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Hi I'm Kelli

I'm a wife and mother of four children; adopted and biological. I love to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as the third oldest of 10 children. I loved being a part of a large family! My siblings were and are my best friends. I will always be grateful to my wonderful parents for making the great sacrifice of having so many children. My parents were active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they took us, yes all 10 of us, to church every Sunday. We also participated in many other church activities that have given me wonderful memories of my childhood and youth. When I turned 21 years old, I made one of the best decisions of my life; to serve as a missionary for the church. I got to serve in the northern region of Argentina. This experience helped me to grow closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ and taught me so many life lessons. I served for 18 months and then made another important decision, I decided to move away from my home to another city where I met my husband Sheldon on a blind date. From the first time I met him, I felt like I could totally be myself. We were married a short time after we met. I love him more everyday. We struggled with infertility for the first three years of our marriage before we decided to adopt. We were blessed to adopt a little boy and 2 years later were blessed to adopt a little girl. We then decided to try In-Vitro Fertilization and it worked the first time and we welcomed another little girl to our family. A short nine months later, I discovered I was pregnant with a little boy. I love being a mother!

Why I am a Mormon

I guess many would think I am a Mormon, because my parents raised me to be Mormon. And that is partially true. However, there is much more to it. I remember once when I was a little girl; probably about 10 or 11 years old, I was at our church building waiting for my father to finish up a meeting. I was walking around the church alone, and I had this warm feeling come over me. I just felt like I was in the right place. That this church was where I was supposed to be. I felt at home. When I turned 21 years old, I decided to serve as a missionary and was called to serve in Argentina. Before I left to Argentina, I spent some time in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. One night, I was with a group of other missionaries and we read the account of Joseph Smith's vision; when he was visited by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. As we read his words, I again felt this wonderful, warm feeling in my heart. I knew that it was true. I still think of that experience often and remember that wonderful witness that I received that Joseph Smith was truly called to be a prophet of God. I also know that the Book of Mormon is true, because I have prayed and asked God if it is true. I have actually prayed several times to know whether the Book of Mormon is true, and every time I do, I receive the same peaceful feeling in my heart that it is. This is why I continue to follow my parents footsteps. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently teach a class of 14 and 15 year old young woman. They are a diverse group of girls, but I love every single one of them. They amaze me with their wisdom and strength. In the recent past, I have also enjoyed serving in our children's group, which we call "Primary." In Primary, little children learn about our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through music and lessons which always involve hands on activities. The music of Primary is simple and helps each child feel the love of our Heavenly Father. I love Primary music! I often find myself singing or humming these songs and I am reminded of Heavenly Father's love for me. I am grateful for the role of prayer in my life. I am so grateful that I know that I can pray to my Heavenly Father for guidance and peace. I know He hears me because He has answered my prayers many, many times. It amazes me every time. I know that He truly wants what is best for us.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Kelli
When I was little, I often sang a song entitled, "I am a Child of God." The words state: "I am a Child of God, and He has sent me here; has given me an earthly home, with parents kind and dear. Lead me, guide me, walk beside me. Help me find the way. Teach me all that I must do, to live with Him someday." I'm so grateful that I was taught as a little child that God is my Father. That I am His daughter and that He loves me and wants me to be happy. As a teenager, I grew to better understand this truth. I could feel His love for me as I prayed to Him. As I grew older, I could feel Him guiding my life as I went to Him in prayer and kept His commandments. I have often received peace and reassurance of His love as I have gone to Him in prayer. I know that He is real. I know that we are His children and He loves us! The commandments He has given us are to help and protect us. When we follow His commandments, we find true happiness and freedom. I know that when we have trials, it is an opportunity to grow closer to Him and our Savior, Jesus Christ. When we lean on them, we will find peace and when the trial is over, we will see how we have grown and how God has blessed us with greater knowledge and joy. Show more Show less