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Hi I'm Kelsey

I am from California, and studying at Utah State. Currently, I am preparing to serve a full-time mission. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have a passion for running; trail running, road running, adventure running, slow running, fast running you name it, I love it. This past year I had the opportunity to compete for a Division I university, and it has truly changed my life. I started running in high school, and have grown to love it because I think it is fun, and because there are so many parallels between my sport and the Gospel. It has helped me learn to live a more active lifestyle, develop lifelong friendships and strengthen my testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church and raised by parents who were and are very active in the Gospel. They taught me of the central role of family for individuals and communities, our purpose to love and work as servants in the Lord's Kingdom, and of the importance of our Savior's life and mission. For a long time, I did not understand what those things meant. To some degree I still don't, and I'm not sure I will ever fully understand those things in this life. I attended church, read my scriptures and prayed. I tried to live the way I knew I should, but I felt like I didn't have a very strong testimony especially during my high school years. I was just going through the motions. Soon, I was leaving home to attend school. I said goodbye to family, friends and things that were familiar, and tried to adjust to my new home. In this transition, I realized that the Church never changed. I was worried that attending a new ward with people I didn't know would make things different or awkward for me. I was happily surprised to find that although the people were different than the people back home, I found that the Church is the same everywhere. I learned that this is because our Savior at the head of it and it is his voice that is carried by the Spirit to our leaders all the way from the prophet and the first presidency to bishops and other ward callings. It has been this way from ancient times and has continued since the Restoration of this Church through Joseph Smith, the prophet. I know this to be true because I have witnessed it in my own life. I have felt my Savior's love for me through the Spirit, and I am so grateful for those experiences. I really feel that Jesus Christ is not only my Savior, Master, Redeemer, and Mediator, but he is my Friend. More than anything, I want to be His friend too. I want other people to know their Savior and of his atonement,so that they too can feel the joy and see the blessings that I see in my life everyday. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I was just recently called as a ward missionary, and I am very excited to serve in that capacity because I am getting ready to serve a full-time mission later this year. I try to fulfill my calling by inviting the Spirit to be my constant companion through prayer, scripture study, and taking time to ponder. When I have the Spirit with me, I often find myself thinking more about others and how I can help or be of service rather than my own concerns. I find that as I act on promptings of the Spirit to bless the lives of others, things seem to fall in to place. In doing this, I can see the Lord's hand in my life so clearly, that it makes me excited just to wake up in the morning and see what blessings I will see in my life and the lives of those around me just in that one day.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Kelsey
Mormons believe in giving love and service to ALL mankind. I grew up in California, so the ratio of Latter-day Saints to nonmembers in our community was fairly low. However, our stake did many community service projects without regards to whether those whom we were serving were LDS or not. Often we worked alongside other nonmembers in these projects and invited nonmember friends and those of other faiths to join our service efforts. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Kelsey
I once had a conversation with a really good friend who explained the role of the Holy Ghost to me in a way that I had not understood it before. To preface this conversation, I had just had an experience where I had acted on a prompting and watched a series of other people follow promptings which resulted in one of my personal prayers being answered very directly. My friend asked, "Why do you think that happened?" I said, "Well, I'm not sure why it happened, but I know it was through the Spirit." "Do you know by what authority the Spirit acts?" I thought for a minute. I didn't really know where this was going, so I said, "The priesthood?" "That's true. I guess I should rephrase it. Who gives the Spirit the authority to act?" "Our Savior." "Right, there's something I want you to see from this experience that you may or may no have realized, and it might sound really elementary, but when you feel the Spirit, that is literally the voice of the Savior speaking to you." "Wow. I really hadn't thought of it that way." "See, when you felt the Spirit and showed your faith to act on that initial prompting, the Savior caused a whole chain reaction of promptings that would ultimately come back to bless your life. You didn't know that at the time, but He did. He loves us so much that He, by way of the Spirit, reaches out to bless our lives so individually and so personally. The more we live by the Spirit, the more we see how close he really is in our lives. " Show more Show less