What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Michael E. Kelly

I grew up in Burley, Idaho. I have lived in Utah since 1970. I retired in 2012. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I would use words like loyal, dedicated, enthusiastic, self-starter, team oriented and focused to describe myself. I was born in Burley, Idaho and lived there until I graduated from high school. I received an athletic scholarship to play football at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. I went from Snow College, where I met my future wife; to the University of Utah where I received my Bachelors degree and later to Brigham Young University where I earned a Masters in Health Science Education. I was married in 1972 to the love of my life Denise. Together we have had seven children and nineteen grandchildren. We are a united family with a variety of special talents. I love sports, (more watching than playing now that I am old), gardening and reading. I worked for the same employer for over 39 years as a health and safety professional with special expertise in training and behavioral safety.

Why I am a Mormon

Perhaps the simplest answer as to why I am a Mormon is that my parents were Mormons. This answer does not, however, adequately explain why I choose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The real answer involves childhood teachings, inactivity and weakness, a faithful wife, friends and mentors, challenges, responsibilities, good examples and miracles. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I know that it is Christ's Church restored to the earth in this modern day. I know with all of my heart that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God and that he participated in the restoration of that Gospel. I know that there is a modern day Prophet who leads the Church today in a manner prescribed by our Father in Heaven. I believe that the family is the foundation of the Church and that the organization of the family is forever. My wife and I lost a son several years ago in an industrial accident. He left a wife and two young children. I bear testimony that he now waits in the Spirit World for his family. Because of the covenants made in the temple they will once again be together. His family is forever. Knowing that my family will transcend this earthly life and we will all be together forever is a blessing of indescribable worth. I am a Mormon because I have seen and experienced miracles performed by the power of His Holy Priesthood. I am a Mormon because when the spirit manifest itself I have tears flow down my cheeks because the knowledge is so strong as to the truthfulness of the Gospel. I am a Mormon because the Gospel is true and that by living by the tenants of that Gospel man can have a special joy found no where else on this earth.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have served in many church callings. Although I have had numerous leadership positions in the Church, my favorite job is teaching children. For the past 5 years I have taught ten, eleven and twelve year olds the basics of the Gospel. The thing I love most is the way the kids always seem to teach me more about the Gospel than I teach them. I am a child of God with the emphasis on the word "child". I have so much to learn about my Heavenly Father and his son, my elder brother, Jesus Christ. I suppose the most challenging call I have ever held in the Church is one of leadership in a facility for high risk boys ages 8 to 18. I held this call for more than five years. Helping these young men understand that they were children of a loving Heavenly Father who wanted to bless them was difficult and emotionally draining. Persistence and patience were often rewarded with those young men going to college, being successfully employed and sometimes even going on missions. I loved every minute of the time I spent talking to those young men. Over the past year my wife and I have been serving as Service Missionaries being Employment Specialists. My wife and I each work 20 to 25 hours each week helping others find gainful employment. We endeavor to help everyone who walks through the doors of the Center. People from all stations in life and with many religious backgrounds. Our specific responsibility is teaching a two day Career Workshop that emphasizes identification of personal worth and value, creating power statements, writing personal summary descriptions called "me in 30 seconds", networking and interviewing skills.