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Hi I'm Celeste

I'm a wife and mother of two. I'm a typical mom who likes to think that I'm not just like everyone else and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I never wanted to be typical. I may seem like your every day, run of the mill normal Mormon woman. I am one of thirteen children. I grew up on a ranch in Arizona where I learned to play violin and piano, played softball, helped my mom can and freeze food, earned my Young Womanhood recognition and graduated from seminary. I went to a junior college where I sang in a show choir and attended religion classes along with my school curriculum. I moved on to BYU - Hawaii and met my husband just months BEFORE I would have turned in my papers to serve a mission for the church. Plans changed for me and I followed my husband to BYU Provo where I graduated in music education while pregnant with my first child. After my daughter was born I stayed home to be a full time Mom. I taught violin lessons, cleaned house, made bread and served in the church. I do sound like I'm just one of the crowd don't I? Well, the part that I think makes me original in all of these "typically Mormon" actions was that I CHOSE them. I chose to develop my musical talents because I can bring happiness to others through them and I learn amazing things about what I can push myself to accomplish. I chose to make bread because it is so much healthier than what I can buy at the store. I chose to stop working while my children were small so I could spend time with them and I chose to fill my church responsibilities because I love seeing happiness as they are blessed by the different programs in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I feel true happiness and peace when I follow the teachings laid out by the church. My life usually runs more smoothly when I'm living the gospel - serving others, spending time in the scriptures and in prayer, and living the standards and values I have been taught all my life, principles that I firmly believe in. But even when I have bumps in my life's path and things don't go the way I would like them to go, I can still feel peace and happiness if I live by these standards. When I live what I believe I have access to the companionship of the Holy Ghost, otherwise known as the Comforter, or the Spirit of Christ. With Him as my companion, I am able to go through trials with peace and true happiness.

How I live my faith

I love being a part of a church where I am truly a PART of the church. I get to serve in different areas. I've loved my callings with the the youth of the church - especially the Young Women. I love working with the women's group and getting to know different women as I meet them in their homes for monthly visits. I love that right now I get to lead the church choir and bring worship through music to our meetings. I've noticed that when I am asked to serve in positions that seem beyond me, the Lord blesses me and I learn what I need to do to serve in that position. I think the best indicator of how I live my faith comes when no one else sees. I love to fulfill my responsibilities and it feels good to be recognized when the choir sounds particularly good on Sunday, but living my faith is more about the way I react in the car when someone cuts me off in traffic, or how I respond to my children when they are not listening to me. My goal is to live every minute as an example of what a "good Mormon woman" should be. I try to serve and learn and become better - I attend my meetings and take meals to neighbors in need, but it's more important that I try to have the spirit of Charity - the Pure Love of Christ - when no one else can see me. I hope that I can always react to unfavorable circumstances in such a way that I wouldn't be embarrassed if the Savior were standing beside me.