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Hi I'm Kelly

I'm a soccer player, a surfer, a foodie, a mom...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a young mom with a 1 year-old, beautiful daughter and a rock-star husband who makes my day special, every day. I'm an athlete, an adventure-lover, a food enthusiast, and a budding guitar player. I graduated from college in International Studies. My passion for things international have led me to places like Italy, where I worked on an olive orchard; to Spain, where I traveled throughout the country with my husband, and to the Dominican Republic, where we had run-ins with bandits, livestock, stolen shoes, and whole lot of really wonderful people. I speak fluent Spanish and some Italian, and I would like to learn more languages. In the mean time, I satisfy my craving for things international with my love for cooking. After college, I moved to New Orleans, where I worked as a social worker for victims of Hurricane Katrina while my husband taught school as part of Teach for America. It was an amazing experience for us and we will never forget the people we came to know and love in "N'awlins." Although my current status as a stay-at-home mom may not seem as glamorous, it is no less-satisfying. Not only do I get to continue to learn on my own--I am taking guitar class at the local community college for example--but I get to watch my daughter experience all the simple joys of life for the first time. It doesn't get any better than watching your child feel snow in her tiny fingers for the first time, or seeing her squeal in delight at a passing bird.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because it brings joy into my life. I wake up each day knowing who I am, why I'm here, and what I need to be doing to be happy in this life. The simple knowledge that I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father has given me a sense of safety and security that nothing else could. I think that, especially for many young people today, the idea of believing in any one religion seems uninformed or like choosing to have blind faith. But what I love about the Mormon faith is that it encourages people to find out whether its true for themselves, and that I have. When you begin to see the amazing changes taking place in your life and you see how you start to feel deep down happiness, you begin to feel in your heart and mind that its not only good, but true. It's deeper and more powerful than just warm fuzzies that come from serving others. Once you feel it, you can't deny what you know to be true. I know that there is a God and that he loves us. I know that there is, and always has been, a plan for us and that we are here to prove ourselves by the way we live our lives, with the knowledge we've been given (since everyone has a different background in this life). I know that each of us has potential to become more than we ever thought we could be. Being mormon makes each day a little brighter because it gives me the confidence and the tools necessary to navigate life's storms. I feel grounded and secure in my faith instead of feeling blown about by the many things that happen in life. Ultimately, I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. I don't feel blind in my faith. Rather, I feel like I've been given a map that has helped me navigate life in a way that produces joy, love, contentment, and hope for the future.

How I live my faith

It's almost hard for me to explain how I live my faith, because it's just who I am--Because I believe that I am a child of God and that I am of great worth (as is every person), I don't desire to do anything that would change, even if temporarily, who I am. For this reason, I don't drink alcohol or use addictive substances. A lot of young people today see not doing these things as restrictive, but I have always felt a sense of freedom--freedom from pain and consequences caused by bad decisions made under the influence. My family wasn't always free from these consequences but since we joined the Church, we have experienced the happiness that comes from living our faith. Also, one the greatest aspects of the mormon faith is that we believe that our families can be together beyond this life, for eternity. This belief makes me strive to be a better wife, mom, sister, and daughter. I live each day knowing that relationships matter and that I need to do all I can to support and love my family. One thing we do, along with other mormon families, is get together as a family one night each week to play games, have a small lesson, and of course some good eats. It's called Family Home Evening--my mom did it with me as a teenager and now my husband and I do it with our baby girl. One thing I love about my faith is that is is always pushing me to be a better--to keep learning, trying new things, and branching out from my comfort zone. I've been blessed with a loving family, a healthy body, and great education. I live my faith by not letting these things deteriorate. I make sure to put family first by going on dates with my hubby and spending quality time with our child. I workout regularly by playing sports, going to the gym, or (in my ideal world) surfing. I'm also continually learning (right now, it's guitar). I've set goals for myself for where I want to be and what I want to be doing.