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Hi I'm Shelby

I grew up in North Carolina. I'm studying Arabic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a connoisseur of fast food restaurants and, even though I'm a junior in college, I confess I had to Google the spelling of the word 'connoisseur'. I'm studying International Relations with an emphasis in the Middle East, and I love to travel. Someday, I'd like to get a job doing something to fight sex trafficking, but that's about as far ahead as I've planned. I LOVE Arabic and all sorts of music. I play the piano (though I'm not nearly as talented as I think I am), and when I'm having a bad day, there is nothing better than a package of cookie dough and a Jane Austen movie.

Why I am a Mormon

While I'd like to say that I had some great revelation or I was visited by an angel, the truth is much less flashy. I don't know everything, the ins and outs of the Gospel in the most minute detail, but what I do know is this: Jesus Christ lives. I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves me because when I've cried in the middle of the night, feeling only darkness and seeing no possibility of comfort, I have prayed to my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. When I have prayed, there has come a gentle peace, a stillness, and a clarity that could never have come from an earthly source. I love the Book of Mormon. Reading it seems to facilitate revelation with me; when there's a question I need answered, regardless of the subject, reading the Book of Mormon helps me find the answer. I don't know everything. But I know that when I've prayed, I've recieved peace and clarity. When I read the Book of Mormon and pray often , I am happier. I have better judgement, and I am kinder. These are changes that I can only attribute to the Spirit's presense. Life is hardly easy, but knowing that God loves me and will only give me trials I can handle helps to soften the blows life deals and makes me want to become everything that I can be.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in the seemingly tiny decisions I make everyday- in whether to respond harshly to unjust criticism; whether to watch my mom struggle with all of her responsibilities or step in and help; whether to spend my day on facebook or use this precious time in someting greater. My faith is also a strong impetus behind my desire to spend my career fighting injustice. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ has never been easy, but it's like exercise- it shapes me and turns me into a strong disciple of Christ and helps me reach my potential. Living the gospel isn't easy, but it makes me happy, so it's definitely worth it.