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Hi I'm Kelsey Kerr

I'm a BYU student who loves soccer, guitar, and my family. I'm currently serving a mission in Texas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Utah and I just turned 19 years old. I'm the oldest of six kids, which can sometimes be a little crazy, but I wouldn't give my family up for anything. They mean the world to me. (: In high school I did soccer, track, choir, piano, and guitar. I graduated at the top of my high school class, and have just recently finished my first year at BYU-Provo. I am currently an undeclared major. I am preparing to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Texas, and couldn't be more excited or honored to get the opportunity to serve the Lord and be a tool in His hands for bringing other people to Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

At first, I was a Mormon simply because my parents were, and I had been taught from a very early age about who I was and about this church. I had a strong testimony that piggybacked off my parents. However, at about the age of 13 or 14, I reached the age where I could no longer piggyback off of theirs. I began to question whether this Church was true. I spent a few years researching about other religions, praying, and pondering. I believed in Christ and in God, and I wanted to be a part of Their church and do what They wanted me to do, whichever church that was. I read the Book of Mormon, prayed, and tried having faith that this Church was the true Church. I began to receive a strong witness and testimony of my own. Now, at the age of 19, I can say that I am no longer a Mormon because my parents are. I am a Mormon because I KNOW, as strongly as I know anything in my life, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Gods true Church restored on this earth today. I believe in following the Gospel and the Commandments of my Lord. I believe in Jesus Christ, with all my heart and soul, and know that through His merciful Atonement, I can be saved if I come unto Him and follow His commandments. I know all of this not from my parents, nor by any earthly source. I know this because the Spirit of the Lord has whispered and witnessed to me that it is true. As I have continued to follow Jesus Christ and live the Gospel, the Lord has blessed me with increasing faith in Him and His Church, and a stronger assurance and witness of His divinity and work here on the earth. I testify, that after having searched and asked for myself, that I know that this Church is true, and I would tell anyone else who is searching or wondering to do the same thing I did and study, ponder, read the Book of Mormon, and then ask God. I have no doubt that if you do this with a sincere heart, having the faith to act on whatever answer you receive, you will receive the same answer that I did.

How I live my faith

I find that serving is one of the things that brings me closest to my Heavenly Father. I feel peace, guidance, and confidence in my life when I am serving, and the Spirit of the Lord is with me, which gives me so much joy. I have volunteered to be a tutor at our local literacy center, which helps children learn how to read. I have been a volunteer coach for my little brothers recreational soccer team. I have been an assistant coach to a Special Olympics soccer team. I had the opportunity as well for two years to spend a day every week helping at Special Needs Mutual, a program where we buddy up and spend time with the disabled teenagers and adults in our community. More recently, I was able to work with Adaptive Aquatics where we interacted with disabled elementary school kids in the water. One of the highlights, however, was when I got to take a trip down to Ecuador. I spent a few weeks there helping an orphanage of mild to severe handicapped children and adults as well as spent much time interacting with other orphans in the area who needed some care and attention. All of my service has never felt like true service, because I had so much fun with all of the activities! I know that by serving I have grown stronger in my love towards men and God, and have learned for myself the individual worth and value of EVERY person, no matter their mental or physical state, in the eyes of our loving Heavenly Father. I hope to be able to fulfill Gods commandments and continue to serve my fellow man.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Kelsey Kerr
I decided to read the bible at the age of 16 because I wanted to read as much of the word of God as was given to us. I love the bible, I found it a beautiful book that taught me many things about my Savior and the Lord's dealings and covenants with my forefathers. I did feel that parts of it were missing or perhaps mistranslated. When I read the Book of Mormon, however, it clarified some of the missing or mistranslated parts, and to me, the two of them combine to support and testify of the reality of our Savior, the Son of God, the truths of the Gospel, and how the Lord speaks and interacts with men in any day and age. Show more Show less