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Hi I'm Shelby

I'm a Mormon. I love my family, my faith, my life!

About Me

I graduated from ASU West with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a focus in English. I taught at Washington High School for four years and loved my time teaching and learning from wonderfully unique students. While teaching, I earned my Master's degree in Educational Leadership. Though I loved school and teaching, I knew there was something more divine I wanted to pursue. After nearly five years of dating (two of which included letter writing while my then "friend" :) served his mission), my husband Matt and I were sealed (married) in the Los Angeles Temple. After what felt like a lifetime filled with worry and anxiety at the very real possibility of not being able to have children, we found out I was pregnant--with triplets! 8 1/2 months later, I gave birth to two amazing boys and one very beautiful baby girl. My children and my husband mean the world to me. I am so very thankful that I know that if we follow God's commandments we will indeed be together in eternity; I would have it no other way. I often feel that I could never express in words adequately how very thankful I am to my Heavenly Father, but I find peace in the knowledge that He knows me, He knows my heart, and so He must understand--though I cannot adequately explain--how fiercely I love my life and how thankful and humbled I am to have been blessed with so many wonderful friends and family members to help us enjoy our family.

Why I am a Mormon

There are so many reasons--innumerable reasons--why I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I will try to name just a few. It is easy in life to feel anxious or unsure about what lies ahead--especially with the upheaval of moral and ethical standards that has occurred in recent years, which is why it is such a comfort to know that you can turn to your God and know that he will lead and guide you in safety's path. So many times I have been able to stand or sit or kneel in prayer and plead with my Father in Heaven to help me feel the peace that is His and His son's. That source of peace is the only true peace that exists. As mentioned before, I love my family! I love my parents and my siblings, my nieces, and my nephews--and I love so very much my husband and children. I cannot imagine a Lord that would separate me from them after death. The knowledge that I can be with my family forever is a knowledge I could not happily exist without. I am thankful that this opportunity exists and often desire so sincerely for all people to know this, so that they too can work to be an eternal family. It is possible for all who are willing to accept the Gospel. For me, being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just makes sense. It is ever clear to me that this world and the intricate beauty and functionality of nature had to be created by an perfect, omnipotent God. Because I know that, I want to have a close relationship with my God in order to thank and praise Him for that all He has created. One of the greatest blessings found in the church, is the fact that we have living prophets and apostles here on earth that provide us with modern revelation from God. I love our current prophet Thomas S. Monson. I know that he is called of God, and I also know that he loves all mankind and desires so intensely for us to know and return to our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I think the greatest way I try to live my faith is in my example to my children. I want them to grow up and know their Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. I try to always shower them with love and affection and talk to them about and show them pictures of the Savior and the prophet. I love my husband and my family because I know that this will help them to know the importance of family. We pray with our children and read them scriptures even though they are not quite a year. I know that they will grow to love the scriptures and their Father in Heaven as they learn about them in their youth. I also have the opportunity to teach women at church about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I enjoy this opportunity mostly because I am the one who learns so much. I get to study about my lesson and then present it and hear the insight of the women who participate in the lesson. What I do in the church--as far as assignments are concerned--changes throughout time, but the fact that I am a member never does. For this reason, I try--despite being completely imperfect--to always be a latter day saint. I try to live the standards of the Church daily and hope that as I live others can see my belief in Jesus Christ.