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Hi I'm Shaylee

I love serving others, yummy recipes, the outdoors, and my family. I'm a newly-wed, an army wife, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a newly-wed to the most amazing husband. He fits every quality I've ever even dreamed of. Less than a month after we were engaged, he went off for training for the military. For two-and-a-half months, we could not see or talk to each other, just write. I was asked many times why we didn't just wait until he was through with training before getting engaged and why I was even waiting for him. My response was always, "He's worth the wait." Our reunion at his graduation was so sweet. I felt like he had brought life to me again. Sadly, he had to leave the next day for more training. This time, it was for 5 months. We could now call, but it was never enough. Having him gone everyday, especially while planning our wedding was very stressful and hard, but we both persevered and finally during a 4-day leave that he had, we married for time and all eternity in a temple of our Lord. We didn't get to live together the first month of our marriage because of training, but we did see each other for a few hours a day. Together, we love being outdoors, exercising, cooking, and doing things with our nieces and nephews. We look forward to having children of our own, but for now, we'll just spoil our nieces and nephews! In my alone time, I love scrapbooking, reading, writing, and music. I'm a music director in our current ward and love every single second of it.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was three years old, I was playing in my room and went to go tell my mom something. As I was exiting, I tripped and hit my head on the door jam. I began to scream and my parents rushed into my room. My mom held me in her arms and as she was looking over me to find bumps or bruises, I blacked out in her arms. The only damage she could see was a small scratch and bruise above my ear. But she knew that once I'd passed out, something was more serious. They drove me to the nearest hospital and from there I was life-flighted to a hospital in Salt Lake. While my parents were driving up there, they called my name into the nearest temple so that others could pray for me. During life-flight, my eyes were taped shut to avoid scratching my retinas. Yet, although my eyes were taped shut, I could tell you what the nurses on the helicopter looked like, because while I was on the helicopter, I also saw something amazing. I saw my brother, Jesus Christ. He told me that everything would be okay and that He loved me and would watch over me. When I arrived at the hospital, they did a CT scan and finally came to the conclusion that I had a subdural hematoma, which is where I was bleeding inside my head and causing pressure on my brain. I went into emergency surgery. After I came out, I was given a Priesthood Blessing. I was expected to be in ICU for close to 2 weeks and then move to recovery for another two. Just 72 hours after my surgery, I walked out of the hospital by myself. Usually with that serious of an injury, there is a series of complications such as trouble walking and communicating. Yet for the last 18 years, I have suffered none of that. That experience strengthens my testimony in the Priesthood, the power of prayer, and my Heavenly Father. Our Heavenly Father loves us and sent His only Begotten Son to me for comfort. I've read the Book of Mormon and it's true. Heavenly Father will NEVER abandon us. Pray, and He will help. I promise.

How I live my faith

I've had many callings in the Church, but my two favorite have been Nursery Leader (a teacher for children 18 months-3 years) and Ward Music Director (where I lead the congregation in hymns each Sunday), which is my current calling. I love music, but especially church music. It's so peaceful and calming. It gets me in my "spiritual mood" every Sunday. I love the scripture in D&C 25:15, which reads, "For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart: yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads." The messages in the hymns are so beautiful and I find myself reaffirmed each and every Sunday just by the beautiful music that the Holy Ghost presides there. I also love getting together with the Sisters of our ward and doing crafts, learning new recipes, and enjoying some good, clean "girl time." If it weren't for the loving women of the church who recognize when one's in need, I wouldn't have made it through many tough times in my life. But my all time favorite calling has been with the children. They have such a passion for learning and it's heart-warming to watch them point their little fingers at pictures in the hall and proudly say, "Jesus!" They're the purest souls and I hope to one day become as pure as a child.