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Hi I'm Kelsey

I'm a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I'm a college student, a blogger, and a writer. But, best of all, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student majoring in English and minoring in Editing. I currently work as an acquisitions intern at a local publishing company. I love reading, writing, blogging, watching movies, hiking, traveling, and just living life to its fullest. I have four siblings and two loving parents. This awesome family of mine means the world to me. As my siblings and I branch out and get married and have children, the family just gets larger and larger. I am so happy to know that someday we may all be together as an eternal family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, but that doesn't mean I don't have my own faith and my own testimony. All my life I have worked to obey God's commandments as they were taught to me. I'm certainly not perfect - however, I notice that the times that I'm trying my best to live according to the Gospel are the times when I am happiest and feel most blessed. I guess you can say I'm a Mormon because I know I can't afford to not be! But, on a more serious note, I have also prayed for and received a witness from the Holy Ghost that I am a daughter of God, that Joseph Smith was truly a prophet, that the Book of Mormon is a true testament of Christ, and that Christ is my one and only Savior. I cannot and will not deny my knowledge of any of these things.

How I live my faith

I help coordinate activities, service opportunities, and other meetings for local Mormon women. I have served in a number of capacities in the past as well, from teaching fellow young adults to teaching preschool-age kids, to making bulletins for Sunday meetings. But beyond my role within the Church, I also strive to live my faith by constantly acting on it in my daily life. I look for chances to serve others, to spread the Gospel, and to obey God's commandments. I try to carry myself and live in such a way that I uplift and encourage anyone I meet. I am certainly not perfect. Nobody is. But I think the key to truly living a faith-centered life is simply to try your best and to recognize when you make a mistake.

What is being a Mormon like?

Kelsey
Being a Mormon is like being part of a world-wide family and community. Almost anywhere you visit you are sure to find a Mormon meetinghouse and a group of people happy to welcome you with open arms into their lives. Being a Mormon is not restrictive, as many people seem to think. We have standards, of course, and are expected to live life in a certain way, but we make choices for ourselves. Being a Mormon is not always easy in this world, with all its many challenges and temptations. There are a lot of things we just will not do (as well as other things we DO do) that our peers may not understand. This might be difficult sometimes. But we can rely on each other, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and Gospel principles to provide needed strength and support. I think being a Mormon is fun. It fills my life with joy, from meeting great friends to having a knowledge of my purpose in life to gaining new skills. Being a Mormon is AWESOME. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Kelsey
Mormons are asked to contribute ten percent of their income as tithing. This tithing goes toward a number of causes within the Church, such as building temples, chapels, and other buildings, funding temple work, and preparing Church materials for teaching and organizing classes, etc. Basically, we use the money to further the Lord's work on the earth. Show more Show less