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Hi I'm Chanda

I'm a connoisseur of cheap ice cream. I took care of dying people. Now I am busy making people. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of three children, ages 5, 3, and 1. I love to hike, mountain bike when it isn't 100+ degrees outside, and go on walks with my family. I enjoy the challenge of preparing healthy meals and snacks for my picky little eaters, and then sneaking in a good old bowl of ice cream with my husband after they go to sleep. I am an RN who loved every minute of caring for my hospice patients and their families. But after many challenges in having my own children, my nursing days have been put on hold so as to not miss a single precious minute of the 3 miracles I now get to care for.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into an active Mormon family, I believe I would have sought out the Mormon Church on my own if I hadn't been brought up in it. I strongly believe that in this life, whether it is running a marathon, childbirth, or sacrifices for one's religious beliefs, that nothing great or worthwhile comes without a sacrifice. It makes clear sense to me that God's true church would require commitment and a lifestyle that would show devotion through all aspects of one's life, because following God and his plan for us is the most worthwhile thing we could achieve. And do I choose on my own to be a member of the Mormon Church? YES!!! No one is forcing me, my family would love me the same if I didn't. I choose to be a member because I undeniable have had experiences time and time again and continue to, that prove to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God's true church on the earth. I also continue to have experiences that, despite the millions of people on the earth, God still knows me and cares about me. I once had a friend tell me that she knew all about Mormons and what they believe. She proceeded to say that we don't drink coffee or alcohol and that we don't watch rated “R” movies. While these are things we abstain from, these are not central to our beliefs. We believe that God is a loving Father in Heaven who sent his son, Jesus Christ, humbly to earth to show us the way to live. Christ willingly suffered in the garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross for our sins so we would not have to if we would repent and follow Him. The fact that our core doctrine and all we do is centered on learning more of Jesus Christ and how to become more like him is why I choose to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am the first to admit that I am not perfect and accidently act selfishly or unchristian at times. But I put my faith in my Savior that his atonement is real and that I can repent and move forward each day, constantly striving to be better. I have faith that God loves my children even more than I do and that if I seek his guidance he will help me with the sometimes overwhelming role of being a mother. My gratitude and love for my Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ, are the reasons I go to church for 3 hrs every Sunday. They are my motivation for why I try to reign in my 3 young kids every morning and night for family prayer, and to read scriptures together, and why we spend often multiple nights a week or hours on the weekend serving in our church callings. I am currently serving as a nusery leader, which means that I teach the 2-3 yr olds about the basics of the gospel--how to be like Jesus, to pray, how it feels when we keep God's commandments, about how Joseph Smith restored Christ's church on the earth again, about God's temples, and so forth. It is a great reminder that the true gospel of Jesus Christ is quite simple--He is our Savior and if we will follow him and keep God's commandments, we will be happy.