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Hi I'm Kelsey

I am an opera singer, a teacher, and a wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona and Las Vegas, and I love nature - the desert, the mountains, the oceans, the forest. I taught high school choir, but I'm currently pursuing a master's degree in Vocal Performance. My husband and I met at college and sang in choir together - we're big music nerds. We want to have a large family, but we're currently dealing with fertility issues. The best thing I do every day is spend time with my husband. We love sci-fi and Harry Potter and netflix. We are very, very silly, and way too serious.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised as a Mormon, my faith is something very personal to me. Recently my parents divorced as a result of some poor decisions my father made. Though this has been trying to me, I have realized that I go to church, I study the gospel, I pray because I know that in those ways I come nearer to Christ and I find peace. In the Church of Jesus Christ, I have been able to receive God's promise that if I do my very best and seek to know His Son, Jesus Christ, He will forgive and bless me forever. No matter what happens in my life - divorce, job loss, death - I know that God will turn these experiences to my good, both in this life and the next. It is this peace and assurance that reminds me why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living my faith has taken on many different forms in my life. When I was young, I went to church and tried hard to do what I was taught, because I wanted to always do the right thing. When I went to college, my faith was deepened as I faced the typical challenges of life as a student and realized how much help the Lord gives me. I served a mission in Chicago, and my understanding grew. I felt God with me all the time. When I got married, though, and as I was making the decision to get married, I felt the Lord take a step back and let me make my own decisions. I thought this was a sign that I was doing something wrong. Quickly I realized that because God wants us to be like Him, He sometimes has to step back and let us do what we will. At this point in my life, I think my religion changed from something I expressed to something I lived. To put it colloquially, I had to "put my money where my mouth was". It's all well and good to say we should love others, serve them, forgive them, and change our own desires to be more like God's, but it's quite another thing to do all those things on a daily basis with a real, live imperfect spouse. As life became more challenging for us, both with infertility and my parents' divorce, as well as job-related problems, I found myself questioning my faith. Still, in my mind I knew that I knew what I should do, and I kept doing it. Now, though my parents' are still divorced, and we still don't have children, and I still have a lot to change about myself, I find that I can be at peace. I have discovered that God really, truly wishes for our happiness, and that if we trust His plan for our lives, we can be happy in any circumstance. His blessings are all around us, and faith means that we look to see what they are.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Kelsey
We believe that the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is a book of scripture - similar to the Bible. We believe it to be the word of God. It was compiled by an ancient prophet named Mormon, and that is why it is called the Book of Mormon. When the Church began in the 1800's, those opposed to it called us "Mormons". The name has stuck with us, and we don't mind it, as long as people know that we don't worship Mormon, we are Christians. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Kelsey
I have faith in a loving Father in Heaven and in His Son, Jesus Christ, who has atoned for my sins and for the sins of all people. I also have faith that the Holy Ghost can personally teach me of truth and help me to know God. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Kelsey
Ah, that is a great question. In a church we have our weekly Sabbath meetings, as well as social activities, youth activities, and conferences. These are places that are open to the public. A temple is for special occasions, like marriages, and is not actually open on Sundays, to allow all to attend church. Temples sometimes have centers for visitors, and most have grounds that are open to the public, but we believe that temples are the House of the Lord. Because we believe that, temples are only open to members of the church who are in good standing and have been active in the church for at least a year. However, before a temple is dedicated to the Lord, we invite all to come inside to tour them and gain a better understanding of what we do there. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kelsey
Of course you can attend church!! Please do! We love visitors at our church. Sometimes we call them investigators, people "investigating" the church. Our services are about three hours long (in most places) and consist of a sacrament meeting, Sunday School, and age and gender-specific classes. In sacrament meeting we sing hymns, have prayers, hear speakers from the congregation, and partake of the sacrament, the most important part of our weekly church services. The sacrament is a reminder of the promises we made when we were baptized and of the promises God made to us at that time. We believe that if we come in the right spirit, God will forgive our sins each week, just as He did when we were baptized. The speakers, prayers, and hymns are assigned before most meetings, unless it is a fast and testimony meeting, when anyone is welcome to come and share their knowledge that Jesus is the Christ, that He has the power to heal and save us, that this is His Church, that we have prophets today, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Sunday School is divided into age groups, and we discuss the teachings of the Church, found in the scriptures, and how they apply to our lives. In our other meetings (known as Relief Society - for women, Priesthood - for men, Young Men, Young Women, and Primary), we continue our discussion of the gospel, but in a more particular setting. I always leave church feeling spiritually refreshed. I'm sure you will, too. Show more Show less