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Hi I'm Chelsea Doench

My hometown is Newport, Oregon. I am an SCA fighter, BYU-I college student, writer, daughter, and friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student attending Brigham Young University-Idaho. My major is Early Childhood Special Education. I am an only child, my mom passed away my Senior year in High School. I am training to be a fighter in the SCA (medieval reenactment group). I enjoy reading, writing, and spending time with friends and roommates. I love running on the beach, writing letters to friends, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

It was a cold night in October when the Missionaries knocked on our door. My father explained to them that him and my mother had been members for quite some time but gone inactive. They decided to let me choose what faith I would follow. I had an immediate answer and knew that this was what I was supposed to do. So at the age of eleven I took the missionary lessons and was baptized into the church. I was bullied a lot in middle and some of high school and it left a lot of scars. But eventually when I started to stand up for my beliefs everything stopped. I have been growing ever since. Not having any siblings to look up to growing up I looked up to the older girls in the church. They were wonderful examples, and helped start a spark in my faith that has been burning into a flame ever since. I got my parents reactive in the church, and we were on our way to the Temple to get sealed as a family for Eternity. But my mom fell and broke her ankle, and never walked again. She passed away six weeks after the start of my senior year. It was a hard year, and has still been difficult at times. But my faith has kept me strong, and in April of 2012 we were able to get sealed as a family in the temple. Every teenager I think struggles through things, I know I have had my own struggles. But what keeps me going is knowing that everything can be made right through the atoning power of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I know this gospel is true. I have a burning testimony of it's power. I would not be who I am today if it were not for this church and the wonderful and caring people in it. I know that I will see my mom again, and I look forward to the day when we can embrace again. This gospel has helped shape me into the person I had always wanted to be, the girl who was trapped on the inside. I know without a shadow of a doubt that this church is true! It has completely changed my life, and I am grateful. I completely love this gospel, that is why. I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by constantly working every day to be a better person than I was yesterday. Even if that includes remembering to say my prayers or read my scriptures. I stand as an example to my family and friends by the way that I live. I try to serve others all the time, and help in any way I can. I am quick to forgive, and slow toward anger. Attending BYU-I we are considered disciples of Christ. I live this way by being honest in every act I do.