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Hi I'm Kelli Stockford

I grew up in Sellersburg, Indiana. I am a wife, a mother, homeschooler and preschool teacher. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I grew up a Southern Indiana girl. After graduating high school I went off to BYU-Idaho, which was known as Ricks College then. I met my husband there and we have been married 22 years. I am the mother of three children. My two oldest sons are serving missions in Warsaw, Poland and Concepcion, Chile. Our 8 year old daughter was a long awaited member of our family and we are so happy to have her. I love teaching children. I am a preschool teacher, I have owned 2 of my own personal preschools as well as currently work as a substitute teacher for our local head start program. I have homeschooled all three of our children and currently doing so with our daughter. I am a speed walker and love my morning walks. I love living in the country raising my chickens, having a large garden and my next venture is having beehives. I enjoy camping with my family so much that I have a tent trailer business for people to rent tent trailers so they can make their own family memories. I love reading and watching Jane Austen works. I also love great literature and am a big Harry Potter fan! I am a learner...always willing to learn and try new things and see how they can benefit my family and our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my parents joined the LDS faith when I was only 5 years old, there came a time when I had to decide if I was going to follow the teaching of my parents or search out something else. I reflected on my life, what I had been taught, studied and thought of examples around me. The main reason I chose to continue being a Mormon was because I knelt down on my knees and asked the Lord if the teachings of this gospel are true. As I felt the warm loving answer from my Heavenly Father, I knew that the teachings and commandments from this church are true. I know that I have a Savior in Jesus Christ. I know that it through His atoning sacrifice that I can return to my Heavenly Father. As I learn more and more about the gospel taught in our church, it is like a large puzzle with every piece fitting together and fitting perfectly to make a beautiful picture of eternity that I want for myself and my family. The gospel of Jesus Christ is one of love. It is through obedience to the teachings and commandments of that gospel that I feel free everyday of my life. Free to choose, free to live, love and serve. Free to be the child of God that I am. Free to live a happy life amongst trials and turmoil. I feel that the gospel of Jesus Christ gives me that "second wind" per say to keep going no matter what is happening in my life. I love the love I feel when I am with my fellow brothers and sisters in the gospel. I have seen blessings and miracles in my life that can only come from God and it is through this gospel that I feel a part of the Heavenly Kingdom.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is so a part of my life that I look at my activities and see how ingrained it is. My faith in my Savior, Jesus Christ directs all of my activities from music I listen to and the types of movies that I watch. It is through my faith that I am anxiously engaged in a good cause. In my church life I have spent much time in the youth program of the church in various responsibilities from teaching, leading and guiding the youth in the areas in which I have lived. I have helped organize activities to help youth enrich their lives and prepare for adulthood. The past two summers I have been able to be in charge of certifying about 80-100 girls in various camping and first aid skills at our yearly Girls Camp. This program includes first aid skills on all levels from controlling bleeding to CPR as well as tying knots, building fires, identifying poisonous and healthy plant life of our area, compass work and orienteering, outdoor cooking, hiking, and other outdoor safety and survival skills. As a member of the Church, I am also a member of Relief Society. This is the women's organization that has not only given me great opportunities for serving others in my community and throughout the world but in my own home as well. Relief Society has given me a chance to learn how to organize, care for and budget for my family and home. I have learned from many other sisters how to do so many things that I have been able to confidently be the wife and mother I desire to be. I have also had many opportunities to serve the homeless and needy through many works that the church takes part of. I have been a visiting teacher where I have several women from my congregation that I go on a monthly to visit them, give them a spiritual message and check on their welfare. I have gained many friendships from this program and have many women in my life that are great examples to me as well as a great support. We also have many things in our life to help strengthen our family.