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Hi I'm Kellee

I'm a cartographer, a sister, a sailor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Whether watching the stars on a clear night or glued to Doppler Radar as a thunderstorm approaches, I love to observe and connect with the world around me. I prefer to explore where I live by bike, kayak, and recently sailboat. I also enjoy travelling and learning about other cultures, especially through their traditional food and dances. I don't currently live near my family, so my favorite place to visit is home.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up Mormon, it was during my teenage years that I really developed a belief in its teachings for myself. My grandparents were the first members of my family to join the LDS Church, and some of the events surrounding it are miracles that strengthen my faith. In addition to the Bible, studying the Book of Mormon has helped me come closer to Jesus Christ. He is my Savior, and suffered not just so I could repent of my mistakes, but also so He could perfectly empathize with every pain or emotion I might experience. I don't fully comprehend how, but He did it for all of us. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the ultimate map, orienting me with where I came from, why I'm here, and what happens to me and those I love after death. That knowledge helps me make choices that lead to greater happiness now, and in the long-run. Along with that, I find joy in understanding my identity as a child of God. Through it, I more clearly see His love for me and concern for the details in my life. When things don't work out the way I expect or want them to, I've consistently seen that it was because God wanted something even better for me.

How I live my faith

In my congregation, I volunteer doing interfaith outreach. It's been a great opportunity to meet good people from many faith traditions, and to learn how they build a relationship with God. Some of the things we've done with our neighboring Christian churches are interfaith concerts and service projects. I also organized a Mormon-Muslim dinner on the Sunday during Ramadan when the LDS and Muslim faiths were both fasting. Through these interactions, I've developed a deep respect for their faiths and have come to recognize how much truth we have in common. That being said, the I treasure the unique doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because they bring me so much joy. Additionally, I believe service is a big part of how I live my faith. Once a month I volunteer with friends from church at a local soup kitchen, and our congregation frequently organizes service projects in the community. I believe that serving God's children is a way to worship Him, and it gives me a chance to see others a little more like He sees them. Plus, it helps me remember the blessings in my life.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Where I grew up, earthquakes are fairly common; now I live in an area that's prone to everything from hurricanes and snowstorms. So in both places, the need to prepare for emergencies is logical and not a unique concept to the LDS church. However, I think I inherited the "Be Prepared' mindset from my dad (he's just a big Boy Scout), and it's true that I don't see our neighboring churches having a similar focus. But our church also encourages us to be prepared for other kinds of emergencies, including financial difficulties. Some of the ways to do that are by setting aside money and storing food as our situation allows. Growing up, my friends were always shocked to see the amount of food we kept on shelves in the garage, but these practices helped our family through tough financial times so we saw immediate, tangible blessings. There are probably many reasons why our church has this focus on self-reliance, but as I've tried to implement these practices I've seen many positives results. I feel greater confidence and self-respect, because I'm not as afraid of future events. I feel a sense of gratitude realizing that not only is there "enough" in my life, but a little to spare. And from this position, I have a greater ability to help others should the need ever arise. Show more Show less