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Hi I'm Chaundell

I grew up in Utah. I'm a mother of three boys. I love learning new things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. We eventually moved to Utah when I was four years, so I really don't remember much about Hawaii. In elementary school I was one of the only non-caucasion kids there so I got picked on a lot. I was always very ethnically confused because I always felt different from the kids in my school, but because I grew up in Utah, I didn't fully identify with my hawaiian relatives either. I felt stuck in the middle. I graduated from BYU with my bachelor's degree in Home and Family Living. I always used to make fun of girls who graduated in that major, but I have to say that it's helped me in my full time "job" as a stay at home mother of my three boys. I've used things that I have learned in my home every day, so the major was worthwhile to me. That is where I met my husband of 6 years, Will. I currently live in Colorado and love it. We love doing outdoor activities as a family: camping, 4-wheeling, hiking, biking, etc. I love to learn and gain new hobbies. I'm pretty crafty, so I like crocheting and digital scrapbooking. I am a shopaholic and love fashion, especially shoes! Some hobbies I have been working on are learning the piano and sewing. I like things to be organized and planned, can't deal with too much chaos!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the church all my life. As a teenager, I wouldn't say I questioned whether or not I felt this church was true, but I always battled with how was I to know one hundred percent that this church was better over others. I wouldn't say there was one pivotal moment that I knew, but maybe a more pivotal time of my life: college. As I mentioned before, I went to BYU, where most students were mormon. This was the first time that my testimony was all on my shoulders. Couldn't depend on my family to keep me going anymore. I started having a lot of financial problems that I had to face alone because there was no one else to help me. I was young and was having to learn everything on my own and got overwhelmed. I wouldn't say I didn't believe that this church was true because deep down I knew it was, I just stopped caring. I felt stuck in so many areas in life, that I just stopped caring whether or not I was doing the right things or not. I kept putting on a facade for my friends and family, so most didn't have any idea what was going on with me spiritually speaking. Putting on that facade is one of the things that saved me though. Fake it till you make it right? I eventually realized that I wasn't happy. I evaluated my life and everything was the same except that I wasn't fully invested in living the gospel of Jesus Christ, so I made a commitment to try again. I instantly saw a difference in my life. My problems didn't go away, but my attitude changed about them. I found a friend, who eventually became my husband, who not only helped me get my finances in order, but became a person that I could always rely on. I realized during that time, that this church is true and that I am happiest when I'm living it.

How I live my faith

One of the things that I love most about this church is that we are all asked to help our ward in our individual callings; It builds unity and love amongst the members. It also gives me the opportunity to serve others which is a blessing because it always makes me feel really good. I am currently the Cubmaster for our pack in the Boy Scouts of America Organization (BSA). BSA is it's own separate organization, but our church participates in this program because the values that they teach our in synch with the values that we want them to develop. I am over the 8-10 year olds and it has been really fun. I have been with the cub scouts for 4 years now. It is a lot of fun to plan activities and teach these young boys skills and values that will help them become wonderful young men. I also help train people about indexing on familysearch.org. This website makes family history or genealogy information available online for everyone to use. Whether a member of this church or not, family history is important to a lot of people and this is a great resource that is being offered to those all around the world. I am grateful that I can be a part of it. I am also part of the visiting teaching program. This is where I get to visit three sisters each month to build friendships and to make sure that they and their families are doing ok. If they are ever in need of anything, then I can either help them or find someone to help them. This program has given me many opportunities to serve, even if it's just taking dinner to a family because someone got surgery or had a baby.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

In addition to the church helping out in countries around the world, we as individual members are encouraged to be a part of our communities. As a leader of the 8-10 year olds in my ward, I always try to teach them that service is service; it doesn't matter who they are, where they come from, or what religion they are a part of. We believe that we are all God's children and that we should love everyone. Our cub scout pack has done several service projects this year for a few local organizations that helps children and families in the Denver Metro area. While I am always willing to serve those in my ward, I am constantly making an effort to find ways to serve my community. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

I personally take self-reliance seriously because it relieves so much worry from my every day thoughts. In these days of economic struggle and unstable employment having a back-up plan is necessary. You cannot guarantee your job or income. That is why we are taught to be self-reliant, so that if something like a lost job occurs, we are able to take care of our families. Some people say that if something like a natural disaster is about to happen, they can just run to the store and get extra food or water ahead of time. I had a personal experience with this. My husband and I had just moved to Houston Texas for an internship. We had just moved in days before Hurricane Rita hit. We went to the grocery store to get some water and food. There was literally no water left on the shelf and some food shelves were completely empty. There was no gas in all of the local gas stations. There was no where near enough accommodations in the local area to support everyone going out at the last minute and getting their supplies. Being prepared gives peace of mind. Show more Show less