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Hi I'm Shanelle

I'm a student, writer, political junkie, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a university student studying the Middle East and Political Science. I love everything about learning in general but am most interested in reading, writing, politics, culture, and language. I have studied Spanish and am currently studying Arabic as part of my undergraduate degree. Reading is one of my very favorite things to do, but I also enjoy cooking, music, and political dramas! There are many career paths I am interested in, but regardless of which one I choose, one of my lifelong goals is to be a published author.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it brings me happiness and because the doctrine makes sense to me. The teachings of the Church have helped me make the biggest decisions I have faced in my life, and have also brought a sense of comfort that I was doing the right thing, even when it was difficult. They have given me a sense of purpose that I would not otherwise have.

How I live my faith

I served as a missionary in the Washington D.C. and Maryland area for 18 months. It was an incredible experience to share the ways the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has blessed me and my family, and also to learn from the examples of the many wonderful people that I met. More recently, I taught the group of four- and five-year-olds in my area on Sundays. I loved seeing how enthusiastic they were about what we taught them, and how much they understood, even at such a young age.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are just as diverse, strong, capable, educated, and empowered as women in society at large. Whether young, old, married, or single, Mormon women make important contributions to the Church and to their communities and are valued for what they have to offer. We believe that men and women are equal. They have unique roles in families, but they are meant to work together on an equal footing. This belief is not new. A good example of this is that women in Utah were some of the first in the nation to get the right to vote. Show more Show less