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Hi I'm Kelli

I am the mother of 5, the wife of an Army Soldier, a volunteer, and a Daughter of God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college graduate with a degree in Elementary Education. I was blessed to get to teach Junior High School and help so many students during the very trying time of changing from a child to young men and women. I have been blessed since my first child of five was born to be able to stay at home with my children. I did, however, have to spend 21 months of that time as a "single" parent with four children and being pregnant with our fifth while my husband was deployed to the Middle East. It was a very trying time with pregnancy complications and other hardships. We were able to stay in touch via the Internet and the use of webcams. We rejoiced when he returned home. I stay very busy with my children being active in all sorts of extracurricular activities. I volunteer coaching both cheer and volleyball as well. I love music and spending time with my family and friends. I love to read but struggle to find the time I would like to spend reading. I have recently taken up photography and love taking candid shots of my family as well as sports photography for the different teams our children play on. The most fun is getting to edit the shots and see what I've caught on film!

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was raised in the Church, I went through a very hard time believing in what I once believed to be true. I felt that I had relied on my parents' testimonies instead of building my own. I decided that it was time that I found out for myself if the things I had been taught all my life were true or not. The only way I new to do that was to read the Book of Mormon, and as Moroni counseled, pray to know the truth. I know that those answers have slowly come through fervent prayer. I continue even now to search and ponder the things that I read. Each day, though I have read the versus many times, I find in my studies answers to questions I need at that time. I read something and find that where I didn't understand before, I now have a great understanding of the words of those ancient prophets. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. I know that when he mentioned his other sheep in the Bible, he was speaking of the people in the Americas and that he loved them enough to share His gospel with them as well. I know that his Church has been reestablished here upon the American continent and that was done only through Joseph Smith. I do believe that our loving Father in Heaven has set aside for us a living, breathing prophet in these Latter Days to lead and guide and direct us. I love President Monson and believe that he is called of God. It is through him that we are counseled and given guidance from our Father in Heaven. I believe that Christ is our Savior, that he suffered for my sins and the sins of the world in Gethsemane and that he was crucified and died that we might live again. I know that through his Resurrection we may one day return to live with God if we but follow Christ's example and are obedient to the laws and ordinances given to us by Him. I rejoice at the privilege to return to God if I live worthy of the covenants I have made with him.

How I live my faith

My favorite day of the week is the night we are able to spend together as a family to have Family Home Evening. It is a time that I am able to teach my children and learn from them as well. Though my volunteer efforts do not seem as selfless as the Saviors, I love to volunteer my time as a volleyball coach, cheer coach and as a member of our local Home Owner's Association Board of Directors. I love music and appreciate the opportunity I have to work on my piano skills. Though I have only had 3 formal months of piano lessons, I am mostly self-taught. Though I struggle to perform at the level I would like, it is a great opportunity for me to get to use that skill each Sunday at church. I know that through practice and faith, I will be able to bring the Spirit into the meetings at which I accompany the hymns being sung. I try to be an example to those around me by trying to be honest at portraying who I am and what I believe.