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Hi I'm Kelly!

I grew up in Colorado. I am a teenager in college. I write songs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am Kelly, I graduated a year early from high school and now here I am, a 17 year old attending college. I am majoring in Economics with a minor in Nonprofit Management. I am from Colorado and I love the outdoors. I also love music and I sing and play the guitar. I love to arrange popular songs in new ways and I also love to write my own songs. I have written about all kinds of topics. While I have a serious set of songs about crisis and self-respect and love, I also have a "punny" and random set of songs where I sing about stables, fishing, and bears. If you knew me personally, you would know that half of what I say I actually sing, and most of my vocabulary consists of song lyrics and movie quotes. I love sporting events, getting caught in the rain, dancing like crazy, and I love people! Especially people that make me laugh or make me food-- starving college kid and all. As the youngest of five children, I have always been a little strong willed and independent. I plan to spend the next years of my life working towards my degree and traveling as much as possible. I want to experience the world and cultures beyond myself and share my music along the way. I am Kelly and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of the Mormon faith. I have been engulfed in a culture that involves The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This however, is not why I am a Mormon. I am a member of this faith because I choose to be. Because I know it is the only true living gospel on this earth today, and I have seen the benefits of it daily in my life. I am a Mormon because I choose to be. This gospel gives me knowledge and wisdom that I may otherwise not be inclined to understand. I'm a Mormon because I have witnessed the blessings of living a virtuous, honest, obedient life. Many people see our faith as restricting and condemning. The truth of the matter is, this way of living sets me free! It opens doors. It is the source of my happiness. It broadens my perspective. Being a Mormon is more than just going to church on Sundays, or praying when you have time. It is a way of life. A way of upholding standards. A way of choosing to rise above temptations. A way of understanding that there will be trials, but through Jesus Christ and His Atonement we can overcome them. I am a Mormon because I have seen the blessings that come from choosing to live the way I do. I am a Mormon, because I cannot deny the truthfulness I have felt in my heart. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints truly is the restored and complete gospel of Christ. He lives. He knows us. He loves us. If we come to our Heavenly Father in humbly, He will show us His love and give us His strength.

How I live my faith

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints means I have easy access to so many opportunities to serve. I love volunteering and it helps me grow closer to my Savior. When I uplift others with my actions and my words, people can come to know who He is through me. High school was an "R-rated" world in a sense. Many of my friends did not understand the meanings of the words "values" or "standards" and self respect was hard to come by. Although my peers had good hearts, their levels of self-worth were low. I lived my faith in high school by trying to build others up and show them the love that Christ has for each of them. Now in college, I try to continue to help and serve others. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and unimportant in such a sea of people, but by going to church and studying my scriptures and talking with God through prayer, I am able to recognize my potential and the potential of those around me. Church callings give me the opportunity to serve members within the church, and they teach me skills to carry over and serve individuals outside of my church. I find that the best way to live my faith is to keep the Commandments our Father in Heaven has set for us. I am happy when I am obedient and I am happy when I serve.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. Don't expect a grand event of a sudden epiphany, but rather a journey that leads to an undeniable feeling. The Holy Ghost will bring this undeniable feeling to you as you continually study the scriptures, ponder and pray, and live the commandments of God. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

As Mormons, we live in the world, but not of the world. This means we are just like everybody else going about our lives, but we have a broad perspective on why we are here that enables us to make different choices than what is common. Making choices that God wants us to make makes us happy! Also, being Mormon means I always have the support of others in my ward and stake. There are always people there to learn from and people there to help me out. It is a great support system. We all go through hard times, but being a Mormon helps me understand and ultimately enjoy life. Show more Show less