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Hi I'm Chelsea

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah. I love singing, performing and lifelong learning.

About Me

I am a mom of a toddler who is pretty wild and crazy. Life is fun and challenging. I major in Family Studies. I love to travel and learn about different religions and cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS Church. I am a member because I know of the truthfulness of the gospel which I have been taught and am seeking to become more like Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good citizen in my state and country and respect all others opinions even when I don't agree with them. Every person has a divine right to worship how, where or what they may. I deeply respect that right- and love to learn about other religions and cultures with an open mind. I have a deep conviction towards the LDS Faith, and my Testimony of its divinity is very pure and special to me. I know it is true. In the LDS Church, I teach the 4 year old's in Primary, they are called Sunbeams- and I love learning from them as I teach. I also enjoy singing the Primary Songs with them. I also assist with the Scout Program as a Scout Assistant to the Bears and the Wolves. I am getting excited for my son to join Scouts, in about 2 years.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

All worthy 18 year old men are counseled to go- still it is a matter of choice. The church does not take away personal agency. Those men who decide not to serve a mission, still are members of our church and we love them dearly- and treat them with respect and kindness. They may serve in multiple callings and capacities throughout the church and we are thankful to them for their service and kindness in the church. The Sisters of the Church can now decide to serve missions at the age of 19 now. And since the ages of missionaries were lowered recently, many have chosen to serve the Lord and his Church on Full-Time Missions. The Sisters are not as encouraged to go on Missions, as much as the Brethren are. However, all members of the church are what we call, "Member Missionaries." We hopefully live our lives with love and service, kindness and understanding to members of all faiths. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Our primary family worship service is called sacrament meeting. This meeting is held in our chapels on Sunday and lasts approximately 70 minutes. Visitors are welcome to attend. It is common for families to attend, and we are accustomed to having children as part of the congregation. A typical meeting would consist of the following: Hymns: Religious songs sung by the congregation (hymn books are provided). Prayers: Offered by local Church members. Partaking of the sacrament (communion): The sacrament consists of prepared bread and water, which is blessed and passed by priesthood holders to those in attendance who wish to do so. Speakers: Typically a meeting will have two or three assigned speakers. (Note: We do not pass a plate or request donations as part of our worship services.) Visitors are also welcome to attend other Sunday meetings that precede or follow sacrament meeting: Sunday School classes are offered for each age group, beginning with 12 year olds. Primary meetings consist of a group service and age-oriented classes for children 3 through 11 years of age. A nursery is available for young children, ages 18 months to 3 years. Young Women meetings provide classes for those 12 through 17 years of age. Relief Society meeting is for women, ages 18 years and older. Priesthood meetings provide age-oriented classes for males 12 years and older. Show more Show less