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Hi I'm Kelsi

I was born with a rare blood disorder called Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born with Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency - a rare auto immune blood disorder. This challenge has taught me how to face challenges. I am very tired most of time, but I have learned to work around what I can't do and focus on what I can do. I spent a lot of my childhood in and out of the hospital. I am currently a sophomore in college and when I "grow up" I want to be a Child Life Specialist. Child Life Specialists are people who help children overcome the emotional trauma and suffering of hospitalizations and medical procedures. I hope to be able to help those children through my own experiences. I love cooking meals for my family and my favorite part of whenever I come home from college are the familly meals. I also love to journal! I don't have good handwriting, I'm not a good speller, I'm not a great writer, and my life isn't all that interesting but I love journaling because it gives me a chance to express myself. Also I love to read, play and listen to music, learn, love, and laugh! My family is very important to me. I can't wait until I can start my own. It might be a long time from now, but I'm trying to prepare for that time in my life now.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it is true. I got an answer. The answer was that it is true. I am a Mormon because I have felt my Savior's love for me. I am a Mormon because I have prayed to know if Joseph Smith really did restore the true church on the earth. I got another answer. The answer is that it is true. I have received so many answers to prayers and I have felt God's love for me that I cannot deny that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. That is why I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

After I graduated High School I began working with the little toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years old. I loved every minute playing with them and teaching them sweet, short lessons about Jesus and the importance of family. When I moved away to college I was asked to help lead the young woman in our dorm. I was able to help plan activities like get to know you games, a pilates night, a birthday party for all of the girls, and we arranged to have speakers come and teach us. I was able to go visit and get to know each of the girls in my dorm and I was able to give service and help them get through some of their trials. Currently I play the piano every Sunday for the girls in our ward. I learned to love them, with a pure Christ-like love. I also am a visiting teacher and so I visit a few of the girls in my neighborhood and bring them a short message and help them with anything they need help with. I love visiting teaching because it gives me a chance to lose myself in service and to make new friends.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Kelsi
Missionaries are asked to pay their own way for their missions. If the missionary can't pay for the whole mission by him or herself then their family should help pay for them. If they can't pay for them there is a "Missionary Fund" that people can donate to that can help to pay for those missionaries. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Kelsi
Relief Society is an organization for woman ages 18 and older. Relief Society gives woman a chance to lead one another, learn more about Christ, give service, learn to love one another, and develop friendships. Relief Society is not just for old ladies!! Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Kelsi
Yes I really do believe there is a prophet alive today, and his name is Thomas S. Monson. I have prayed to know if he really is the prophet and I have felt the Holy Ghost confirm in my heart that he really is the prophet. And anyone can know if he is the prophet or not. Study his words, try to do one thing that he has asked the members of the Church to do, and pray to know for yourself. "By their fruit's you shall know them." Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kelsi
No we are not required to serve a mission. Serving a mission is ultimitely a choice. Young Men around age 19 are asked to serve missions. Young Women are able to serve missions when they turn 21, but they only serve if they are not already married or going to be married soon and if they feel like they want to serve. Senior missionaries are older couples who serve after retirement. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Kelsi
We believe that the family is very important. We believe that families can live together forever, even after death. The knowledge that families can be together forever is such a hopeful concept that I love because I love my family. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Kelsi
I have received blessings of comfort and peace. I have found it a blessing to read the scriptures and learn more about my Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. My day is always better when I have read the scriptures. Show more Show less