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Hi I'm Chantelle

I love music, books, biking and chocolate. I am passionate about helping children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up the oldest of six children made me a little crazy at times, but I loved it. Seeing the experiences of my parents and siblings helped me develop a desire to serve others, especially children, in my career. I had very specific goals for what I wanted to do after graduating high school, but when I entered college, I found things weren't quite what I had expected. But as I trusted in the Lord, I found that He knew exactly what would make me happy and where my talents could be used. I had the opportunity to take a break in the middle of my schooling to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Netherlands. I had never expected to go somewhere like the Netherlands, but again found that the Lord knew exactly what would make me happy and where my talents could be used. I met people and had experiences that have forever changed my life. After returning from the Netherlands, I met my husband. Again, as I trusted in the Lord, I found that He knew exactly what would make me happy. My husband is the best man I could have ever asked for. After I graduated with my Master's degree, my husband was accepted to medical school and we moved far away from both of our families. Moving away from places we knew, people we loved, and jobs that were sure was difficult. Together, we moved into the unknown. Although life is again proving to be different than I expected, I keep trusting in the Lord, knowing that He knows exactly what will make me happy.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I always believed it was important for me to gain my own testimony of the Jesus Christ, the church, and the teachings I was being taught. In this process of working to gain my own testimony, I have come to find truth in John 7:17: "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." Basically, by trying out the things I was being taught, I came to know they were of God. I found peace, clarity, and happiness in my life as I followed the teachings taught in the church. This doesn't mean that life is easy all of the time, but understanding God's plan, coming to know my Savior, feeling the cleansing power of the Atonement, and everything else I have experienced through living the gospel have helped me have hope and faith in the most difficult of times.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is something I try to do each and every day. It's by being diligent in the seemingly little things that we can be able to grow in faith--studying the scriptures, praying, serving others, etc. I've found that doing these things brings a peace to my life that cannot be found elsewhere. Heavenly Father truly is there. In the church, I have the opportunity to work with youth and leaders throughout our region. It is amazing to be able to work with the youth and see them grow in testimony and ability as they plan activities, learn together, and serve one another. My testimony grows as I see the youth grow.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

As a young child, I spent most of my days with my grandparents. My grandfather became my best friend. We spent our days working in the garden, playing games, and riding the four-wheeler together. When I was six, my grandfather had a heart attack and died. I was devastated. I remember hearing the news that my grandfather had passed away--my siblings and cousins were at his house playing while our parents were at the hospital with him. The neighbor came outside to tell us grandpa died and I remember feeling so broken inside. I ran to a room in the basement where I could be alone and cried. After a while, I remembered that my mother had taught me to pray when I was sad. I knelt down next to the couch and asked my Heavenly Father if I would ever see my grandpa again. At that moment, the words of a children's song, "Families Can Be Together Forever", went through my head and I felt as though my grandfather was there with his arms around me. I knew that our family would be able to be together again. This experience has stuck with me for more than 20 years. Heavenly Father intends for families to be eternal. As we live the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can be together with our loved ones again. Show more Show less