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Hi I'm Chelsea

I'm a geologist, a gamer, and a lover of stories. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My two biggest hobbies since childhood have been science and stories. I was enamored with learning about the world around me by my teachers and educational television shows like Bill Nye the Science Guy. Living in the Rocky Mountains, I had plenty of opportunities to go fossil hunting in my own backyard, and had amassed a large rock collection by the time I was nine. By the time I was six, I had already decided I wanted to be a paleontologist, and although there were times I was discouraged from my dream, and times I thought of other career paths, by the time I graduated from high school I was sure. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Geology from BYU in 2014. As for story-telling, I've always loved any kind of good story in any medium. Books, movies, cartoons, video games, I love them all. Some of my fondest memories are of my father reading the Harry Potter series and the Chronicles of Narnia to me and my siblings as a kid, or the first time my brother, sister, and I played through The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time together. Stories make me happy, and sometimes I like to write my own in my free time. For the past year I have taught English as as Second Language (ESL) with a workplace/community college joint program. I've taught student from all over the world, from Somalia, Ethiopia, the Congo, and El Salvador, to name a few. I've made great friends of many different faiths, including in the Islamic community, and I love them dearly.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born in the Church and my family has always been faithful, I have had many points in my life where I questioned the Gospel, especially in middle school and high school. I had been riding of the testimony of my parents for most of my life, but things changed when my Sunday school teacher challenged us to bare our testimony in church every month for a year. If we did, we got ice cream. I started doing it for the ice cream, but after the year ended, I found I still wanted to get up and bare my testimony every month. I found that I really did believe strongly that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that He is real, not just a good story. I really did believe strongly that The Book of Mormon and the Bible contained the truths of the Gospel and salvation, not just good books. I really did believe strongly that Joseph Smith was a prophet inspired by God, and that we still have a prophet receiving the word of God today. They are not just telling stories. They speak the truth. I was not converted in an instant. I grew from day to day, and I am still growing.

How I live my faith

A lot of the time people ask me how I reconcile my religious knowledge with my scientific knowledge, both in the scientific and church community. I always tell them first that the Church doesn’t have an official standpoint on evolution or the age of the earth. Then I explain that I believe all truth comes from God, and if the truths of the Church and the truths we learn from studying the Earth seem to conflict, it is only because we don’t yet fully understand either. There are leaders in the Church who are in favor and not in favor of the theories of evolution and a 4.5 billion-year-old Earth. I believe that if it were important to our salvation, there would not be disparaging opinions in the church leadership. I also live my faith by showing love and serving others, whether it be through teaching English, or through teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am now serving a full-time mission in the Bentonville, Arkansas Mission.