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Hi I'm Chantelle

I love my family, being outside, and piano. I am preparing to be a Special Educator. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am currently a college student (but not for much longer!) studying Special Education. I will be finishing up my degree doing an internship as a resource special ed. teacher at an Elementary School, and can't wait to start teaching and being with kids. I love getting to know people of different cultures and have done a study abroad in Spain, taught English in Cambodia, and spent a year and a half as a volunteer missionary for the church in Japan. I shared about our church with the people there and loved every minute of it. I grew to love everything Japanese, including the delicious food and wonderful people. A few more tidbits: I was born and raised in Utah, I love being with people (including my big family and 10 nieces and nephews). I am a fan of piano, reading (when I get to it...), hiking, being outdoors, learning, teaching, and playing any kind of recreational sports (especially volleyball).

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have seen the teachings of this church work in my life and in the lives of others. I grew up Mormon and have seen the church bless my life countless times--giving me comfort, strength, and hope. I know that there are also many other sources of happiness and goodness in the world. However, I am Mormon because there is something deep down in me that is satisfied and full of joy when I learn this church's teachings and as I apply them and see how they help me and others have very real, lasting change. I have come to know, both in my head and in my heart, that this message is true, and that Jesus Christ is my Savior. And that's why I am, and always will be, a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am going to college preparing to become a special educator, which I believe will allow me to help others, which is a very big part of my faith. While still very imperfect, I am trying to work hard, improve, and serve others. In addition, I try to learn more about God and Jesus Christ through the scriptures and as I pray and attend church.

What is faith?

Chantelle
Faith is not knowing, but believing something. It is strengthened through experiences we have. Each day every person does things based on faith. For instance, we all turn on light switches because we have faith that by flipping the light switch, a light will turn on. We have faith that it will happen because we have seen it so many times. Similarly, I have faith that Christ lives and loves me because I have felt so many times that it is true. While I don't necessarily experience anything with my physical senses, I have experienced assurance that Christ lives in my head and heart, and as I act on those assurances and apply the teachings of Christ, so much good comes and my faith grows stronger. As my faith has grown, I have experienced so many blessings. My life is more full of hope and love, I am more motivated to do good, and I am less worried and stressed. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Chantelle
New members are baptized because Christ has taught us that we need to be baptized so that we can return to God after we die. It is an outward show of a commitment we make to follow Christ. We are baptized by people who are authorized to do this in Christ's name. This authority to baptize is called the priesthood. When we are baptized, we promise to follow Him and help those around us. It's like in business or other areas of life--when you make an official agreement or contract, you usually sign a document that outlines the agreement. In a way, baptism is like the signature--we officially commit to the agreement that God has laid out for us. In return, we are promised wonderful blessings, including living with God forever after this life. Show more Show less