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Hi I'm Shellie

I'm a wife & mother. I've lived in the midwest all my life. I love to cook & create things that bring joy to others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My sister tells me that I am defined by my Midwestern roots, because I have strong family values, I’m honest, reliable and always willing to help anyone in need. I love my family and friends dearly. My life has been filled will many unexpected trials, but I have felt Heavenly Father’s hand in my life, during these trials through the love of people surrounding me. I have been married twice. Growing up in a divorced home was never something I wanted for my own family...but it happened. My first marriage lasted for 6 years and I had 2 wonderful children, who are now 20 and 22. I have been married to my second husband for 13 years, and we have added 3 more children to our family. They are now 13, 11 and 9 years old. Despite 3 of them living with ADD, and a few who have been diagnosed as Bipolar, I love my active family. They are the greatest joy in my life. I’ve always been an at-home mom, working a few part time jobs along the way, to help supplement our income. I like volunteering at my children's schools. I think it helps them become better students, knowing that I value education. It doesn’t hurt being on a first name basis with their teachers either. My talent and passion in life is to be creative, whether it’s cooking a new dish, drawing, making a craft, etc. A friend once asked, “does it make your heart sing?” and yes, creating things makes my heart sing, especially when I am creating something for someone I love.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church 22 years ago. I was 22 years old, newly married, and pregnant with my first child. I started meeting with the missionaries, and began learning more about the church. I felt the spirit so strongly during my discussions. I prayed to know if what I was learning was true. I received a strong confirmation that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. I was baptized shortly after. I have heard many people’s conversion stories, about how their hearts were changed, and how they came to know that this church is true. I’ve found that hearing another persons story, never seems to be as powerful to others listening. I believe that when Heavenly Father touches our hearts, it’s hard for us to find the appropriate words to describe our experience, because it’s just that “our” experience. Heavenly Father knows us so well, that he knows exactly what our individual hearts need to hear. When I think about being a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints I am overwhelmed with emotion. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that our church is guided by a prophet of God. That it is the same church that was here when Christ walked upon the earth. You may wonder how I can know these things, how I can be so certain. It isn't because someone told me I should believe these things. It’s because I got down on my knees and with a sincere heart, asked my Father in Heaven if this was the only true church on the face of the earth today. I promised Him that if He answered my prayer, telling me it was true, I would follow Him and do the things He asked of me. Everyday I am so very thankful for this knowledge. It is the precious gift that I hold very sacred to my heart.

How I live my faith

It can be challenging to live life staying close to Heavenly Father. There are many influences surrounding us, wanting to break that tie. As a family, we start our mornings with a family prayer and reading from the scriptures. Some mornings are hard. The children are tired or being goofy, but we carry on because I know our effort makes a difference. Helping others also makes me feel the love of the Savior. It makes me feel good to help my friends. There are times when I have to push myself, but I have never been disappointed by what I've had to sacrifice to help someone in need. Within the church, we all work together. We don’t have a paid ministry. Over the years, I’ve had many responsibilities within the church. These responsibilities have challenged me in many areas. I have felt Christ-like love as I have served those around me, and it’s a great feeling when I know that I'm doing my part. I have been called to work with older girls, young children and adults. I’ve planned events and taught gospel principles. There are times I’ve been hesitant about certain callings, but it’s usually those times when I’ve grown the most. A few years ago I was asked to work with toddlers in the nursery. Being social, I wasn’t sure I would like it, since I knew it meant being isolated in a room with them for 2 hours each Sunday. It has turned out to be one of my most precious callings. I’ve grown to love each of those children so dearly. I love how Heavenly Father touches our hearts when we’re willing to serve Him. Everyday I try to live so I can feel the Holy Ghost guiding me, as I strive to be a good wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. I want my home to have His presence and provide comfort to my family. I’m not perfect, but I'm trying to live a life where I can grow closer to Heavenly Father everyday.