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Hi I'm Chelsea.

I'm a missionary, a future elementary teacher, I sometimes talk in accents, I love having fun, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I just finished student teaching and am now a college graduate! I loved my elementary kids and am excited to have a classroom of my own when I get home from my 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love spending time with my family and friends - especially when we are doing fun, random things like dressing up like superheroes or driving four and a half hours for a hamburger. I think I love theatre and teaching elementary so much because I love being fun and creative in all aspects of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. I grew up as a member of the church, but I struggled with it for awhile at the beginning of college. I didn't have strong faith on my own because I think I had mostly relied on others' faith before. When I was going through that time of confusion, I felt lost and unhappy. When I started putting forth an effort to go to church, learn of Christ, draw closer to my Father in Heaven, and develop my own faith, I began to feel peace. I felt God's love and what he wanted me to do. Coming back to church gave me strength and comfort and helped me figure out where to go, who I was, and how to find happiness. Life isn't easy. It's not supposed to be. But going through life and trials is MUCH easier for me when I have faith in my Savior Jesus Christ. He has felt everything I will ever feel. He is the only person who truly understands me and what I'm going through, and going through everything with His help and love is infinitely better than choosing to go through it alone. I am a Mormon because being a Mormon brings me peace, joy, and strength. I love being a Mormon. 

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to do what my Father in Heaven wants me to do - by making good choices and sharing the Gospel with others. I am leaving soon to serve an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - moving away from my home and family to share the Gospel with people who haven't had the opportunity to hear and accept the teachings and church of Jesus Christ. I know that I can bring happiness and peace to the people in my mission through my faith in Jesus Christ. As I prepare to leave on my mission, I participate a lot in my ward. I am in a special kind of ward for young single adults ages 18-30. I work a lot with the women in the ward - getting to know new girls and visitors, showing people around, letting people know what's going on, and making sure people are taken care of. I keep the roll to see who's been coming or not coming. I also help plan monthly activities for the women and go on visits weekly. I meet on counsels to discuss matters that affect the ward. I also try to participate in ward activities - from weekly Family Home Evenings (young adult wards have them as a ward since most young single adult members don't live with their families), activities, etc. Outside of my official business in the ward, I try to live my faith in everything I do. I try to treat others kindly and follow the example of my Savior. I try to stand up for what I believe in and stay on the right path. I also love talking to others and helping them solve problems or just listening to what they have to say.

What do Mormons believe about family?

We Mormons believe that everything in the church revolves around the family. Everything we do and believe in centers around strengthening families - service, activities, classes on Sunday, missionary work, temple work. We believe that our families can be forever - that we will maintain our family relationships after we die, if we live righteously and are sealed to our family in the temple. I love my family immensely and could not imagine not having the opportunity to be with them after this life. Knowing that I can be with them for eternity brings me great happiness, and it strengthens my relationships with my family members here on Earth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We Mormons believe that there are three kingdoms in heaven - the Celestial Kingdom the highest kingdom, where we strive to go, the Terrestrial Kingdom in the middle, and the Telestial Kingdom the lowest. In order to enter the Celestial Kingdom, one must be baptized. We believe in baptisms for the dead because, frankly, it would be unfair if the only people who could go to the highest kingdom were the people who were alive after the Church was restored to the earth and living in a place where they had exposure to the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There are TONS of people who never had the opportunity to hear or accept the gospel on this Earth or who died before they were old enough to accept the gospel, so we do baptisms for the dead to give ALL people the opportunity to be baptized into the Church. These people still have the choice whether or not they want to accept the gospel - we're just giving them the opportunity. Show more Show less