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Hi I'm Chelsie

I'm a New Englander. I'm a cancer survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I believe in miracles and second chances, in the color blue and hair bows, in taking long drives during Autumn days in New England, in spending time by the Atlantic Ocean and in drinking massive amounts of strawberry-banana smoothies. I'm a born and raised New Englander, the oldest of four children and have two incredible parents who have raised and taught me so much of what I know today. I have an incredible Best Friend, who is currently serving a mission for the church and teaches me every day through his example about compassion, service, selflessness, love and happiness. I believe in living life to the fullest and I'm constantly trying to be deserving of my life. I have a 16 inch scar running up my left leg, and when asked about it, I'll say that I survived a shark attack or got into a fight with a bear, but the truth about it is that it's my battle wound from fighting cancer. I am a six year cancer survivor; pushing on towards year seven and so grateful for the life I have and the person cancer has helped me grow into. I am studying to teach English and spent five months teaching English to the cutest second graders in all of China. Serving and loving them has taught me so much and I am constantly trying to be worthy of the complete unconditional love that my students showed me during my short stay with them.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born and raised in the LDS faith, I am a Mormon because I choose to be and because I believe in this church and I know it to be true for myself. It took me a while to get there on my own, but in my darkest hour when I was unsure if I would survive to see the next day, I saw my prayers answered, and I witnessed many miracles. My life, and being alive is a miracle. I have learned to have unwavering faith in every circumstance. I know that trials are for our good, and that through them, I can become a better person and grow closer to Christ. I embrace challenges with the best attitude I can because I know there is something to be gained for them, and I have learned to be grateful for the hard times. I am a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true doctrine and because of the way it has changed my life. I have learned to lean on my Father in Heaven during the hardest trials I have faced. I know that there is a plan for me and that it is detailed and elaborate and that through God, I can do anything. I can even survive cancer.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in every aspect of my life. Specifically in church, I work with the children and help teach them basic gospel themes. I spend time with the missionaries working in the soup kitchen in town. Recently, my parents have been asked to serve as missionaries and run a local camp that the Church owns for the Young Women of New England. I have had the amazing opportunity to serve along side my family and several special families every day to help run the camp and provide a sanctuary for the Young Woman of the church to escape from the world and feel the Spirit. It has been one of the hardest things I have done and also the most rewarding and I have learned so much through the many hours of service I have been able to give at the camp.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Not only do we believe that the family is the most important unit in the world we believe that families can be together, forever. It was with great peace that I realized if anything should happen to me during my sickness, I could still see my family again someday, because we had been sealed through a sacred process for time and eternity in the temple. Show more Show less