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Hi I'm Celeste

I enjoy playing the piano, being goofy, trying new things, and spending time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music. I play the piano, sing, and play the guitar. I also enjoy learning other languages. I've been learning Chinese for about 5 years now and I plan to also learn Spanish. I like to play sports, although unfortunately I'm not very good. In the past I was on a gymnastics team, my high school lacrosse team, and I played a bit of basketball, volleyball, and rugby on the side for fun. I attend college at Brigham Young University. I hope to be accepted into their animation program in the future. I aspire to one day be an animator for DreamWorks or Pixar. I love trying new things and having fun. I have a goofy, slightly twisted sense of humor and I enjoy making people laugh.

Why I am a Mormon

I have prayed to God to know that this Church is true. At one point, I wasn't sure if this was the real deal. A lot of people think that their church is the right one, so what makes the Mormon church any different? Did I really believe that a 14 year old farm boy saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and that this is the "only way"? One night, I decided to pray and ask God if this is the right church. Immediately, I felt a surge of energy that filled me with warmth and happiness and wrapped around me like a warm blanket. This powerful feeling obviously came from God. Ever since then, I have known that this is true. Sure, I've had plenty of questions and doubts about various doctrinal points and commandments. However, I always go back to that amazing answer to prayer that I had received. I also learned from that experience that I can pray to God and receive an answer. My answers aren't always immediate or as powerful, but they do always come. I know that anyone can pray and know, like I do, that this is true. This Church quite literally was founded on the principle that anyone—including a 14-year-old farm boy—can “ask of God” and receive an answer to their prayers. I am a Mormon because this gospel gives me hope. Hard things happen to everyone and this gospel helps me to understand my worth and why we need to experience these things. Life isn't easy, but I know that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love and me and want what's best for me and that they are always with me. Also, I enjoy the fellowship of the other members of this church. When you are in this church, you are never alone. You always have caring church members who are ready to help you whenever you need it.

How I live my faith

I contribute to my church by accepting church assignments given to me. I enjoy serving others and making people happy just as Christ did. I want to share this amazing gospel with others and invite them to come unto Christ and experience the joy that He brings. I love being a Mormon!

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Celeste
When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was first restored, Mormons were persecuted everywhere they went. Many Mormons were harmed or killed, especially the men trying to protect their families. Because of this, many women were left widowed or without anyone suitable to marry. So, the Lord commanded that some of the members practiced polygamy. This way, a woman would still have a means of maintaining or creating her family. This wasn't ideal, and many of the members didn't want to practice it but they were following the Lord's commandment. Also, only about 10% of the members practiced polygamy; it wasn't a wide-spread thing. When the Mormon pioneers arrived in Zion and there was no longer a shortage of men, President Wilford Woodruff received a revelation in 1890 that they should cease teaching plural marriage. Only a small part of the Mormons practiced polygamy, it only lasted a couple of decades, and we haven't practiced it in over 100 years. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Celeste
Women don't hold the Priesthood simply because that is not our duty in this church. The men of this church are not the Priesthood. The Priesthood is God's power that he's allowing worthy men to use in His name. If a man is no longer worthy to use it, it will be taken away. Mormon women lead in the Church in a variety of ways. We can go on full-time missions. We serve as leaders and teachers in the ward. I've taught many lessons and given many talks. I've been given responsibilities and have participated in ward councils and meetings. We can visit homes and help those that men sometimes can't. Women are just as important in this church as men. I have never felt undermined or unimportant. This gospel has made it very clear that sexism has no place in the Kingdom of God. Show more Show less