read the scriptures and pray together. We involve the kids in bringing meals to those in finacial, spiritual, or physical need. With a baby strapped to me in a carrier, a toddler attached to my leg and working gloves on every boy and parent, we work together whether it's cleaning the church early on a Saturday morning, or helping clean a jewish cemetery in Germany. My husband and I both take time to serve other chilren and youth in our church groups and we see that God blesses our family because of it. Doctrine and Covenants 88:119 teaches us to: "Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.." This scripture inspires me to create such a house. I believe that home can be a heaven on earth and though we have runny noses, mountains of laundry, busy schedules, crying children, and tired eyes just like every other family, I can feel a little bit of heaven on earth now as we center our home on the savior, Jesus Christ.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Work is a great blessing in our lives. The church's welfare program is wonderful because provides relief when it is truly needed and focuses on teaching self reliance and providing opportunities for work. The church does not make decisions based on a tax return, rather it responds individually for and by members of the community with the purpose of meeting immediate needs with basic commodities. It is done lovingly and with the opportunity for those recieving service to work where they are able. Some one recieving food from the church may even have the opportunity to deliver food to other needy families at the same time. Show more Show less