Hi I'm Shantelle
I am the second of eleven children, two of which were adopted from Africa. I was born in Utah and have since lived in Illinois, Indiana, and Idaho. I love different things about each of these places. Mostly, I just love people, nature, and music. I got married 9 months ago in the Nauvoo, Illinois Temple to my wonderful husband and now we are expecting our first little one in a few months. I love being a wife and I am so excited to be a mom! I love to write about my life adventures in my journal and on my blog. I love to laugh and find joy in life. I love to learn and to share what I learn with others. I love to cook and clean, make music and make crafts. I am blessed with a wonderful life!
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true! I know that the Book of Mormon is true. It is the most inspiring and uplifting book I've ever read. When I need comfort, hope, peace, happiness, or strength, I can always come to this book and find exactly what I need. Every time I get done reading the Book of Mormon, I want to do better and be better. I also know that Thomas S. Monson is our prophet today. I love hearing him speak at General Conference because I know that he was called of God to lead our church. I know that prayers are heard and answered, because mine are answered every day. I know that families can be together forever. I know that my Savior died for me and that he understands everything I go through. I know that if I live my life with virtue, I can return to live with my Heavenly Father someday!
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
Since getting married, I have learned that success and happiness in family life is based on service. When I serve my husband, I feel more love for him and we grow closer together. I gain the desire to serve when I read my scriptures, pray, go to church, and go to the temple. I know that my family can be successful if I will strive to do as my Savior would do and serve Him and my family every day.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
I look forward to reading the Book of Mormon everyday, because when I read it, I am FILLED with warmth, peace, happiness, strength, and hope. It has helped me know that God is mindful of me and has strengthened my testimony of His love for each one of us. I think my favorite part about the Book of Mormon is that every time I read it, I learn more. It is the best and most inspiring book I have ever read!
Could you talk about your baptism?
I was lucky enough to turn 8 on a Saturday, so I got to be baptized on my birthday. My dad was the bishop of our ward (congregation) at the time and so he interviewed me for my baptism. That was a really neat experience to meet with my dad before being baptized. Many members of my extended family came to share that special day with me. My great grandma was not able to come, so she sent me my own set of scriptures (Book of Mormon and Bible). I still have that set and I treasure them! I don't remember very much about my baptism day, but I do remember the feeling of being clean and pure when I was lifted out of the water. It was a feeling like none other! I knew that I was following Christ's example and I made a commitment that day to always follow Him. After being baptized, I was confirmed. My dad, Grandpa, and a few other men in our ward placed their hands on my head and blessed me with the gift of the Holy Ghost. I felt so warm and happy inside. We went outside to get pictures and there was a huge rainbow stretching all the way across the sky. It was beautiful and I knew that Heavenly Father was happy with the decision I made to be baptized. I have been baptized for over half my life now and I've NEVER regretted it! I make mistakes, but I always try to do what my Savior and Heavenly Father would want me to do. My baptism day was a very special day for me!
How I live my faith
I live my faith by surrounding myself with service. I have found opportunities to serve in my church, school, and community and I love it, because when I serve, I know I am doing what Christ would do if He were here. I feel Him with me when I try to share His love with those around me. Being a Mormon is more than just going to church on Sunday. It's living every day and every moment just like Christ would. I live my faith by doing what I should and that is what makes me a Mormon.