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Hi I'm Shelley Piiparinen

I am a part-time art teacher and a full-time mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Life is an adventure. I am married to a man who adores me. We have five children that we adore together. Every day is a new adventure as we go out in the world to school, work and play. Although I graduated from college with a teaching certificate in Art Education, I find that being a full-time mom brings the greatest joy in my life. It is a lot of work to keep up with a family that is busy and curious. My husband teaches fourth grade and has taught our family to ask questions and search for answers. We love to go places together and see the sites, not just far away places but those places nearby. People don't always take advantage of the events in their own backyard, but we have learned to do just that. We have loved the adventures of skiing, sledding, tubing, and hiking all within 5 miles of our home.  We also enjoy the community activities that provide education, exercise and entertainment. It is a full time job to keep up with all the activities of seven people. Some days our schedules keep us going in and out the front door like the revolving doors of a fun house. It often makes my head spin trying to remember where to be. But being together and supporting one another in special events brings us closer together as a family. When the end of the day comes, we are always glad to gather our family together and finish the day with scripture reading and prayer. No matter what the adventure is, it is always nice to come home.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many religions in this world and children tend to follow the religion of their parents. As I left high school, I sometimes wondered why I followed in my parents footsteps and remained a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At college, I saw many friends veer away from the values and teachings of their parents. But I stuck with them. They were my strength and comfort. The more I questioned the more I saw truth in the values I had been taught. I wondered if the feelings of peace and warmth that I had felt growing up were really from the Holy Ghost or just my desires to feel good. But as I lived the teachings and watched others rebel against the values, the more I learned the truth taught by our prophets of old as well as latter-day prophets and how relevant it is to our happiness now. In the New Testament, the seventh chapter of John verse 17 we are reminded, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." I can not deny the feelings of peace that come from living God's commandments. I am a Mormon because I know that the doctrines of Jesus Christ are taught to the members of the church. If we live the doctrine we will feel the peace and know our Savior better. We will someday be able to return to Our loving Heavenly Father and find peace in knowing we lived as he wanted us to. And now that I am older, I find great joy in watching my own children continue to live the same religion and come to know the peace of living the gospel taught by our Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is not something we can hide. It becomes a part of who we are and how we live every day. At this time of my life, I have four teen-agers and young adults. They are eager to display their independence. I also work with the youth at church. Sometimes I substitute teach at the high school. Every day I see a lot of what our youth have to deal with. They have tough decisions to make about studying, sports, relationships, and everyday actions. There are voices calling them from pornographic visuals, musical lyrics laden with sexual connotations, harsh and degrading language from peers and adults, and video games with more bloodshed than some soldiers see. Yet I have seen the youth in the church laughing, dressing modestly, enjoying fun boy-girl relationships without the intimacy and crudeness of the world. After a summer filled with family outings and church excursions, my fourteen-year old son reported that his favorite activity was a week long social event with other Mormon youth. Not only had they played games, eaten together and danced, but they had studied the scriptures daily and had religious speakers for the better part of the days. Our Mormon religion gives our youth something to stand for. It teaches values that will help our youth navigate through the tough crowded waters that often seem to drown them in discouragement. When we keep God's commandments we find joy, when we succumb to the ways of the world, we find misery. The messages we teach in Sunday lessons and weekly activities strengthen our youth against the voices that degrade and destroy. And best of all they help me too. They remind me of the good in the world as I watch our youth learn and apply gospel principles. It gives me greater courage to be a voice for good in the community as well. We need positive people who can look with optimism and hope for the future. Life is definitely hard but there can be joy in the journey when we follow God's commandments.