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Hi I'm Kelly

I'm a Rocky Mountain Mormon Boy from Northern Utah. Frankly, I've never lived more than fifty miles from my home.

About Me

I have just retired from a 37 year career in banking so that my wife and I can go on a mission. We have been called to the Marshall Islands, Majuro Mission. Having raised eight children, we are now empty nesters and felt the time is right to go and serve the Lord for a spell. I have spent my life in church service and feel blessed for it in all things to which I have put my hand. It is time to go out and give something back. I am a shooter by hobby and enjoy activity and fellowship among several shooting clubs. Though I have never prostylited any of the members, I have enjoyed participating in the re-activation of some and even going through the temple with a couple. I find that just living my religion and trying to set a good example is quite like missionary work. Besides, when you're among friends and relatives, they say it's not polite to speak of politics or religion--especially when they are carrying their side arms. Seriously, they won't miss me nearly as much as I'll miss them, but, we get along quite well and I have enjoyed great support from them as we depart for the next two years.

Why I am a Mormon

Interestingly, I was lucky enought to be born a Mormon. I was even born to "active" parents, unlike most of my siblings. I have never not been, nor even had the inclination to be less than, a dedicated member of the Church. I have seen the blessings which come from obedience to many commandments embraced by the Mormon faith and simply choose to obey rather than dismiss what I feel are miracles in everyday life. Sometimes I wonder if I am more scared of the consequences I've seen in my lifetime from disobedience, but I'd like to think obedience springs from faith, not fear. It is part and parcel of the joy I feel in this life. Be good--blessing. Try to be/do more good--more blessing. It's tough to keep up but the alternative is not very enticing. Be bad--consequences. You get it.

How I live my faith

I truly enjoy community service. Having served in the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce for almost 20 years, as well as working for an employer who prides itsself in community service; it has become second nature. From charity golf tournaments to painting houses, I have found joy in the labor of helping those less fortunate. Teaching (as a volunteer) has also been a great opportunity over the years. Whether in church, school or professional settings, I've been able to find immense satisfaction in sharing the talents, wisdom and knowledge with which the Lord has blessed me. It has spilled over into my work with the youth as well. I have been a Scout Master on several occasions and have spent many summers at camp with youth from ten to eighteen years old. Show me a guy who loves to shoot bows and arrows and guns, camp, fish, hike; and I'll show you a guy the youth will follow through fire.