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Hi I'm Kelsi

I grew up on a dairy farm in Idaho, I love horses, I'm attending college, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As the fourth of five children, life was always an adventure. Growing up on a dairy farm, we learned the value of hard work and cooperation. Since we spent so much time together, my family is very tight-knit and supportive of one another. I know I can go to them with any problem. As a college student, I have come to appreciate my upbringing tremendously. My major is Family, Consumer, and Human Development, which studies anything that affects the family. I love understanding how the individual impacts the family which extends to the community and, ultimately, the country. One person really can make a huge difference! While working my way through college, my dairy farming background has allowed me to get some dream jobs I never thought I would be able to have. I have been able to assist children with disabilities with their development, be a wrangler on a wagon train, and instruct people how to country dance. I love life! There are so many great people in the world, all of whom have different backgrounds and experiences that have made them who they are. We have the chance every day to meet new friends and understand different viewpoints. Right now I am serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, strengthen their families, and help them find true joy in life. What better way to use my time?

Why I am a Mormon

I have been raised in this church all my life, and have been taught to pray and trust in the Lord. I had multiple prayers answered as a child, things as little as "help me find my lost ring" and "help us make it safely home in this snow storm." I knew Heavenly Father would answer my prayers, and that He was there whenever I needed Him. One day when I was 13, I was reading about Joseph Smith when I decided that it was time for me to know if this church was true for myself. I needed to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet, if the Book of Mormon was true, and if the teachings I heard every Sunday and at home were true. I finally decided that I had to pray to receive my answer. I started praying and felt a warm, peaceful feeling. The Spirit, which witnesses of truth, testified to me. I knew that Joseph did see all he said he did. He is a prophet called of God, just as in the days of the Old Testament. This was really just the beginning of my testimony of this church being the true church of God. I came to value the Church more as I grew older and continued to study. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ helped me realize the value of being a member, also. The teachings in it are so plain and pure. Verses in it have really helped me through difficult times and strengthened my faith in Jesus Christ. I have appreciated coming to know how much Christ went through for me (for all of us). He truly understands all the difficulties of life. Through study of the Bible and Book of Mormon, I have been able to understand better the grace of Jesus Christ. His Atonement allowed Him to feel all of our pain, sorrow, and suffering for sins. I also love the emphasis this church has on families. Families are so important! They are central to the plan the Lord has for us. I love my family. I know that, through Christ, we are able to be with each other eternally.

How I live my faith

I love the opportunity that I have to share my faith with others, members and friends alike. I have been able to teach others through classes held during church, through talks, and being able to visit other women individually to see how they are doing and help them with their needs. I have the opportunity to help others come closer to Christ by helping them realize their worth to the Lord. I love looking for chances to serve, whether it's a big service project or babysitting for a family. Christ commanded us to love and serve our fellow man, which is what I try to do. I get to attend church each week to worship the Lord and remember all that Christ has done for me. This helps me draw nearer to Him and prepare spiritually for the coming week. This is in addition to personal study of the scriptures. We have all these things-prayer, scripture study, church-that is really pointless unless we apply what we learn. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not perfect, but the important thing is that we are trying to follow the example Christ has set for us. Currently, I am serving a mission for this church. I have the opportunity to teach people about Christ and the love God has for them. I also get to do service for individuals and communities. It's a wonderful blessing that I am able to serve God and my fellowman in this way.