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Hi I'm Chelsey

I'm a wife and a mother to six kids. I enjoy running, reading, writing, and sleeping. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

One of my biggest regrets is that I majored in a hard science in college. I was trying to be smart, but I really wish I'd majored in something more right-brained because that's what interests me and gives me the most joy now. We bought a 100 yr old house in need of a lot of TLC 2 years ago, and I enjoy working on making it beautiful and reflect our tastes. I love to read and enjoy learning about almost any subject -- from finance to politics to computer science to photography, etc. After many failed attempts I finally entered the blogging world. I had hoped it would be a decorating/DIY blog, but this pregnancy has slowed me down, and it's mostly just a lifestyle blog (and boy is my lifestyle thrilling!). www.penelopespad.com

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon, but our religion requires a lot of us; our founding story is not logical; we are asked to live pure lives, to put our own time or money preferences on the altar to help others, pay tithing, give to charity and serve in the church. Even though I had grown up in this environment, it is impossible to just swim along for life. We must make our own choice. In college I had concerns about polygamy lived by Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, and stopped by John Taylor. We don't practice polygamy now, and haven't for over 150 years, but that it had happened ever bothered me. I wondered whether Joseph Smith was really a prophet of God. Or, I wondered how God could love His daughters, if the command had come from Him. The anxiety made me sick. My theories rolled all over the place, but I could not find peace. Finally, I read a revelation from God to the prophet Joseph Smith regarding the covenant of marriage (D&C 132). It calmed me down some, but I knelt and prayed, telling my Father what was troubling me. I had two answers come to my mind, accompanied by the peace I'd been seeking. 1. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and 2. There was something very good about polygamy being practiced then, that I didn't need to know right now. That may seem an incomplete answer, but the anguish was replaced by total peace, and I'm content to know that my Heavenly Father does many things that I do not understand right now. He will teach me when the time is right.

How I live my faith

Every decision I make revolves around my faith. My time is limited, and I make sure our (and I say our because my decisions run the household) daily life reflects and includes the things that I believe are the MOST important. The rest falls to the wayside. For example, we read scriptures and discuss them every night as a family. I read scriptures by myself daily. We pray together several times a day (and I do personally). We pay tithing and give money to charity. We try to help those around us, and we attend church every week. I serve in my local congregation, and currently oversee a weekly activity for girls ages 14-16. I participate in their lessons on Sunday, and counsel with the organization's president on matters affecting all girls ages 12-18.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Chelsey
The Mormon lifestyle revolves around the family. We believe that family brings us the greatest joy now and throughout eternity. Having and raising children is still very important to us. Although, it can be hard at times, we believe that it is worth it! We also strive to be thrifty, industrious, and serve our community and those around us. You can get a glimpse into my Mormon lifestyle through my blog: www.penelopespad.com Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Chelsey
Mormon women have all sorts of interests, backgrounds and personalities. The only sweeping generalizations I think I could make is that they put their family first and seek to serve the Lord. You can check out my particular brand of Mormon woman at www.penelopespad.com Likewise, every marriage is different. I primarily care for the children and do the cooking and cleaning, but my husband has a flexible job from home, and does a lot with the kids. I run the power tools most often, and he worries most when the kids are sick. We believe that we are a team with different strengths, and we work together to raise our family. Show more Show less