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Hi I'm Celeste

and I'm a Mormon. And I know another Mormon who won a million dollars on the American TV gameshow "Deal or No Deal."

About Me

Imagine the Brady Bunch with each parent coming to the new marriage having four children each instead of three. Then imagine that the Brady family added two more children to their bunch. That’s my family, and I’m the caboose. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a type of mild autism. It wasn't a big shock but it caused me to look back on my life and put events and habits and quirks in a new perspective. Despite not having married, I’ve lived a rich and rewarding life. I’ve traveled the world and met beautiful people from every nation that I’ve visited, including other members of the Church. I love a good adventure, a good book, and a good conversation.

Why I am a Mormon

Apart from a feeling in my heart that speaks peace when I consider it, apart from the blessings that I’ve received because of my membership, and apart from how I feel when I hear other’s testimonies, there’s more to why I'm a Mormon. When Jesus was on the earth He established a church with twelve apostles and a prophet to be His spokesman. This church has a prophet and twelve apostles. When Jesus went to begin his ministry he began by being baptized, immersing Himself in water. This church baptizes by immersion. Jehovah even asked Moses to find seventy men to help him bear the burden of being a prophet and this church has groups called Seventies.

How I live my faith

My day starts with heartfelt prayer and scripture study, which prepares me spiritually for the day. Then through the day I am amazed as I feel divine help flow through me as I work with others and seek His help to find the best possible outcome of challenges that are presented to me. I ask myself what the Lord would do to serve others if in my situation and am humbled by the answers that come. I do my best to prayerfully prepare Sunday School lessons for the adults when it’s my turn to teach. Ultimately, I try to always remember Him since that alone helps me feel closer to Him.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

I fully admit that there was a time when I asked myself why women didn't hold the priesthood and struggled to find the answer. It wasn't until I was 19 that the answer I so desperately wanted was given to me. It's true, only men are given the Priesthood, or the power to act in the name of God with permission from God to do so. They get to lay their hands on the heads of others and through the power of the Priesthood give a blessing to another. The men get to bless and pass the Sacrament, as well as preside over groups of men and women. But one day I had a marvelous experience. I found myself with a woman I’d never met before who was struggling profoundly and who needed immediate help. We kneeled and bowed our heads together and she let me pray for her. While I was praying I felt impressions of specific things to say and I realized that I was being guided to say the same things that a man worthy of the Priesthood would say in a blessing to this good woman. I came to understand while reflecting back on that experience that we don’t need God’s permission to do as He would do and to say what He would say. And while I won’t have a responsibility assigned to me where I’ll preside as a leader over the men, I no longer have any concerns. I can be guided to bless the lives of others just as the men can, and perhaps do it with the tender and sensitive touch that God has given women everywhere. Show more Show less