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Hi I'm Shelby

I'm grew up in the Midwest. I'm a college student far from home. I have a passion for video games. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at Brigham Young University and I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I'm far from home and I miss my family, and even my huge, fluffy white cat. But being on my own hasn't been a hard adjustment. And my friends are amazing. But I mostly handle my situation well because I know that whatever trials are thrown in my way are for me to grow and learn. Heavenly Father will always be there to help me through my struggles. I may not know what I want to do with my future, but my faith will always be constant.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church like many others, but that did not make me automatically believe the teachings. I'm a Mormon because I feel in my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints is the true church. Everything that is taught makes sense. There are no contradictions and no confusion. The Book of Mormon clarifies; it doesn't replace the Bible. Both are the word or God. Why am I a Mormon? I am because the truth is hard to avoid, and you can tell and feel when something is true and right. All you have to do is pray and ask Heavenly Father to receive confirmation for yourself.

How I live my faith

Every morning before school, I attend seminary, where I learn about the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I go, not because it is expected of me, but because I genuinely love learning about the scriptures. The lack of sleep and early mornings are completely worth it in my eyes. I also attend mutual, or youth group, each week to spend time with those my age who share my values. We do everything from playing volleyball to serving the elderly. Sometimes we break into our class groups and plan more specific activities like how we can help the younger girls. On Sundays I also learn in classes, but one day a week isn't enough to learn about the scriptures. So that is why I supplement my week with other activities where I am able to absorb the beauty of the gospel.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

I find it simpler to explain wards and stakes in terms of cities and counties. In a sense, a ward is like a city, you generally know the people more personally, you spend time with them more than you would others. And a stake is a collection of wards, just like a county is a group of cities and towns. There are many stake activities within the church, so you grow just as close to them, but you aren't regularly spending time with them within the scheduled church meetings. Branches are similar to very small, or not fully developed wards. The purpose of the different levels are to make giving instruction easier. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is all over the world but the stakes do not run on their own like other churches do. The same material is taught regardless of which building you attend, even if that building is in a different country. Each bishop, or leader of a ward, looks to the stake president who then looks to his counselor, where the path of people will eventually lead to the prophet, who seeks guidance from Heavenly Father. This is arranged the way it is so that the members of the church will not only hear the opinions of their bishop, but also receive the consul and warnings of the prophet. Show more Show less