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Hi I'm Shelby

I'm a runner and a designer. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I love being outside. I find joy taking walks, hiking up mountains, running on dirt trails, walking barefoot in the grass. I love watching the sky when it's cloudy, when the sun is setting, when there is a thunderstorm or when it's filled with stars. Experiencing nature is a rejuvenating experience. I am married to the love of my life and it is very fun. I currently study product design in college. I enjoy it more and more each day. I hope that through design I can make the world a better, more beautiful place in which to live.

Why I am a Mormon

I have attended the Mormon church with my family since I was an infant. Just before I turned eight, the age at which Mormon children can be baptized, I knew it was time to make a decision. Being the ever-logical child that I was, I considered my options very carefully. I thought about the lessons I had been taught at church and the messages which I had been taught by my parents. I knew that when I followed those teachings I was happy. I also knew that when I chose to ignore them I often felt confused and my conscience made me feel bad. I knew I felt good when I was at church. I ultimately decided to be baptized and got baptized on my 8th birthday. It was an extremely happy day. I have never regretted that choice. I continue to participate as a member of the church because I know today, even more than I knew then, that the church is true. When I read my scriptures or listen to the words of the modern prophets, I can feel the Holy Spirit reconfirm, through feelings of peace and joy, my earlier decision. When I follow the teachings of the gospel I continue to feel happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day by trying to become more like Jesus day by day. I study my scriptures every day. I write in my journal frequently. I pray to God many times a day. Through these activities, I learn what God would have me do and I am able to strengthen my personal relationship with Him. I also get the chance to teach the young women in my congregation. This is my favorite way to serve in the church. I learn as I study and prepare to teach, and then I learn even more as I share that learning with my class at church. The experiences and expressions of faith they share in class continually strengthen my own faith.