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Hi I'm Chelsey

I'm a ginger, I like to bake at absurdly late hours of the night, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to laugh, and make others laugh. I realized at an early age that if I could make others laugh, I could become their friend that much easier. I love meeting new people and being able to connect with them through laughter and the joy it brings. When I can, I love to explore the world around me and travel. I love to write about my travels and experience new things that shake me out of my comfort zone. I'm spontaneous and courageous, and I'm willing to go through great lengths to help those around me. For some reason, I love to start baking at late hours of the night--most likely because I'm a night owl and catch my second wind at 10pm. I find that I'm able to create connections with others through good food, and I'm constantly trying to improve my skills so that I can become a better baker. I currently work for a nonprofit organization as the volunteer coordinator, which allows me to meet new people on a daily basis. With my job, I get to serve and play with kids, as well as help others within my community learn how to effectively serve. I love being able to create connections to individuals that I would never have met had I not taken the leap to dedicate a portion of my life to serving my community.

Why I am a Mormon

I've felt God's love for me too many times to not believe in this Gospel's truth. The Gospel has brought me peace and comfort in my darkest moments; I've felt His love so strongly when I've searched to know that He is there watching over me. Through His atonement, I have found comfort and healing. My mom passed away after battling breast cancer, which launched me into a depression that left me feeling like I hit rock bottom. Each day felt the same, and weeks would go by where I felt like I was no longer progressing, and ultimately, regressing. I felt like I had lost my support system, and my connection of safety. I felt lost. Because of my perceived regression and what seemed like unanswered prayers, I found myself withdrawing from those around me; weekends were rough, especially Sundays, and I found myself making excuses to not go to church because it was too painful to go through the motions after weeks of trying to stay strong.Through all of my weeks and months of feeling like I had been abandoned, I slowly came to realize that I wasn't alone: Christ knew exactly what I was going through. Although I felt as if I had lost my joy, I began to realize that things were going to be ok, even though at that moment they felt irreparably broken. I began to rely on the atonement to heal me. By understanding that the atonement could heal my emotional pain, I began to come back to Him and realize that through His great sacrifice of love, I could rely on Him and be healed through Him.

How I live my faith

I love to serve those around me, and luckily, I'm able to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that as I do the things that I can to act upon my faith and show my trust in my Heavenly Father, I will be blessed, and I will be able to have a greater sense of self and my purpose here on earth. I've found that when I'm constantly trying to focus my life around God and our gospel principles, I have a greater form of peace around me. My life shifts into perspective, and I'm much more in tune with my own spirituality. By doing the little things to put God and my covenants first, like daily scripture study and regular temple attendance, I'm much more aware of His hand in my life and the blessings that I receive on a daily basis. My faith in His plan for me is strengthened, and I have a greater assurance that He is here for me and is constantly watching over me.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes, we believe that families can be together forever. We believe that we are eternally linked through the covenants that we make that allow us to be sealed and tied to one another, which allows us to live with our family and see them again after we die. As long as we accept Christ's atonement into our lives and make and keep sacred ordinances that we perform in His temple, I know that families can live together after this life. Through these ordinances and covenants, we are eternally sealed to one another, and can live as a family together in God's kingdom. Knowing this helped me through some of my darkest hours once I lost my mom. Even though she is no longer alive on the earth today, I know that because I am sealed and bound to her through eternal bonds, I will be able to see her again and live together forever. Although I cannot live with her here on earth, it gives me peace and comfort that I will be able to see and live with her again. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

We believe that life continues for us after our physical body dies. Death is not the end of our life, and because we have this knowledge, we do not view death as the end of our relationship with our loved ones who have passed on. Eventually, everyone's physical body will die, but we believe that what makes us individuals is not only our physical body, but our spirit as well. Once our body dies, our spirit continues to live and learn and grow in the spirit world after this life. As Mormons, our ultimate goal is to obtain eternal life and to live with God again, and so death is a natural step required for us to progress and to become more like Him so that we are worthy to live with Him. Show more Show less