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Hi I'm Kelsey Johansen

Hey guys it's me Kelsey. I'm from South Jordan, Utah. I am a missionary in Montevideo, Uruguay. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at Brigham Young University, studying public health. I am a missionary in the Montevideo Uruguay mission. I love dancing, painting, hiking, and exploring new places and trying new things. Ice cream is my favorite and I love the color turquoise.

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony has come slowly in comparison to others, but it has always been exactly the lesson I need when I need it. I grew up in the church, and I can remember simple testimonies of specific principles being solidified at a young age. I had a prayer answered when I was a scared six year old, I felt God's love for me as I prayed to Him, I knew that Christ was real and good as I sang about Him in the primary program. It all came together when I was in a sacrament meeting a couple years ago. I had been praying to know that the church, not just its principles and specifics, was true. I wanted to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the only true church and that it had Christ at the helm. During the ordinance of the sacrament, where we take time to think about Christ and His sacrifice, I read a conference talk by our then-president Thomas S. Monson. As I read that talk, I was overwhelmed with the truth of it. All of it! The talk, the sacrament, God, Christ, the Book of Mormon... All of it was so real and pure and clear to me. I remember looking around at the people in the meeting and feeling so much love for them, and I wanted them to feel what I did in that moment. I love being a part of God's true church and I love sharing that with God's children.

How I live my faith

For the past couple months before my mission, I served in the church as a teacher for all the women in my student ward. I taught lessons based on counsel that our church leaders had given us, and I initiated discussions about what we could do as students and faithful members to live that counsel. It was scary at first to stand in front of girls that I knew were much more qualified than I was to teach, but that's the crazy and amazing thing about the gospel! God doesn't care if you don't know facts or have scriptures memorized word for word. If you turn to Him, He will make your weak things (definitely my teaching abilities) become strong and wonderful talents, unique to you. I also try to live my faith through simple things outside of church. Through prayer and listening to the Spirit, I have found small opportunities to serve the people around me. It may be little things like sharing my lunch with my roommates, or it may be big things like volunteering in an orphanage in a third world country. No matter what the service was, I write it in my journal at the end of the day. Doing this has helped me learn more about Christ, and see the people around me as sons and daughters of God. Service brings me closer to Him, even if it may be a small and insignificant act each day.