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Hi I'm Shelley

I am a Registered Nurse. A single mom of two kids. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having two children and attending nursing school presented some challenges in my life. Being a nurse is a dream come true for me, and I am now able to support my small family. Nursing gives me a way to combine my compassion and knowledge, and get paid to do a job that I am good at and that I love going to everyday. I love to be outdoors, fishing, hiking, camping. I am very active and typically you will find me running in my beautiful city or working out at the local gym. Animals are a part of our family as well, and currently, we have a small dog, cat, chickens, and a pet snake. I am not very talented in the kitchen, but over the years I have learned to make a few dishes that people enjoy eating like homemade macaroni and cheese, roasted pork with rosemary, or baked salmon. When I have the time, I enjoy reading books of all sorts, the thicker the book, the more excited I become reading through the story. History fiction is becoming my favorite type of book to read, which combines true historical facts intertwined with an authors own creative story and characters to add more of a human side to the story. When I need a creative outlet, I make quilts for family and friends, or update our family scrapbooks.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I took the challenge of asking my Heavenly Father directly about which church had the truth. My answer came immediately at the young age of 15, and my heart felt like it was going to explode with love and light. I knew the Book of Mormon I held in my hands had the Savior's words, and I felt completely peaceful and surrounded by my heavenly creator, as if I was important enough to Him to have my answer wrap me in a blanket of His love. When I was baptized, I came out of the water with such an awesome feeling of cleansing and renewal I could not stop crying. When I was confirmed, the priesthood men put their hands on my head, and I felt the Holy Spirit rush through my body with a quiet electrical power, from the top of my head where their hands were resting down to my small fingertips. Since my answer came, it has taken me may years to of questioning and learning, to understand how to live in accordance of His will. The scriptures have all of the answers that the Lord would have us understand, and provides the key direction in returning home to live through the eternities with the Savior and our Heavenly Father. Many of my friends question my beliefs, which I truly appreciate because it gives me the opportunity to share not only what I believe, but offer a small piece of the love and power that was given to me when I received my answer.

How I live my faith

I live each day as it is a gift from the Lord and hope that I can do all I can to help others and express love to others. One of my favorite callings, is being a nurse to our young women at girls camp. The girls are ages 12-17, and each summer I spend a week volunteering to help them if they get sick, or injured. I have done this for 10 years. I am constantly overwhelmed by the beauty and spirit of these remarkable young ladies. They teach me so much with their examples of grace, virtue, and love, and I try to emulate them in my own life. They are strong, capable, fun loving teenagers that life their lives without tobacco or alcohol, and have committed themselves to live a life purity. Being a mormon also offers me a fun calling called Visiting Teaching. Each month, I have the opportunity to work with a partner and visit the women in our church group. We visit with them, offer words of comfort, teach a lesson, and offer service where we can. There are many times that families need meals when someone is ill or hospitalized, mothers needing impromptu child care, or women desiring more social contact in their lives. I have met some of the most amazing women while doing this calling. When I was pregnant with my second child, I was bed bound for six months because my pregnancy became high risk and my body would go into active labor if I stood up. My visiting teachers jumped into action and took care of my daughter during the day, and made sure that I had lunch and dinner each day during my confinement. They even made sure that my house was kept clean. These acts of service truly testified to me of our Savior's love and how we can express it to each other.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Shelley
The family is the very center of heaven. Families provide a safe place where we are accepted for who we are, and allowing us to be proud of our heritage. In our family, we learn not only how to care for ourself, but how to accept and love others. The family as a unit progresses into the eternal realm, just as we do as individuals. Parents teach their children the core of the Gospel, so each person has the ability to live with our Heavenly Father after they pass through their mortal experience, using their own free agency and choice. We love and honor God. Only through the Savior's loving atonement, do we have the grace sufficient to accomplish this ultimate goal. Show more Show less