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Hi I'm Shalyn

I love life, my husband Brandon, and ice cream. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Lehi, Utah (Lehi, like the “goodly parent” you can read about in the Book of Mormon), about 30 miles South of Salt Lake City. My parents were both raised in Utah—and actually met at a Church dance!—and I think it’s a great place to be. I love to play tennis, I love watching movies, I'm a great bowler, and unfortunately my favorite food is treats :) My husband and I recently graduated from Utah Valley University, and we just celebrated our first anniversary! I’d say things are going really well for us. I love my job. I work for mormonchannel.org, which is the media channel for the LDS Church. It's where you can watch all the Mormon Messages, and listen to interviews with Church leaders as well as members all over the world. Check it out. You'll be glad you did. A couple years ago, I served a full-time mission for the LDS Church in Cleveland Ohio. Along with teaching people who wanted to know more about Mormon beliefs and teachings, I got to give tours of a historic site in Kirtland where Joseph Smith lived and where many early saints who had recently joined the Church gathered. My experiences in Ohio mean the world to me; I'm grateful for the people I now know, and the things I learned about Joseph Smith. I know he was called to restore the gospel and teach us more about how we can follow Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

People may think I'm a Mormon because my parents were Mormon, and their parents were Mormon, and even (some of) their parents were Mormon...and while that indeed gave me very good reason and opportunity to attend church and read the Book of Mormon while I was young, my knowledge of and love for the restored gospel came more and more as I grew older from the combined experiences I had my whole life. I'm glad my parents taught me the things that they know (isn't that what parents are for?) and I'm glad I prayed about the things I learned and received answers that these things are true. I can't deny the feelings of peace, comfort, and love I feel when I'm obedient to God's commandments. I'm grateful for the stability that living the teachings of Jesus Christ brings to me and my family. I'm grateful for the things that I know about our purpose in life, and I love answering questions about my faith and sharing my beliefs. I'm grateful to know that God loves me and has a great plan of happiness for all of us!

How I live my faith

I love how technology is always changing the way we live our lives, and especially for me how I live my faith. When I'm inspired by something I watch or listen to, I have so many ways I can share it with others. I am surprised at how many times specific people will pop into my mind, and it's so easy to send them a message on Facebook, write an email, or text someone what has been uplifting for me that day. I think that God intends for us to use technology to share our faith and beliefs; I love to do it and I love when others do it! My husband and I currently teach a Sunday school class full of 9-year-olds, and it's amazing the things these kids know at such a young age. They know Jesus Christ is real, and that if they follow his example they will be happy. Sometimes I feel like there isn't too much more we can teach them. One of my favorite things about going to Church is hearing the songs the children learn together; the lyrics teach such simple truths about loving others, praying, and making good decisions. And doesn't everything just sound better when it comes from adorable children?