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Hi I'm Kelley

I grew up in the midwest, I work with underprivileged youth. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My mom is a convert of the church, she joined before I was born but wasn't very active until I was 3 or 4. My dad isn't a member and my sister is currently inactive in the Church (so I'd guess you'd say I'm in a Part-Member Family). I write, draw and occasionally work in the local theatre department. I am a college graduate (from a Southern Baptist institution) and currently work with children in an after school/summer program.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in a family with only one parent in the church helped me to form my own testimony of the church when I was young. I have faith that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and that He is not only my personal Savior but the Savior of the world. He is God's son, and as such He wants me to return to him. I believe that families are forever, and that by doing Family History work we can not only embrace the families we have now, but the families we come from. I know that God is speaking through his Prophets and Apostles today, just as He did when Christ was on the earth in biblical times.

How I live my faith

I have held various callings in my congregations. While in college I worked in the Nursery with the 6 month to 3 year olds, for a year. Post College, I held a calling on the Public Affairs committee, where I worked on the Church's newsletter. I have also held a calling with the Family History committee.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Visitors are very welcome to attend services. Sacrament Meeting (as we call the main service) lasts about an hour and following there are also other classes that can be attended. Sunday School classes are offered for various ages (the official title being used for those 12 years old and up, though Primary meetings are held for those 3-11 years old with a group service as well as age divided classes). There is a nursery available after the Sacrament Meeting for children 18 months to 3 years of age. A Youth class for girl 12 to 17 called Young Women and a separate class for boys 12 and older. Relief Society is a class specially designed for women 18 and older. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

To attend church most members will be wearing professional or semi-professional clothing. The men typically wear button up shirts with the shoulders covered, neckties or bowties, full length dress pants, and a suit jacket. The women are in dresses or skirts that reflect our views on modesty, which are that the shoulders shouldn't be shown, no low necklines, midriffs, or low backs are worn, as well as the dress or skirt reaching at least to the knees. Even children will dress more formally than on typical days. We celebrate most holidays, including Christmas, Easter, Mother's/Father's Day, and birthdays. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Men and women are both equal in both church life and family. We all have different talents and skills that were given to us to help raise children, and each other, up in the Lord. The parents are to be involved in the care and discipline of the children, but if one parent is a 'softy' the other may need to be the 'bad guy'. The parents are a team and should act as such with compromise and discussion. Show more Show less