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Hi I'm Shelby

I'm a musician, I'm a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Southern California, and raised in Southern Utah. I have a TON of hobbies (soccer, competitive swimming, acting, singing, etc.) but my real passion is music. My ultimate goal in life is to learn to play every instrument that you can find in a band or orchestra. I have a special love for the string family, which contains my primary instrument: the string bass. After my mission I will resume my schooling at BYU as a music education major emphasizing in string teaching.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the LDS church my whole life. I don't even know any other way of living - but that's not why I'm Mormon. I'm a Mormon because this church is the real deal. Through study, prayer, and fasting I have come to my own personal knowledge of the truthfulness of this gospel. I can now say without any hesitation that the LDS church is true, the Book of Mormon is true, the prophet is real, and Christ is my Savior.

How I live my faith

I try to be very active in my church. I have served in many positions in the church from teacher, to music director, to group president, to hymn book collector. These were all wonderful callings, but I have recently taken on an even more important calling: missionary. I am currently serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Norway Oslo mission. Being a missionary has already strengthened my testimony of the gospel exponentially! I'm truly grateful for the opportunity I have to share something that I love so much and that makes me so happy with the wonderful people of Norway!

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Shelby
Many people view the Mormon church as a cult because they believe it is a "man-made" religion. They believe that Joseph Smith, of his own accord, decided to start this church for money, or power, or because he was plain crazy. This is not the case! Joseph Smith founded the LDS church through revelation from Jesus Christ. The church is not man-made, but divinely inspired! But even if you don't believe this, just talk to any member, or better yet, visit one of our meetings and you will see immediately that we are no cult! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Shelby
YES. We are, after all, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. We know that Christ is our Savior and that it is only through his Atonement that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father after this life. There are many people in the world who believe that Mormons worship Joseph Smith. They believe that he is the founder and the head of our church. I would like to assure you that this isn't true. Jesus Christ is the founder and the head of this church. It is Him who we worship and put our faith in. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Shelby
Study it, live it, and most importantly ask your Heavenly Father if it is true. I promise that He will give you an answer if you ask with a sincere heart. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Shelby
We certainly do! God has given us prophets to lead His church since the beginning of time. We read of prophets like Noah, Abraham, and Moses throughout the entire Bible. So why would God leave us hanging today? Why would he give His Biblical children the guidance of prophets on the Earth, but leave us alone to fend for ourselves? He doesn't of course! We have a prophet on the Earth today named Thomas S. Monson. He leads us and guides us through direct revelation from God, just as the prophets of old did. Show more Show less