Hi I'm Shalla
I love to bake, read, crochet, blog, and especially take care of my little girl. My husband and I both go to school, and are studying to be teachers. I love to spend time with family, and there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I'd like to do.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in the Church. At first, that was the reason I was a member. When I was in high school, the Prophet, Gordon B Hinkley, challenged members to read the Book of Mormon and gain a testimony of it. As I read, my reasons for being a member of the Church changed. It wasn't because I was born a Mormon anymore. It was because I knew, without a doubt, that this is Christ's Church. I knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and I knew that He has living prophets and apostles on the earth today. Having that knowledge made it easier for me to not use my religion as an excuse, but to gain strength to stand by my decisions when it came to temptations. It still gives me strength when I tell people that I'm a member of the Church. When my husband and I decided to start a family, we were both working. It was an easy decision for me to stop working when I had our daughter. I spend my time trying to teach her the gospel not only by word, but by deed, so she can make the choice for herself to follow the way the Savior marked for us.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
When my husband and I were first married, we wanted to have children right away. We had both been promised in the past, in blessings, that we would have children. We tried for two and a half years to get pregnant. It was especially hard on me. I began to get jealous of people who had kids, especially my friends. I started to push them away, because I would think, "God, why have you given everybody but me the blessing of children?" It got to the point where I wouldn't get out of bed or leave the house unless I had to. In those darkest times of my life, the only light I could see was the fact that, in the Church, we are taught that if we don't have the opportunity to have children in this life, we will have that opportunity in the next. When we found out that I was pregnant with our daughter, I realized that God hadn't told me "No," He had told me, "Not yet. Be patient." He answers our prayers in his own time, not in ours. When it is time for us to recieve a blessing, we will recieve it. He doesn't hold out on us, he just wants us to be happy, so he doesn't give us everything we want, but everything we need.
How I live my faith
In my ward, my calling is as a Ward Missionary. My husband is the Ward Mission Leader. We get to go teach with the Missionaries, and have them in our home on a regular basis. Outside of my calling at church, I show just people by example what Christ would have us do. I make an effort not to judge people by their actions, because that isn't my place. I make an effort to help those who need it, to give comfort, and to just be a good friend. I'm not a perfect person, no one on this earth is. I just make the effort to be as much like Christ as I can, and hope that people benefit from it.