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Hi I'm Chelsea

I love rainy days and big dogs. I am bad at sports, but still enjoy playing. I am passionate about dance and poetry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a California girl but have moved a lot since birth because my Dad was a Marine. I enjoy helping special needs kids and seeing my siblings participate in their sports. My mom is a convert to the church while my dad has fallen away from it heavily. I was the middle child of four until cancer struck my older sister who passed away, leaving me the oldest with middle child syndrome. This sparked my interest in dance and poetry as ways to deal with the hurt and confusion. Teaching and helping others is where my real talents and passions lie. I plan to attend Brigham Young University - Idaho and study Secondary English Education.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I know the gospel to be true. When my sister died of cancer, I had just turned 12. The nine months it took for her body to finally give up were one of the worst times in my life. I remember being so mad at God for taking my sister. Even before she passed, I was upset with Him because her cancer was so bad - the rarest and most aggressive of its forms to be known. It was terrifying to witness, all the while having to remain strong for my two younger siblings. She was only 16 months older than I. We weren't supposed to die that young. I was so angry. I never turned from my faith, though. I held firm to the commandments He had given only out of obedience since I was now the oldest and had to be the example. However, that seemed to be enough. After a while, my anger melted away. I found peace and hope that only the Savior could bring me. I knew I would see her again one day - this time with hair and a body that was healthy and strong. When I finally turned to Christ, my heart broken and my soul humbled, I felt His arms around me, healing my broken pieces. Since then, my faith has only grown stronger.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways. I read my scriptures, turn to my loving God in prayer, and remember Christ always. I keep my mind and heart on my Savior as I go throughout my day. I make sure to repent when I have done wrong, and use Christ's atonement to give me comfort and peace. I also take my callings in church seriously. I was a Sunday School teacher for the nine year olds, and I spent a lot of time not just teaching them reverence, but of their Savior's unconditional love for each of them individually. I think the biggest thing that I do to live my faith is something I do everyday: try. I am not perfect at it, and neither is anyone else. The fact that I am trying to live my faith is the most important thing.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Most definitely! When we read and study scriptures in Sunday School, Seminary (a high school religion class), and Institute (a college/university religion class), our focus is based on the four books of scripture - Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants. In most cases, one book is studied per year so that each book gets the attention and study it deserves. It moves on a rotation system, so every four years it starts all over again. No one book of scripture is above the others. All these books work together to teach of Christ and His ministry, which is why Mormons use them all to learn of Him. Show more Show less