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Hi I'm Shelley

I'm an artist, a retired single woman, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single sister with one daughter, who is my best friend in all the world! I love art, and have been an artist in some form or another my whole life. My interest has gravitated to oil portraits and so my focus has been in taking classes and learning new techniques for the past several years. I believe that people can do well with any talent they desire if they are in tune with the promptings of the Lord in how to increase their knowledge and skill, and if they try to use their talent to serve the Lord in some capacity. One of my favorite sayings is "If you have talent, that's God's gift to you. If you use your talent, that's your gift to God." And when we have a talent, it is our duty to not hide it under a bushel, but to share it and, if possible, teach others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church with a long pioneer heritage, however, I wasn't raised with the gospel in my home. My parents were not active in the Church, so it was a personal challenge for me to gain activity. I was blessed with a sister who was active, and even though she's older than I am (and I don't remember her living at home), she has always been my number one influence and example of gospel living. I was also blessed to have had several LDS friends on the street where I grew up who always invited me to Primary with them. I began to feel comfortable in the setting, loved the Primary songs, and my teachers showed love and care for me (I was painfully shy). My testimony was built in Primary and it has never waivered, but continued to grow strong throughout my life. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is here upon the earth and found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints. I've had many struggles, and several have caused me to make mistakes that changed the course of my life for a time, but my testimony never left me, and always brought me back to the only way I can find true happiness, peace and real joy. I believe in miracles, and know the Father has blessed me with many. I stand as a witness of this.

How I live my faith

I love to serve in the Lord's Church. In past years, I've worked in both the children's and youth organizations, on activity committees, and participated in talent shows. But my heart is in the women's group, the Relief Society. I have a strong testimony of the divine origin of it, as the goals to serve one another was established early in the Church under the instruction of Joseph Smith. I enjoy visiting other women in my ward, listening to their needs and helping where I can, because I know when I am in the service of my fellow beings, I am also in the service of my Heavenly Father. There is a new book out that is entitled "Daughters in My Kingdom" which I am anxious to read. It testifies that the purpose of this Relief Society is to increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and encourages us to seek out and help those in need. It is indeed an extraordinary work.