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Hi I'm Kelsey Badger

I'm a missionary for Raleigh, North Carolina. I'm a soccer player. I'm a BYU student. I'm a world traveler. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello!! My name is Kelsey Badger and I am currently a college student at Brigham Young University! I am a junior majoring in Public Health and minoring in International Development. I have big dreams to travel abroad to other less fortunate countries to assist in their water and sewage resources. I have a very large heart for traveling and doing humanitarian work. I have traveled all over the world including Mexico, Uganda, Canada, China, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, England, Scotland, Whales, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and Italy. I did a study abroad in London Winter of 2013 and then backpacked Europe with three of my friends for three weeks. It was a crazy adventure! I am all about the outdoors. I have grown up next to beautiful mountains and lakes. I love to ski, hike, swim, run, bike and enjoy nature up close. I love animals, especially dogs. I have a white lab named Champ (most playful dog you'll ever meet) and a beautiful german shepherd named Greta. My family rescues wild mustangs from the wilderness and so I have also found a love with horses as well. Mustangs are overpopulating Utah and so before the government kills them for dog-food my family takes them in, feeds them, gives them shelter, and makes them healthy to be sold to loving families. I am a HUGE soccer player. I played soccer and basketball in high school and played one year of collegiate soccer at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and boy do I miss it! That's Me!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I love Jesus Christ and the atonement. This gospel is my whole life and I could never understand a life without it. It is a guiding light to me in times of darkness and deepest despair. I grew up in the church but didn't find my own personal testimony until I was in college. I had some very challenging trials where there was no one I could depend on besides the Lord and my savior Jesus Christ. I have finally grasped the understanding of what it means to become "converted." I challenge myself every day to be a little bit better than the day before. I eventually want to become like my savior in thoughts and actions. But it is only through his redeeming love and mercy that I can reach that potential. I've struggled with chronic depression in my life and knowing that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ loved me infinitely was the only thing that could get me through those hard days. I felt his love, his strength and the atonement's power in such a strong way that it solidified my testimony of Him. I have felt the spirit in this church and when I read the Book of Mormon the Holy Ghost confirms to me of the truth. Everything in the gospel is just so simple. It makes so much sense that our Heavenly Father loves us and would watch over his children. The Plan of Salvation brings me such comfort and hope. The Book of Mormon strengths me over temptation and has given me a deeper understanding of knowledge, the Savior's personality and what this life is really all about. I am a mormon because I have seen how it has changed the people closest to me. I have seen how it has changed my own life. It has freed me from addiction and pain. It has given me a profound strength to carry on each day with an overwhelming feeling of self-confidence and joy. The closer I become to Jesus Christ the more I want to be like him, the easier it becomes to leave the world behind and follow him. As you give your life to him you find that you know yourself better than ever before.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday. The most common thought I have is based on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Every week I attend church with either my family when I am at home or my roommates when I am away at college. Right now I am serving as a visiting teacher coordinator. This basically means that I pair up women in the ward to visit and teach other women in the ward once a month. The purpose of visiting teaching is to have a friend to share and talk about things with. Usually when I visit teach every month I will bake cookies or bring a present for whomever I am teaching. You basically want people to know you love and care about them. In college it is fun because church activities are very social. Every monday our ward is broken up into family home evening groups and we basically get together once a week, have a spiritual message and then do a bonding activity. For people outside of college with families, family home evening is meant to strengthen family relationships. Every month I am home taught by my home teachers. These are two men in the ward ordained as Elders that come and share a spiritual message with me and my roommates once a month. They are their to serve me or give me a blessing in times of need. They are a friend to call whenever I need help with something, even if it's moving out of my apartment they are always there to help! Every sunday night my ward does something called Ward Prayer. We meet together in our apartment clubhouse and share a spiritual thought, announcements, play an activity and say prayer together. This is a great time to meet new people and make new friends. Our wards do other fun activities throughout the month such as hiking trips, temple trips, movie nights and dessert nights. Every fast sunday we have break the fast. This is where after church everyone breaks their fasting by eating dinner together! How can college students pass up free food and new opportunities to make new friends?! I love my ward, it makes me feel special and loved.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Kelsey Badger
I love my lifestyle. Many may look at the mormons and think that they live a constricted no-fun, weird or boring life. But I'm here to tell you right now, it is the complete opposite! Wow! Growing up in the church I have made some amazing friends. I would say that is one of the greatest parts about living as a mormon, you have such a HUGE support group! In high school it forced me to not be cliquey with just the "popular" kids because I had made other friends in my wards and stakes. I was constantly surrounded by friends who uplifted me and made me a better person growing up. I feel like living as a mormon my relationships are very intimate and meaningful. I love and care for people very easily and feel the same in return. My life is full of service and charity. I am constantly given opportunities to help and serve others in my ward and community. And honestly? Mormon parties are SO much more fun than parties with alcohol and drugs. I've noticed that I really get to meet very charactered, smart, kind and humorous people. It takes a lot more wit and humor to be funny without cheap crude jokes. I find life beautiful in every moment and find every person I meet someone that I love. Living as a mormon I am liberated and free from addiction. I do not have anything in the world overpowering my thoughts or actions. I have been blessed with priesthood blessings countless times in my life that have healed me from either trials or sickness. Show more Show less