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Hi I'm Kiley

I live in California with my 4 kids, husband, 2 dogs and more books than I have time to read! I am a Mormon!

About Me

I was born and raised in the church with my 3 siblings. I had a very happy and peaceful childhood and hope to give my children the same. After graduating high school I went to college in Utah where I met my husband. Marrying him was the best decision I have ever made. We have been married for 15 years and it seems to get better ever year! My husband and I have 5 children that we adore when they aren't driving us batty. When I started homeschooling my children, 4 years ago, education became my passion. When I am not facilitating their learning, I am trying to learn as much as I can. I am currently studying Latin and French and trying to read as many classics as I can. When that starts to feel a little overwhelming I open the pages of a good fantasy book and lose myself in another world. My family and I love to cook together and try new foods and are always on the lookout for new recipes. We also love to take road trips, visit family, and make big plans! We hope someday to take our family to see the historical sights of America and also of our faith.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in the church, as a teenager I had to decide for myself if I had a testimony of its truthfulness. In my heart, I always knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that Jesus Christ restored His church through him, but I had a time when my heart and my mind did not readily agree. But as I continued to attend church and pray for answers, I gradually came to recognize what my heart already knew. Then my youth group went to visit some of the church's historical sights. As I stood in the room where Joseph Smith was martyred my testimony of the gospel was sealed. I knew at that moment I could never deny what I felt in my heart. There have been times since then when my faith has been shaken, but never have I given into those doubts. I know that Christ is my Savior and that He suffered and died for me, personally. I feel that most strongly when I pray and when I am singing the hymns. My faith in Jesus Christ has helped me though the most challenging parts of my life. When I was 14 weeks pregnant with our 3rd child we learned that he would never live more than a few hours. He was born 25 weeks later and lived for 40 minutes. Knowing that Heavenly Father has a plan for His children and knowing where my son is and that I will see him again helped me through the darkest hours of my life. I know, with all my heart, that my family can be together for all eternity and knowing that brings me peace and joy. My favorite scripture is in 2nd Nephi in the Book of Mormon. It says, "Adam fell that men might be and men are that they might have joy." That is why I love being a Mormon, it brings me JOY!

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve in church, from teaching the toddlers to running the children's program to teaching the adult women. Currently, I work with the young women ages 12-18 in church and love every minute of it. We meet every Sunday for a lesson and once a week for an activity. I especially love that I get to share that time with my daughters. The young women I work with teach me so much and have enriched my life and faith in many ways. They amaze me with their strength and their knowledge of the gospel. As much as I love working with the youth at church, my favorite calling is that of wife and mother. It can be a little rowdy sometimes, but once a week we gather together for a family night. We pray, sing, and play together, and learn from each other more about the scriptures and the teachings of the our Savior. In the mornings, before my husband leaves for work we gather around the table for family scripture time and a family prayer. It is usually the quietest, most peaceful part of the day.