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Hi I'm Darlene Kelly

"I was born and raised in Kentucky. I love discovering my family history through genealogical research, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 5 children and grandmother to 13. I love to read and to explore my families history through genealogy. I have been an avid genealogist for over 35 years. My family is my greatest joy and I love to teach new skills to my grandchildren, much to their delight. In turn, they have taught me computer skills and all about I-pads, I-phones, and the latest technologies. I have an AS degree as a Paralegal and a BS in Social Studies and English with a middle school emphasis. I worked as a Paralegal for 18 years but my greatest joy was when I retired to spend more time with my children and grandchildren. All of whom I am extremely proud. I live in a small town, but feel a part of this large world because of the internet. I have traveled to Ireland, Italy, and Istanbul, but home is always my favorite place to be. With my wonderful husband by my side, we are enjoying these latter years of our lives with our posterity. Oh what fun I am having. Life is beautiful.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I always felt that there was "something missing" in my life. I had prayed earnestly for many years for the Lord to help me find answers to gospel questions that had gone unanswered in my faith at the time. When the missionaries knocked on my door I was not looking for a "new religion" but I was curious about what they were teaching. At our first appointment I asked them every unanswered question I had been searching for answers to. I was shocked that they not only answered them, but the answers were so simple and logical in the explanation that I knew that what they were teaching me was true. I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 44 years ago and I have never been happier. I have grown as an individual from a shy, painfully introverted young woman to an outgoing happy person. The members of the church enfolded me in love and acceptance. I did not have any other members of my own family to attend church with me, but I never felt alone. I love the Gospel. It has made me a better person and it has directed my life for good where ever I have gone. My children have grown up in the gospel and I have seen for myself how it has affected their lives for good. I know longer feel that something is "missing" in my life. My life is full. My life is happy. I am so grateful that I allowed those young missionaries into my home so long ago. They not only changed my life but the lives of my children and countless future generations. I thank my Heavenly Father for that ever day.

How I live my faith

I have worked with our local Chamber of Commerce for community events and have been a member of a local Homemakers organization. For many years I worked with the cub scout program which had a large number of children from various religious backgrounds. My education has allowed me to feel comfortable in teaching situations of all kinds. I have taught many classes over the years in both youth and adult programs. I have taught genealogy classes in our community and at church. I love seeing people get excited when they discover an unknown ancestor and especially when they uncover stories or photos of those ancestors. The gospel has something for everyone and encourages its members to participate in church activities and in our communities, by sharing their talents and time to help others.