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Hi I'm Chyleen

I grew up in Arizona, I'm a substitute teacher, a wife, a mother of four amazing children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother of 4 children. I love CHOCOLATE, CHEESECAKE, and more CHOCOLATE. I hate snakes, but the funny thing is that you probably couldn't pay me a million bucks to touch a snake, but if you offered me a chocolate candy bar I probably do it. I also love to read. I was a full-time homemaker until all my children were in school. I then decided that I had someI extra time and decided to be a part-time substitute teacher at my children's elementary school. This was never something I planned on doing as I was growing up nor what I studied in college. Sometimes I have felt "Oh I am just a substiture teacher, nothing big or exciting." However, I have found it to be very rewarding because I have been able to get to know all the children in the school. Now when I am out somewhere in my community such as shopping or going to an event, I have children running up to me all the time saying hello and giving me hugs or high fives. This has given me the opportunity to meet many of the parents too. I feel very lucky to be a substitute teacher because It helps me feel more connected with my community.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and come from a heritage of many generations of mormons. As I was growing up and being taught gospel principles there really was no question that what I was learning was true until I was about 12 years old. I was in Sunday School and was being taught about Joseph Smith First Vision. I was familiar with the story before, but for the first time I was thinking about Joseph Smith as an actual person and NOT just a story. I realized then I needed to decide if what I was hearing was true. As I thought about Joseph Smith, I began to imagine what it must have been like for him during this time. I was pretty close to his age when he had had the First Vision and wondered what I would do if I was in his place in searching for which church was true. As I began to ponder more and more about Joseph Smith and all he did to restore the gospel, I knew that the story was true. Why would a young man be willing to go through so much persecution unless he could not deny the truth? I had the Holy Ghost confirm to me that what I was thinking was true and that Joseph Smith did indeed have the First Vision and that he was suppose to restore the gospel here on earth. Ever since this experience, I have had a strong testimony of Joseph Smith. I also have had many opportunities to feel the presence of the Lord in my life. I have learned that life here on earth is not easy and can be confusing on what path way to take as we all search for peace and happiness. I have learned that if I follow the teachings of the Church that I have more peace in my life. Life doesn't become easier necessarily but the teachings help give me purpose and hope. I find that as I apply the teachings such as praying, reading scriptures, and serving others I am a much happier person and that's why I'm a mormon.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve in the Cub Scout and Boy Scout of America programs for over 5 years, I was a Wolf and Bear Den Leader for 2 years. I enjoyed helping these boys develop talents, skills, and friendships. I have worked for Boy Scouts for 3 years and have had the opportunity to help boys advance in rank by being a merit badge counselor. I have also helped at least 10 young men find projects and help guide them as they did their Eagle Scout Projects. I have found this to be very rewarding because it is such an amazing experience to see these boys grow up as they learn how to lead and take action. It makes all the time and energy invested worthwhile. I am currently serving in an organization for women in my church. I have two counselors and a secretary who helps me run our organization in our local area, called a ward. Our purpose is to admininster the needs of the women in my ward boundaries by helping to strenghten the women individually, and their family and homes. This can come in many ways such making assigments to provide meals, babysitting, transportation, to those who may be in need due to sickness, physical impairments, or other difficult times. I also have the opportunity to visit women in our ward through a program called Visiting Teaching. This program helps to check up on women to see how they are doing and to help get to know one another by developing friendships. I love this program because I have developed some of my very best friends though having them come visit me or me visit them. I am not one who generally make contact with others such as calling on the phone or going to their house to hang out and visit. So I know that if I wasn't part of the visiting teaching program my connection with others would be limited especially when my children were little. I feel that I have become a stronger and happier person through the support of the friends that I have gotten to know in through this program.