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Hi I'm Shaylene

I am growing up (and still growing up) in AZ. My goal in life is to look for the good in all that it hands you. I'm a mormon. :)

About Me

From first glance, I can easily come off as very timid.. But once you get to know me, you'll see that I have plenty to say about who I am, what my goal in life is, and what I believe in. Many people are born into the church, and I don't doubt that that was for a reason. I am one of those people. I was baptized at age 8, the common age for most. From that moment on, the gospel has meant everything to me. I don't know where I would be if I didn't have it in my life, but I do know that it wouldn't be a good place. I live in a family that has been pulled many different ways, like many of you, and the church has been there for us through each and every trial. It has strengthened my testimony - especially on prayer. Growing up, I had a severe case of OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It impacted my life and everything I did, literally to the extreme. Not all of those things were impacted in a negative way, though. One of them was prayer. I prayed and still pray more than anyone I know. For everything. It's hard to explain, and hard to understand why this is so, but I'm not ashamed of it. I love to pray for those in need, the sick, family members, leaders of our church, friends, help on tests at school, for safety in all that I do, and SO much more. I know that the Lord is there and always will be. You can ask him for anything no matter where you are and he will hear you, and answer you.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that everyone deserves a second chance. Technically, that is what we're all given. Each and every one of us chose to come here to Earth, receive a body, tackle our own trials and tribulations, and learn from them. What matters is how we handle them. This is our second chance to get back to our Father in Heaven. I choose to be mormon because I know what is right and what will essentially keep me on the right path - to reach the ultimate goal, living with Him again.

How I live my faith

Apart from my daily high school life, there are many activities in the church to participate in. I am second counselor in my ward for a group of girls that are my age. The members in the presidency and I set up weekly activities, called mutual, where nonmembers and members alike can get together and learn about the gospel in fun ways. I live my faith every day, by standing up for who we are as mormons. In today's world it's easy to see that we can be looked down upon. This is usually because of "our restrictions", or in other words, "no dating until the age of 16", and "no smoking or drinking". Those are the two most common ones used against us, when really they could easily be argued as two of the most helpful. What other people see as "restrictions", we see as guidance. Those guidlines save us from so many of the pitfalls in life that others face as short and long term consquences. So next time someone tells you that you're missing out on so much fun, keep in mind that it's not so much fun for them in the end.