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Hi I'm Celeste

I grew up Catholic. I converted in 1997 I'm a Mormon. I have worked in the mostly in the medical fields.

About Me

I am married to a non member. My 2 sons are from my first marriage. My first son has 4 children and my 2nd son has 1 child. I have only one other member of my family who is a member of the church. She is not active right now. I worked in Occupational Therapy for several years. I have an A.A.S. in Occupational Therapy. I have experience in many different types of work: Kennels, low security girls school, house cleaning, collections, cash register, etc. I became pretty much disabled in 1997. The church helped us out for over a year. I moved back with my sister for a short time until Tony, my husband, got his VA non service related pension. My oldest son got his R.N. license and moved to another state. We followed. They moved back home and we stayed here. I've gotten a B.S. in Information Technology majoring in web design/development. So far I have not earned any money in it. I've been trying out marketing home business deals with no money yet. I am developing a couple of websites for friend and family. I do have my own personal site too which I'm redesigning now. I am pursuing certification as a Medical Administrative Assistant by September of 2014. I think I'm ready.

Why I am a Mormon

I spent many years searching for that church which matched my understanding of the Bible principles. I took World Religions in college due to this avid interest in finding answers. I read many different religious literature. Finally in 1996, when I saw the commercial for the Book of Mormon, I decided to read it. I had been against reading anything, but the Bible as the word of God. Life taught me not to be so close minded. When I called, the missionaries brought it to me. I took the lessons. It all made sense to me. It fit my answers completely and still does. I came to believe in Joseph Smith's vision and that he was given the mission to translate the Book of Mormon and to organize the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I joined the church in March of 1997. At the time, I was living with my husband in what we considered common law marriage. Before joining the church he agreed to marry me on paper so I would not have to move out. Unfortunately he still has not gained an interest in joining the church. I am still hoping. I truly want a marriage for time and eternity. I've struggled with the word of wisdom for years and am gratefully living it now. Of course, I need to continue to pray and repent as necessary, daily, with regards to this and all the other wise directions the Lord has given through the priesthood. I've been having a hard time attending Sabbath meetings due to the chronic pain and fatigue. I am looking at it differently now. Since I started on antidepressants I seem mentally able to cope with it. I'm grateful that our Father in Heaven endowed many of us with scientific wisdom for these things. I feel better able to stick to a decision to attend meetings now. Sept 2010 attending Temple Preparation classes. I have my Temple Recommend will renew it every 2 years now.

How I live my faith

In the beginning of my first years as a mormon I taught the 4 and 5 year old children at church. That was such fun. I took care of the schedule/church calendar for a while too. I also taught in the women's group of the church called the Relief Society. That was a bit scary for me, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, I was able to do what I needed to do. My husband and I had to move back with my sister and then we followed my son down here to South Carolina. It's been a struggle to be active in the church, but the most wonderful thing happened. I quit smoking and have maintained abstinence for the last 8 years now and I am now a card carrying Mormon. That means I can attend the temple and do work for others on the other side who were unable to do their own. It is a most beautiful place. I do a lot of what we call missionary work online. I work on my family history and work as often as I can at doing family indexing for the church. I am doing visiting teaching, a thing we do for all our sisters in the church as a way to keep in touch with our ward family. Our church is cut up into regions, stakes and wards. Wards are kept as low as possible, usually not more than 300 active members to a ward.. I have a visiting teacher who has become a close friend to me.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Celeste
This one was a new concept to me. I became open to coming to believe all that the prophets have taught especially with regards to the priesthood. My willingness was born out of my heartfelt deep down belief that Joseph Smith was given the whereabouts of the plates of the Book of Mormon and given the translation of them. God has not deserted us. He gives us prophets even today. Show more Show less