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Hi I'm Kelli

I grew up in Middletown, Ohio. I'm a type 1 diabetic with a cute pink insulin pump and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southern Ohio, so naturally, I'm a HUGE Cincinnati Bengals football fan! I'm crazy about scrapbooking and crafting of all sorts! Pinterest is my newest addiction because it fuels my fire for crafts. I also enjoy crochet, although I'm not super great at it…yet. I want to be the type of mom who can sew cute clothes and costumes for my future kids so I plan on learning to sew and possibly quilt in the future. I'm a dental assistant and absolutely love the dental field. I'm also married to my best friend in the whole world and we have a pet rabbit together :)

Why I am a Mormon

I have not always been a Mormon. When I was in my 20s, I had a friend who was the happiest person I'd ever met. Everyone always wanted to be around him. I found out this friend was Mormon when he brought in his copy of The Book of Mormon. I had always been raised to believe being Mormon was a cult and I was curious about what was in this particular book. I did not want to believe that such a good friend and person could be part of a cult, so I decided to investigate for myself. My friend told me that a copy of The Book of Mormon could be obtained from the missionaries. He arranged for me to meet the missionaries. I didn't know what to expect and I didn't want to be hounded or have them showing up on my door step. The last thing I needed was flack from my family about talking to these guys. But when I met the missionaries I was surprised to be greeted by two young, nicely dressed guys about my same age. They were friendly and told me if I wanted they could teach me about The Book of Mormon as I read it. I agreed and enjoyed many lessons with the missionaries and other members at the Church building. About a month in they told me they had set a baptism date for me, which made me angry because, although, I had agreed to listen to them I was not about to join their church. Besides that, the missionaries had always preached that to find out if The Book of Mormon and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true all I needed to do was to pray for an answer. When I brought this to the missionaries attention a smile crept across their faces as they then told me there was only one way to find out. That night the weight of the world was on me as I prayed for my answer with tears in my eyes. It's the hardest thing to explain and sometimes even harder to understand but I felt this peace overcome me and it was almost as if a voice told me everything would be ok that this was the true Church and I should be baptized.

How I live my faith

At Church, I enjoy helping my husband teach the children. I think I learn as much as they do when I learn new songs during singing time and hear the lessons about Christ's love, for us, His children. I also help on a committee helping women and families in our ward who need assistance of any kind. Many women in our Church are called as visiting teachers. A visiting teacher is a woman who comes and visits you every month with a special spiritual message. A friend and I serve as visiting teachers for 5 women in our church building. We have become great friends with these women and enjoy visiting them every month. Being a visiting teacher is one of my favorite responsibilities in our church because we make many new and great lifelong friends and you can know when you are struggling these friends and many others are only a phone call away. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I have always felt the love and support of many.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Kelli
I did as The Book of Mormon says in Moroni 10:4-5 "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." I asked Heavenly Father with tears in my eyes if this was the true Church and if The Book of Mormon was true. As I read in the scriptures I felt the weight of the world lift off my chest as the peace that the Holy Spirit brings came over me and I felt a small voice whisper that everything was going to be okay and I just needed to be baptized and join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'm so thankful that the Spirit answered my prayers and of the knowledge that was given to me. The Spirit has spoken to me in many ways since then but I'm so thankful that I listened to it when it spoke of the truth of this gospel. Show more Show less