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Hi I'm Kelsey

I'm a political science major, runner, and violinist. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Washington state as the oldest of five kids in my family. Choir and orchestra dominated my high school years, and then I decided to learn more about government and politics once I entered college. I enjoy hot chocolate, rainy days, and running!

Why I am a Mormon

When I tell people that I'm a Mormon, they automatically assume that it's because of how I was raised. While I was definitely born to incredible parents who are strong members of the church, I went through a questioning phase in high school, and it was during that process that I gained my own testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The elements of the gospel began to make complete sense in my head, and I also started to understand and believe the principles in my heart. I am a Mormon because I believe in the Savior Jesus Christ, and because I have read the Book of Mormon and know that it is sacred and true. One of my favorite things about the Book of Mormon (and basically any aspect of the gospel) is that you are guaranteed that you can KNOW that it is true-there's no guesswork about it! If you sincerely read the Book of Mormon with the intent to know of the validity of its contents, you WILL receive an answer. It's kind of exciting to read it when that kind of a promise is involved. Beyond my testimony, I have also identified many other blessings that come with being a Mormon. You are surrounded by people with strong values who make you want to be better. People care about you! You can participate in awesome activities through the multiple programs in place for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. The church really is for everyone! Despite all of these benefits, the greatest blessing that comes with being a Mormon is knowing that I am a daughter of God and that life really does have a purpose.

How I live my faith

There are so many ways to live the gospel! Members of the church are given "callings" for certain durations of time to help attend to the needs of everyone in a congregation (what we call "wards"). Right now, I help plan and carry out activities for girls ages 8-12 twice a month. In other callings I have taught classes to junior high aged girls, played the piano for our congregation's choir, and served on a service committee that worked to benefit the general community.