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Hi I'm Shalene

I am a teacher. I am a missionary. I am fan of the BBC and Masterpiece Theater. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Idaho taught me TWO specific things. First, I learned to be a hard worker, and secondly, potatoes are an excellent dish for any meal. Throughout the years, I have learned that a little (or a lot of) hard work can go a long way. Since a young age, my determination and hard work has paid off as I have set numerous goals for myself. From serving as senior class president to receiving the Outstanding Student Achievement Award for the College of Education at Idaho State University, I have always pushed myself to be something greater than I was before. With that idea in mind, this last year I pushed myself through what I believe to be one of the hardest and most challenging years--teaching social studies to middle schoolers. I not only survived, but I thrived. It was during this last year while struggling just to make it out alive, that I gained a sacred and special relationship with my loving Father in Heaven and my Savior. As I sought for help and guidance through faith and trust, I learned for myself that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are truly mindful of us, know each of us personally, and loves us unconditionally.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? For years I have been asked this question or even asked myself this question. The honest, simple answer is because I know this church and the gospel it teaches is true. It is through the Holy Ghost, a member of the godhead, that my heart has been touched and is continuously filled with warmth and love. By living righteously, and like Christ, I am able to feel His love. Through special and sacred moments in my life and the power of prayer, I have come to know the Savior and know for a surety that this is His true church. I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is Christ's restored church. It is through our Savior's love that He atoned for our sins and died for us that we might live again and return to live with our Heavenly Father. I know that it is through this love that prophets and apostles were restored, so that we can be taught through revelation on how we can become closer to Christ. I know families can be together forever and death is not the end. I know the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. This great book, along with the Bible, brings us closer to knowing our Savior. I know that this gospel is true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.

How I live my faith

As my relationship with my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ, strengthened as I taught middle school, the desire within me grew. I want others to have that special and sacred relationship for themselves. It was during this time that I decided to become a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I want to bring happiness to others lives, so they might be able to enjoy the blessings that I receive daily from being a disciple of Christ. I was called to serve and labor for 18 months in the Ohio Columbus Mission. I leave for the mission on July 10th, 2013. I know that serving a mission will be difficult, and I know many doors will be shut in my face and that people will disagree with what I have to teach. BUT, I know the Lord knows each of us, and He knows those that are searching for truth. I know that if I live righteously and worthily, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost will lead me to those looking and help me teach them truth about Him and His church. In Doctrine and Covenants 18:15 we learn, "And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father." The worth of souls is great in the sight of God. He loves each of us unconditionally and wants us all to enjoy the blessings promised to each of us if we come unto Him.

Are Mormons Christians?

A definition of christianity is: A person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings. Mormons or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are followers of Christ. We believe Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world, He atoned (or paid) for our sins so that we can be forgiven of them. Christ also died for us and was resurrected. By doing this He made it possible for all of us to be resurrected and live with our Heavenly Father and Him some day. Mormons take on Christ's name in baptism and promise to follow His example and His teachings...to be a true disciple of Christ. Show more Show less