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Hi I'm Kerry

I'm a mom to four great kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a mom. My four kids range in age from 15 to 3. It is amazing to watch them progress in their talents and knowledge. From the first time they walk across the living room, to teaching my 15 year old to drive, and all of the moments in betwen, being a mother has been a blessing in my life. Being a mom is something I am really good at, and something I can always improve upon. I graduated from college with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. For about 5 years I worked as an RN in Rehabilitation. I mostly enjoyed my work. I appreciated that my job included helping people in a personal way. I grew to really love and respect my grandparents, and the sacrifices of their generation, as a watched their contemporaries struggle to regain independence after illness or injury. Music has been a joy of my life. I studied classical ballet until my high school years, and also learned to play classical piano. In high school, I branched out, and learned some different styles of dance and frequently accompanied vocal groups on the piano. These things continue to bring me joy, as I teach piano lessons to my children and also as I dance for exercise. Zumba and HipHop are my favorites. Gardening is a hobby I work at. Flower beds are my favorite. I fondly remember helping my grandma water the flowers in her garden, and watching my mom work to make our home beautiful inside and out. I wait through grey winters anxiously anticipating the spring show.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel blessed to have been taught the gospel of Jesus Christ from the time I was a baby. My parents were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and shared their beliefs with me. They tried each week to gather their six kids together to teach us about Jesus, sing, pray, and play games together. I loved these times, and if they let a week or two pass, I remember asking them to have our Family Home Evening. My extended family gathered often for Sunday dinner. My grandfather loved to discuss the doctrines of the church. As a younger child, I mostly listened. As I grew older, and was able to participate, I felt the truth of what I was learning and saying deep in my heart. I never remember not believing that Jesus Christ was my Savior. When I was a little girl, I loved to read picture story books about his life, and the miracles he performed. I came to understand that He could perform miracles in my life as I grew older and began to study the scriptures more deeply. My faith in Him grew, and I knew that He was real. I knew that just as the scriptures promised, he understood my sorrows and pain, and that he suffered and died for my sins. I knew that I could be forgiven for mistakes I made. As I grew to know the Savior, I also grew to know that the Mormon church I was raised in was true. One of my happiest childhood memories was being baptized a member of the church. I remember being dressed all in white, in a dress my mother had sewn for me. Mostly, I remember feeling pure joy as I came out of the water. I knew that my Heavenly Father was pleased with me, and vowed to do my best to follow Christ the rest of my life. The words of ancient and modern prophets have strengthened that resolve. I find great peace as I read the words of ancient prophets in the scriptues, and as I listen to our living prophet speak. A great blessing of the gospel is having answers to help guide my children.

How I live my faith

Through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have many opportunities to serve others. Over the past several years, the women in our area have organized service for a local women's shelter, planned a walk to raise awareness for a non-profit organization helping kids with cancer, worked in cooperation with the "Coats for Kids" drive to sew hats to be distributed with the coats, collected canned goods for a local food pantry, and assembled hygiene kits to be sent to areas of the world struggling after natural disasters. It is always amazing to me to think of the way my small effort, in connection with other women of the church, blesses the lives of others in our own community and around the world. It is very satisfying to be a part of these efforts. I love having opportunities to share my love for the scriptures with others. Currently I am teaching the 12 year old girls Sunday school lessons from the New Testament. I love this age group because they are really becoming interesed in understanding things from the scriptures in greater depth. I find that preparing to teach them helps me learn more myself. One blessing of being a member of the church is being part of a community who looks after one another. As women, we visit each other on a regular basis to build friendships, and learn more about Christ and his teachings as we study and discuss together. I have done this since I was a freshman in college and feel so grateful for all I've learned from the women I've gotten to know in this way. My hope is that my love for the Savior shows in the way I treat others. I try to be patient in long lines and watch for opportunities to help others. I feel like I can always do something to help, even if it is small.