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Hi I'm Kerry

I am a teacher, an archaeologist, an Egyptologist, a husband, a dad, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to teach. I love seeing the light bulbs go on in my students' eyes when they suddenly understand something they haven't been able to get before. I love the outdoors. I love waterskiing, and the feeling of gliding across the water and suddenly slashing and changing direction gives me a feeling of freedom and a natural rush that I love. But the thing I love the most is being with my family. We love to travel and do things. We love to hike and camp. We love to go for drives and see new places. Mountains, waterfalls, lakes, new towns, new parts of the country, we love all of it. We have been able to go to Jerusalem and Jordan and Egypt together. Adventure with my family is the most exciting thing I do in life. I can't wait to start planning out the details of our next discovery together. Where will we go, where will we stay, what will we eat, what will we see? Who will we visit, who will we get to know? Whatever I find myself doing I usually find myself counting the minutes until I can get home and do things with my kids instead.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt the Holy Ghost tell me this gospel is true. I have felt it again and again, and so strongly I could never deny it and never forget it. In hundreds of places and situations, time and again, I have felt the Spirit testify in an undeniable way. Following the spiritual direction received in this way gives me immeasurable peace. When things are hard, when things are uncertain, I can always rely on a feeling of serenity and peace that accompanies knowing that since I am confident that I am doing my best to do what God wants me to, that He will somehow make it all work out well. I truly believe that if we trust in God with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding that God will direct my paths for good. I have seen it countless times in my life. I can't imagine a better quality of life than that which comes from knowing you are doing what God wants you to do and that He has your back. I also find boundless comfort in knowing that I can be with my family forever. This means so much to me, and has gotten me through hard times. There have been a few times when things were very difficult at work or in other parts of life. In those times, when I found myself asking how it would all turn out, I always felt a strong answer that the things I was thinking about were not the most important things in life, but that the most important things in life were waiting for me at home. This has made home a true haven. Peace abounds from being with a loving family and feeling God's spirit with you.

How I live my faith

I love studying the scriptures. I love it when the scriptures come to life and I see how real the people in them are and then I see how they are like me, and I can apply the scriptures to my life better. I also love serving others. I have found that people often just want someone to like them and to laugh with them. Fortunately I really like people, and I love being with them. Sometimes I just walk out my front door and start looking for others who are outside that I can visit with and try to uplift. Little smiles, little laughs, little conversations, all of these uplift those I am around. I also love serving in my ward. I have held just about every calling around, and have loved them all. Most recently I have worked with the scouts. I once feared that calling more than any other. But I fell in love with helping young men grow and develop. Some of those young men needed a lot of help, and were not easy to work with. Some times meeting with them was very tough. Yet seeing them improve, even in the smallest ways, was as exciting as anything I have done. Right now I am teaching the gospel to 7-year-olds. It is so much fun. By day I teach college students, and on the weekends I teach little children. Both are fun and rewarding, but I can't get enough of seeing how excited the little ones get when I help them understand something new. They are so pure and fresh!

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Kerry
Husbands and wives work together in full and equal partnership. They should make their decisions together, seeking to learn the Lord's will and then moving forward in unanimity and harmony. They need to learn what the Lord would have them each do. Ideally the mother will be able to be with children during their growing up years, but the Lord may have different plans for individual families. As roles and relationships are determined, two things must be kept as the uppermost of priorities when making decisions: what does God want, what is best for the family as a whole and especially the children. If those are the two things that both husband and wife want more than anything else, then God will be able to guide them towards making their own family work in the way that is very best for them. It is when we listen to the priorities of the world, rather than God, or when we think of ourselves more than others in the family that we start to struggle in learning God's will for us. If we avoid this, husbands and wives will work together happily and in harmony, fully supporting each other as full and equal partners. Show more Show less