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Hi I'm Chelsea

I've lived around the world and the US. I'm a personal trainer, a mom, and a grad student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've dabbled in many different hobbies throughout the years. I was lucky to get a nice camera for free, so I like taking better pictures of my kids and blogging about them, us, and our adventures (or normal daily life, as is more often the case). I periodically get into sewing projects and have made things from busy books for my kids to clothing for me. The internet is a lifesaver for giving me cheap and easy ideas! My newest passion comes with buying our first home: carpentry. We didn't have the money to furnish our home with everything we wanted, so I'm now making furniture by using free internet plans and designing my own to fit our needs. Unlike many of my "hobbies" from the past is that I actually really love building things! It's not just a means to an end...I enjoy the beginning stages and on through the finished product. Besides my personal projects, I'm in grad school part-time for a degree in coaching and my favorite leisure activity is to read. I can't get enough of books! I would neglect every responsibility in my life to keep reading and I have to pinch myself every once in awhile to make sure that doesn't really happen! But spending time with my family is where the majority of my time and love lies. I have a girl in preschool and a toddling boy and we keep extremely busy exploring parks, museums, or just doing bubbles in our backyard. My husband works erratic hours and we love when he is able to join us! Everyday we try to do something fun. :)

Why I am a Mormon

Many people assume I'm a Mormon simply because I was raised to be one. That is true to a point as in I have been attending Church since I was born. However, there came a point in time when I moved away from home and had to decide for myself if I was going to remain a Mormon on my own. For me it was as simple as praying to gain a personal testimony of the teaching of the Gospel as well as looking at my past to see the multiple blessings I've gained by living the Gospel teachings and keeping the commandments. My experience with the Church could not be denied. Every difficult trial in my life has been made easier through my Savior Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church. I still remember one of my first days while as a missionary. I had just taught one of my first lessons to a family and in the lesson I began to testify of the truthfulness of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith. Up until this point I had been praying to know for myself if it really WAS true. As I began to tell that family, "I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God," it hit me...he really WAS a true prophet of God and I didn't have any doubt of that! The Holy Ghost confirmed in my heart through feelings of love, wonderment, and joy that the words I had just uttered were absolutely, 100% true. There was no denying that its origin was divine and I had my prayer answered. Since then I have continued to receive mini-confirmations whenever I needed them to know that the Gospel was truly restored by God and the true Church is on the earth once again.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is simple. It is so wonderful to always have an instant network in any new situation. My family and I recently moved cross-country and have immediately found friends and support through our new ward. I have organized a playgroup for other women with young children to attend. I was recently asked to help plan and prepare activities and meetings outside of regular church hours on Sunday for the adult women of my ward. I look forward to getting to use creativity and build upon the creativity of others to come up with entertaining and helpful activities. In the past I have been fortunate to learn more about practical and applicable food storage strategies, international potluck dishes, and many other activities as a result of these meetings. I especially love the practice of Family Home Evening (FHE) as well as family scripture study and family prayer. FHE is an opportunity for my husband and I to teach our young children more about the important principles of the Gospel such as tithing, prayer, the scriptures, Gospel stories, the importance of family in our Heavenly Father's plan, and other such topics. We all enjoy setting aside time once a week to devote strictly to family time and enriching our relationships to each other as well to our Heavenly Father. Every night we lead by example by reading the scriptures with our children and talking about what they taught us in the particular passage we read. We then close by holding family prayer together. These practices keep us close as a family and teach our children how important they are in our lives as we try not to skip even one night of doing it. It is as essential to their bedtime routines as is brushing their teeth.:)