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Hi I'm Celeste

I grew up in Houston, Tx. I am attending Brigham Young University - Idaho and pursuing a degree in exercise physiology.

About Me

I hope to use my degree to become a professional athletic trainer in soccer. While I wasn't allowed to participate in sports in my previous religion, I have always appreciated soccer (as well as hockey). Sports bring people of all different backgrounds together and I want to be a part of it. Athletic Training is a way for me to put the three things I love together: helping others, medicine, and soccer. I enjoy all forms of art. I own a few gold medals from art competitions, but I prefer to paint for fun rather than a piece of metal that will end up in a drawer never to be seen again. In high school I was Vice President of the art club and also a member of drama and a few other clubs. Many people ask me why I didn't choose a degree in some form of art, but it's just a hobby! I love watching movies, playing games, volunteering, spending time with family and friends, reading, writing, etc. I am always up to try new things!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised United Pentecostal for nearly 18 years, but it never felt right. I always knew I would convert to another church as soon as I could. I was depressed in the UPC church, and even considered suicide as early as the age of 13. I thought God hated me and was punishing me. I wanted to know why he was putting me through such misery. Why did my parents have to be United Pentecostal? When I was 17 I thought about taking my life again, but I stopped myself. I realised that by killing myself I would be taking my children with me, which is the one thing in life that had kept me going. I prayed to find a church to join when I joined 18, and shortly after I somehow ended up attending an LDS Stake opening. It was short lived, but I loved what I had learned while at the opening. About two months later, the Elders knocked on my door and a month after that I was baptised at 18. I hardly ever felt the spirit when I was UPC, but since praying and joining the LDS church I have felt the spirit everyday. I live the gospel because I have experienced the blessings that come with it. I didn't have a choice in what church I was born into, but I do have a choice in which church I am a member of now.

How I live my faith

When I visit home back in Houston, I always help out in primary. I actually do it often enough that I sometimes get a calling depending on how long I will be home. I love children, and being able to teach them the things I did not understand as a child is very rewarding. It is interactive, fun, and the kids go home with more than what came in with. I sometimes worried that the children were not learning or maybe didn't like me, but everything changed when one of the girls gave me an invite for her baptism. She was sad because it would be on a Saturday and didn't think I could go. I went, and it was beautiful. When I had to come back to school, the kids cried and made me cry. I look forward to teaching primary again sometime in the future! Up here in Rexburg I am part of the compassion committee. When someone is ill or feeling down we visit with them, bake, give caring letters, etc. I enjoy this very much because I love volunteering and this is a way for me to reach out to those in need. We made a jar this year for when someone receives or does a good deed. For each good deed we put in a colourful pompom into the jar. At the end of this semester we plan on giving the jar of colours to our Bishop.