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Shantelle: Mormon.

Hi I'm Shantelle

About Me

I am currently a sophomore in college and am studying to become a pediatric oncology nurse. I love learning! I have 8 siblings, so I also love children. I love music! I write music, play the piano, and sing. Music is one of the ways that I feel close to God. I love my life, because even when things don't go the way I think they will, life is a beautiful gift!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true! I know that the Book of Mormon is true. It is the most inspiring and uplifting book I've ever read. When I need comfort, hope, peace, happiness, or strength, I can always come to this book and find exactly what I need. Every time I get done reading the Book of Mormon, I want to do better and be better. I also know that Thomas S. Monson is our prophet today. I love hearing him speak at conference because I know that he was called of God to lead our church. I know that prayers are heard and answered, because mine are answered every day. I know that families can be together forever. I know that my Savior died for me and that he understands everything we go through. I know that if I live my life with virtue, I can return to live with my Heavenly Father someday!

Personal Stories

How can your talents and gifts bless others?

One talent that I have enjoyed developing is the gift of writing music. Although I am the one writing down the words and playing the melodies, it is not ME writing the music. It is God. I am just an instrument in His hands. When I write music, I feel the Spirit and I feel closer to my Savior. When I share my music, I feel like I am able to share that piece of the Spirit with others. I think it is such a blessing that each of us are born with unique talents, because when we share them, we can strengthen each other. Our gifts can inspire and bring peace to others.

What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?

I am the second of nine children, so I feel like I have been given the great opportunity to strengthen my family. I try to be a peacemaker and create love in my home. I try to encourage our family to have Family Home Evening every Monday night and I try to bring the Spirit into that meeting. I try to spend time with my siblings and be a friend to them. I try to live my life in a way that I can be an example to my family and bring us closer together. I love my family and want to spend eternity with them. I know that as we work together and grow in love, we can strengthen eachother.

How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?

I look forward to reading the Book of Mormon everyday, because when I read it, I am FILLED with warmth, peace, happiness, strength, and hope. It has helped me know that God is mindful of me and has strengthened my testimony of His love for each one of us. I think my favorite part about the Book of Mormon is that every time I read it, I learn more. It is the best and most inspiring book I have ever read!

How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?

During the last two years, I was very sick. After meeting with one doctor, she said that my symptoms sounded like leukemia. I was very scared. Through knowing the Plan of Happiness and knowing that death is not the end, I was able to feel peace. I knew that God had a plan for my life and would not leave me alone during my time of trial. The Plan of Happiness is just what it says- a Plan of HAPPINESS. After this life, we can live with God our Father and that is what brings true happiness in this life.

Could you talk about your baptism?

I was lucky enough to turn 8 on a Saturday, so I got to be baptized on my birthday. My dad was the bishop of our ward (congregation) at the time and so he interviewed me for my baptism. That was a really neat experience to meet with my dad before being baptized. Many members of my extended family came to share that special day with me. My great grandma was not able to come, so she sent me my own set of scriptures (Book of Mormon and Bible). I still have that set and I treasure them! I don't remember very much about my baptism day, but I do remember the feeling of being clean and pure when I was lifted out of the water. It was a feeling like none other! I knew that I was following Christ's example and I made a commitment that day to always follow Him. After being baptized, I was confirmed. My dad, Grandpa, and a few other men in our ward placed their hands on my head and blessed me with the gift of the Holy Ghost. I felt so warm and happy inside. We went outside to get pictures and there was a huge rainbow stretching all the way across the sky. It was beautiful and I knew that Heavenly Father was happy with the decision I made to be baptized. I have been baptized for over half my life now and I've NEVER regretted it! I make mistakes, but I always try to do what my Savior and Heavenly Father would want me to do. My baptism day was a very special day for me!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by surrounding myself with service. I have found opportunities to serve in my church, school, and community and I love it, because when I serve, I know I am doing what Christ would do if He were here. I feel Him with me when I try to share His love with those around me. Being a Mormon is more than just going to church on Sunday. It's living every day and every moment just like Christ would. I live my faith by doing what I should and that is what makes me a Mormon.