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Hi I'm Shelby

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of five beautiful children. Three are biological, two are adopted from Haiti. My husband is my favorite person in the world and my best friend. We grew up together and our parents were friends before we were even born! We became best friends around 9th grade and have been inseparable ever since. We didn't start dating until our senior year of high school but we stayed in touch through letters while he served a two year mission for our church to Korea. When he got home, he was still my best friend and the rest is history. We were married in 1998. We are both artists so naturally we love the arts. We also love the outdoors, hiking, camping, science, travel, reading, writing, religious studies, exploring new cultures, new experiences, and just doing things together. I have a very adventurous heart (more so than my husband) and love to satisfy that craving. I hope to jump out of a plane soon and, so help me, take my husband with me! My husband is a board member for a foundation that builds schools in Mali, West Africa. We love to be involved in the foundation and see the good that it does in the impoverished country of Mali. We love serving in the gospel of Jesus Christ and are so thankful for the blessings that it brings into our lives and the things that it teaches us. Our kids each have their own unique talents, strengths, likes, and dislikes. We love the many opportunities they give us to laugh and learn patience! We are so thankful for them and all they add to our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

This is a hard question for me. I was raised in the church. But I believe every member of the church will eventually come to a point in their lives when they must know of themselves whether this is the Lord's gospel. This happened to me when I was about 10-12 years old. In my young and innocent mind, I thought of the one question that I could ask God that would answer it all for me. I settled on the question, "Was Joseph Smith a true prophet of God?" Because if Joseph was inspired of God, then the work that would follow him would be as well. I prayed one night in the quiet of my room. I experienced the Spirit in the most beautiful and powerful way that I will never forget. It truly was a "burning of the bosom" as spoken of in the scriptures. My entire body felt on fire with the most warm and comforting peace. I felt as if the bed below me and the room around me had disappeared and it was just me and the Lord and the Spirit that enveloped me. It changed my life. It gave me a testimony that I have never been able to deny. I have had further experiences as I have doubted and then sought truth and answers. I believe my testimony will be forever growing and that salvation cannot be had in a moment, but as we learn and grow and strive to know more and more of God.

How I live my faith

I am far from perfect, but I love the Lord, and am grateful for His grace in my life, so I strive to live a life that will honor Him. I know I can never repay the debt, but I can try to live as he has taught. I love to be a part of opportunities that change lives and lift weary hearts. That is why I enjoy being a part of this gospel. I love being a part of the foundation we are involved in or any service opportunities that come our way. I seek to give time and talents to service in the church and to all those around me, especially those who are lacking in basic needs of food, clothing, love and education. The adoption of our kids from Haiti was one of our most sacred experiences wherein we felt the guiding hand of God through out the whole process. We felt very moved and inspired to adopt and consider it an opportunity for us to obey the voice of the Lord and to care for the fatherless. Raising children in this world can be difficult. I believe there is a very real and prevalent power that seeks to destroy all that is good. I strive to raise my children in such a way that they will desire to be honest, serviceable, kind, upstanding individuals that seek to better the world around them and live in such a way that those seeing them will seek to know the Lord.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Faith can be a hard thing for some. Especially those who are of a logical or scientific mind. But faith need not be placed without resulting evidence. There are mountains of evidences. They are just not always of the physical sort, though they can be. When we adopted our children there were so many roadblocks that made the adoption technically impossible. But we put our faith in God and in the answers to prayer that we had received. We watched in awe as governments bent to our will and laws were rewritten on our behalf. God is powerful. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

We are here to have life, and have it abundantly. Our bodies are a unbelievably amazing gift from God. And taking care of them will help us to have more joy and will keep us free from addictions that bind not only our bodies but also our spirits. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

God will speak to you! He does not speak as the world speaketh. Listen for Him. This alone has given me such a powerful testimony of His existence that all other proofs are just confirmations of what I know to be true. I think that the world is so fantastic and remarkable. As an artist and one who loves the sciences I am increasingly impressed with God and His greatness. Show more Show less