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Hi I'm Shelby

I'm a wife. I'm a survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I got married in April 2014. My husband is a member but very inactive. I started playing the trumpet when I was in the 5th grade. I've even had the honor and opportunity to represent our country overseas with Indiana's Ambassadors of Music. Theater is my passion. I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since I was 9 years old. I've had a lot of loss in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad was totally against the Mormon church, an antimormon. He burned every book of Mormon he found. He never let us go to church. When he died, I was 9 years old. Finally I got to experence the church, and even at that age, I enjoyed it. I was baptized a few months later. My grandma and grandpa would take us to church every Sunday. It literally saved my life. I don't think I would be here today without the church. It has changed me in so many positive ways, that I cannot even begin to express. When my grandma died when I was 13, the church was there for us. It seemed like, at the time of despair, thats when they were closest to you. In 2011, my sister died. She and I were the closest any siblings could ever be. The entire youth came to her viewing. Shortly after her death, my mom died. I almost didn't make it through my junior year of high school. I struggled and am still struggling with depression, but the church has really helped with that. After my husband proposed to me, I got him to start taking the lessons from the missionaries. He was baptized in November 2013. After we got married, he stopped coming to church. It's hard to come to church by myself but I know if I do, my family and I will receive blessings.

How I live my faith

I go to church, I live by the Word of Wisdom, I lead by example.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Shelby
I remember learning about polygamy in seminary. The leaders in the early church wanted to live by the laws of the land, and the law was against polygamy. So, they decided to stop. Some of the members didn't like that and fell away from the church, creating their own little religion. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Shelby
Our church service is called sacrament meeting. It begins at 9:00 a.m. depending on where you are. We sing hymns, hear speakers, pray, and partake of the sacrament. Afterwards, there is Sunday school, separated into age groups. Primary for children 3-11 years old. Nursery for children 18 months-3years old. Young Women for girls 12-17 years old. Young men for boys 12-17 years old. Relief society for women 18 and older. Priesthood meetings 18 and older. You are always welcome in our church. We love to have visitors :) Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Shelby
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the first thing you should do is contact the missionaries that are in your area. You will go through a series of lessons about the Gospel and they will help you set up a date to be baptzed. After you are baptized, you will receive the gift of the companionship of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. Then there you go, you are a member! Show more Show less