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Hi I'm Chantelle

I lived in Utah, Louisiana, and Colorado. I love popcorn and cheesy movies. I'm a Mormon."

About Me

For ten years I used dance as an outlet for emotions and stress. I pour that same drive into rock climbing, when I'm not listening to music, writing, or earning my bachelors degree in communications at college. I have a fear of fish (long story), a thing for cheesy movies, and an aversion to running. I love visiting other places and seeing history come to life. I like making people laugh and understanding different cultures. I speak in fluent movie quotes, studied a dead language for four years, and am conversant in Portuguese.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I know this church is true. I've learned about many other churches and, while they have truths in them, none of them held answers for the questions I asked. Even when I struggled with my identify as a child of God, when I nearly gave up because life was too hard, or had friends walk away because of my beliefs I could NEVER say the church wasn't true. And believe me, I tried. Everything I have been through, every struggle and hardship and doubt, has helped me become the person I am today. I know that God lives and that He cares for us. He is there when no one else is, and He is already helping us -- even when we don't know it. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that he -- with help from God -- restored the whole church on earth again, just like it was when Christ lived on the earth. I know, 100%, that this church is true.

How I live my faith

Jesus said love everyone, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender. I think the best way that I live my faith is by following that counsel.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

I once had a teacher use this metaphor to explain temples: can just anyone attend college? The answer is no. To attend college we must meet certain requirements (certain GPA, test scores, credit hours etc.). If we attended college without meeting those qualifications, the entire journey would be unhappy. We would be unprepared for the advanced lessons because we lacked the basic understanding. The temple is very similar in that regard. The Mormons who can attend the temple are allowed because they have met certain requirements and are ready for additional learning. The temple is like any school or college in that it provides an opportunity for further knowledge. What happens in the temple is not secret, but sacred and personal. It isn't commonly discussed because it would then become subject to scorn and ridicule from those who don't understand the sacredness. Show more Show less