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Hi I'm Chelsey Hansen

I'm a Mum, Wife, Daughter, Grand daughter, Sister and friend. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I was born a member of the LDS church. I have loved being a member my whole life. I love dancing, singing and being with people. My childhood was fairly simple. My parents were divorced when I was very little and my Mum remarried when I was 6. My mum had 6 kids and my step-dad had 3 so our house was always full! Now I'm married with two children and my home is where I work. Being a mother is a full time job for me, and although I didn't have a chance to finish my nursing degree, I feel as though this is the place for me right here and now. My days are filled with errands, cleaning, cooking, changing nappies, wiping up spills and tears, calming the emotions of a 3 year old girl, cuddling my cute baby boy and being my husbands number one fan. My heart melts every day when I hear the laughter of my children, and I see a smile on my husbands face. Some days are hard, and I feel less then mediocre. But the knowledge I have of my worth, being a daughter of God, helps pick me and up, put a smile on my face and keep going on with what I call life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon and am proud to be a descendent of the early pioneers who were involved in the restoration of this church. From and early age, I always knew that this church was true. As I've grown older, watching a few of my siblings fall away from activity in the church, I saw their lives change and decided that I didn't want a life without the Gospel of Jesus Christ in it. Everything I do in my life comes back to my beliefs in my church. My understanding of the scriptures is still growing and I'm learning more and more about Christ's teachings through the scriptures, but even with out the "proof" of it all, I feel in my heart and see evidence in my life that the church is true. Choosing to follow the path the Gospel sets for me has brought me so much clarity, happiness and peace in my life. That's proof enough for me! As I live and follow the teachings from the church, I feel myself becoming like a stone in a river being "tossed and turned until the edges are smooth". I make mistakes, have bad days, chose the wrong way, get angry, say the wrong thing, doubt, forget and more, but all that helps me realize how imperfect I am and how much I need Christ in my life to help me become a better person, not the person I want to be but the person Christ wants me to be. I have experienced miracles in my life when I've trusted in the Lord. As I move forward with faith I feel hope for my future knowing that whatever comes my way, I'll be able to conquer it, with help from Heavenly Father. This isn't just a church for me, it's a way of life, and living for me is a joyous, happy experience because of it. I know this church is true, I feel it inside of me. I believe in our Prophet and trust in his words. I believe in Christ. I believe in His love for me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in the daily things I do. Prayer starts and ends my day. In my calling at church, I am assigned to watch over the women in my area and organize service and activities for them to help strengthen and teach them and their families. This is a very big responsibility and I feel very humbled by it. I learn through my calling though, and have felt Heavenly Father guide and help me know what to do to help the women that go to my church. I also have a calling to personally visit teach some selected women from church. As I do this, my responsibility is to see to them and help them with any needs they may have. I'm also sent to help them come unto Christ, build them up, and watch out for them. This calling brings the women of the church together. Being in an organization of women amongst the church, I feel an immense power of unity behind everything I do, knowing that anywhere I go, I'll have a friend. We can help each other, cheer each other on and keep each other on the right path. The women in our church have an equally important part to play in building up the Lord's kingdom. We work together with the priesthood men in organizing and watching over the work of saving souls. I try not to separate "church" things from "every day" things-to me they are all the same. I represent the Lord every day of the week, in every conversation I have, in every choice I make. I try my hardest to be an example of Him. I especially try to teach my children about Christ and His plan for them every opportunity I have. I also feel that as a mother, I have been called by God to take care of the sweet little spirits that have been sent to me to raise. I use the teachings from my church to help me in guiding and disciplining my children. What better example of a teacher and leader than Christ?!