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Hi I'm Shelley

I'm a college student, Europe enthusiast, snickerdoodle connoisseur, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the midwestern United States, around lots of wheat (not really.) I love to sing and dance, and spent my adolescence performing in more musicals than I have fingers & toes. I was blessed to be born into a Latter-day Saint family and grew up attending church and its accompanying activities on a regular basis. Being in a Mormon congregation for the bulk of my life, not only was I blessed with the guidance and purpose that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings, but I was blessed with a support group outside of my nuclear family. Many adults and peers at church literally watched me grow up. Even though I'm now in college, I continually feel a lot of love from that congregation whenever I return home. I'm now studying who-knows-what, but find myself gravitating toward European History. I like to spend my free time by watching Netflix history documentaries and pretending I'm Betty Crocker.

Why I am a Mormon

More than anything, the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings HOPE. If you have ever watch the 5 o'clock news, you've seen how fleeting hope is in this world. It seems like every piece of good news is countered by ten stories of pain and sorrow and helplessness. I know so many bearing the weight of all the despair in this world. They don't know if it's worth continuing on. I wish I could climb to the top of a mountain and shout out to the world that it IS worth it to continue on. Our Heavenly Father loves and wants the best for each and every one of us; His son Jesus Christ understands our pains and sorrows after dying on the cross for us; and thanks to that great sacrifice, our sins and misdoings can be wiped away when we repent. Trials come. Sorrows come! Nobody can avoid being hurt and messing up in this world, but we can always get up the next day and try again. If that isn't a reason to smile, take the sunshine in, and heel-click once or twice, I don't know what is.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying daily to keep the promises I made when I was baptized at age eight. In The Book of Mormon, we read that to follow God, we should be "willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light...mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places." (Mosiah 18:8-9) Nobody is perfect (pointing fingers at myself,) but God loves His children so much; He wants nothing more than for us to love and uplift each other in any way we can. I also try to pray and study my scriptures daily, and am leaving to serve as a full-time missionary in Europe this year, (The Alpine German-speaking Mission, consisting primarily of Austria, southern Germany, and German-speaking Switzerland). Most importantly, I just try to look up and smile! If someone had a nickel for every time the scriptures tells us to "have joy" or "be of good cheer," they'd become pretty rich fairly quickly. God wants us to learn, grow - and be happy!