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Hi I'm Chalene

I'm a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, an astronautical engineer, a violinist, and a busy mom of 3. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to the US Air Force Academy right out of high school. After two years I left to serve a mission, and was blessed to serve in the Dominican Republic. I returned to the Academy where I earned a degree in Astronautical Engineering. I spent 9 years in the active duty air force, where I did research on various "space" projects, earning a master's degree in Astronautical Engineering along the way. My favorite assignment was teaching engineering back at the Academy. When my husband finished his degree, I decided it was time for me to be home with our 3 small children, who are 6, 4, and 2. I am now an AF Reservist, continuing to use my education to make a contribution, and at the same time being there for the little moments in my children's lives. I enjoy playing the violin, camping, hiking, home improvement projects, and sports.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up attending church because my mother was an active member. My father also attended church, although he is not a member. My father is such a wonderful man, and very traditional. I think that he went because in his mind, if someone was going to go to church, we were going as a family. I'm grateful that he was supportive enough to allow my mother to attend and to allow his children to be active, to the point that he financially supported my mission! When I was 8 years old, I was given the choice if I wanted to be baptized. I know that because of my background (and the fact that my older brother decided not to be baptized at age 8), it truly was my choice. And I was excited to be able to choose to follow my Savior. However, I did not expect what a great experience it would be. My maternal grandfather baptized me, and I remember feeling so warm and happy inside, such as I had never before felt. I told my Grandpa about it, and he told me "You're going to feel that way a lot from now on." I didn't realize it at the time, but the Holy Ghost was touching my young heart in approval of the decision that I had made to be baptized. I'm so grateful for the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and for the guidance and joy it has brought to me so many times since that day. Of course, that was not the only time I've felt the Holy Ghost confirming the correctness of my choice. Especially as a missionary and in making life decisions, I've felt God's hand guiding me and and His approval of my life. I can't imagine not having that support there to help me know which course to take, and I believe that the Gift of the Holy Ghost is one of God's greatest gifts to His children.

How I live my faith

Because of my Air Force service, I've lived in many different areas. Some have a high concentration of faithful members and a wealth of experience, while in other areas the church is not as well-established. However, I've found that in each place I've been there is an opportunity to serve, many times in a way that I had not anticipated. I have really enjoyed the times that I've taught Sunday School classes and worked with the teenagers as they work on developing their testimonies. I've also helped with the Public Affairs program, which really just meant coordinating service opportunities between the members of the church and our community to build strong relationships. One of the things that I love about our church is the many opportunities to help and serve others. We aren't expected to just show up at church every week while others spiritually feed us. Instead, we look for ways to feed others, and in the process we find our own cup overflowing. It seems that people take turns struggling sometimes, and the support system of the church there we can take care of each other whenever there is a need. The same is true as we move from one place to another; we've always been welcomed by our new group of friends, even before we've actually met them! I know that Jesus Christ has set this up so that we can take care of each other, and it is what He would do were He here.