Monday, April 30, 2012

{ Meet Chelsea Larsen... }


Our next Bachelorette hopeful Chelsea Larsen, is a 19-year old student, blogger, and PR Manager for (kno)name.  She hails from Edmond, Oklahoma, and if she could spend her time doing anything in the world she would travel all over the world to learn about different cultures and do service work (teaching English, building schools, missionary work). 

Chelsea's favorite volunteer experience was when she helped put together backpacks full of school supplies for students who couldn't afford it. It amazed her to see how much happiness markers, pencils, paper, and a new backpack can bring to a child. Chelsea feels so blessed to have had such a rich volunteering experience and hopes to be able to "give back" throughout her life.

In Chelsea's own words, "Kent and I would be a power couple because we both are well traveled, want a marriage in the San Diego temple, are competitive with a love for sports, and are spontaneous. I want someone who is goal-oriented, enjoys being with family, and enjoys everything life has to offer. I feel like Kent is exactly that! After dating someone who didn't believe in the same things as me, I realized how important it is to be with someone who has similar goals as me. After reading some of Kent's blog, I feel like we share a lot of the same goals such as having an eternal family, doing service in other countries, and want to enjoy everything life has to offer! 


40 comments:

Diana said...

Maybe I'll get flamed for this, but in my opinion, 19 is a bit young. I thought one of the goals of TMB was to help LDS YSAs who had been searching for a spouse for awhile..not to continue the Mormon stereotype of older guy/teen girl. She seems like a sweet girl, but I have to wonder if they are on the same page in life and how their life experience differences might hurt their compatibility in the long run.

A Close Source said...

Way too young! These are the kind of girls he's sick of dating. He is ready to settle down not travel the world. He's already done that. They are on very different levels on life.

Emma Koller said...

Completely agree with Diana!

Connie said...

I don't think 19 is too young- TMB IS helping someone who has been searching a while! Kent! Whether Kent wants to date someone that age is his decision- I think it's great TMB is giving him the choice and not just hurling a bunch of late 20's girls at him because that's what he is.

alexanderson said...

Cute but too young. What's the hurry girl? Go enjoy life.

Lydia said...

She seems adorable, and maybe she would fit with Kent. I know my ideas about the perfect spouse and marriage changed a lot from the time I had my first serious boyfriend at 19 and when I got married to someone else a few years later. So I agree, she seems too young. But hey, the Bachelor should have choices.

Unknown said...

She is WAYY too young and into herself. If you didnt notice the whole video is about what she likes and what she has done. She said the word "I" 50 times. Doesnt mention Kent or why she wants to date him. I think she just wants to get her name out there

D.B. Woolston said...

Wow, so much negativity on this comment board. Hey armchair quarterbacks, that's the point of the show--so the bachelor can go on dates and decide, not so he can pass knee-jerk judgments based on a 2 minute youtube video.

I wish her all the best. She's beautiful, energetic, and positive.

Andrea said...

NineTEEN. As in still a teenager.

a m e s said...

You go girl. Ya she's young, but she wants to have fun. Everyone needs to give her a chance before just freaking out about her age. Good luck Chelsea!

Abby and Mike said...

Chelsea, I think you are adorable! Everybody wants to be a critic...don't let it get to you.

He never said he didn't want a 19 year old, so give the girl a fair chance! And let the bachelor decide what he wants!

Kelsey said...

For those of you who are saying Chelsea is too young:
She is mature beyond her years. She graduated high school a year early and is a Sophomore in college. She has always gone above and beyond when faced with any challenge or opportunity. She has been through so much and still has a great positive view. She is happy, sincere, generous, sweet, adventurous, responsible, smart, gracious, and extremely thoughtful.
Let's not be judgmental. You do not know Chelsea. You don't know what she has overcome, what she has been through. I know her. I've known her my whole life. If Chelsea says she is ready, I believe her. She has a strong testimony of the Gospel and I know she has prayed so much about this.
On another note, the bachelor himself said he was willing to date someone who is 19. Are you going to tell him what he wants?
Anyway, I love this girl! She is truly amazing. ANY guy would be SO lucky to have her :).

Kelsi said...

I know a lot of nineTEEN year olds who are well beyond the maturity levels of people in their twenties. Age is but a number. I got married at 21 years old, I don't feel that just because she is a year & a half younger than me that she isn't capable of offering the same commitment I did, if not more. I know Chelsea from when we were little kids, and even though I don't know her very well now I do know she is not into herself & she is probably just as ready as the rest of the girls. I also know that she is probably reading all of these comments and if you are writing ugly things about her you obviously don't know that our church stands for uplifting eachother and being kind to one another. Unless you know her personally you can't judge her & I'm guessing the X's out all of you. NOT ONE of you can say that she is too young or not ready because you do not know her, what she's been through or If she is ready. Chels, you're so sweet & you deserve to be happy so I'm glad you prayed & made the decision to do this for yourself & I wish you all the best!

Alice H said...

She is clearly a great person. But 8 years is a BIG age difference. And it seems like she's doing this for the adventure (which is fine - she's 19 after all) while at 27 I'd imagine he is looking to settle down. I've also been very surprised with the locations of all of the women so far. Hope they choose at least a few people who are within driving distance of Kent. I just want it to work out and things like 1500 miles seem to be making it harder and harder for that to be a possibility...they are paying for all of this travel themselves right?

It Started With a Wink said...

19 does seem young but hey some are more mature than others, glad I didn't settle at that age, but she is a beauty!

Ash said...

She seems adorable and interesting! Age is just a number!

Shauna said...

I think she's darling.

And Chelsea, go on a date with Kent! Who cares what these bitter betty's say! Don't let them bully you!

Katelyn Rattray said...

Chelsea is a great girl that I've had the privilege to get to know through the blogging world, and to all of you who say she's too young...it's not your decision.

You are not Chelsea and you are not Kent. It is not your decision.

God works in mysterious ways and love can be found anywhere. Just try and be happy for these women putting themselves out there in this incredible vulnerable position and be supportive.

You go, Chelsea! :]

- Katelyn

Andrea said...

darling, but too young.

mollythom94 said...

I totally agree with you. My sister is nineteen, and I know she does not know herself to the fullest yet. Getting married at nineteen, in my eyes, is a very scary thing.. people change their minds a lot in their early 20's and why would you want to be tied down so young? Especially with children..

.kaitlyn. said...

I agree. too young for this one.

Jake said...

+1 for all the lover comments and -1 for all the haters. Chelsea is very cute, and ready for the next step. Who are we to say 'No'? Age is quite insignificant with an Eternal perspective, and that's the goal. See my comment on Brittany's post for more details.

Kristina said...

I liked her! I was married when I was 19 and we will be celebrating 8 years in December! We have two kids. Life is GOOD! Who cares that she's 19. Its up to Kent anyway! :)

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Dan Hartsock said...

Chelsea, way to be courageous and represent Oklahoma! Be yourself, take risks and live righteously. No one can ask for anything more. Hope to see you out on one of those dates!

Cougs Rock said...

All I can say is: BYU -14 OU Sooners - 13

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Melissa said...

She is too young for the purpose of this show. She has the rest of her young adult life to find someone. She seems like a nice girl but she also seems like the type of girl Kent was dating OVER and OVER again in Provo. As the bachelor, he deserves to have a different set of eyes looking out for him. Not picking out the same girls he was picking out for himself. I would be very disappointed in the show if she was selected.

Also, I didn't think your were aloud to have any contact with Kent or you would be disqualified...

Does not matter said...

Age is only the worldy way of defining the time since Heavenly Father sent one to Earth.

I met my husband at age 19 and married a few months shortly after. Many people criticized me and said, I too, was not among marrying age. Little did they know that a number meant nothing. My dad died when I was ten. My parents were 8 years apart and madly in love until the day he died. When he died, it left me to help my mom manage a bankruptcy and enormous amount of financial grief. Five short years later I made one of the biggest decisions of my life. That was to join the church. I was immediately disowned by my family and left to seek family type bonds from members of the church. All of that happened before the age of 16. I highly doubt Chelsea has had to endure this much in her life, but it doesn't mean she is less mature because of a number. Even though I don't know her I am proud of her for pursuing her dreams, no matter what they are.

Was Joseph Smith, a 14 year old boy, too young to receive the personal revelation he did? I seem to remember Jesus' sermon on the mount. Matthew 7 verse 1 "Judge not, that ye be not judged." Who are we to judge what is right for another man?

Mysterious Pirate said...

There are examples of wonderful couples that have just happened to meet when they were very young and got married and are happy years later.

However, it seems weird that a 19-year-old in Provo would be soliciting a date on a dating show with a 27-year-old. Maybe she thinks that Kent is her soul-mate, but then I would have expected her to mention that in her video and not just talk about herself. She's very cute and bubbly: I just don't know that she's right for the show.

Robyn said...

I am so sad by the comments that I read on this page. I have known Chelsea her whole life and I adore her. She is fun, energetic, NOT conceited, and loves her Savior. I don't think anyone should judge her by a 2 minute video. She has been through things that most of us will never go through and she is a strong and beautiful woman.
I was engaged at 19 and married at 20. My husband is also several years older than me and I wouldn't have it any other way! We are about to celebrate our 12 year anniversary and are loving life. Age is just a number!!
I am so excited for Chelsea and her adventure with the Mormon Bachelor!
Love you girl!

Mel said...

It's not her actual age that bothers me it's that she also comes off as young and inexperienced in the world. Too many I statements, nothing about Kent. Also very surface comments did not show any depth to personality.

dannilds222 said...

If the girl is younger or older, it simply doesn't matter. It is the individuals and their connection.

lisa o said...

She's cute as a button but she only got her driver's license 3 yrs ago. She's a baby.

lisa o said...

She's cute as a button, but she's only had a driver's license for 3 yrs! She's just too young. Why the rush for marriage?

Becky said...

I think Chelsea's darling! She and Shay are my favorites!

Linze Kate said...

Chelsea is AWESOME! I was her EFY counselor a few years back and she STILL maintains living to gospel fully and having fun while doing it - she's amazing! :)
*muah*

Deveny said...

As someone that met my husband at 18 in college and married at 19... as long as she's mature and actually READY to get married then the age isn't an issue. Although no 19 yr old is super mature....