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Hi I'm Celeste.

I'm a university graduate, a favorite aunt, and a social media guru. I'm a musician, a movie-lover and a thespian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student currently studying English, music, editing, psychology, and everything in-between! I have a passion for Autism and am considering studying to be a therapist. I want to write my own novel and edit other people's work until I can get a book published. I also want to be involved in and perhaps teach musical theatre, and direct a musical of my own someday. I want to study abroad in the next few years. I love singing, reading, running, movies, and playing with my nieces and nephews. I enjoy the simple pleasures with them, such as coloring in coloring books, jumping on the trampoline, and painting with watercolors.  

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I choose to be. I was raised a member of the LDS church, but I am not just a Mormon because my entire family is. I'm a Mormon because I cannot imagine my life without it. I've had several times in my life when, had I been without the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, I may have lost everything that is valuable to me. Without the grace of my Savior, I would be nothing. 

How I live my faith

I live my faith by ensuring worthiness to maintain a current temple recommend and attending regularly. I attend church services every week, regardless of other time commitments, and enjoy it every time I worship for those three hours a week. I strive to improve myself and grow closer to my Savior every day by reading the scriptures, having personal prayer, and upholding the honor code at my university. I attend an LDS private school - although non-LDS students are invited, even encouraged to attend - where we all sign - every single student that walks on our campus - a contract to uphold the "Honor Code." This is a promise to abstain from pre-marital sex, alcohol, and illegal drugs. These are commonplace occurrences at other universities. We also promise to attend our church meetings regularly, employ clean language, dress modestly, have academic integrity, and follow the opposite-sex visiting hours. I take the Honor Code very seriously and I know it is one of the greatest blessings in my life to have promised, on my sacred honor, to live it.

What is the Relief Society?

Relief Society is the women's organization in the Mormon church. Depending the social demographic of the community, Relief Societies can differ. Currently, I attend a student singles ward with my roommates. Student wards are a little different from a regular "family" ward or branch. A family ward is the most prominent type of congregation in the Mormon church. Anyone of any age can attend. In a family ward, the Relief Society is where the women, elderly and newly married, college student or young grandmother, a mom with ten married kids or a single mom with a young baby can come together, learn about our divine roles as women, and become friends. In my student ward, it's a place where we bond with the other girls from our university and foster friendships with our "sisters" by serving each other. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Having had a lot of friends influenced by pornography, I believe that we can avoid the dangers of pornography by a few simple things: Openness with each other, and tactful but serious discussion are a necessity. If we care about each other, we will protect each other from the danger and destructive nature of pornography. We need to be open and serious about this subject with our children, spouses, friends, and ourselves. Pornography generally thought of as only an internet medium, but it is everywhere in this media driven age - books, movies with sexual content, or immodestly dressed characters on video games can be pornographic. I know from personal experience that pornography ruins relationships, it damages families, it soils the spirit, it brings depression and self-loathing, it breaks hearts, and it poisons minds. The awful thing about pornography is that it will usually continue to destroy someone's life until they are caught in it. Pornography is so powerful that even if someone affected by it loathes it with all their heart, it still can have an influence over them so powerful that they cannot stay away, even if they hate themselves every moment they partake of it. Unless we protect each other, regard it as the epidemic that it is, and understand that those who are influenced by it are normal people with temptations like the rest of us, it will continue to spread and wreak havoc on the eternal lives of so many. Show more Show less