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Hi I'm Chantal

I'm a writer and an aspiring midwife. I'm a mommy. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of two wonderful girls. Not only do they bring me great joy, but their life is what inspired me to work toward becoming a midwife. The process is long, but well worth it. There is a feeling of great satisfaction when one is standing on the edge of eternity, so to speak, welcoming a new life to the earth. That partnership with the divine is enlightening. Also, I am a fiction writer. I believe the dynamic of the human experience is amazing. To capture the true essence of this mortal existence is a thrill and rush of its own. I love to write about characters who have to fight for what is just and true. I love characters who persevere despite the obstacles and hardships they endure. I think that in the face of adversity the true nature and spirit of a person can be discerned.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the Church, that is not why I am Mormon. My family stopped attending church when I was very young. We had other commitments, mainly soccer, that initially kept us from going. After a while, it became easy to not make the effort anymore. However, one thing that my family instilled in me from an early age was that when I prayed, God listened, and He cared. This would be critical in my life. As I entered my teenage years, I fell into drug abuse. In that lost state there were times when I was not sure if I would survive the night. I prayed. My Father listened. He answered my prayers, preserving my life when I had thought it forfeit to my addiction. With His help and the Atonement, I cleaned up. During that time, I moved to Europe to help an ailing relative. As I stayed there, I had time away from distractions where I could study my scriptures for the first time in my life. I searched... I prayed... I desperately sought to know if what I read was true... In my journey of the soul, and it is a journey, I found that what I was learning WAS true. And because it was true, I knew that I needed to change my life to be in accord with it. Since that time, I have come back to the church. I have met and married, for time and all eternity, my best-friend. With him I have brought into this world two wonderful daughters, who give me joy beyond measure each day. It took me almost losing my life to find it. I'm so thankful to be a part of my Heavenly Father's church. I am so thankful to be able to partake of His rich blessings. I can testify that it IS true. The Spirit of God told me in my heart and in my mind that the things I was reading were true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being honest to the values and teachings of Jesus Christ's Gospel. The scriptures are rife with examples of how I should conduct my life. As His disciple, I should stand as a witness of him "at all times and in all things, and in all places." (Young Women's Values) I live my faith with prayer. By praying to my Father many times each day, my relationship with him has blossomed. Whether I am coming to him with an out-pouring of gratitude, beseeching him for aid, or merely telling him about my day or something I thought was interesting, I know that he is listening and that he cares. It has allowed me to see his hand in my life. I live my faith each day. I show my children and those around me that I love my Father in heaven and I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of that love, I want to serve them. I want to bring their message and gospel to those around me. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), who live their faith, want to share it. Why? Because there is such joy in the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ that we want to spread that joy and knowledge with those around us. We want all to come and know God the Father and His son Jesus Christ.