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Hi I'm Kelly

I live in Bountiful, Utah. I am the father of four beautiful children and have been happily married for 18 years.

About Me

I graduated in finance and have worked in the financial services industry, specifically in marketing and loyalty programs, for over 20 years. I work in Salt Lake City for a great company helping people save money and driving results for our business partners. I am blessed to work with great people everyday all across the U.S. When I am not working I am hanging out with my four great kids. I am fortunate in that I truly believe we are friends. My wife and I keep plenty busy with their school schedules, sports, and music lessons - sometimes too busy.. I am married to my best friend and feel blessed every day that I have her in my life - for 18 years now. When I am not with family and find a bit of free time I enjoy to get out and go fly-fishing. I can't say I am that good, but when I can get on a river and enjoy the elements - I find myself at one with who I am and at one with the beauty that God has created for us to enjoy. Truly we are blessed to live in such a great country.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church. My parents were members and we went to church every Sunday. My family first heard the message of the restored church back in the 1850's in England from Mormon Missionaries. They were ridiculed and lost their jobs and had to leave their home because of their acceptance of this new religion. Eventually, they made their way across the Atlantic and found themselves coming across the plains to settle Utah. My parents had a strong pioneer heritage and work ethic. They had various callings of service in the church. My mom worked for years in various callings, but a lot in the youth programs and serving her neighbors with visits - especially to the elderly and widows. My dad served in the Boy Scouts for probably close to 30 years. The scouting program has been used by the church as an 'activity' arm to help young men build a foundation of leadership, service and character. I believe all told my dad helped about 100 boys receive their Eagle Scout badge. Their example is foundational in who I am now as an adult. I spent the majority of the last 15 years likewise working with the youth in our church in the scouting program. Some of my most spiritual experiences have come from serving in these programs. While I did not serve a full-time mission, as many do, I have committed myself to doing 'missionary' work and serving those around me to strengthen their testimony of a loving Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I find answers to life's questions. Why am I here? Where do we go after this life? I lost my father a few years back and knowing we can be together again as an eternal family gives me great hope. I believe that as God gave prophets/apostles in olden days, it makes sense for Him to guide us with a prophet in our day. I believe that along with the Bible as scripture, God continues to speak to men in modern days with new scripture. I believe the Book of Mormon to be another witness of Christ for our day.

How I live my faith

In our church there are various organizations. As an example there is a female organization, the oldest in the U.S., known as the Relief Society. There are multiple organization for the men and I serve in one of them known as the Elders quorum. We are a lay ministry as a church with no paid clergy so most everyone receives a 'calling', or a line of work to help strengthen those in our unit or ward. in our group, we are average guys who each Sunday get together and for an hour have solid discussions around Jesus, our faith, service, and how to be better husbands, fathers and friends to our fellowmen. What I find most rewarding is that while we are all on different parts of our journey, and while we all sometimes stumble or falter, that we are all willing to share experiences, lessons learned in life, and successes in an effort to help one another. It is a great brotherhood, if you will, where we can be who we are and not be judged for it. I love the honesty and candor in our meetings knowing that we all have a desire to be better men in our families, neighborhood, and community and all come closer to Christ our savior. It is strengthened in that we have a common bond around the priesthood. We believe the priesthood has been restored to the earth and we can literally act in God's name as his followers to bless the life's of those around us. God has always called upon his followers to love and serve one another. I have found in my efforts that when I am serving those around me and 'lose myself in that service' that is when I have found myself, who I really am, as a son of God, and find the most joy and fulfillment in my life. I think when we are all honest with ourselves - we find the most joy and satisfaction in life when we serve one another - whether it be our spouse, our parents, our siblings our children or neighbors. That is what the church does for me and how it helps me - it keeps me in check and provides opportunity for me to serve in a meaningful way.