Hi I'm Shaini
Hey! I'm an average 22 year old! I go to college, work at a Copy store and hang out with friends, but right now I put all of that on hold because I'm Serving a mission In Detroit Michigan! I love life, even though it is full of good days and bad days! I am the youngest of my parents eight Children, so life has always been crowded and full of noise! I am grateful for the people who have surrounded me and thought me to be the person I am today. My experiences, family, and environment, have shaped my life! I know there is a purpose for it all! I'm a Mormon.
Why I am a Mormon
While I was raised in this church, I chose and keep choosing to be a part of it, not because of my parents, or the rest of my family, but because of God. I know, and He knows that I know. There have surely been moments of doubt in my mind, times of deep prayer, and moments of great confusion, but thus is part of this mortal life. As I said before.... this church is my life and I have chosen to make it so, because I want my spirit, the real reason for life, to be the most important part of me. because I KNOW the difference it makes in my life. Some may say it is controlling or demanding, but when I live it, I feel free. I have guidance, I have answers, and time and time again they are confirmed in my heart and my mind. I could give so many personal experiences of small miracles in my life brought by my faith, answered prayers, daily guidance, comfort, Joy, the ability to do things I never thought possible for myself, and so much more... but most of all forgiveness... what Joy engulfs you when after feeling like you have been drowning for so long, and then finally being able to breath deep, and know you have reached the surface, you can see light and joy in every direction, light that had been engulfed in the deep water you were surrounded by " he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught him" Matthew 14:30-31
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
One of the things I know most in my life, is that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I have never met this man, I did not see what he saw, or hear his voice, but I know. When I hear or read about his life, my whole body is filled with joy. He was/is a great man, called of God. This is a man that suffered so much physical, and emotional pains for what he knew to be true. He was beaten, tarred and feathered, his children forced from their homes, many died at young ages, he was imprisoned time and time again...and for what? because of his beliefs...all he had to do was deny this church, deny the Book of Mormon, but he..would not! He gave his life not only standing by that book,but reading from it for comfort. As I said before...I have never met this man... but I feel such an overwhelming love and respect for him. I am grateful forever for his steadfastness and desire to bring others closer to Christ. His example has brought be closer to my Savior.
How I live my faith
flat out... my faith is my life! I live it every Sunday by going to church for three whole hours :) and love it! three hours of learning and growing closer to my Father in Heaven. But that's not all, everyday decisions rest on what I believe... I try every week to set new goals to better live up to the teachings of Christ....though all to often I come very short, I do find myself stopping before getting angry, or finding more patience than I normally would be able to...and line upon line, very slowly I see great improvements in my ability to find love for all around me. My faith keeps me happy, positive, determined, and sane :) Sometimes (rarely :))I am even asked to talk in front of the entire congregation on Sunday, though this is terrifying... it surely takes me out of my comfort zone and helps me grow. Soon I will be leaving on a full time Mission for the Church, I'm terribly excited, and though it means I will not see my family for a year and a half, missing out on two new babies, and a possible sibling marriage, I would not give it up for the world. It is my choice and I can hardly imagine the great growth I will gain giving this time to concentrate solely on My Savior and the great plan of His Father