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Hi I'm Kelsey!

I am a daughter, a friend, a sister, a wife... and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 22 and have been a member of the church for 4 years. I am a full-time student and early childhood teacher. I am studying Early Childhood Education, and hoping to graduate in 2013. I love the outdoors -- camping, hiking, sports, etc, as well as landscape photography. I have moved across the country and accomplished many goals.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to live as a Latter-day Saint because the church's teachings truly are unchanging in a world of shifting doctrine. We believe in things of the past and of the scriptures that others may have lost and/or do not believe exist anymore. Christ's church was not organized to change with society, it was organized to stand as a beacon of light in the midst of darkness. The things I have been taught have never felt so right. Growing up I was always yearning for truth and looking into different churches for the truth. I knew I needed a change in my life. I sometimes say, even if there weren't a God, a Christ, a Holy Ghost, or any of the other things that we believe in, I would still want to live my life this way. I am free when I am living the standards of the LDS church. Free from sin, Satan, temptation, addiction, guilt, and pain. No matter what trial I face, living in the Light of Christ will bring me happiness. And others who have gone through the most difficult trials on this earth have testified and find hope in Jesus Christ. I would much rather believe in an eternity and a truth, than believe that this is all there is. Because if this really is all there is, I won't know any different. But if there is an eternity, I will be regretting not living righteously and believing forever. I love this church because of the Plan of Salvation. I love knowing that people on the far ends of the earth can someday receive the Gospel and be baptized. I am so thankful for missionary work and the missionaries both full-time, and friends that have helped me get to this place, and for the family I have gained in this church. There is a peace and assurance of what life is all about when I am living righteously.

How I live my faith

Being a member for the past four years hasn't exactly been easy. Accepting the standards that we have been taught was easy, but enduring and living them has been more difficult. Satan's temptations and the world's views of what is true and virtuous can lead us down the wrong path. But continuously striving to do the best we can and keep the spirit with us can guard us from the evils around us. There is no doubt in my mind that standing against Satan and telling him to leave our minds can bring peace to our lives. When we are not living righteously we are held accountable. Accountability changes with conversion. Once you know that a principle is true, you cannot make excuses... you must recognize where you are wrong and where you are struggling and change. In my own life I have a testimony of focusing on my own life and my own struggles instead of others around me. We should never judge those around us unless it is necessary in order to keep ourselves from harm's way. Heavenly Father blesses us immensely for our faith and courage against those who want us to fail. Enduring to the end is truly how we will make it through this life!

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

We can increase our faith in Jesus Christ by first coming to know him through the scriptures and prayer. With the help of the Holy Ghost we can have comfort in knowing that he is our Savior and Heavenly Father's only begotten Son, and our older brother. After we know who Christ is in relation to us and our Heavenly Father we can study the Atonement to learn about Christ's suffering for our sins. The Atonement focuses on Christ's heart wrenching experience in the Garden of Gethsemane as well as his suffering on the cross. We must then recognize that Christ lives! Although Christ suffered for us and had to fall to death, the most important thing is that he was resurrected and that we will be resurrected someday because of Him. No matter what we do on this earth, we have been given the gift of having our bodies for eternity. Finally in order to find faith in Christ we must live a Christ-centered life. We cannot find faith and truth in the Gospel without living Christ's teachings. They are not only stories, but guidelines. Our faith will grow each day from experience as we are living righteously and as we repent for where we go wrong. Testimonies are formed over a lifetime and change with the experiences we have throughout this lifetime. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

The temples we have are for special and sacred covenants we make with our Heavenly Father. Temples are not open to the world, and members must go through interviews and have recommends in order to enter. But the fact that only worthy members of the church are allowed to enter does not mean that others cannot take upon them the name of Christ and eventually be worthy to enter. "Worthiness" is not a term of who is or is not "good enough" as much as a term reflecting the testimony of temple work that the individual has. Temples are designed for a celestial (or heavenly) experience that we cannot experience elsewhere on this earth. Unlike temples, church buildings are open to the world and are the meeting houses for Sunday worship and other meetings throughout the week. I love the temples that we have built upon the face of the earth. They stand as symbols, but they are so much more than that. They stand for all that we believe, for the work that we have to do on this earth, for sacred covenants, and for holiness. They are a place of refuge and a place of reflection and hope. They are not just church buildings where the things of the world are free to enter. They are the only place besides our homes left on the earth where we can forget the world and feel safe. And even our homes can at times become overcome with the things of the world, therefore the temple stands alone. Show more Show less