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Hi I'm Teela

I'm a warrior and a survivor, a high-fantasy fanatic with a desk job, and a lover of the great outdoors.

About Me

Being the oldest child in a large family has always been an enormous blessing and a never-ending struggle, but it is one I wouldn't trade for the world. I often look back on my childhood with fondness and I'm so grateful that I had the chance to grow up outside in the sun, gleefully barefoot, my imagination encouraged to soar. I'm now in my mid-to-late twenties, with a bachelor's degree in English literature and a wonderful career that has absolutely nothing to do with what I studied at school, but it's an adventure that I've grown to love and appreciate immensely as I continue to navigate through young-single-adulthood. I'm a sucker for anything BBC or Disney related, and though I'm continuing to learn how to live AND love life with all of its high highs and lowest of lows, I thoroughly enjoy immersing myself in fantasy, via literature, television, or film. I have dreams of falling in love, becoming a published novelist, and exploring every nook and cranny of the UK, Scandinavia, and New Zealand. Yosemite National Park and Disneyland are my happy places.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born & raised in the church. Although I believed the gospel was true, I had always taken it for granted. When I was a senior in High School, my belief in God had taken the back-burner in my life. I began to experience the things of the world for the first time, and by the time I graduated, I was already on a slippery slope downwards as I became more engrossed and involved in things I should have avoided. Some years later, there came a point in my life when I realized that I was not where I wanted to be on a personal level. I was so scared of the hypocrite I had become, so disappointed in my poor decisions when I knew what was right and was instead justifying my actions. Changing was difficult. At first, I had such a hard time letting go of the things I had used as a crutch for my own insecurities, but when I finally did let go, I didn't crumble like I had anticipated. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was an essential light in my life, and the atonement of Jesus Christ held me up and gave me the strength to change. And the change, after the pain had subsided, felt so good. This gospel continues to help me battle crippling depression, it helps me cope with excruciating loss, and it allows me to face the struggles of every-day life. I don't have to walk through life alone. I don't have to carry my burdens or face my demons by myself. I have my Savior, Jesus Christ, to walk with me - as well as thousands of members whose testimonies help strengthen my own.

How I live my faith

I've found in life that often times doing the simple things have the biggest impact. The rules, guidelines, and standards that have been set are there for our benefit. When I follow the Savior and the example He has set, I am protected and strengthened when facing the difficulties of everyday. Life can be so stressful and exhausting. Although three hours of church each week sounds like a lot, those three hours become a reprieve at the end of each week. Through regular church attendance, my testimony of Jesus Christ is reaffirmed, strengthened, and renewed. I strive to live my faith through the day-to-day things, those simple things - scripture study, sincere prayers to my Heavenly Father, and through continuously working to better myself as a child of God by remaining worthy to attend the temple. I have felt God's hand in my life and I know that He is mindful of me, especially when life becomes more than I can bear. It can be a constant uphill struggle to keep faithful and obedient when life is difficult, but it is through doing those simple things that He has asked me to do that my faith in Him is strengthened. When I involve the Lord more regularly in my life - through personal prayer and the expression of gratitude for all He has blessed me with - I am more aware of His influence. I can't imagine going through life not having His support. Sometimes all I can do is trust that He has a plan and that, no matter what happens, He'll always take care of me.