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Hi I'm Sadie Tengelsen

I am a full-time graduate student. I am a public health professional. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate student studying public health, and I am considering an emphasis in epidemiology (the study of the distribution and determinants of disease). I am very passionate about emergency preparedness and love my job as a disaster preparedness educator. I love to travel and I don't think I could ever see enough of the world to satisfy my wanderlust. I enjoy learning about different cultures and peoples. I speak Spanish and French and would love to see the countries where those languages originated. I love to ballroom dance; gliding across the floor in a beautiful gown to timeless music never gets old! My very favorite activity is spending time with my fantastic husband who makes me laugh everyday. We enjoy exercising together- running, pilates, yoga, strength training, you name it! We of course love spending time with our family members that live nearby, and look forward to someday having a family of our own.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in this gospel. I felt very strong in my testimony and then one day my beliefs were strongly challenged. It was my very first day in a college course about refugee health and when I walked in and sat down the teacher introduced a documentary we would be watching. It was live footage from journalists and others who had been present in Rwanda during the 1994-95 genocide between the two ethnic groups the Hutus and the Tutsis. The film was quite graphic and my testimony that there was a loving Heavenly Father who knew everything grew weaker with every passing moment. I struggled to understand how He could know what was happening and not stop the atrocities being committed. After class, I ran home in tears and opened my Book of Mormon to a wonderful story in which a verse is found which mentions how these persecuted people are received: "the Lord receiveth them up unto himself, in glory; and he doth suffer that the (the wicked) may do this things (persecute and kill the righteous), or that the people may do this thing unto them, according to the hardness of the hearts, that the judgments which he shall exercise against them in his wrath may be just; and the blood of the innocent shall stand as a witness against them, yea, and cry mightily against them at the last day." As I read that I knew that God was aware of these people and loved them and that the judgments against their persecutors would be just- that was all I needed. God loves all His people, and His hand can be seen in our lives if we will just look. I know that He wants us to all love and respect one another, and I feel that this gospel provides an excellent backdrop against which to paint a scene of cultural understanding and unconditional love for all of our brothers and sisters.

How I live my faith

Sunday is my favorite day of the week because I get to serve my Heavenly Father by giving of my time and talents to serve my fellow church members. My calling is to teach the children ages 18 months-3 years and it has truly changed my life. Spending so much time with these precious spirits who have so recently come from heaven teaches me so much about my Savior and who He wants me to be. I teach them brief lessons about the gospel, we sing songs that teach them who Jesus Christ is and that He loves them, and we read scripture stories that emphasize the lessons we learn. I also absolutely love the calling I have to visit two different sisters in the ward. We share our testimonies and trials with each other, and I try to be there for them if ever they need me or are in a difficult situation, but the friendship is completely symbiotic. The Book of Mormon inspires me everyday to be more Christlike, and my daily prayers to my Heavenly Father are often full of apologies and promises to do better, but He is always there for me, and has carried me when I was weak, and encouraged me to follow when I was strong.