Hi I'm Chelsea
I live in Northern Colorado, I am a stay at home mother of three crazy kids. I'm a Mormon.
I graduated high school from Boulder, CO. I went to school for music at UNC in Greeley, CO where I met my handsome hubby- we were married in 2005. Six years later we have three children, a four year old girl, a three year old very active boy, and a darling baby girl who just turned 1. I taught music for three years part time at a Charter School before we made it possible for me to stay at home with my kids where I still teach music from my home and have a building photography business on the side. I like to crochet hats for babies (for photographers...and friends) and our whole family does what we can to help support my loving husband who is still working his way through school. I also love to read and blog about our constantly busy lives!
I grew up in an LDS home, but not your "typical" LDS home. My parents divorced when I was 8 and I continued to go to church with my mother and two siblings until I graduated from high school. My dad chose not to attend church anymore, but has always remained supportive of my decision to continue to worship as a Mormon. There was a period of two and a half years where my mother moved me and my brother and sister to Idaho Falls and soon after my father moved to Rhode Island across the country so he could work for his dad and have a steady income. My mother continued to bring us to church every Sunday and I really admired the strong LDS families I saw at church there who were so giving, so generous, who seemed genuinely happy, and who sacrificed a lot to help our family in any way that they could. That's when I really feel I started to grasp a testimony of this church. When we later moved back to Boulder, I also had many leaders in the youth program who inspired me and helped my testimony to grow. I don't remember a specific moment where I went from not sure about the church to a full burning conviction, it has always built little by little, but I have had too many spiritual, confirming experiences not to trust in God and trust the whisperings he has given me that have affirmed that his gospel in it's entirety remains in this church. The faith of my mother, and my husband and his family have helped me greatly throughout my life, and it is especially the moments of peace and surety I have found in our temples that have given me sacred and eternal perspective regarding my relationship with my Heavenly Father and the purpose of my specific journey here on earth. I could not ever turn away now, knowing what I know, and it is my desire to share these blessings that I receive with others.
I go to church every Sunday, that is an integral part of our worship, where we partake of the sacred sacrament and in prayer, renew our covenants with our Heavenly Father. But my faith extends into my every day life because of my church attendance. I prepare to go to church and feel the spirit each week by trying to be touched by the spirit every day. That includes reading my scriptures and praying every day. Prayer is particularly important to me because if all else fails, I know my Heavenly Father is listening when I pray to him and he answers my prayers and gives me direction in my life. I often find my answers while reading scriptures or attending church and listening to the faith-building testimonies of others. In our Sunday attendance, each of the members of our ward (a grouping of Mormons into sections based on geographic locations that is headed by a Bishop and supporting counselors) we have three hours of church attendance. The first hour is dedicated to partaking of the sacrament, as well as having speakers from the ward who are assigned a topic to research and present to the congregation each Sunday. The second and third hours are dedicated to Sunday school and meetings designated to studying the scriptures and learning together. Each member of our ward is given a job, or "calling", in which we can contribute to both Sunday meetings and other meetings and church duties during the week. It is my calling to teach music to the children in our ward through songs for children that teach basic gospel principals. Once a year they are able to perform these songs in a program during sacrament meeting for their parents. I am touched by the spirit every week as I listen to the songs, learn them with them, and talk to them about my own testimony of the songs and of the gospel. I love my calling and feel that it adds to my faith and I hope it adds to the children's as well!