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Hi I'm Chaliese

I've learned to embrace change. I'm an adventurous learner. I'm a wife & mom of five little ones. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy planning & accomplishing goals. Meeting my husband when I was older was not part of my plan, so I learned to embrace the unexpected and enjoy life. While single, I traveled the world, learned languages, finished graduate school, bought a house, went skydiving, started a non-profit to try to help the world, lived in New York City, got in shape, directed theatre productions, worked as an HR/Organizational Behavior consultant, etc. I've been a wife for seven years; we now have five children. My husband finished graduate school and now works full-time while I stay home with our kids. Although my activities are different from my days of being single, I still love to learn and enjoy new experiences. I have always enjoyed cooking authentic and culturally-diverse meals, crafting, sewing, gardening, singing & music. Now I also get to learn child development, to be a patient mom, play the guitar, manage an organized & frugal household, take noteworthy pictures, stay in contact with friends and family, remember languages, try to stay in shape, etc. Planning brings stability to life; unexpected turns brings excitement & the anticipation of the unknown. Especially with my family, I love to keep life fresh. Everyday is different. Some are filled with new adventure while others are based on known comforts. Most important of all is the knowledge I have that Jesus Christ is my Savior. He loves me and I look to Him to guide my learning and my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be baptized at age eight. After my baptism, I felt clean and pure. I knew it was the right decision. After a Sunday School lesson at age fourteen, I decided to confirm my decision. I prayed about this church, Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon. Because I felt a powerful feeling telling my mind and heart this was right, I prayed again and reconfirmed my commitment to God. This church teaches how we can all have a direct and personal relationship with God, our Heavenly Father. He is the ultimate source of knowledge and power. His blessings are everlasting and eternal. As we ask questions, seek guidance and follow His commandments, we learn to understand His influence. Through this communication, we can know truth. I felt this influence as a young girl and youth. I know this was the Holy Ghost teaching me. As I accept His will and do what He tells me, even through His Prophet, Apostles, teachers, etc., I learn and grow. This communication with deity helps me know what to do so I can proceed with confidence in living a righteous life. God is the ultimate source of Truth. It is His plan that allowed us to come to this earth. And it will be through His way that we will be able to return to be with Him and our families again. This pattern of learning helps me as a wife, mother and individual.

How I live my faith

I serve in my calling and seek to develop personal habits of study and righteousness that strengthen my relationship with my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. I try to balance my calling responsibilities with my personal and family responsibilities. At church, I currently serve as the music director for the children in our congregation. I love watching the kids learn, both the truths of the gospel and the music itself. I have witnessed powerful moments of the kids testifying of their knowledge of the Savior through musical expression. I hope they can grow this knowledge and that each of them will remember that they are an important child of God.