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Hi I'm Kelsey

I was a (very loud) Music Major who is now serving a Spanish mission in beautiful San Diego, CA, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was a loud music major trying to balance a social life and ace finals at the same time, until February 6th 2013 when I entered the mission field here in beautiful San Diego! I traded in the wakeboards, opera music scores and camping gear for Spanish Language books, a Preach My Gospel and a black nametag with mine and Christ's name on it. I thought that leaving behind my life of family, friends, boats and mountains was going to be hard, but as I've been serving the Spanish speakers (who cook the best food on the planet), here on the Californian/Mexican border I've never been happier!

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be born into a family who believed in this Gospel, but I didn't really receive my testimony until high school. Being constantly surrounded by not-so-awesome stuff gave me the opportunity to make a choice-to join in, or to stand out. I stood back as friends made bad choices, but grew to the person I am today. Our paths are very different now, and I'm grateful for this true Gospel that allowed me to understand that what's popular isn't always right, and what's right isn't always popular. I am grateful for opportunities to stand out. This Gospel is one of happiness and comfort, something I relied on and drew great happiness upon when my older brother passed away when I was 16. While the initial sadness was intense, knowing that we are going to be reunited as a whole family has brought me a happiness and a comfort that is immeasurable to anything else. Knowing what I know, experiencing what I have experienced, and having been through trials, but also great triumphs has brought me this simple knowledge, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true, and by it is the only way that I can be truly happy.

How I live my faith

I have had amazing opportunities to be in leadership positions in my church where I can feel God's love for His children, and serve them like He would want me too. Since becoming a missionary, that feeling of love has increased tenfold and It's been a blast to serve them like they're a part of my family. I'm a pretty loud person, and being an opera major I've been blessed with big lungs, but I've learned that I can talk about my beliefs as much as I want and It means nothing unless I'm living the principles I preach. Faith is a principle of action-I want to live in a way where every action I take can be traced back to the love I have for my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. Even outside my mission as a student at a University-keeping myself to those high standards (honesty, integrity, etc.) and continually being a representative of Christ-with or without the nametag!