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Hi I'm Shelley,

Wife, Mother of three, well, four if you count my husband, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Homemaker, Cancer survivor and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into an inactive Mormon family in the small Central Utah town of Manti. My ancestors were pioneers that came across the plains with Brigham Young and settled in the Great Salt Lake Valley. So the Mormon Culture had a huge influence on our family. But when it came to the Mormon Faith, other than the fact that my parents, my sisters and I were baptized as young children none of us had much interest in being active. Our Sundays were typically spent hanging out at The Rez, fishing and boating with friends. Occasionally growing up I would attend events with my active friends but it wasn’t until I started dating my future husband that I began to take an interest in the Mormon Religion. Dating someone who was a fairly recent returned missionary, I finally had someone I could ask all the questions I had always wondered about my own religion and not worry about being made fun of for being ignorant. Well, not too much anyway. As our relationship turned into marriage and then parenthood, we together began to become more and more active in church and I slowly started to gain a better knowledge and understanding of not just the Mormon Culture but also the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the foundation of the Mormon Faith.

Why I am a Mormon

There have been many experiences over the years that have gradually strengthened my faith in the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but my recent experience with Cancer has probably had the biggest impact. While on vacation in Disneyworld, I started to develop a cough along with a small bump on my sternum. The cough quickly worsened and the bump got larger. I met with my family physician. The diagnosis came back as an aggressive form of Non-Hodgekin’s Lyphoma. After more test it was confirmed there were numerous tumors throughout my body, I was immediately checked into Emory and for the next eight months I underwent very aggressive chemotherapy. Losing my hair, dealing with nausea, developing a blot clot in my brain resulting in eight days in the Neurology ICU, having a PIC line in my chest, my husband giving me shots in the belly twice a day, having a severe migraine for twenty-five days, spending six days in the hospital every twenty-one days for eight months and taking 20+ pills a day wasn’t fun. But over the course of that period I had hundreds of strangers across the country not only praying and fasting for me, but providing my family with meals, cleaning my home, pulling weeds in my yard and visiting me in the hospital. It was very humbling to feel the love of all these people, but even more humbling was to feel the love of our Heavenly Father and having the faith that everything would be ok. Many of the nurses would comment on what a great attitude I had as I was undergoing this difficult time. But because I truly believed that God had a plan for me and that plan included raising my children, I knew that I would get through it. This is why I am a Mormon…God has a plan for all of us and as we live our lives and try to draw closer to him through the service and love we give others, we can feel the love he has for us. We are all children of a loving Heavenly Father and in our most difficult times he is always there waiting for us to reach out to him.

How I live my faith

The scriptures teach us that …”when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God”. Mosiah 2:17. The greatest joys of our lives come from serving others. As a mother of three, a wife, a sister, a daughter, the “best” aunt ever, a dance mom, a cheer mom, a gymnastics mom, the lady in the pick-up line at my son’s pre-school and as an active member of the church there are opportunities every day for me to serve others. This is how I live my faith and show my love and gratitude to our Heavenly Father.