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Hi I'm Chauntel

I'm a life-long member... and a convert. I'm learning every day and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest joy in life is being a wife and a mother. My parents were divorced when I was young, and I spent most of my childhood wondering if a happy marriage was even possible. I have found that happiness in family life not only can be obtained, but can reach far beyond the walls of my home. I have now been happily married for 13 years, and although each year has had its challenges, those challenges have brought my family a strength and closeness we could not have found otherwise. I know this is because we rely on Jesus Christ. Through His teachings and His example, we live the best way that we know how- and we learn every day. On those days when nothing is right in the world, I take comfort in knowing that there is peace within the walls of my home. That peace comes from Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I may have grown up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I am still a convert. Why? Because I didn't always believe. If I am honest with myself, I will say; I am a born skeptic. Growing up, I wasn't even sure if I believed the story of Jesus, let alone the story of Joseph Smith. I listened half-heartedly, but I knew that one day I would have to choose for myself. My decision was not made for me. It was not made by Church leaders, it was not made by family or friends. In fact it was made while I was completely alone. My Senior year in high school, I was faced with a fear that is not uncommon... the looming fear of the future. No one could tell me what to do with my life. They could try... but I had to decide for myself and I knew it. Along with investigating colleges and career paths, I found myself investigating The Church. For the first time in my life, I began reading The Book of Mormon on my own. I couldn't believe what I found. I suddenly realized that although I had been taught about Jesus my whole life, I never learned a thing about Him. The words I had repeated in Sunday School and Primary were only that- words. There was no understanding connected to them. Suddenly I found myself gaining, bit by bit, an understanding of who Jesus Christ really was. His words, His life, and His role in my life. I decided to pray. It was the only way I could know for sure if this was all really true. I had prayed before (usually at the dinner table, or silently and often half-heartedly), but this time was different. This time I was on my knees. This time it was out loud. This time I was completely alone. As I opened my mouth to pray, I could barely get past the words "Heavenly Father." I was overcome with such a sweet feeling of peace. I felt as though I had been literally wrapped in my Savior's arms. I knew that Christ's Atonement was for me. I knew that The Book of Mormon was true. I knew that God lived and loved me. And finally, I knew for myself.

How I live my faith

I am not perfect. I do not live my faith as perfectly as I hope to. But I live my faith by trying. I know I need the Atonement. I wish I could look back on each day and have no regrets... but there are always some. I know that it is by grace that we are saved. I have found that as I accept Christ into my life, His Atonement heals me, lifts me, and helps everything else falls into place. I have learned that the only way I can truly accept Christ is by trying to live my life like Him. If I do not try to show love, tolerance, and charity as He did, if I do not give of myself as He did, if I do not obey God's commandments as He did, then am I truly accepting Him? I know there is no hope for me alone. I will always fall short when left to my own devices. I am incredibly grateful for my Savior, who atoned for me and who willingly and lovingly takes my sins upon Himself. I know I will never be perfect as He was, but I still want to be like Him. Although I fail often, I know He knows me, loves me, and will forgive me. I hope those I cross paths with in this life with do that too.