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Hi I'm Shelbey Christensen

"I like candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup!" And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Shelbey Christensen. I am the oldest of 4 children (1 sister and 2 brothers... in that order). I was born to faithful parents who love and care for each of us. They are always looking out for our best interests and they have become two of my best friends. I know I can turn to them when I need advice, a shoulder to cry on, or a good laugh. I am putting myself through college and I am currently enrolled at Southern Utah University. I am a very independant person and I enjoy the resposibility of living away from home. I am studying nursing with hopes to be a labor and delivery nurse in the future. I am a very determined person and I am always striving for perfection, even though I am usually far from it. I have many great friends that have helped me become the person I am today. If you are going to be my best friend, you better be willing to be stuck there for life :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and I have always sort of known it was true. Even though I have always been a member of the church, I was never fully converted until recently. I first started gaining a testimony when I was 12 and I went to Girls Camp. I had some very spiritual experiences there, but I still was never really converted. Close to the end of my senior year is when I started to actually take my religion and beliefs very seriously. I realized that I was going to be moving 300 miles away from home and it was up to me to be motivated to live the gospel. I also realized that all of my friends were going to be going on missions very soon. I wanted to be able to write them while they were gone and progress as much spirtually as they were. I wanted to be the best I could be so that I could worthily marry a RM for time and all eternity and not feel like I am lacking in spirituality. So I started cracking down. I started simple. First I tried to read just a few verses of the Book of Mormon every night. After that started to become a habit, I would read for lengths of time. Then I started to say my nightly/morning prayers every day. I would try to make them as meaningful as possible and I started to notice that my days were going so much better. I would be able to wake up in the morning and have the knowledge that the Lord was on my side and that I could conquer whatever I set my mind to that day. Everything in my life started to go as planned and sometimes even better. I was able to excel in my dancing, get housing taken care of for school, and just have the knowledge that I had someone to talk to all hours of the day about whatever I wanted. It was comforting. That is when I knew for a fact that what I was/am doing is what I am meant to do. I moved away from home feeling more confident than ever that I could do anything. That is why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon by choice and I am building a stronger foundation for my life every day.

How I live my faith

I have always been very involved in the church. Every since I turned 12, I have had some sort of calling. I bounced around from class presidency to class presidency, holding every position possible. When I turned 18 and graduated from high school, my friend and I were put in the nursery together. Being able to play with little kids all day and eat snacks was the highlight of our job. We loved it. I then moved away and am now a visiting teacher supervisor for my singles ward. Not only do I get to visit with the other ladies in my ward, I get to meet new friends too. Even if I don't have a calling, I am always serving others and finding a way to spread the love the Lord has for me with others around me. Service is the easiest way to make someone's day and spread the messages the church has to offer.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Shelbey Christensen
A family is where you learn to become you. In the family setting is where you first begin to form meaningful relationships and life long habbits. You are free to express yourself without the harsh judgement of the world. A family is where you can build lasting bonds and learn to love others. Being sealed to your family in the temple ensures that you can live with them through the eternities. It is so sweet to know that you can always have those close relationships with your family even after you have passed away. Families are important because this is where you gain your first experiences with life and where you know you can always be loved. I love my family and can not wait for the day when I can be sealed to a worthy man for time and all eternity. Together, my eternal companion and I can raise a family with the sure knowledge that we will never lose each other. My family is mine forever and we all can be reunited one day. Show more Show less