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Hi I'm Shelley

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, and college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my best friend and sweetheart for 23 years. We have three children. My son and his wife live in California with our youngest granddaughter and is a full-time student studying engineering, our oldest daughter and her husband live in Utah with our oldest granddaughter and is a student at BYU, and our youngest daughter is a student at BYU-I and is about to leave for her mission to Korea. I am a college student studying Psychology and Applied Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Community Health and Development. I plan to work in Emergency Management after graduation from KU in May 2014. I love reading, singing, playing the piano, genealogical research, scrapbooking, and yes, I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because God answers prayers. I have been a member of the church all of my life, but there came a time I had to know for myself if the doctrine of the church was true. Through the simple acts of reading the Book of Mormon and earnest and sincere prayer, I felt the peace that can only come from the power of the Holy Ghost testifying to me that the Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture. This is when I knew for myself that I am daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me, the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith is the prophet of the Restoration, I can have my family forever, and there are prophets still here upon the earth to give me guidance and direction. Being a Mormon gives me purpose, direction, and hope in my life.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is something that I am everyday. I live my faith by saying prayers, reading scriptures, participating in church and community service, attending the Temple, spending time with my family, staying away from alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, keeping my language clean, dressing modestly, being honest with myself and others, and sharing what I believe.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women? Well, that depends on what you mean by equality. If you are asking if men and women are equally important to the family unit, then the answer is yes. “…neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man” (1 Corinthians 11:11). In the relationship of husband and wife, they walk side by side with the same goals in mind for their family. If you are asking if they are equal in their roles within the family, the answer is no. The role of men within the family is to provide, preside, and protect. The role of women within the family is to bare and nurture children. Each of these roles is equally important. That being said, it does not mean that fathers do not help in the nurturing and raising of their children or in doing household chores. It also does not mean that men dominate over their wife. Nor does it mean in times of necessity that mothers do not help provide for the family. Husband and wife work equally together in caring for their family. If you are asking if men and women are equally important in church, then the answer is yes. If you are asking if they are equal in their callings within the church, the answer is yes and no. Yes, in that women hold callings (jobs) within the church which are significant and important to the running of the church. No, in that women do not hold the priesthood. Do I find this oppressive as a woman? No. Priesthood authority has been given by the Lord to his sons to assist them in presiding over and blessing their families. That holy calling, if done in accordance to the bounds which the Lord has set, assists women in fulfilling her calling as a woman. Women in the church hold callings of importance as well as men do, but the responsibilities are different. Again, this does not mean that men “rule” over woman, they preside over the church. If they preside in righteousness, all are edified and all are blessed. I am grateful to my Father in Heaven for my role of being a wife, mother, and woman in the church. I am grateful for a husband that honors and supports my role and responsibilities within the family and church. I am and have been greatly blessed and know that my influence in my family and church callings are equally important to the building of the Lord’s kingdom. Show more Show less