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Hi I'm Celeste

I am a Yankee from the U.S. East Coast. I am an endurance athlete. I am a technical writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single, young adult working as a technical writer. I grew up on a farm, and later attended a university where I graduated with a Masters in English and Rhetoric. I love outdoors activities and endurance sports, including hiking, running, biking, triathlons, swimming, basketball, and slack lining. I also enjoy reading, writing, music, sidewalk chalk drawings, playing piano, spending time with my family, and learning about other people and cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't always enjoy the physical activities I do now. When in high school, I was very sick for about 7 years, with a condition never completely diagnosed. Getting out of bed sometimes was a great achievement, and I would watch my neighbor run in the mornings and wonder if my legs would ever do that. Through a long process I recovered, but I am grateful for that trial because I gained a great appreciation for health, the human body, and its miraculous everyday functions, which I hope to never take for granted. That experience also had a huge impact on my faith. During that time, I studied and briefly practiced many religions, trying to understand God and how He speaks to His children. Although born to a Mormon family, I feel that I developed my testimony on my own terms. I have felt God's spirit in the quiet halls of buildings sacred to many different religions, but there is no place where I feel God's love more than when at the temple. I have a strong testimony that God loves each one of us and knows where we are. He is always working for our happiness. I am a Mormon because the gospel teaches me to find God all around me and to seek his guidance in living my life and serving others. I feel his spirit when I read the Book of Mormon, when I run in the early morning, when I pray in the morning, when I serve others, when I visit a temple, when I spend time with my family, and when I talk to other people. Although life is often hard, it is always good. Although there are often reasons for tears, I know He wants us to laugh. I have found peace and joy in this gospel, and I know that it is God's restored gospel on this earth sent to bless us in the world today.

How I live my faith

One of the greatest ways I have found to live my faith is by loving people. Although not nearly as proficient as I would like to be in many ways, it doesn't take special skills to love others and to listen. There are many ways to do that. I love people and learning about their different challenges and cultures. I especially enjoy concerts, cultural exhibits, and spending time with those of other faiths and beliefs. The church encourages these types of activities, and I frequently go with other friends to events in my community. I always feel enriched when I go. Service is also key. Although most of hobbies involve being physically active, I will never forget what it is like to not be able to move. Although I may not be able to heal the way the Savior did, I feel closer to Him when I spend time with disabled or elderly people. My favorite race events have not been the ones where I got the best times, but at special olympics or similar events where ordinary people overcome extraordinary things. Perhaps the most important way of all is my family. I have a very large family, and we love spending time together working and playing. Sometimes we are far apart from each other and dealing with difficult things, but we are always there for each other. We call each other often and keep in touch with each others' lives, even when we live far apart. Family prayer and scripture study were simple bases growing up that grounded me and helped me feel loved. The most important principle of the gospel to me, after knowing my Heavenly Father loves me, is the knowledge that I can and will be with my family forever.