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Hi I'm Chelsea.

I grew up all over the U.S. with a father in the USMC. I'm a college student, I'm a writer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a young single adult and I am currently a sophomore in college. I can't seem to decide what I want to do--so far I've tried being a biology major, a psychology major, and a criminal justice major! Maybe I'll try another new thing next. Whatever I decide on I want it to be something I am passionate about. I love horseback riding and writing. I hope to get one of my books published one day, but my biggest dream is to become a good wife and mother some day. I love to laugh, I love to smile, I love to love, and I love to live!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church by my parents who were married and members before I was born. When I was little I just grew up knowing that Jesus and Heavenly Father loved me, and that what I was learning in Sunday School was true. When I was eight years old I was baptized and things went on from there. When I became a teenager, I realized that I was really going to have to find out for myself the things that I always said I believed were true. Things were different from when I was a kid. So I did exactly what our church tells people investigating the church to do...I read the Book of Mormon. I had tried reading it multiple times, but it wasn't until I went in reading it with the mindset of wanting to learn truth that I was able to understand it. With every word I read, my faith in the Lord and in the truthfulness of the church grew. After reading The Book of Mormon, I wanted to know more. I read other books about the early prophets of the church, especially Joseph Smith. There is no doubt in my mind that he was a prophet of God, and that he was the man to restore the true gospel of Christ to the earth in these Latter Days. From my testimony of Joseph Smith, I was able to strengthen my testimony in the prophet today, as well as the teachings that they give us. I know that this is real, and true. One of the biggest things that reaffirms my faith is music. In the Hymns, I can feel the Spirit testifying of the truthfulness of the gospel. I feel that the music itself expresses what words sometimes can't express alone. I know that the teachings of this church are true. That has been testified to me over and over again in my life, and I truly feel the love of my Savior and I know that this is His church. In short, my testimony is this: God has not, does not, or will not ever abandon His children. The true gospel is restored upon the earth in these latter days. The Book of Mormon is truth and scripture. Families are eternal. Jesus is the Christ.

How I live my faith

I was a secretary in the presidency over a group called Young Women. This group is made up of girls from the ages 12-17. I was just 18 years old at the time, but I was strengthened so much by the girls and their testimonies. I was part of the "committee" that plans activities, conferences, church lessons, and even a summer camp for these girls. I loved working with my mom, who is the President of the Young Women, and I loved seeing the girls grow and develop. Many of them are my friends who confide in me when they need help. I love them with all of my heart and I loved being a part of the program that helps them to grow into the great and faithful women that they will become. I am currently a Sunday School teacher for children who are 7, turning 8 this year. It is such an amazing age to teach, because the kids are so full of faith and knowledge! Sometimes I think that I am learning more from them than they are for me. They are such shining examples of everything that is good, and I strive to be more like them. In our church, children are usually baptized at the age of 8, so I am very blessed to be able to witness their transition into being a full member of the church. Their testimonies are great strength builders to me and I am so blessed to have them in my lives.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Chelsea.
The Mormon lifestyle is not as odd as a lot of people would think. We are normal, just like everyone else. We have a strict code of morals and health guidelines that we adhere to, but most people have the same sort of thing in their own minds We do not smoke, drink alcohol, or partake of any sort of drugs. It's all about avoiding addiction, and keeping ourselves healthy. Our moral standards are high, but it is an easy thing to live by. It's so much more freeing to live without constant guilt and heartache by avoiding things that will cause grief and regret for us and those around us. As a Mormon I feel very uplifted and happy all of the time. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Chelsea.
 A surprising number of people are not aware that the name of the Mormon church is not "The Mormon Church." The name of our church is actually The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We are very much Christian. We believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Chelsea.
I gained my testimony by reading The Book of Mormon and finding out everything that I could about the church. I made sure that I was reading things that the church had actually published or church leaders themselves had said, because there is a large controversy about the things that our church believes in. If you are earnest in your searching and prayers, the Lord will testify to you that the church is true. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Chelsea.
We believe that our bodies are "temples." They are sacred gifts of God that need to be taken care of. Aside from being bad for our bodies, coffee, tea, and alcohol are also addicting substances that can destroy families as we become reliant on substances rather than our own decision to function. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Chelsea.
Men from the ages 19-25 are strongly encouraged to serve a 2 year mission, but it is not a requirement of being a member of the church. For many members of the church, it is an easy decision to make because when we know the truth of the gospel, we are so eager to share it. Women can also go on missions after they turn 21, if they so desire, for 18 months. Show more Show less

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

Chelsea.
The Plan of Salvation is what we are taught in the church, also known as the Plan of Happiness. In that plan we have been told that we can be sealed to our families in the temple for time and all eternity. We believe and know that we can all be together forever if we live how the Lord would have us live, and be sealed together. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Chelsea.
Of course not. We help all of those who are in need, sometimes when they ask and sometimes when they don't. Charity is the pure love of Christ and all of God's children deserve help and love. Show more Show less