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Hi I'm Kelton

I grew up in Southern Utah, I'm the father of 5 boys, and married to the love of my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Hurricane, Utah, a small town in the southern part of the state. Growing up was filled with riding horses, hunting, working and of course school. When I turned 19 I was called to serve a mission for the church in Massachusetts. It was one of the best experiences of my life. The people I met while in Massachusetts and the experiences I had sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them changed the direction of my life completely. When I returned home after 2 years I met Alisa Nelson. Marrying her was the best decision I have ever made. We were married in the St. George Temple in 1996. 1996 was a year of many changes. Alisa and I were married and I took a job in Southern California with World Savings and Loan. World Savings became a second family to us. I was in the appraisal department and Alisa started working as a teller. I was with World for 12 years. In 2008 we moved back home to Utah and have been here in Taylorsville since then. We have 5 boys, ranging in age from 4 to 15. Kade, Jake, Tyler, Nathan and Blake. They are a handful! Kade and Jake are part of the Utah Mountain Biking team, Nathan and Tyler are playing flag football and Blake is playing soccer. We have a rabbit named Matilda, two rotten cats :), and a great dog named Toby. Our family likes to go Rock Climbing, Running, Mountain Biking, camping, fishing and eating! Our lives are busy, but I wouldn't change a thing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church, which I am grateful for. I wasn't the perfect LDS youth that you might think. I gave my parents my share of headache and heartaches, but as I grew older I finally started to understand the role of the Lord Jesus Christ. My belief and understanding of Him continues to grow stronger as I grow older and have experienced the challenges that come from this human experience. The reason I am a Mormon really comes down to the following things; 1) I have read the Book of Mormon, many times. I have prayed about it and have received an answer to my prayers. I know that it is true! If the Book of Mormon is the word of God, then the man who translated it must be a prophet. If Joseph Smith was a prophet then the church that he established must be Christ's church on the earth today. 2) The fruit is good. What I mean is that the result of my living the gospel for 39 years has been positive. I don't want to say better than others, because we are far from perfect, but I am convinced that things are better than they would have been without the Church. 3) It just feels right. Every aspect of the gospel makes sense to me. It provides answers to the questions of "where did I come from?" "why am I here?" and "where am I going?" It provides insight into what to avoid and what to focus on. I have followed that guidance and it has blessed my life.

How I live my faith

The Church is organized into Stakes which are comprised of 8-10 Wards. A ward is similar to a congregation in other religions. Most wards have between 300 and 500 individuals, the ward has geographical boundaries. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we have opportunities to serve in a variety of positions. I have had the opportunity to serve as a Youth leader working with Young Men from the age of 12-18 for almost 15 years. Throughout that time I also served as a Boy Scout Leader. I love scouting and the impact that I have seen it have on Young men. Recently I was called to serve as the Bishop of our ward. I have had no training for this assignment, at least not in the sense that leaders of congregations of other denominations would typically have had, but I do believe that I was called of God to serve in this capacity. The Bishop in conjunction with the other leaders of the ward is responsible for Sunday meetings, youth activities, and other activities in the ward. Even more importantly the Bishop oversees the general welfare of the members of the ward. One of the best parts of being the Bishop is having the opportunity to meet with the youth and other members and to counsel with them. I am so amazed with the desire that people have to be good and to serve our Heavenly Father.