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Hi I'm Shelby

I am from Twin Falls, Idaho. I love sports. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am going to school to by a physical therapist assistant. My hobbies include going to the gym, running, sports, swimming, camping, boating, hiking, anything outdoors. I also enjoy reading, singing and spending time with friends and family. The past two summers I have worked as a firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management. It is a very difficult job, but I have learned a lot about myself and have tested my limits! I am the third oldest of nine children altogether. Besides my uncle on my mom's side of the family, I am the only member of the church. I love helping people in any way I can.

Why I am a Mormon

Throughout my childhood, my family went to a christian church in my home town for many years. When my mom and step dad got divorced my mom went to working full time and going to school as well. When this happened we stopped going to church. I had been feeling for a while that something was missing in my life, like there was a hole. I started investigating other churches with friends, but nothing ever felt right to me. Then one summer day when I was 14, after play practice, I walked up to my friend Diedre and asked her if she was going on a mission. I had kind of grown up around the church a little bit, since my mom's brother had been a member since he was 19 and married in the temple. Whenever I'd go visit I would go to church with him, so it wasn't completely foreign to me. When I asked Diedre that question, she laughed a little and told me she didn't think she would go, but she didn't need to. Then she invited me to church with her and her family. When I went the next Sunday I immediately felt peace and comfort. It was amazing. Later my mom asked me to stop going, but when I was 17 I sat down with my mom and told her I needed to find out for myself and asked her for permission to go to church and take the discussions. She gave me permission, but told me I couldn't get baptized until I was 18 if I wanted to. After the first discussion, the missionaries gave me some scriptures to study and as I was reading them, i got frustrated because I didn't really understand them. I closed the Book of Mormon and got on my knees and prayed asking to be able to understand and know what I was reading. When I got up and read the verses again, I understood them completely. That's when I knew I was going to be baptized. We tried setting a date for December 8, 2007, still 6 months until I turned 18. We fasted and prayed for my parents to give their permission. My dad did, but not my mom. So I waited 6 months and 2 days after my 18th birthday I was baptized! I love this gospel!!

How I live my faith

I am very active in the Church. The callings which I hold include visiting teaching, where my companion and I visit with some girls from the ward just to make sure they are doing well and share a message with them. I am a visiting teaching coordinator, meaning I make sure girls are getting visited by their visiting teachers. I also hold the position of President of the Latter-day Saint Student Association, which is a club at my college through the institute. We help other clubs out with their functions, as well as announce the importance of institute and try to get people to attend to learn more about the scriptures. I am participating in my ward choir as well. I am trying more to reach out to people in need and I am also working on being a better missionary here at home.