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Hi I'm Shelley

I grew up in California. I'm a mom to seven great kids and grandma to one. Family is everything to me. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being a mom is the most important thing to me. As a teenager, I read a quote, "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world." That phrase struck me with great power. Motherhood has immeasurable potential to influence a child's character as well as help in the development of integrity and morality in their lives. As a mom of seven children, I always knew my real career in life was to be a full-time mom. Even with a college degree in communications, and with the world questioning my choice to have a large family, I knew that bearing and raising my children was the Lord's plan for me. It hasn't always been easy, but I've loved it all--the diapers and sleepless nights, the toddlers who think they can do it all by themselves, and yes, even the teenagers who seem to know it all! Like the peace corp, for me, motherhood has been the "toughest job you'll ever love!" Our family is now starting on the next generation with the birth of our grandson. As a family, we love to play and work together. We like to hike, travel, play board games, and laugh. Living in a rural area, we raise a few boer goats, and we enjoy planting and harvesting a garden every year. Some weekends we have family movie night at home, and for fun, my two little ones like to set up a concessions stand and serve popcorn and treats. Recently I've started blogging and have learned to crochet. I love learning about my family history as well. We are busy, but not too busy, to enjoy life.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I BECAME a Mormon is due to the teachings of my parents. My parents were baptized two months before I was born. They had both grown up in the Methodist faith, but after being taught the principles of the gospel by missionaries, they realized that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held the answers they were looking for in life. They quit their coffee and cigarettes and fully immersed themselves in living the gospel and teaching it to their children. Why I have STAYED faithful as a Mormon my entire life is because I have learned for myself that all of Jesus Christ's teachings are fully found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Living those teaching is the only course to true happiness in life. What makes people really, truly happy? Is it money or wealth? Is it a career or prestige? I firmly believe that when all is said and done, what gives us true joy are our family relationships. And I am so thankful that I can lively happily with my family not only in this life, but through the sealing power of temple ordinances, I can live with my family forever. Who doesn't want that?

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ's life was all about serving others. As His follower, I have always wanted to serve as well. Have you ever heard the saying, "Whom the Lord calls, He qualifies?" As a member of the church, we have lots of opportunities to serve others, at church, in their homes, and sometimes, simply by being a friend. The service we perform is not paid service. Over the years, I have taught women during Sunday meetings, directed children's music, served as president of our young women's organization (girls, ages 12-18), gone camping with girls and hiking with boys, directed choirs, been a church public affairs representative, and regularly visited women in their homes. I can honestly say that when I was first asked to serve in these capacities, I was far from qualified. But I believe that the Lord made more of my talents and skills than I could have, and after time, what was at first challenging became easier, and I have found great joy as I've served.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We believe that we are saved in the kingdom of God after all we can do, or to put it in other words, in spite of all we can do. We know that our Savior requires us to perform good works, to be obedient to his teachings, and to constantly repent of our wrong-doings. He is so loving and so forgiving. But we will never be able to "work" our way into the presence of the Father and the Son. On our own, we will never be perfect enough, to gain eternal life. Yes, repentance and good works are required of us, but the awesome thing is that it is the grace, or goodness, of the Savior that makes it possible to live with Him and the Father. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Families are meant to be together, not just in this life, but forever. To harness these blessings, a family must be sealed in temples. During His life, Jesus Christ gave the sealing power to Peter. He told Peter that he whatsoever he would bind on earth would be bound in heaven (Matthew 16:19). After the death of the apostles, the sealing power, as well as the fulness of Christ's gospel, was lost to the world. But when the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored and brought back to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith, the sealing power was also restored to the earth. Any family who has lost loved ones knows the pain of separation, but by being sealed in a temple of God, that separation is only temporary. It is a great blessing to have a family sealed by the power of God. Our Father is so merciful and kind to give us this opportunity to live as a family not only here but hereafter. Show more Show less