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Hi I'm Kelli

I grew up the youngest of 8 kids. I've been an avid world-traveler since I was 13. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My whole life, I have always loved the arts: music, painting, photography, film, whatever. In high school, I participated in all of these in many different forms. I dabbled in video broadcasting and editing, tried my hand at creative writing, took art all four years (painting was my all-time favorite), swallowed my nerves and tried out for (and somehow made it into) two different choirs, and continued lessons in one of my lifelong passions: piano. Though performing in any of these areas made me so nervous I felt ready to pass out, and still does, I loved each one of them! They've set the pattern for the rest of my life in many ways. I've always considered myself more of a chorus-girl than a soloist: love in participating and contributing though never really in the spotlight. This has continued in my college pursuits as I recently completed a degree in the Humanities because I just couldn’t bring myself to give up any of the those fields I love so much. By doing so, though I never really achieved greatness in a specific field, I’ve found value in the love of many things and in finding the beauty available in the world around me, specifically in the beauty that can be created by the gifts God has given His children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ. Though I’ve grown up in the Church, my testimony of its truth has grown with me. Living the Gospel has given me more freedom and happiness than I can ever express. By living the standards of health of what we term “The Word of Wisdom”, I have been blessed with physical stamina and have been fortunate to be free from addictions. By living the rules of morality and chastity, I have learned the value of meaningful relationships and the importance of selfless interactions in which both parties recognize the sanctity of the body as well as the welfare of the soul. Studying the stories in the scriptures has taught me of Jesus Christ: his birth, his life, his crucifixion, his resurrection, and most importantly, the role of his Atonement and the purpose of my life. Knowing that Jesus Christ died for me as well as the rest of humankind motivates me to strive to love others as he did. Knowing of Jesus Christ through the doctrines taught by Latter-day Saints allows me to live in such a way that makes it possible for me to be with my family forever in the next life. Through the authority of the priesthood and saving ordinances, faith in Jesus Christ, and a commitment to living the commandments taught by the Savior, all of God’s children have the potential to live in Heaven with Him. These principles of hope taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and my love for my Savior and my family are why I am a committed Mormon.

How I live my faith

Like my experiences in my high school activities and college degree, I’ve never really been involved in many leadership positions but I have done my best to serve in the smaller capacities in the Church. One talk from our LDS General Conference stood out to me and has applied to my service in many ways. This sister said, “I’ve never been much of a leader. But I’ve always thought of myself as a helper.” This is the same for me. While my callings in the youth class presidencies have only included minor duties that haven’t contributed in any striking or elaborate way, I’ve always hoped that my small responsibilities have helped in the grand scheme of things in the end. I’ve done my best to contribute in my various callings in the youth presidencies as a teen as well as the class pianist at different times. I also participated in the ward Activities Committee of my student ward in college and have acted as a visiting teacher as well. Though I don’t think I’ve made any hugely significant impact, my service in the Church has given me a testimony of the importance of the small and simple contributions. It is these daily contributions from average people that combine together to represent Jesus Christ through the slow and steady spread of his love by willing service.