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Hi I'm Kelsey

I grew up abroad. I love literature. I'm a vegetarian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student who's lived in Guyana, Jordan, Peru, Mexico, and Venezuela. While I proudly call Virginia home, part of my heart will forever reside in Latin America. I love watercolor, Sufjan Stevens, Spanish, Pablo Neruda, arepas, Washington D.C., and going to bed early.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a predominantly Mormon family with a rich pioneer heritage. But I choose to be a Mormon because I believe. I believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God, I believe in modern day revelation and prophets, and I believe in the absolute necessity of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. By consciously choosing to obey the strictures and tenets of my religion, I consistently find happiness and peace. My faith allows me to face life with optimism, hope, and charity while sustaining me in times of sorrow, and in times of joy.

How I live my faith

I go to church weekly. I study the scriptures and pray daily. I always try to follow the counsel of church leaders whether it be my bishop (leader of my local church group) or the prophet (leader of the church). I try to make God the number one priority in my life.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

In 2 Nephi 25:23 (a book within the Book of Mormon) it says: "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God: for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." Mormons believe that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is absolutely essential for our salvation. Without Christ's teachings, His sufferings in both Gethsemane and on the cross, as well as His resurrection, it would be impossible for anyone to obtain eternal life and the full measure of salvation. While we believe, ultimately, that it is grace that saves us, we must constantly strive to do "all we can do." Consequently, we feel it is not enough to verbally, or superficially, accept Christ as our Savior. We must consciously and continuously mold our lives around His teachings and example. To truly accept and believe in Christ is to actively serve and love others, obey His teachings, and do the best we can to follow him in both word and deed. I've had several friends from other Christian faiths who questioned whether Mormons believe in the doctrine of grace, and the answer is emphatically: Yes we do! Accepting Christ as our Savior is key to salvation, but truly accepting Christ will result in a lifetime of active dedication. As it states in 2 Nephi 25:26: "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Chirst, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." It is by His grace we are saved. Show more Show less