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Hi I'm Kelli

Grew up in AZ, now in WA. Married for 9 years. 10 month old daughter. Love to laugh & uplift others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My main focus in life is my husband of 9 years and my 10 month old daughter. We waited to have kids for a while to make sure we were at a good place within our marriage. I am a stay-at-home mom for right now and hopefully will be able to continue that. I grew up in AZ with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. My dad died when I was 5 years old from a heart attack. My sister and her husband were killed in a car crash in 2005. I am from a family of tall red heads. We all love to play basketball..or really any sport because we are all competitive. Everyone still lives in AZ except for me. It is so helpful to have a ward family of people who will help and love you. I graduated from University of Phoenix with a BS in Communication. Education was always stressed in my family because my mom was a teacher (retired) and my dad was a Librarian. Both got their masters degree. I have 13 nieces and nephews. I am someone who loves to help people. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, but I have a gift for understanding others and like to provide them with support whenever I can. I am a shy person trapped in a crazy-loud person's body. I make acquaintances very easily but true friends rarely. I love to read, though my time is limited now. I am a night owl and love candy. I like to take things easy and just enjoy the moment. I try and work on myself everyday to improve and be the person I know I can be.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. My parents are LDS, and my grandparents. I never new anything else. I don't know if it was that I didn't know anything else that I rebelled in my teen years. I was not sure if I wanted to be a part of this church. My mom and family supported and loved me through that time and luckily I came out of it. Even when I was rebelling I always knew the church was true, I just didn't want to admit it because admitting it meant I had to live by all the standards and admitting I was doing what was wrong. When I finally got to a point where I could be honest with myself I realized that I was not happy. I had some really good influences around me. Besides my family, my best friend always loved and supported me. She never judged me but never condoned what I was doing. I also had a church leader who also did that for me. She had a daughter my age and would invite me to come on their family outings. I had turned around by the time I graduated high school. My first testimony was the blessing of paying tithing. I got married when I was 20 years old and had to really examine myself and my beliefs before I went to the temple. I would not say I totally admitted my testimony to myself until I was about 24 years old. I realized it was silly of me to not admit to something I already knew in my heart was true. I have a stubborn streak. I guess I just like to make sure of things before I put my whole soul into them. I can now say that I do have a testimony of the gospel and know it is true. I am a member because I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know that Jesus died for me. I have felt love from my Heavenly Father and know that he knows me personally. I am a member of this church because I choose to be because I know it is the only way that I can receive the exaltation promised to me through my righteousness. I want to live with my family forever and to stand before Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ knowing that I chose them and being welcomed back with open arms.

How I live my faith

My calling in the church right now is to format the ward program each week for the Sacrament service. I try to help out when I can bringing meals to those who are sick or participating in a community support drive. I like to live my faith by the way I treat others.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Tithing is how the Church can sustain itself financially. When one pays tithing, ALL of the tithing paid goes into supporting the Church. None of the tithing is siphoned off for the personal use/enjoyment of church members. Tithing is recorded very carefully and there is an account of tithing spent that is audited every year to make sure that the money is being spent for it's intended purpose like constructing LDS buildings (i.e. temples, chapels, etc), the missionary program, family history, education and all the necessary materials and functions that are needed to fund the operation of the Church. Other monies donated by the LDS people like fast offerings or humanitarian aide is paid separately. One tenth of one's income is all that is asked for a tithe which is generous considering our Savior has given us everything we have. Show more Show less