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Hi I'm Kelsey.

I'm an editor. I'm an aunt. I'm a Thai food lover. I'm a Russian speaker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 22-year-old university student studying to become a book editor and writer. I am the youngest of five children and have 10 nieces and nephews. I look forward to raising my own family because of the close relationships I have with each of my family members. I recently returned from serving an LDS mission in Moscow, Russia. I love speed Scrabble. I love art history. I love gardening. I love to sing. I love traveling. I love people and love learning from them.

Why I am a Mormon

I love my Savior. The more I know Him and understand what He has done and does for me every day, the more I understand that it is in following His gospel and living His commandments that I can find true, lasting happiness. I was born a member of the Church, but didn't necessarily know it was true until I did what every true member of the LDS church must do: I read the Book of Mormon and sincerely prayed to know it was true. I received a strong testimony of the Church's truthfulness bit by bit as I lived its precepts. As I continue to do this, I draw closer to my Savior and feel that true happiness in my life. I know that this is His church restored on the earth--a fullness of the truth again restored to help us return to live with Him and our families forever. That confidence and assurance? That's true happiness.

How I live my faith

As a member of my church, I have had wonderful opportunities to serve. I enjoyed serving an 18-month mission in Moscow, Russia to serve the people there and help them find the true happiness that I have. I came to more firmly know that this church is true as I saw its teachings change people's lives, bring them closer to Christ, and strengthen their families. I have instructed and led in the Church's women's organization to help them understand their divine calling and potential as women on the earth. I volunteer at a home for mature special needs patients and teach Russian and missionary skills at the Missionary Training Center. I love to help people see themselves as God sees them.

Are Mormons Christians?

I have been asked many times, "If you are Christian, why don't you wear the crucifix?" The crucifix is widely known to be the symbol of Christianity, but as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we celebrate the resurrection and life of the Savior, not His death. Although we are eternally grateful for His sacrifice and remember His Atoning Sacrifice always, we rejoice that it is through His sacrifice that we can gain happiness in this life and live again in the next. So what is our symbol, then, if we do not use the crucifix? It is, quite simply, our service to others. We try to live as the Savior would and treat others as He would. That is how we show others that we are followers of Christ. Show more Show less