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Hi I'm Chantel

About Me

I have lived in New England most of my life; in Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York, but now I live in Tennessee I am a research scientist by education, and have a PhD in genetics. Now I am doing postdoctoral work in the epidemiology of asthma and respiratory infections. I love reading, outdoors, music, learning, my family and the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

There is a difference between how I became introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and why I live it. I was a raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and have ancestors going back to the days of the pioneers who settled Utah. I consider that heritage a great blessing and responsibility. To live the gospel (however imperfectly I do) takes a lot of dedication, especially since almost my entire life has been lived in areas with very few other Mormons nearby. Rather than relying on the faith of my parents, I rely on the strength of my own personal testimony gained through my relationship with my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and prayed about whether it is true. The Holy Ghost has revealed to me over and over that it is, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God who restored the Church as it was organized when Christ walked the earth. Through him, the authority to do ordinances such as baptism and worship in holy temples was also restored. As a scientist, people often ask me how it is I can still believe in God. In fact, the way we find out if, for instance, the Book of Mormon is a true testament of Jesus Christ is through a method very similar to scientific experimentation (see Book of Mormon, Alma chapter 32). First, we ask a yes or no question- "Is the book true?" (and, by association, "good") Then we conduct the experiment. We read and study. We also apply the teachings in our lives to see if they are truly beneficial. While testing and studying we pray to Heavenly Father to know if it is true. After a certain period of time that Heavenly Father deems sufficient, and after gaining evidence through our study and testing, He will reveal to our minds and heart by the power of the Holy Ghost that it is true. He does not tell us in a way that can be graphed on a chart It is a feeling of overwhelming peace, love, and joy that fills us, teaches us, builds faith, and lets us feel His love for us. I believe that this is the way a truly loving Father would tell His children of His presence rather than through satisfying a cold, impersonal request for a statistical result or visual display. The experience requires humility and a willingness to act on the answer given. I have seen many have not only their intellect satisfied, but hearts changed through conducting this experiment. I have seen many miracles in my life, mostly done quietly, but that are undoubtedly accomplished through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I am thankful for my family and for their commitment to this church over generations. I am also grateful for the knowledge that as we individually live the gospel and attend the holy temples we are sealed together and will be together as a family in eternity.

How I live my faith

My faith is not something that I put in a box or keep aside for certain times of the week. I feel like my education, family life, friendships, work and church service are all part of living the gospel. I pray several times a day, study from the scriptures daily and think and reflect on them often. I also keep a personal journal. When I am working I often think about how what I'm working on can help bless my brother's and sisters who might be facing challenges from illnesses and often pray for inspiration on how to best pursue what I am working on. I try to stay most focused on the things that are eternally important like personal relationships, my character, service, knowledge, talents, faith and integrity. I love to talk with others about my faith and learn more about theirs. I teach Sunday School and love studying and teaching the scriptures, whether from the Bible, Book of Mormon, or other scriptural writings.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are a diverse group of all different nationalities, political affiliations, education levels, marital statuses and family backgrounds. We love family, education, music and all things that are "lovely, of good report and praiseworthy (Articles of Faith, #13)." In the church we hold leadership positions in teaching children, youth and in performing the bulk of the church's charitable work through the womens' organization known as Relief Society. Though the priesthood leadership is conducted by the men, the Relief Society members are in every way considered equal partners. It is just a division of labor, not a subjection of Mormon women. Women are regarded in the church as God's crowning creation, and men are taught to respect, listen to, consult with, cherish and love the women in their lives. Show more Show less