Hi I'm Shelby Mills
My name is Shelby Mills, a born and raised native Arizonian who is currently serving as a full-time sister missionary in the Washington, Spokane mission. All who know me could conclude that I'm a very unique and individual person. I stand at 6 feet 1 inch tall and am proud of every bit of it. I attended school at BYU-Idaho and am looking forward to getting my degree in marriage and family studies in the future. I love helping people; especially with the aid of the gospel at my side. I've been a photographer for the past 5 years and it's my absolute passion. On my free time you'd catch me hanging out with friends, going thrift shopping, and taking long drives out in the middle of no where to speak to my Father in Heaven and feel of His Spirit more clearly in my life. I'm quite the simple person; I long to be with people and be in places that lift my spirit. I'm a joy-seeker. Anything that allows me to deeply and truly feel raw emotion is what I'm all about. That's why the gospel of Jesus Christ is my greatest source of happiness! To feel of God's love and peace in my life everyday is the greatest blessing I could ask for. This gospel brings me so much joy! And I am so grateful that I get to share this joyful news with others.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is where I find my greatest purpose and joy in this life. I am a Mormon because I love our Savior Jesus Christ, and I know that this is His church that has been restored in these latter days. I am a Mormon because of the knowledge this gospel gives me. I am a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and that it was translated by the power of God through the prophet Joseph Smith. I am a Mormon because I believe in forever families and happiness for eternity. I am a Mormon because I've faced some hard, seemingly-dark days but was able to find profound peace as I communicated with my Father in Heaven and relied on my Savior's Atonement. I am a Mormon because the Spirit has testified to me that this church is true, and that it is lead by the Savior Himself. I am a Mormon because I believe in modern day prophets and apostles that communicate with God to give us counsel and direction in today's world. I am a Mormon simply because I love being a Mormon. Being a member of this church requires a great deal of endurance and responsibility, but every ounce of effort is worth it. I know with everything in me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father who knows me perfectly and hears and answers my prayers. I know that I have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who atoned for the sins of all mankind so that we might be able to become clean and live with God again. I love Him. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have read it time and time again and I prayed to know of it's truthfulness. Each time I feel the gentle influence of the Spirit confirming to me that it's indeed God's word. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ in a grove of trees and restored the Savior's church back to the earth. I love this gospel so very much, and because of the love and happiness it gives me is why I'm a Mormon.
How I live my faith
This brings me so much joy about the gospel! The Lord's teachings aren't something you just ponder, think, or learn about; it's something that you apply deeply into your life. It requires ACTION. Ways that I live my faith are: Having daily pray and scripture study, fulfilling my callings, being a missionary, treating all those around me as kindly and patiently as the Savior would, serving others, strengthening my talents, fulfilling my role as a daughter of God, and striving daily to be obedient to the Lord and His gospel. The beautiful thing is that I'm not perfect at any of these things but I am given the ability every single day to try and try again. It makes me grateful for all the responsibility that Heavenly Father places on our shoulders, because sometimes when it seems "too much" for us to handle, it is then that we are able to rely on our Savior and His atonement. The Lord's hand is in all things!