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Hi I'm Shelbie

I'm a full-time (older) student, single mother, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student (elementary education), a part time runner, and mother of four. Three of my kids are married and one has a beautiful baby girl. I love to work in my yard; planting new things and watching established plants and trees grow and change with the seasons is very fulfilling. I work at a junior high with special education students. I help them read, do math, stay on task and complete assignments. Like gardening it is a fulfilling job, though it can be frustrating at times. Still, I love the kids and enjoy being with them.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was born my parents had been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for a year. Throughout my life they took me to church and taught me at home about their new beliefs. Yet, as a teenager I stopped going to church. Even though I was not living the way my parents had taught me I always felt the love of my Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ. I could feel their love pulling me back to church and to them. I have been a faithful member since my "reconversion" and this has been a blessing and comfort to me through many hard times. I chose to stay a Mormon because I know my Savior, Jesus Christ, is the founder and leader of this church. I have a personal relationship with him and I want to be with him after this life.

How I live my faith

I pray everyday. I try to really listen to and talk with my Heavenly Father. I read scripture regularly which helps strengthen my relationship with my Heavenly Father and his Son. Through the scriptures I can know what they expect me to do and how much they love me. Worthy Mormons go to what we call our temple on a regular basis. Here we make covenants with our Heavenly Father that will help us return to live with him and Christ after this life. When I attend the temple I feel my Heavenly Father's love for me and his confidence in me. I know that he values and knows me as an individual.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

When I was growing up in California I got a lot of questions about how Mormons live. My friends and classmates thought that I couldn't dance, cut my hair, or wear pants, among other things. I found myself explaining our lifestyle choices very often. As I have gotten older I realize that living this way is a choice and brings me happiness. We are counseled to avoid alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea and other habit forming substances. We regard our bodies as gifts from our Heavenly Father and try to take care of them as such by what we put into them and by what we wear. Dressing modestly shows respect to ourselves and our God, as does avoiding tattoos and more than one set of earrings (for women). Show more Show less