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Hi I'm Chelsea

My family lives in the Alaska bush. I substitute teach on my breaks from Brigham Young University-Idaho. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Chelsea. I am 22 years old. When I was little, my dad was in the United States Air Force, so we moved a lot. I have been able to meet people from many different backgrounds and cultures. It has really influenced the way I view other people. My family now lives in a tiny town in the Alaska Bush. I have enjoyed visiting there and getting to know the Yup'ik people, especially through teaching the children when I substituted. I am going to BYU-Idaho to become an elementary school teacher so that I can hopefully have a positive influence on the children I teach.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but I still had to go out and find my own testimony, just like those who were not. I have implemented the tools of prayer, fasting, and scripture study to help me to understand just how much my Heavenly Father loves me; He loves me so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins and to die for us. All of these things were so that we could return to live with Him someday. It is such a beautiful concept! I have felt the peace and understanding that the Holy Ghost brings when I read or hear truth. I am a Mormon because I am a better person when I am abiding by the precepts of the Church. I love the beauty and the simplicity of the gospel.

How I live my faith

Here in my ward at school, I am one of the people responsible for instructing and leading the other young women, and for helping them to feel welcome and loved. It is a challenging and daunting task, but it is one that I love. I really enjoy being able to see them grow and learn in the gospel and become more comfortable with their testimonies. Part of my calling is organizing activities that will help the young women to get to know each other, thus strengthening the fellowship between each sister. At school, it is so easy to live my faith because it is everywhere I turn. Almost everyone I meet is a member of the Church, and we all have very similar standards. I am able to go every Tuesday to devotional, where I can hear uplifting messages that provide an anchor for the rest of my week. I love it! I also love being at home, where I can have the strength and support of my family. We are close, and all of us strive our best to live lives that are congruent with the teachings of the gospel. We make sure to have our Family Night each week, and we read the scriptures and have family prayer each night. I am grateful to have had an example like my mom to teach me the way that I should live in order to return to Heavenly Father one day. I try to be an example of a kind, loving person to the students I teach, in the hopes that I will be a good representative of my faith.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We believe that we are saved by grace. We do believe that our faith will influence our works, meaning that if we believe in Christ, we will behave a certain way, so that we can emulate Him the best that we can, but our works will never save us. We cannot possibly do enough that would bring us back to the presence of God. That is where grace comes in: Christ makes up whatever difference is needed to get us back to Heavenly Father. If all we could do was one percent of that requirement, Christ will take care of the other ninety-nine percent. Show more Show less