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Hi I'm Shelly

I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior; that He lived and died so we all might live again.

About Me

I am a wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother. I enjoy healthy cooking and eating, exercise, reading, creative writing, gardening, theater, and listening to uplifting music. My husband and I enjoy dancing and travel. I served a mission in Argentina for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I keep busy with home projects, family, church, and our family-owned business.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I was exposed to many faiths and churches and taught basic values. When the Gospel was presented to me over a period of years through distant relatives, friends, and finally full-time missionaries who taught our family, I was touched by the Spirit of the Holy Ghost to know that I was being taught truth. I know that this Church follows the pattern that Christ established when he was upon the earth. God has not left us alone, but we have living prophets and continued inspiration (scripture) to guide us at this time and teach us the continued truths about the purposes for our earthly life and how we might obtain eternal life with our Savior and our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I was exposed to the church several times before I actually attended, studied, and made the decision to become a member through baptism. I remember the first time I attended church with my cousin I wanted to do whatever she did in order to fit in. As I grew in my own understanding about the gospel and the Church, I wanted to participate fully in order to serve the Lord and follow His teachings. I have taught in the women's and children's organizations of the church. For many years I taught Sunday School to various age groups. I have also taught teens and served as a music leader and a teacher trainer. I also served a full-time mission for the church in Argentina. Prior to applying for missionary service I was pondering how I could draw closer to my Savior Jesus Christ and how I could help others do the same. Through a series of events the Spirit of the Lord impressed upon me that I should go on a Church mission. The primary responsibility of our missionaries is to teach the gospel, but they also serve in leadership capacities, teach various skills, and provide community service hours. I strive to serve in whatever way I can, because I believe this is the way we help build the Lord's kingdom. It helps me develop greater faith, knowledge and talents and also gives me the opportunity to build friendships and help others. I also strive to live my faith by living modestly, loving my family, volunteering in the community, attending weekly church meetings and other activities, and by seeking God's guidance through daily scripture study and prayer.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Mormons believe that God's "plan of happiness" has been revealed. This plan teaches us our purpose for mortality and what happens after we leave this earthly existence. The "happiness" part of the plan is that we will be resurrected and have the opportunity to live with our Heavenly Father, Jesus and all of our loved ones again. As described in the scriptures (John 14:2, 1 Cor. 15:40-41) there are many mansions in the Lord's kingdom, and our inheritance will depend on how we have lived during our earthly life and our testimony of and obedience to the Lord's teachings. Mormons believe that the Lord is mindful of those who did not learn the gospel during earth life. After death their spirits go to a place of preparation prior to the resurrection, and there they will have an opportunity to be taught. We believe that husbands and wives and families may be united or sealed together forever. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a sure knowledge of belief that one gains through gospel study, living the commandments, and through the influence of the Holy Ghost. For example, Mormons may speak of having a testimony of the Church, the living prophet, the scriptures, or how a personal experience has helped them gain a better understanding of a gospel principle or helped them feel closer to the Lord. Our testimonies keep us on track to follow the Lord, not because we are coerced to live a certain way, but because we want to live the Lord's way. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

There is no secret. We believe that the in order to receive the instruction and blessings received in the temple that one must be prepared. You wouldn't send a student into a classroom far beyond his age or ability to understand. Members prepare for temple attendance by studying the gospel and living our faith, including physical principles such as our health code The Word of Wisdom and the payment of tithes and offerings, and being morally clean. We also believe that some of our most sacred ordinances, such as marriage for all eternity, are performed in the temple by those who are authorized to administer and pronounce sacred blessings. Temple attendance is not a casual affair to church members, and the blessings of the temple ordinances and worship are available to all who prepare themselves and are given authorization through a temple recommend. Recommends are given by the leader, branch president of bishop, of one's congregation during a worthiness interview.   Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a blessing to me 24/7. Our home and family life is centered around our church, our values, our belief in Jesus Christ and his plan for our lives. We begin and end our day with prayer, and we feel the guidance of the Lord throughout our day. I believe that living close to the Savior helps us in every aspect of our lives, weather we are raising our children, performing seemingly mundane labors such as washing the dishes or shopping for groceries, pondering and seeking answers to life's challenges, overcoming health or financial problems or dealing with the "mysteries of life" that sometimes challenge our faith. We are fortunate to have like-minded friends, and a joy in life even when things are difficult. Show more Show less