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Hi I'm Kelly

I'm a Mormon. I'm a proud mom of two boys. I am the oldest of four children of amazing parents. I teach high school science.

About Me

I am a single mom of two amazing sons. They keep my busy shuttling them from boy scouts, tae kwon do, and drama practices. I teach high school physics and physical science. I am currently in graduate school, and hope to someday work in school administration. I love to read because it helps me escape the everyday activities of my own life. I love to watch movies and listen to music. Since I'm from the South, I love country music and also Christian contemporary music. My favorite place to be is on the beach somewhere with a great book and the breeze in my hair watching my boys boogie board.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church and my family was always active. I went to Primary, Young Women, and Seminary. I graduated high school and went to BYU to be around other members of the Church, something I had never experienced when I was growing up. It was at college when I personally became converted to the Church. I always "thought" it was true because I was following commandments that brought me happiness and kept me out of much of the trouble I saw my other friends struggling with. When I was at school and on my own, no one was around to make me go to Church, or to remind me to be obedient. I finally prayed to know if the Church was true, and I received my answer. I now "know" the Church is true because I felt the Holy Ghost reaffirm that truth to my soul. It hasn't always been easy. When I found myself divorced with two small boys, Church was not the easiest place to be. Sometimes the loneliest place to be is at Church. It was difficult to see all of the happy families, and compare my life situation to everyone else. During those few years, I realized that no one is perfect. If Church was only for perfect people, the pews would be empty. My children needed the Gospel in their lives, and it was my responsibility to teach them. I continued to take them every Sunday. I am grateful for those difficult years because it forced me to lean upon my Savior. I know He lives and is aware of all the trials we encounter. He suffered all manner of pains in Gethsemane, so that He could succor us in our times of need. I am grateful for the temple, and the opportunity I have to be with my family forever. I could not imagine Heaven unless my children, parents, and siblings are there with me for eternity. That knowledge gives me great peace.

How I live my faith

I have served in several different areas in the Church. I have been the president of the children's organization, Primary. I have had the opportunity to work with the young women. I currently teach the youth Sunday school class. It is fun, because some of my high school students are also in my class. They have to put up with me 6 days a week! On my computer at work, I have a screen saver with several quotes from one of my favorite speakers, Jeffrey R. Holland. There are some religious pictures that accompany these quotes. Students often see them, and will ask questions. As a teacher, I have to be very careful, but I try to tell them of my love for Jesus Christ. In US History, as the talk of the pioneers settling the west, I am often asked many questions. I am able to clear up some misconceptions about the Church for the students, but have also had the opportunity to speak with the teachers and explain my beliefs. I try to live my life each day so that I can be a good example of what it means to be a Mormon. There have been many instances where colleagues will ask me questions about something they heard in church about Mormons, but have said, "I know the kind of person that you are, and I don't believe that could be true." What a blessing it is to be able to talk to others because of the way I conduct my life and bear testimony of Gospel truths.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kelly
We do not worship Joseph Smith. As the name of our church implies, we worship Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Joseph Smith holds a place of honor and respect in our Church, as he restored the Gospel to the earth. We esteem him much as we do the prophets of old, such as Noah, Malachi, and Isaiah. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Kelly
Mormon temples are the most sacred places to Latter-day Saints. The ordinances that go on within the walls of the temple are sacred, but not secret. When we are found worthy to go the temple, we learn of eternal truths. We make covenants with our Heavenly Father. Some of these covenants require sacrifice, not animal sacrifices as in Old Testament times, but sacrifices of our time and talents. Sometimes we must sacrifice personal habits, such as smoking or drinking alcohol, in order to receive those blessings. One of the most special blessings that occur in the temples is the binding of husband and wife together for eternity, as well as joining our children with us. This is often called "being sealed" to one another. In a modern marriage ceremony, the vows often end with the phrase, "Til death to you part." Mormons believe that families can be together after this life and dwell with each other for eternity. The youth are also able to serve in the temple by performing baptisms for those who died without hearing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly Father provided a way for those, who for no fault of their own, did not have the choice to accept Christ in this life. By doing family history work, we are able to allow those individuals an opportunity for those saving ordinances. Show more Show less