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Hi I'm Shanell

I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay at home mom to 4 ittle girls. I married my best friend in the temple in 2002, we have been married for 11 years now. I love my family! I enjoy crafting, making cards, playing games, playing volleyball, soccer, and spending time with Family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family, rich with Mormon heritage. I've been a mormon my entire life, and now am raising my family in the church. I can not deny that their is a God, it's evident in the world around us. (a verse from a primary song is as follows) "I feel my Savior's love in all the world around me, his spirit warms my soul in everything I see, he knows I will follow him, give all my life to him, I feel my Savior's love, the love he freely gives me." The mormon church and the gospel of Jesus Christ give meaning to life, give hope for a life after this, as well as an eternity with my family.

How I live my faith

I was just released as the Primary President in my ward. What an amazing opportunity to work with the children of the church. Children have such a sweet spirit with them, every Sunday when they sing Primary songs, or talk of their love for Jesus Christ, I feel the spirit so strongly and know how much our Savior loves us. The children have strengthened my testimony and my faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ, I know it is the only true church on the earth, the only church with the fulness of the gospel.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

"Visitors Welcome" is a sign that is on all of our churches, you don't have to be a member to attend our church services. Cities are divided into wards, groups based on where you live. Each ward meets at a different time, for a 3 hour block of church service. The first hour is Sacrament meeting, which consists of an opening & closing prayer, opening & closing songs (sometimes a rest hymn or a song by the ward choir), a few members of the ward, including the youth (12-18 years old) give talks on gospel principles. Before the talks we partake of the sacrament (the bread and water), which is blessed before the ward by members of the priest quorum, it is then passed to the congregation by members of the deacon & teacher's quorum. During the sacrament we are asked to take upon us the name of christ, to always remember him, and to keep his commandments. (We recommit each week to the promises that we made when we were baptized.) The second hour is Sunday School time (we meet in classes to be taught from the scriptures: Holy Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. We participate in discussions of the scriptures, and modern day revelations from our Prophet & Apostles. (The adults, youth, and children are separated into age specific classes.) The children all attend Primary during this hour and the third hour, where they are taught basic gospel principles, read from the scriptures, sing primary songs, and participate in activities provided by their teachers and the primary presidency. The third hour for youth and adults is separate, the youth (12-18 years) go to Young Men, and Young Women classes. The women adults in the ward attend Relief Society, and the men adults attend Elder's Quorum or High Priest group. All classes are taught from manuals provided to us from the Prophet and leaders of the church, the scriptures, and modern day revelation that can be found in The Ensign (a church magazine) Show more Show less