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Hi I'm Shelly

I'm a Mormon with purple hair and navy blue fingernails

About Me

I have two kids and a great husband. I teach a wonderful group of elementary students. My favorite subjects to teach are history and geography. And zoology. And botany. Ok, I like it all. I like to read - nonfiction mostly, but I'll pick up a good fiction novel now and again as well. I like crime dramas and sci-fi stuff on TV, and I waited in line to see the last Indiana Jones (yeah, bad decision). I eat too much chocolate, but I try to offset it with regular yoga workouts. I think the chocolate is winning.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been Mormon all my life. My parents are Mormons, and I was baptized when I was eight. That's not why I'm Mormon now. I believe that the gospel is good for me. I believe that it is good for my family. I believe that this church provides a way to return to God. It's not always easy, but I believe it is worth it.

How I live my faith

I was recently asked to serve in my ward as the Gospel Doctrine teacher. Gospel Doctrine is the main Sunday school class for adults where we study and discuss the scriptures. This year's book of study is the Old Testament. Can you say overwhelming? Yeah, I didn't really feel up to the task, but I have given it my best shot. I'm learning so much and doing my best to share that knowledge with the other adults in my ward. It's challenging but quite satisfying.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Shelly
Mormons believe that God the Father sent his son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to suffer and die for the sins of the world that we can all have the chance to repent of our sins and return to Him. There is no free ride - we have to do our part by receiving necessary ordinances and following the teachings of Jesus. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Shelly
Mormons who attend meetings regularly - who are actively living their religion - have to be pretty dedicated to it. There are lifestyle choices that are outwardly visible. I think the simple fact that faithful Mormons tend to be so easy to pick out of a crowd makes it seem as though we're automatons acting on the orders of our leaders. That is just nonsense. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Shelly
Not at all. Mormons worship God and believe that the only way to return to His presence is through His son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a prophet who received many important revelations and restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. He was also an imperfect man. We honor and respect him for his role in the restoration, but we do not worship him. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Shelly
The Book of Mormon was written by prophets on the American continent before, during and after the life of Christ. The writings were compiled and abridged by one of the last prophets, a man named Mormon. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Shelly
Most (but not all) women wear dresses or skirts to church. The degree of formality depends on the woman. Some women wear coordinating pieces, hosiery and heels every Sunday. Other women wear cotton skirts, knit tops and Chacos. Some women wear pantsuits. Men usually wear business attire. Mormons celebrate just about anything that calls for a celebration! Halloween is pretty popular for some reason, but so are Christmas, Independence Day and Thanksgiving. Outside the US, Mormons celebrate along with everyone else. The only celebration that is unique to us is in July. We celebrate Pioneer Day on the 24th of July. This was the day that our pioneer ancestors entered the Salt Lake Valley in Utah. It's a big deal in Utah. Outside of Utah it's celebrated to varying degrees. Mormons believe casseroles make the world go 'round. Have a baby? Here's a casserole. Somebody's sick? Casserole. New to the ward? Yup, casserole. You don't have to be Mormon to be on the receiving end of this custom. We like to eat, and we like to cook. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Shelly
These are organizational terms. A ward is a congregation. There are generally 400 - 600 members, including adults and children, in a ward. A stake is a grouping of wards - generally 10-12 wards. Branches are smaller congregations in areas where there aren't as many members. Members do not choose their wards, stakes or branches - where you live determines your ward or branch. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Shelly
Absolutely. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He spoke to His prophets in the past to provide guidance and direction. Why on earth would He leave us alone to figure this world out on our own? Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Shelly
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the godhead, and the only member without a physical body. The Holy Ghost testifies of truth and provides guidance and protection. After baptism, a person can receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, meaning the Holy Ghost will be with you always - so long as you are worthy. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Shelly
Husband and wife should work together to solve all of the problems and meet all of the challenges faced by the family. Show more Show less