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Hi I'm Shalee

I'm going on a mission because I want to proclaim the unconditional love that Christ & God have for all. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love to do crafts and create new things. Cards are my favorite thing to make because they are simple ways to make people smile and feel loved. I love to cook all kinds of things like bread, desserts, and entrees - whatever. I'm not as good as my dad, yet, but one day! I like dancing, singing, and acting - though I'm not very good at any of them..... I love to listen to people and want to be a counselor one day. I want to be a friend to all and help them know that they are never alone. But, my all time favorite thing to do is teach the gospel and spread the love of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father as I serve the Lord in church and in my community.

Why I am a Mormon

Words cannot truly express why I am a Mormon, but I'll try my best. I love this gospel with all my heart and long to proclaim it to the world. I know that this Church is true because I have read the Book of Mormon and have prayed to know of it's truthfulness and I have lived the gospel and received the promised blessings. I haven't seen angels or a vision, but I received a witness that I already knew it was true. My testimony didn't come instantaneously. It came through small everyday occurrences with God. Through a prayer of thanks; an answered prayer for help; a friend in troubled times; simple words of comfort; feeling the Spirit of God burn within my soul as I learned the gospel; and through the prolonged process of faith, prayer, and fasting that led to a remission of my sins. I am a Mormon because I have lived the doctrine and come to know the love of my Savior and Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

There are many things that I do - such as teaching 18 month to 2 year old children every Sunday, teaching a gospel class for women every third Sunday, learning the gospel with my family during Monday night family time, and going to a Wednesday night scripture study class - that could count as living my faith. But that is only a tip of the iceberg. I live my religion every day. It's not just about teaching, learning, or worshiping on Sunday or during preset times. It's about a smile, a listening ear, a pat on the back, or an encouraging word. It's about loving all those you meet with the pure love of Christ and wanting them to come to know of the power of God unto salvation. It's about studying the scriptures every day so that I can come closer to God. Living my religion is not just about doing - it's about becoming.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Shalee
Becoming a member of this Church involves truly being willing to turn your life over to Him. To give away all your sins that you might take upon you your cross and follow your Maker. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Shalee
Baptism is a little like washing dishes. The dishes are people, the grime on the plates is sin, and the water is baptism. There are many, many churches that have baptism and in there own way, can remove some of the crusted sin that resides within people. However, we believe in this church that there has to be something more - the Priesthood. As in ancient times, the Priesthood is divine authority from God to act in His name. The priesthood is like the soap. No matter how clean the dishes look, they are never truly clean until they have been scrubbed by some kind of cleaning agent. In this church, we believe that true cleansing through baptism can come only through the proper Priesthood authority from God. We also believe that you must receive the Holy Ghost after baptism. Through a special ordinance given by one who has the Priesthood, we are given what is called the gift of the Holy Ghost - meaning that he can dwell with us always and guide us. In the dishes analogy, the Holy Ghost is like the hot, sanitizing water that provides a final cleansing and purification for the dish. The Holy Ghost helps directs us away from sin and leads us to repentance when we fall. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Shalee
Family is our God given support system where we learn how to live and where we grow. It's always best to hear counsel from those you love before you hear it from the world. Families teach you how to deal with other people - nice and otherwise. They also create a haven where you can learn to worship. This may happen because your parents teach how to worship, or it may be because they lead you to worship through their actions. The family unit is like a mini world inside the world where you can learn and practice all that you will encounter in the world at large. Show more Show less