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Hi I'm Celeste

I love raising my son, finding beauty, and blogging about it. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I met at college. I taught elementary school for 3 years while he finished his undergrad. We recently moved to the East for him to attend medical school. I'm raising our son. Things I love: - my family - laughing - playing with my little son - talking with my husband - waterfalls - eating cookies - reading to learn - hiking - blogging - teaching kids to write/read - making lists - yoga - singing with kids in primary - taking pictures - the beautiful world

Why I am a Mormon

There's a flicker inside me that wants to be better. It's the same place that wants to be happy. It's the place that doesn't want to hold a grudge, that wants to think there's a purpose to my life, the place inside that wants to help others. I've found what fans the flicker. It's knowing God is in His heavens. It's knowing God speaks to prophets today, and that they tell of His good news: how I can be better and how I can be happy. The light grows brighter as I understand God better through His prophets, through His written word, and as I follow His commandments. I feel brighter. I feel happier. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

At church I am the music leader for the children ages 3 to 11. I love their energy. I love their thoughtful questions and insights. We were singing the song "I Feel My Savior's Love". One child asked about the lyrics "How can we offer Jesus our hearts? He's not going to take our hearts out of our bodies!" I posed the question to the rest of the kids. A 7-year-old answered, "I think it's more like offering Him the love in our hearts." I love learning from those kids! I also visit several women in their homes monthly. One has 15-year-old twins with severe mental illnesses and a rigorous job. Another is single and works a few part-time jobs to support her daughter and grandchildren. Another grew up in the inner city and now is raising her 2 kids, being supportive to her busy working/in school husband and donates her sewing projects to charities on the side. Amazing women! I go to talk with and listen to them. I feel like we strengthen each other. We also discuss how the gospel of Jesus Christ strengthens us. And I blog. I blog about what speaks to me. I post about pieces of music, photographs, people's examples, books, current events, musings. And oftentimes, what I find in many of these things is, somehow, the still, small voice of the Lord speaking to me.   See whatspeakstome.blogspot.com

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We often call God Heavenly Father. That's because He is the Father of our spirits. He created our spirits in heaven before our bodies existed. They'll continue to exist after we die. They are eternal. You might say this life is the college years of our spirit: we have left our heavenly home. We are here to gain experience. We are here to turn to our Father and have faith in His plan for us. We are here to find joy in building our own families and teaching them His gospel. As we grow in spiritual strength from following God's ways, we will find joy in becoming more like Him. Show more Show less