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Hi I'm Kelsey

I'm a graduate student and astronomer in training. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate student studying astronomy. I'm in a PhD program, which lasts for 5 or 6 years. I'd love to work as a professor at a university or as an astronomer doing research full-time, but we'll see what happens when I'm done! When I study astronomy I feel a sense of God's power and creations. I see God in astrophysics equations in textbooks and in my scientific research, in addition to beautiful images from telescopes. When I am not slaving away at science, however, I like to keep myself well-rounded. I love reading, film, television, hiking, and exploring in general. I love trying new things and being spontaneous. I am a daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin, and niece, and I look forward to having my own family in the future.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to practicing LDS parents, and I grew up attending church meetings, praying, and reading scriptures as a family. However, as I reached my teens I realized that I had to know for myself if this church was true. The story of my gaining of a testimony is not unusual or necessarily exciting. I went to church every Sunday. In high school I attended seminary every day before school. I read the Book of Mormon and other scriptures sincerely, and prayed to my Heavenly Father frequently. Gradually, I came to a realization that I wanted to be obedient to the commandments, that I felt truly happy when I was doing my best to be righteous, and that I really did have a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I knew then, and as I have lived my life and done my best to follow the Savior, it has continually been affirmed to me through the Spirit that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church.

How I live my faith

I am a member of a congregation (also known as ward) that consists of single church members between the ages of 18-30. Currently I am serving as the president of my congregation's women's organization, the Relief Society. Part of this position involves overseeing church meetings and activities we hold. Most importantly, though, as president of Relief Society I do my best to look after, love, and serve every sister in our organization. My goal is to help everyone in my organization draw closer to Jesus Christ and feel His love and influence in their lives.