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Hi I'm Sister Jones or Shelby

I love to play music, and I work with troubled teens. I'm currently preparing to be a full-time missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Everyday, I wake up in the mornings ready to spend my day with troubled teens. One facility that I work for is for teenage girls who struggle with sexual crimes. The other is for autistic boys. I LOVE my line of work, and I hope to do it for the rest of my life. There is nothing more rewarding than going to bed knowing that I made a difference for someone else. I literally get paid to make this world a better place. I grew up in the Protestant church, and I have always considered myself a Christian. After a few months of falling away, I started to reconsider my current religious beliefs wondering if God was really real at all. One morning after finally hitting rock bottom, I prayed asking God to show me what was truth, and to help me change my heart and actions. Days later, I met a couple, and just a few days later, I met with the missionaries for the first time. I prayed and sought, and quickly found that the Book of Mormon is true. Just one month after this encounter, I was baptized and am now a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Currently, I am preparing to serve a full-time mission for the church. While not required, I am CRAZY excited to pass along the truths that I have come to know. There is NOTHING better or greater than this awesome gospel. I will be serving in the Arizona Tucson Mission, and I already love the people there more than I have words for.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of the church, because I saw all the truth of the Book of Mormon. Growing up, I have always had the bible as a core part of my life. Sitting down to read the Book of Mormon, I was able to qucikly see that the first book in the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi, matches perfectly with the book in the Old Testament, 2 Kings. Reading the two side by side, I saw the validity and importance behind the true gospel of Jesus Christ. From that day, I rid myself of all hinderances and started moving towards actively living a life honoring to Heavenly Father. I had so many misconceptions, and I am thankful that I was able to see the REAL truth. I KNOW that this gospel is true, because I have experienced it. And if this gospel is true and right, then Joseph Smith had to have been a prophet. And if Joseph Smith was a prophet, than the church we have today MUST be the true and right church. I can tesitfy that I know each of these things to be true. Joseph Smith was truly a prophet, this gospel is the true gospel, the church is really the one, true church, and the prophets are truly God-ordained beings who are sent to help lead and guide us. I know these things to be true due to my experience with the church. Because I know these things to be true, I do everything that I can to live a life that honors and serves Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I try to live my daily life like there is a reason to be living it. And there is! So many times, I've had people comment on the "vibe" that I give off which I know is the Spirit. Loving those around me shows them who Christ is. Christ loves ALL of us no matter who we are, where we have been, or where we are going. I try to always show others' this through my actions. I also get the honor of coordinating with the Sister missionaries in my ward (church group), and going to appointments with them. I get to meet people who are curious about the church and who have questions they want answered or who are members that aren't as active in the church as they used to be This is such a joy because it means that I don't just get to strengthen the faith of the people who don't have the gospel, but that I also get to encourage those who share my faith to grow also. Part of working with the Sisters' means that I get to talk with people that I don't know well. I play an important role in keeping people connected to the church when we get new missionaries, and I get to help people transition from being away from the church into it. I try to be someone who is always reflecting the church in both word and deed. This also helps me prepare to serve the Lord for a year and a half to the best of my abilities.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Sister Jones or Shelby
NOPE! That's the short answer. The men in the church are encouraged to go as it helps them learn how to better lead a home in a Christ-like fashion, but no one is required to serve. The missionaries that you see on the street are people who have volunteered their time and finances to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They PAY to be out there serving the people around them! Those that serve consider it an honor to be serving for the Church, and they love the church enough to give all that they have to further it. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Sister Jones or Shelby
The Relief Society is the OLDEST standing, official, women's organization in the world. (That's how awesome this church is. They were loving and supporting women LONG before anyone else was.) It's an awesome place for women to encourage fellow women, and to embrace the amazing gifts and talents that Heavenly Father has given women alone. It's amazing to know that Heavenly Father loves women enough to make us special and unique! We were created to do things differently than men, and THAT is something to celebrate. I love that each week, when I go to church, I get to learn how God made ME special as a woman. It is so awesome to know that I am made with purpose and intention. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Sister Jones or Shelby
A testimony is a person story of someone's discovery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You may hear some of the same things said when someone gives their testimony, but they say it, because they can personally testify to it's truthfulness. Each person in the Church has their own testimony or understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the gifts that have come from following those truths. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Sister Jones or Shelby
The church does not support or condone abortion in any way at any time. We believe that human life is sacred, and that the life of a living being not only begins in conception, but that it began in the Heavens as a person's spirit resided with their Heavenly Father. We believe that the body that is formed in the womb is God's gift to us in order for us to be able to carry out the fullness of that plan. Destruction of that body, such as abortion, is destroying that gift. That being said, those who have had an abortion are still invited to understand and know of this Gospel and it's truthfulness. Romans tells us that there is NOTHING we can do that will separate us from the love of God. Show more Show less