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Hi I'm Celeste Francis

I love life; I couldn't live without it. I am an artist, a writer, and have a vibrant, creative personality. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Celeste Francis, and see each moment as a precious gift. “I love life, I couldn’t live without it.” I enjoy making friends, laughing, painting, and writing stories. (I love being creative!) I compete in pageants and rodeo queen contests. I also enjoy public speaking, riding horses, singing, and dancing. One unique thing about me is I absolutely adore pondering abstract subjects such as other dimensions and quantum physics. A conversation with my friends and I at lunch can get pretty complicated. (I think I could spend an entire day thinking about one random idea.) I have learned that “hard work beats talent when talent fails to work”, as one of my favorite rodeo queens used to tell me. It seems that in everything I do (art, pageants, riding horses, dancing, etc), I am the tortoise as opposed to the hare, and I don’t appear to have any natural ability. But as I have kept working and kept trying, I have watched myself rise out of the ashes and realize my potential. “Life is not about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.” (George Shaw). I love the person I have created, and I am excited for the future. I graduated from high school, (I attended the North Utah Academy for Math, Engineering, and Science and served as student body vice president. I loved it! I actually miss going to school there!) with an Associate's Degree. I attended Weber State University for a year before deciding to serve a mission. (But don't ask me what I'm majoring in... no clue.)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that Heavenly Father loves me, and all of His children. This past year, I think that God has taught me over and over again that His plan is all about love. At the Ogden LDS Institute I took a class that taught about other world religions from an LDS perspective. Rather than pointing out how everyone else was wrong, I feel like instead we talked about how all the other religions were right. I realized that at the core; every religion is the same. All truth comes from the same place; from Heaven. However, throughout history, the truths have been distorted by men and Satan. I was given a respect and an understanding for these other parties. The LDS Church is Christ's true church restored on the Earth. I have never learned more about what I, personally, believe, as a Mormon, than by learning about these other world religions. I learned that at the heart of everything; God's plan is about love. He didn't send us here to argue about who is right and who is wrong. He sent us here to learn how to return to His presence. I don't want to become a missionary and stand on a street corner, pointing fingers and telling the world they are wrong. I want to bring the people of Chile the pure love of Christ. Only through the temple, and His love, can families be united forever.

How I live my faith

I have been called to serve in the Chile, Santiago North Mission. I will be the first to serve in my family (I am the second to youngest of six children) since my great-grandparents. One of the greatest lessons I have learned is that God does not make second best. Each of His children has the same, infinite potential for good (and evil.) The times in my life when I truly believe that are the times when I feel closest to my loving Heavenly Father. How can I look upon another person with a pure, Christ-like love, if I can't look at myself the same way? I have also learned that when I focus upon Chirst, my life becomes easier. My confidence grows. I am able to love others. I am a little unsure of my future, but I know that if I trust in Him. Everything will work out. He knows that I am here.