Hi I'm Shalene
I am a new stay at home mom with 2 toddlers 12 months apart. Staying at home all day brings me new things to think about and a need for new hobbies to keep me busy. It also is making me aware of where our money goes each month. Learning to stay out of debt, pay tithing and still get the bills paid is a challenge within itself. However, I'm confident that being at home with my kids is not only right for our family but helping me overcome challenges that I have never gone through I married at 28 and have been married for almost 4 years now. I love to take dance classes in my spare time and am making myself learn how to sew better. I've been active and not active in my 32 years of age and no matter what point I was at, I always knew Heavenly Father existed. I always knew the church was true. At times I didn't make it priority and put "fun" first. It didn't get me very far. Once I realized what I wanted out of life, I knew that I needed to strengthen my relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. A year later I was married and the year after that we added to our family. My kids are my life and they are what give me absolute joy. Family is the most important thing to me. I often yearn for the "fun" life again but I know that I will really only be happy doing what my Heavenly Father wants me to do. It's not easy that's for sure, but I know it will be worth it in the end.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm mormon because my family was raised mormon. When I turned 8 I got baptized because that is just what you did. Why am I still actively mormon? I finally gained my own testimony at the age of 25. I always figured the church was true but I never was tested. After living many years in my twenties without the church in my life I ended up with this feeling of "this is it"? I didn't want to be just married. I didn't want to raise a family where morals and family values didn't exist. I wanted what I had growing up. I had to separate myself from boyfriends, friends and old habits if I wanted that life. A year and a half later I took myself to the temple. I knew that it was right and it felt right. Being single and mormon is a difficult thing and it wasn't working for me. I was challenged again. I knew that I needed to invite God into my life more often. I needed him to be there with me. Once I overcame that challenge I met my husband. Having a worthy guy in my life and 2 beautiful children make it so much easier to do what is right. I know that I have a Savior that died for me. I know that he has felt everything that I have felt and will feel in this life. I know that by living the way we have been instructed by modern day and old prophets that not only are we doing good to ourselves but we are living the way "He" has commanded us to. The plan of Salvation makes sense to me. Faith is a huge struggle and something that I am still working on each day. I'm mormon because it brings me the most joy. It's not easy being Mormon but I know it's worth it. Being a part of a church that is so interested in doing good for others and helping out people in need feels right. Sacrifice of yourself and of habits will always bring a positive outcome. In my case I have a family, a testimony of my Savior and happiness.
How I live my faith
I currently serve in the youth program. I am in the Young Women's presidency. Our Young Women from ages 12-18 are amazing. Their testimony's of the Savior are so strong. They have all been brought up with good morals and they love themselves and their Heavenly Father. I am also a visiting teacher which lets me get to know women I would have never been able to. Friendships are so important and I am so lucky I have been able to make them with these ladies. It's so nice to be able to take a dinner to someone in need or a woman who just had a baby. It's so amazing how organized the church is to be able to know people are getting help or food any time of day. To know the needs of our members and of our neighbors is so important.