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Hi I'm Kelly

I have a masters in operations research from Stanford University. I live and work in the Washington, D.C. area. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah and am a lifelong member of the Mormon church.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Mormon faith, like anyone, I had to make a choice whether to continue on in that faith community after reaching adulthood. One important crossroads for me was when I turned 19, the customary time when Mormon males elect to serve two years as full-time missionaries. While serving a mission seemed like the right thing to do, I felt that it would be disingenuous for me to serve without a personal witness and belief that this church was, indeed, God's kingdom here on the earth. As I studied and prayed about the church (more prayer than study as I already knew quite a bit) I came to feel an overwhelming conviction that the things I had been taught were, in fact, true. As a result I served an honorable mission and embarked on a lifetime of church service in various capacities. I have not always been perfect in my ability to follow God's commandments, but I have never wavered in my convictions regarding what God would have us do to further his work on this earth.

How I live my faith

Over the course of my lifetime I have served in numerous volunteer capacities with the Mormon faith community. During my college years, I spent two years as a full-time missionary in Austria. While my five children were growing up, I spent 15 years working in youth ministry, including seven years as a scoutmaster and two years teaching a scripture study class at 6:00 a.m. each weekday morning for high school students. While I have more adult pastoral duties at church these days, I continue to provide volunteer assistance to the boy scouts as needed.