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Hi I'm Chantrelle

I love fashion, martial arts, reading books and music. But more than anything, I love my faith. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an assortment of all sorts. I’m an all out girly-girl with a dash of tomboy. I’m an aspiring fashion designer. I enjoy learning and practicing different martial arts. I’m a romantic who is also just absolutely fond of Jane Austen novels. I enjoy good laughs with the colorful stories by P.G. Wodehouse. I love the excitement and adventures found in many books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I am an absolute Disney Princess and Studio Ghibli films fanatic. I love traveling and exploring, good food (or just food in general), movies, theater, musicals, opera, music, and a hodgepodge of other activities. Suffice it to say that I enjoy a good deal of a variety of many many things. But more than anything, I love my faith. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love how the Lord’s gospel of love transcends ALL barriers—whether it be language, culture, race, age, gender, social status, or anything really. His loves for us transcends all things. Through His love for us, we can all gain eternal happiness and sing songs of everlasting joy in our hearts! I have gained my testimony of these things and more through the teachings of His church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born Mormon. My parents both converted into the church back when we still lived in the Philippines years before I was born. As with most Filipino families, what your parents' religion is will more than likely be your own religion. I grew up in the church, was baptized when I was 8, and enjoyed my primary days. Those hymns in the children songbook were etched in my little heart. Then, the teenage years came and many changes came along with them. I had to move to different schools several times since we moved to different cities all quite distant from the previous one. Each time we moved, I went through the cycles of friendship. It really wasn't so hard, until the biggest move of my life came. After 15 years of my living in the Philippines, my family and I were moving to the United States of America. My first reaction: devastation. I was absolutely devastated to learn that I was being taken away to the other side of the world where none of my friends were. I'm not exaggerating when I say I cried and cried so hard every moment of the entire plane ride. My first day of school here, I had no friends. I knew no one. I sat by myself amidst the crowd of lively teenagers and felt so alone. My first Sunday at church, everyone was nice and friendly but somehow I still felt like I didn't belong. I struggled for a little while with stepping out of my comfort zone to welcome new friends into my life. As days, weeks, months and years went by, however, I was able to gain new friends from all walks of life. Most of my friends were non-members. They did many things that aren't aligned with the standards the LDS church has set for its members. I knew this. But I longed to feel like I belong, and I longed to be happy wherever I may be. Throughout this time, I still went through the motions of going to church. However, I was usually the last to arrive and always the first to leave. I was also doing some “church hopping.” I also started to make what I called "semi" wrong choices. Bending the rules here and there, rationalizing to myself that I'm just "gaining experiences" and "learning things for myself." Needless to say, one bad decision leads to another bad decision. I sought after temporal happiness and many enticing things of the world until one day I realized just how unhappy I was. I knew my life was going downhill on a very fast pace and unless I stopped myself, no one else will. One night, I got down on my knees and offered a sincere prayer and poured out my heart to the Lord. Before then, I hadn't said a sincere and honest prayer in quite some time. I expressed the desires of my heart and how I just really wanted real happiness. The kind that is not superficial. The kind that does not depend on what brands of clothing I wear, what kind of car I drive, which crowd I hang with, what activities are "cool" nor where it's "in" to be seen. Although at that time, I didn’t know it, the Lord heard and answered my prayers. I started having lessons from the missionaries who were accompanied by some people from church. Even though I rejected it at first, many people from the church started to become my friends. They are now some of my closest friends. I was given callings that gave me the opportunity to serve others and feel that wonderful feeling you get after doing something good for someone else. Many church activities became events that I really looked forward to and where I made even more friends. I started going to Institute where I learned more about the gospel. Sunday became my favorite day. My relationship with my family improved greatly. My relationships with all of my friends became more meaningful. I basked in the inspirational words of encouragement and love from the prophets and leaders of the church. The scriptures brought me peace during my quiet hours of study and meditation. Church hymns became so pleasing to my ears. I desired to make changes that aligned my life with the gospel and teachings of the Lord. Even today, I am almost always the first person to arrive at church and even end up usually being the last to leave. I am very happy and very blessed to say that I have many friends both members and non-members. I finally know and feel that I belong--and I know I am in the right place. All this stemmed out from this truth: one good decision leads to another good decision. Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. I love the church because it teaches of the gospel of salvation and not the gospel of damnation. I have a firm and growing testimony of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These feelings I have cannot be denied and I know of a certainty that the Lord does hear and answers our prayers. He loves us. He wants us to be truly happy. I firmly believe that our Lord, Jesus Christ, is in fact the living leader of this church. He has given us a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, to lead, instruct and edify us to do what the Lord would have us do so that through Him, we may have everlasting and eternal happiness. I know that we have a loving Father in Heaven who blessed us with this gift of life and continues to bless us with SO many things each day. I have a firm belief that the Holy Spirit is real and that the He serves as a witness to truths and a guide and comforter in our daily lives. I urge anyone and everyone who wishes to be happy to pray to our Heavenly Father. I know He will answer your prayers just as He has answered mine. I testify of these things in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I think it will take me forever to get to specifics of how I try to align my life with the teachings of the gospel of the Lord, but there are four main ways that I try to live my faith by. These four main ways have been ways that the prophets of old and our prophets of today continually beckon and urge us to follow: 1.) Pray always. Daily. We have all been so very blessed with many gifts, talents, families, friends, this life we have, this earth we live in and countless of other blessings that God has given us and continues to give us each day. I've learned how important it is to offer a prayer on my knees the moment I wake up, before each meal, and before I sleep. Even when I'm just driving, I try to offer a prayer in my heart. I know that Heavenly Father is mindful of who we are and what we desire in our hearts. Prayer is a way for all of us to talk to Him. 2.) Scripture study. Daily. By reading, searching, studying and pondering the scriptures (Book of Mormon, Bible, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price) I am able to learn more about the Lord, learn His words and teachings so that I may apply them in my life. I once heard this during church and I find it to be absolutely true: "If you want to talk to the Lord, pray. If you want the Lord to talk to you, read and study your scriptures." 3.) Keep the Lord's Commandments. Daily. There are a lot of commandments! And although to the world, some of these commandments may sound restricting, in reality they are emancipating. They are there to protect us from harming ourselves and from harming others as well. The Lord has led a life full of love and I know He wouldn’t give us commandments that would contradict His teachings. He loves us and that is why He gives us commandments. 4.) Willingly serve others. Daily. This is actually one of the most important commandments of the Lord. In the King James Version of the Bible, we read in John chapter 13 verses 34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” What better way to love others than to do good to everyone—willingly serving and helping them? Great acts of service are wonderful but don’t forget, small acts of kindness are also great! I am also currently preparing to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. I know I am not perfect, and I stumble from time to time. But I know what’s most important is that I am continuously making changes to do and choose what is right. If I’m moving forward, then I’m not moving backward and that is what matters. :)

Are Mormons Christians?

I tend to get this question a lot. A Christian is someone who believes in Jesus Christ and adheres to His teachings. "Mormons" is a term for members of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. Our faith is centered in Jesus Christ and His teachings. So, yes, we are Christians. The Book of Mormon, which is one of the main scriptures unique to our faith, is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is neither a substitute nor a supplement to the Bible. It is a complement to the Bible, along with the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. To anyone who is doubtful or skeptical of these scriptures (as I once was), I urge you to read them. Read them, study them and pray about them. I know from first hand experience that no one can tell me their truthfulness and really convince me. I had to find out for myself, on my own, and I did. I know they are true. The stories and teachings in these scriptures are real and did happen. They contain many truths about the past, present and the future as well. They contain answers that we all ask in our soul-searching journeys in life. Please, read them. Study them. Ponder them. Pray about them. Know for yourself. Show more Show less