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Hi I'm Crystal Karels

I'm a suburbanite turned country girl. I'm a Graphic Designer in the making. I'm proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently attending college to become a Graphic Designer and that is my main focus right now. When I'm not doing schoolwork, I like to write, draw, read, play video games, and listen to music. I'm also (mildly) obsessed with genealogy. Since 2009, I've moved eight times. In 2014 alone, I moved to two different states and somehow ended up in the south. I'm hoping to stick to one place for a good long while now. I love to make friends. :)

Why I am a Mormon

In my past, I was always kind of an outcast in my faith. The church I grew up in did not seem to have hardly anything in common with the things I believed in my own heart. I visited many different churches, but they all seemed to be missing something I couldn't even define. Over the course of my life, I had times when I was righteous and times when I was far from it. Eventually, I found myself being kicked out of where I was living, when I had just moved halfway across the country to be there. Then, suddenly it was off to Tennessee for me and my boyfriend. I knew his family were Mormons, and while I had already decided I'd go to their church to check it out, I'd set it in my heart that I wouldn't be joining it. The more I attended their meetings, the more things I heard that strangely matched up to the things I'd already decided were true. The exact moment when I realized I believed, though, came when I was on my way to a church conference for women and my grandmother was asking me 20 million questions about the church. I found myself defending the church. I asked myself why I was trying to hard to defend a faith I hadn't even accepted yet. Finally, I just looked up at the sky and said to God, "OKAY. I get it. I'll join." I was baptized in October 2014 and I'll never look back again. Even when I falter, which of course I still do since I'm only human, I know I've found the place where I belong.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by teaching the young men and women a lesson each Sunday, and by trying to invite others to fun events within the church. I am always glad to answer any questions about my faith. I try my best to read my scriptures and pray every day, although I am not always successful at it!