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Hi I'm Celeste

I love my faith, my family, and the great state of Oklahoma. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was a little girl, I was afraid of a lot of things. I was afraid that a shark would come up through the drain in my bathtub to eat me. I feared that if I put my arm over the edge of my bed while I was sleeping, a monster would grab it. But my biggest fear developed after watching the movie Twister, which happens to take place in Oklahoma, where I am currently serving my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been raised in the Mormon Church, but I didn't gain my own knowledge of the reality of Heavenly Father until I was fourteen years old. I had been praying to know whether the church was true, or whether I was just wasting my time believing in something that wasn't real. I went on a pioneer trek reenactment and came home a different person. I heard these stories of early Mormon pioneers who walked thousands of miles, pulling all their belongings in a little handcart. Many of them came from different countries, and this land was all new and unfamiliar to them. Many of them lost limbs to frostbite, got incredibly sick and weak, and others died. Why in the world would they do such a thing?! It was because they had faith to face their fears. When they made it to the Salt Lake Valley, they were incredibly blessed, and they stayed strong in the faith. If they could have that faith to continue on, then so could I. I am a Mormon because I know that a fourteen year old boy named Joseph Smith knelt down to pray because he had a question, just like I did at that age. He received his answer, and it changed the world. I am a Mormon because I have felt the love and influence of my Heavenly Father. I am a Mormon because even though I am absolutely terrified for the next year and a half of my life in Oklahoma, I know that that is where I am supposed to be, and it will all be worth it. My testimony of the reality of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has given me the courage to face my fears with faith.

How I live my faith

I have chosen to serve a mission for my Heavenly Father. A living prophet of God assigns each missionary individually by revelation. After much anticipation, I opened my mission call and read my assignment: Oklahoma City, which happens to have more tornadoes annually than any other city in the US. Tornadoes are no longer my biggest fear, but the fact that I am in the Tornado capitol of the United States opened my eyes. On my mission, I’m facing tangible fears, like tornadoes, and riding a bike in a skirt in the wind, but also bigger unseen fears, like homesickness, insecurity, uncertainty, rejection, and countless other worries about missionary life. I'm away from my family for eighteen months. We communicate by weekly emails, letters, and two phone calls a year. This is tough. I am WAY out of my comfort zone. I used to be absolutely terrified because this is hard, but I am so, so happy. I know that I depend on my Heavenly Father more than ever. I know that I have much to learn about the gospel. I know that Heavenly Father is teaching me how to face my fears with faith. I’m choosing to face my fears because I realize that I have been incredibly blessed to have the knowledge of the gospel and of my divine nature as a daughter of God. There are so many people that don’t know who they really are. They don’t know about the promise that they can be with their families forever. They don’t know the blessings the temple brings. They don’t know that there is a prophet on the earth today that can help them. They don’t know that Jesus Christ lived, died, and lives again, all for them. I know not everyone I teach will accept what I have to say, but I believe that everyone deserves the chance to choose for themselves whether they want the gospel in their lives or not.