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Hi I'm Shelby Howe

I have been a northern California boy all my life. Born and raised. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I have grown up in Northern California a place so small it's not rural but frontier by definition. I have not grow up with a Walmart down the street or a Costco near by, nor a huge mormon population. Since the age of about 7 or so I have been involved in 4-H and that was what I did. I never socialized much as a kid but animals were my thing. As young child I spend my days building forts and occasionally trying to "dig" to china but gave up very soon after starting. Going to school was tough, it was small and everyone new everyone which at times was the worst, but sometimes it was for the better. I was never popular or an athlete. After the worst Junior high experience ever I went to a private school that was really small. It was a wonderful school with a terrific curriculum but after a series of unfortunate events I went to the local charter school to finish out my high school carer. That same final year of high school my life was forever changed for the better. On November 13, 2011 I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, not fully knowing what Heavenly Father had in store for me. There were so many who were unhappy about my decision but I knew that it was true and that this was the true church Christ established and is proud to call it his own. From there I went to BYU-Idaho with my best friend where I grew spiritually and my testimony strengthened. Since then my mother has joined the church. And I am as happy as I have ever been.

Why I am a Mormon

Well my conversion started with my best friend. He and his family are members of the church and highly respected of the community and everyone nows that they are mormons. But he is my best friend and nothing was going to change that. At the time I was Anglican. Him and I would get in these almost knock down drag out fights over doctrine. Finally I told him that if he valued this friendship then we could not talk religion because it would end this friendship. That lasted for about six months.Then after a few problems with the anglican church he knew I wasn't happy there so very subtly he would interject our conversations with some doctrinal principle or idea. Not to long after we were having full doctrinal conversations. Another girl that I knew joined the church and told her that I wasn't 100% convinced that this church was right. Well I attended her Baptism and still nothing changed. So a few months later the missionaries stayed at their house for a few weeks while in transitioning to a new home and he said well go talk to them and see what they have to say so I did. After doing all they were asking me to do and reading various chapters of the Book of Mormon I knew it was true. When they asked me to be baptized I cried because I knew that it was what God wanted me to do but I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to do it because of social reasons and my family. The next week they asked me again and I cried again and agreed to be Baptized but I knew it was not going to be easy. I would have to tell my family and my former church family of my decision and I knew that was not going to be easy but it was bearable. When I entered the waters of Baptism I still wasn't sure if this was the right decision but time after time the Holy Spirit testified to be over and over again that this was the true church on the earth and that there is no other church like it. It is so great to have living apostles of the Lord and a prophet on the earth and for this I am forever grateful!

How I live my faith

I just love service and that is how I live my faith amongst many other things, such as go to church, attend the temple and scripture study. I get so much joy from helping others it really is a humbling work. I live my faith by having faith. You have to have faith to have faith if that makes any sense. Life is hard it has its up and it surely has its downs. But you must know that Heavenly Father is in control. The father of lies is at work to try to bring us down with him. But the thing is, we already know who is going to win! That has been determined. But the more he takes with him the better for him. My faith is simple. God speaks to his people and if you ignore or neglect council from your leaders it is as if you are ignoring God. When something is asked of me I do it. As long as I have the time and means and if I don't the Lord will make up the rest and will be blessed for my diligence. It might be hard at the time but if you keep things in the eternal perspective most things don't really matter. Those small things that seem so large go away and the burden gets lifted. This worldly perspective is fake. Yeah it might be fun while it lasts but it will end. The eternities won't and that is the most important.