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Hi I'm Shelly.

I'm a grandma. I'm a school volunteer. I'm a runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a wife and a mother to four boys, I've spent many hours at sporting events and Scout functions. I was even a Scouting Trainer for a few years. I volunteered at schools and supported all the activities my sons were involved in - a typical Mom Cheerleader. Now I'm a Grandma Cheerleader! Since my sons are now grown, I volunteer at an inner-city school reading with second graders and assisting in the library. I am an avid reader and want to help others find that joy as well. My husband and I love to SCUBA dive and enjoy God's beautiful, colorful underwater creations. A couple of years ago I was encouraged to take up running. I'm not sure why I did it, I always hated running in P.E. But I took on the challenge as my "mid-life crisis" and about six months later ran a marathon as my first event! I've participated in several more races since then. The training is still hard, and it takes such discipline to get up before the sun to run, but I'm making new friends and love the feeling of accomplishment. I can do HARD THINGS!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and was taught about Jesus at home and at church. When I was 14 I was challenged to examine my beliefs. Was I a Mormon just because of family tradition or because I was "raised that way"? I was grateful for the teachings and examples of my parents, but I knew it was time to establish my own faith. So I began to seriously read and study the New Testament. I learned so much about Jesus - His life, His teachings, and especially His ultimate sacrifice to save us all - to save me. He died for all mankind, He died for me; he is my Savior! I read the Old Testament and learned about the Commandments of God and prophecies of the Savior. I read the Book of Mormon and learned even more about Christ's atonement, the infinite grace of His sacrifice and the joy of resurrection, His gift to all. I read, I studied, I prayed, I asked; I wanted to know. I felt the warmth and peace and love within my heart that told me He hears me and He loves me. I can feel the love of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ when I pray. As I've gone through life, I've learned that we can't "pray away" trials. Everyone will go through difficult times in life, but Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." I know that as I lay my burdens at His feet, He can lighten my load. He suffered so that He can comfort us when we suffer. He knows me and He understands me. He accomplished the hardest thing of all - the atonement, so that He can help us get through HARD THINGS.

How I live my faith

I love to go to church each Sunday to learn of Christ and see friends. But I know that following Jesus means being more than a "Sunday Christian." I try to be kind and serve others every day of the week. At church I work with our women's organization and one of our areas of emphasis is service. When our church partnered with an inner-city school to organize volunteers for reading with children, I thought it was a perfect fit for me. After all, I had many years of experience volunteering in my children's classrooms and I love little children! I had always felt satisfaction from helping at my sons' schools, but where I volunteer now I know I am REALLY needed. Some of the children are refugees new to the United States, and English isn't the language spoken at home. They need someone to listen to them read, help them learn - and to love them. Many come from a variety of war-torn countries, and have already survived HARD THINGS in their young lives. I hope that with my help reading won't be a HARD THING for them. I'm making lots of new young friends and at the end of the school year we all have a great feeling of accomplishment!