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Hi I'm Shirley

I'm a true Arizonan, born and raised, and I am an avid ballroom dancer. I'm a Mormon! :)

About Me

I was homeschooled until I was about 11 and in 8th grade, when I entered a public school for the first time. I graduated third in my class from that same school, and I absolutely LOVE the education I received, the positive atmosphere, the uplifting and lifelong friends I made, and the teachers who actually care about me and who become like extended family to me. I enjoy cooking, ballroom dancing, singing, reading a good book, and playing with small children. I also am a huge fan of watching movies and listening to music, and if it's ever a choice between butter popcorn or kettle corn, I'll always go for the kettle corn. I have put aside my education at BYU-Idaho for 18 months to serve a mission in the Washington DC area, and I can't even express how life-changing my mission has been so far!! I am naturally a very happy and energetic person, and I just love being around people in general! I am so grateful for the Lord's tender mercies in my life, for words from a living prophet, for a family who loves me, and for friends who love me despite my oddities. :D

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members, have been their whole lives, so at first I was just a part of this religion because it was "expected" of me. It wasn't until I was about 13 when I started questioning WHY I was a member. I realized that I had gone my whole life living off of my parents' testimonies, and without that foundation for myself, I felt lost. I went through months of low self-esteem and hard times; I wasn't sure if God really heard my prayers, and I felt worthless. Then, at Girl's Camp the next year (when I was 14), a woman from my stake was giving a devotional about the worth of souls. She said that in the Creation, God created man in His image, and when he had done that, He saw that they were GOOD. Something about that hit me - literally. I felt like I couldn't breathe and my heart was beating SO fast. It felt like a bonfire had been lit in my soul, because on that chilly night in the mountains, I felt WARMTH, coming up from inside of me, as if it had been just waiting for an excuse and the right time to come out. I started crying as I realized the truth of the statement I had been saying and singing since preschool, "I am a child of God". I am a child of God! I am a daughter of a King, with infinite worth and divine potential to become a great person through following the church standards. My Heavenly Father loves me with an unconditional love, a love that is so perfect that I cannot ever fully comprehend it. I have such a strong testimony that He truly hears AND answers my prayers, and that when I go through trials in my life, I have only come to them because God knows I have the physical, mental, and spiritual strength to get through them - and not only get through them, but come out stronger because of them. Looking back on those long months of despair and hopelessness, I now know for myself that my older brother, Jesus Christ, suffered in Gethsemane for the pain I felt; He knows exactly how I feel and exactly how to help me. I am a child of God!!!

How I live my faith

I have served in multiple church callings over the young women in my ward since I was 12, and as a result, I have a deep love for all of the girls I am over. Through senior year, I served as one of two co-chairs over a stake youth council, which is comprised of 24 youth from our stake who help plan activities and set the example for following the church standards. I live my faith by standing as a witness of Christ at all times, and in all things, and in all places, and by doing my best to do a little better every single day.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Of course not! Did Jesus only help people who believed, people who loved him? No. We are representatives of Jesus Christ, and we try to do only things that He would do. Everyone on earth is God's child, which makes them our brothers and sisters, and we have a responsibility to be Christ's hands here on earth, and we believe that everyone deserves love and kindness. Show more Show less