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Hi I'm Kelly

I am a farm kid, a retired Army COL, a Pediatric Oncologist, an author, a grandfather, a follower of Christ and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a small farm where we had a garden, 5000 chickens, sheep, cows, pigs, a reluctant horse, cats, dogs and an occasional skunk and possum. I was one of ten children, 9 boys and 1 girl. You can imagine the grief she had to deal with. Dad had to work on the railroad to make the farm work, and we were poor, but we never knew it. I was in band, student government, played football, wrestled and ran track. I served a mission to Spain and married a great lady and we have four children and now 3 grandchildren, who are unbelievable. I went away to college and then to the military medical school and became a pediatrician, and then a specialist in childhood cancer and blood disorders. I spent 28 years wearing a uniform and a few years ago retired as a Colonel after being chief of our department. I now continue to work at a Children's hospital. I spent a tour in Iraq and wrote a book you might like called, "Thanks from Iraq." I like to write and my journal is now about 6000 pages long. I have run several marathons and shorter races, and getting older doesn't help that. I have been in scouting for 20 years. I have a garden like Dad taught me. I love ot hike and fish, but don't do that as often a I wish. Family makes us rich. Besides my own posterity, I enjoy my 44 nieces and nephews, and over 100 of the next generation. Being a father, grandfather, husband, brother and uncle is really what life is all about.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born to goodly parents, members of the church I have my own reasons for staying active in the church. Some of my ancestors were early Mormon pioneers who pushed and pulled handcarts across the plains, were stranded in Wyoming and then rescued as their very lives were at risk. Others joined the church later; but even my grandparents on both sides were members. As a young boy I was taught about Jesus Christ, His life, ministry and mission and His sacrifice or atonement for me. At a point in my life I had to find out for myself if Christ had really existed, lived and died for me, and if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints was what it claims to be; the very Church of Jesus Christ restored to earth by our loving Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. After a great deal of study about this church and others, after talking to people of many faiths and after sincere prayer and time, I had my prayer answered in a way that I knew without doubt that these things were true. As I have lived my life, this spiritual witness has been the foundation for what I believe and what I try to do. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, have invited Him into my life, have taken His name upon me by faith and by baptism and continually commit to take His name upon me, to always remember Him and to keep his commandments which He has given us. I believe that God loves all people on the Earth, and has and is inviting each to come unto Christ and through the miracle of the gospel, receive the promise of Eternal life. I believe that through this acceptance that I have been born again and am a Child of not only my Heavenly Father, but of Jesus Christ. This invitation and opportunity will be extended to all before the great judgment day. I am a Mormon, because I believe that this is God's church upon the earth at this time. I have read and know that the Book of Mormon is true and that God has called prophets for our day. You can know as well.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints affects every aspect of my life. It affects me on a daily basis and I try to live my life as Christ would want me to live. I pray and read the Bible or other scriptures almost every single day. I see in the Bible the doctrines and teaching of the LDS church more than any other I am aware of. I have often had my beliefs challenged, but can find only in the doctrines of this church the fulfillment of the Biblical teachings in total. Because of my beliefs I try to give of myself in service to others. I try to be a good neighbor, a good employee, a good husband, brother, father and a good member of the Church. I believe that having faith in Christ requires one to continually live a life full of love, service, prayer, and study. Being a Christian is more than just saying that you believe, but is living as you believe. I believe that being a good Mormon is being a good Christian. I am not perfect by any means. I make mistakes and must continually repent, but I live knowing that God has forgiving me and will continue to do so as I stay true to my faith in Jesus Christ. That is the good news of the Gospel. One must trust in Christ, even when things are not perfect, even when you are not perfect. I see God's tender mercies in my life and those around me on a regular basis. I see God's good and all encompassing hand even though I work with some who face the greatest challenges that anyone could face, that of having a child diagnosed with cancer. I see lives of hope and faith as these children move on, and I see that great tragedy on occasion of lives taken too early, hope for a normal life lost and of empty seats at the table, empty beds in the home. It is because I see the reality of life and death; of pain and suffering that I must rely on God's greater goodness and plan for each of us who are all His children, each of us who He loves so very much. He lives and knows us personally.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Eternal life has in it immortality, or living forever in a perfected, resurrected body. It is being eternally a being of intelligence and purpose. It is living in the presence of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father for eternity. Eternal life is the kind of life which God lives, or to receive all that He has promised us. It is being a joint heir with Christ (Rom 8:17). It is living as a family with continuing relationships of love with our spouses, children and parents. Family is central to Eternal life. Eternal life is the greatest gift that God has offered to us, His children. It is that gift given to all who are willing to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and then live their life following Christ. It is given to us as Christ's righteousness is applied to us through His grace and love, through covenants of the gospel, and being in the covenant until the end. We relay wholly upon the merits and mercy of Christ for Eternal life, yet we must stay true to our covenants with Christ. As we accept the gospel and accept Christ, we take His name upon us through faith, repentance and baptism. In that covenant, akin to a marriage covenant, we give him all that is ours, in this case, the depts we cannot pay. He gives to us all that He is, His righteousness and perfection and thus our being eligible for Eternal Life - but this only if we stay true to that covenant until the end. Show more Show less