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Hi I'm Shelley

I'm an educator. I'm a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was in college, I wanted a big-time legal career in Washington, D.C. A husband and two kids later, I have chosen to be a full-time mom instead. I still remain politically active, but my first love is my family. I'm so happy for the decision I made. My "career change" has made all the difference in my life. I have discovered a new love of teaching, and currently teach preschool part-time in my home. I am very passionate about education, and believe that no mind is too young, or too old for that matter, to learn. When I'm not teaching or playing with my kids, you will almost always find me with my nose in a book.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon home, so some might say I'm just following the traditions of my parents. But to me it's more than that. As an adult, I've had to make my own choices about religion, especially now that I'm teaching my own children. I am a Mormon because I know for myself that this is Christ's church, and that its teachings bring happiness. Of course I love the Church's focus on families, on clean living, and self-sufficiency. But I find great hope and peace in its message of optimism. "Fear not," we tell the world. Because of Christ and His atonement, we know that if we turn to Him and keep His commandments, we need not fear. In a world of political, economic, social, and moral chaos, this is a great message!

How I live my faith

I teach the adult Sunday School class every week for our congregation. This has been a great blessing in my life as I have immersed myself in the scriptures to prepare for each week's lesson. Many people claim to believe in the Bible, but have never actually read it. I'm happy to say that I not only believe in it, but I've read it for myself, and taught from it to others. I know there is great power in the words of God. I also teach the gospel at home to my children. This I feel to be my greatest responsibility. We read from the scriptures together as a family each night. We pray together. One night a week, we gather together for a special event called "Family Home Evening," where we share our talents, discuss family goals, and instruct one another on the things we know Christ would have us do. My marriage is perhaps where I see the gospel make the most difference. My husband and I are not married until "death do us part," but forever. We have turned our marriage over to God. This perspective changes how we treat one another, approach disagreements, and support one another in our roles as homemaker and provider. Does this mean we never have problems? NO! But we continually turn to the Lord for guidance and help, and put each other first, before anything, or anyone else.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Shelley
"We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly..." Of course we regard the Bible as Holy Scripture. In it we learn about the ancient patriarchs, like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the promises God made to them. We learn about the creation of the world and the role of prophets. We learn about commandments and the things God expects from His children. But most importantly, we learn about the life of Jesus Christ as He lived on the Earth. All of these things are important to our theology and our faith. It is no secret that the Bible has translation flaws. Just look at the many translations that exist today in an effort to provide clarity and understanding for many seeking to know God's word and do His will. The Bible is a narrative passed down over generations, through many hands. It is an imperfect record. We believe that as these sacred texts were passed down, teachings were lost. Through translation efforts of many dedicated scholars and clergy, things were changed - some inadvertently, some to conform to the particular clergy or scholar's personal beliefs. This does not discount the entire book, however. There is still much truth to be found in its pages, and a person can definitely come closer to God by reading from it and applying its teachings. We as Mormons find great clarity and comfort in additional revelations that have come to modern prophets. We believe that the heavens are not closed, and that God still speaks to His children. As a result, we are not confused by the many contradicting messages the Bible seems to have. We invite anyone interested to read from modern scripture to gain clarity and insight into the Bible. The Book of Mormon, an ancient record translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith, proves the Bible to be TRUE, erases confusion, and allows us to understand God's commandments much more easily. Show more Show less