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Hi I'm Shalese

I'm a lefty. I'm a choreographer. I'm a missionary. I'm a dreamer and believer. I'm an adventurer. I'm a chocoholic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born an avid reader, I think I've spent most of my life with a book in my hand. Though that has not deterred me from spending the other half of my life on the dance floor. For over 15 years I have been dancing in my community. I even taught dance for three years in high school. Recently, I obtained a degree in Human Development from Brigham Young University. I am now serving a mission for the Church in the Philippines Bacolod Mission, Hiligaynon speaking. I love working with my hands. I like to try and figure out songs on the guitar, baking, sewing, and I LOVE oil painting. Crafting is one of my major hobbies as well. Some of my favorite things in life are the rain, crunching fall leaves beneath my feet, turning on the radio just as my favorite song is coming on, getting phone calls from my nieces and nephews, the smell of a Christmas tree, watching Disney movies with my family, eating more chocolate than I should, having long phone conversations with my mom, and laughing so hard your stomach feels like you've been doing crunches all day. My whole life, I have striven to accomplish everything that I possible could. Now I am trying to focus on enjoying the little things.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into the Gospel, I know that I chose to be a member of Heavenly Father's true church in the preexistence. The Church has guided and shaped my life in a way that I would never dream possible. If I didn't have the Gospel or a knowledge of the Plan of Salvation and the Atonement, I probably would not be here today. Knowing that I am a daughter of God, and that he loves me, I have been able to overcome my hardships and depression and found a way to be happy. Life is hard. It is supposed to be. But through Christ, I have been able to hold on and trust in the Lord that everything will turn out fantastic. We will all get our happily-ever-afters if we let the Lord guide us there. One of my favorite aspects of the Church, and many people agree with me, is the ability to be sealed for time and all eternity to my family. There is no such thing as "till death do we part" as long as we follow His plan. I love my family, and to think of an eternity where I would not be able to be with my loved ones would just kill me inside. That is the beauty of this Gospel. We have a purpose. We have a chance to prove ourselves and progress. We have a chance to be happy with our families FOREVER! How amazing is that?! My testimony means everything to me. I would not be the person I am today without my testimony. I love this Church so much. It has given me life, it has given me freedom, and best of all, it has given me an eternal family. I know that this Church is true.

How I live my faith

My faith is extremely important to me. It is the basis of who I am. That is why I have chosen to serve the Lord on a full-time mission in Bacolod Philippines. This decision has not been an easy one. In fact, it has been 2 years in the making. And even though it is at a time in my life where it is not the most convenient, I know that it is the right choice and that Heavenly Father has been waiting for me to sacrifice things in my life so that I might help bring his children back to him. I am incredibly excited to begin this new journey in my life and I know that Heavenly Father will be watching over me and my family as I endeavor to spread the gospel.