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Hi I'm Chelsie

I'm a preschool teacher and nature lover, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to knit, garden, paint, dance, and try new things. I recently bought a house, and I love working hard on it to make it beautiful: inside and out. My husband and I recently moved across the country so that he could pursue his dreams of receiving a PhD. I love children, and I get to spend all week with them as one of their preschool teachers.

Why I am a Mormon

I've asked myself this question many times before. Why am I a Mormon? Quite simply, the gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy! I'll explain it like this. Say you found an awesome boutique in your town. It had fabulous prices, great quality clothing and accessories, and wonderful costumer service. But what if very few people know about this boutique: either because it is not clearly labeled, or tucked in among other stores? Would you keep this little secret to yourself? Or would you want to share it with everyone you knew, so that others could also see and feel the joy this little shop brings you? This is what the Mormon church does for me. It makes me happy, and I want to share my source of happiness with those around me. Things are always better with friends!

How I live my faith

I believe that by example is the best way to live my faith. I try to do this by serving in my church. Right now I teach a Sunday school class for 8 and 9 year old children. Each week I have the opportunity to prepare a lesson for them, in the hopes that they will learn and grow from the lessons taught. Most weeks the kids end up teaching me way more than I ever teach them. It's wonderful to see young people actively living their religion, trying to make a difference in the lives of the people around them. I also try to live my faith at work by treating people and children as Christ would want them treated. As a preschool teacher I have the opportunity to influence many young minds and show them appropriate ways to express emotions. I try to do this with a all the seriousness and love and concern in the world. I know that if I follow Christ's way of teaching, that the children will be more likely to love and trust me. And that goes for my co-workers and other teachers as well.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Chelsie
Being self-relient is the best way we can help others. If we ourselves are in need of services in a time of crisis, then it will be very difficult for us to help others around us (who may or may not be of our faith). Show more Show less

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

Chelsie
The main part of "mormon church services" is sacrament meeting. In this meeting we sing hymns, pray, listen to a few speakers (members of the congregation), and most importantly, partake of the bread and water. The bread and water that is passed around is what we call the sacrament, and a visitor may take it if they would like (it's completely voluntary). This meeting is typically 70 minutes long and all ages of people are invited to attend (even young children). After this main meeting, visitors may choose to attend for another 2 hours which includes a Sunday school lesson, and then either a meeting for brethren (men), or a meeting for women. Children and Youth also have classes that they can attend at those times. We invite all people to come and enjoy the meetings. Show more Show less