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Hi I'm Kellyanne

About Me

I am a graduate student, studying English literature. I love reading nineteenth-century British literature and also contemporary fantasy. When I am not reading, I love to cross-stitch and spend time with my family (a wonderful mother and father, three younger brothers, a grandmother, not to mention extended family!). I also enjoy playing the piano and singing.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so I have been fortunate to have gained a testimony of why this is Christ's church when I was young. As I have grown older, I have thought deeply about why I believe what I believe; I feel strongly that everyone should have a firm understanding of why he or she believes in certain things. I know that because I have been a member of this church my life has been rich and full; every blessing that I have received has come because of my membership in this church. From the scriptures, I have learned that Heavenly Father loves all of us. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Redeemer. He is a God that does not change, that does not vary from what He does or says. For this reason, I know that He must do today what He has done in ages past. He sends prophets and apostles to the earth to guide humanity to the only path of righteousness, and that path is established by Jesus Christ. In our day, He has sent more prophets and apostles, the men that stand as the representatives of Jesus Christ on earth today, namely the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I know that these men are prophets and apostles, that they are authorized and ordained to speak God's will to mankind. Just as Moses led the children of Israel, so President Thomas S. Monson leads this church (and the world) today. For this reason, I know that this church is Christ's church. I have followed their guidance and counsel, though it many times goes against popular opinion, and my life has been richly blessed. These men hold the priesthood, the power and authority to administer the ordinances (like baptism) that save mankind from the effects of the Fall. I know that the priesthood power is real. I have felt its power in my life, and I can honestly say that it has saved me both physically and spiritually. This is the power that can lead all of us back to our Heavenly Father and eternal life with Him. There are many other reasons why I am Mormon, but the two that I believe make this church stand out the most are our living prophets and the priesthood authority, given to us by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I think critically and deeply about doctrines, principles, and ideas, and for me, the teachings of this church make sense. I do not understand or know everything, and there are things that trouble me at times, but I cannot deny what I feel when obey the teachings of the prophet. I cannot deny how my life is blessed when I keep the commandments. I cannot deny the peace that comes to my soul when life is hard and when things are difficult. The true gospel of Jesus Christ is on earth today! It is here to bless us all if we open our hearts and listen. This is my testimony; this is why I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

I serve in my church by visiting some of the women that attend my congregation and getting to know them better. I have made wonderful friends by helping others in their time of need. I also teach an adult Sunday School class every other Sunday. I enjoy discussing the lives of ancient people who strove to follow God and keep the commandments, just as we strive now. I play the piano at church as well, helping everyone praise our Savior Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father through music. 

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Kellyanne
Temples are sacred, holy places for Mormons. The main purpose of temples is to help Heavenly Father's children return to Him. We perform sacred rites and ordinances in temples for ourselves and for our deceased ancestors. Since we believe certain ordinances (like baptism and marriage) are required for salvation, we perform these ordinances for our ancestors who did not have that opportunity when they lived on this earth. All of the ordinances that take place in the temple are very sacred, so we only speak of them in general terms outside of the temple. We also make sacred covenants to keep God's commandments throughout our lives, and in turn God promises us wonderful, beautiful blessings in this life and eternity. Everything we learn in the temple helps us to be more like Jesus Christ. The crowning ordinance is temple marriage, where a husband and wife can be married for time and for eternity (not "for as long as you both shall live" or "to death do you part"). Temple marriage allows for family relationships to extend beyond this life for all eternity. This sacred and holy marriage can only take place in one of God's temples. Show more Show less