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Hi I'm Keri

I used to be a single mom. I make balloon animals for a living. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a married mom of 3. I was divorced twice before meeting my current husband, who's Catholic. I was a single mom for a while after both divorces, and came to learn balloon twisting as a way to make ends meet. Now I own my own business doing entertainment for birthday parties, and also work part time at a party store. I am a self-taught seamstress and knitter, and in my spare time I love to make things for my family and friends. I have a passion for the early American pioneers, and especially love the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 21 years old. At the time, I had a good friend from high school who was on his mission. I had been going to a different church and had been emailing my friend all my questions about his mission and his beliefs, etc. He would answer my questions as best as he could, but would always suggest that I have the missionaries in my area come over, as they could explain better in person, instead of just through emails. Eventually I relented, mostly because I wanted to humor him, but also because there was a part of me that felt like something was missing in the church I was going to. It felt so... manufactured. Like everything was written from a script. I didn't feel at all spiritual when I was there. It was like it was all about being entertained, instead of being spiritually fed. So I had the missionaries come over. Actually, through a funny coincidence, I ended up with a Ward Mission leader and 3 missionaries in my house, all drinking Gatorade and sitting on my couch. At the time I had taken to wearing a necklace with a pewter Shield of Faith on it. On the back of the shield was a scripture: "Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." Be of good courage. I loved the way that sounded. It always gave me strength. I found out that night that the Ward Mission Leader was a full blooded Native American and that he had a true Native American name: Courage. Oh, and remember my friend on his mission? His name was Joshua. The scripture on my necklace was Joshua 1:9. It wasn't a coincidence. I knew that God wanted me to hear what those young men had to say. So I took the lessons, and was baptized. And I know that no matter what life throws at me, (and believe me, I've gotten some real curve balls...), that there are no coincidences. There is a greater plan, and I'm lucky enough to have glimpsed just a tiny part of it.

How I live my faith

I don't really have a set job at church at the moment. I mostly help with Humanitarian projects, like making winter hats or sewing baby books for those in need. I like to feel like I'm using my talents to somehow help other people. I also love to visit other ladies in our ward to see how they and their families are doing. I really believe that people don't see each other as often as they should, and I like being able to bring cookies or something to someone to brighten their day. I've worked in the nursery on Sunday to help teach the toddlers, and even though it's exhausting(!) it's so much fun, too. Those kids crack me up with their simple joys in life. I know it sounds so cheesy, but it makes me feel really good to know that I helped someone, even by doing something I take for granted in my own home, like cooking or sewing. Or even babysitting!

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Mormons believe that Jesus Christ was the actual and literal son of God. We believe that Jesus was born to Mary, and that he was crucified on the cross and died for our sins. We believe that he sacrificed himself so that we can be forgiven of our own sins, and live again with Him, and God, in Heaven someday. Show more Show less