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Hi I'm Shelli

I love music and anything outdoors! I play and teach piano, enjoying baking, and love to spend a day at the lake with my family.

About Me

My husband and I are the parents of four sons and a daughter. We love to spend as much time as we can together, enjoying one anothers company. Together we camp, ride motorcycles and ATV's, golf, target shoot, and love to play board and card games. We enjoy family meals around the dinner table where we can visit and laugh and have fun being together. We even enjoy preparing the meal together! We haven't had the finances to travel and do big vacations together, but we feel the small and simple things like the backyard water fights, bicycle rides, and activities like picnics in the mountains nearby, have brought us much joy and happiness over the years. Personally, I love music - especially the piano, cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, lunch with friends and time with family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy! When I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and repent and apply His atonement in my life, I can live without sorrow, guilt, and pain. He helps me do things, with His help, that I could not do on my own! I have felt the love of the Savior when I have felt sad. I have prayed and had my prayers answered in such a way that I KNOW only a Heavenly Father could do it. It makes sense to me that we have a Heavenly Father that loves us like an earthly father does (or should). Although it may be hard to understand fully, I know that coming to earth and learning to make good choices is part of my continual progression. I know if I follow the example of our older brother, Jesus Christ, and live His teachings and keep the commandments, I will experience joy and peace in this life and be able to return into the presence of my heavenly parents after this life. No one has forced me to believe this way. I have read the Bible and the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if each was true. I received a burning feeling in my chest and an overwhelming feeling of love in answer to my prayer. I can truly say that I know it is the right choice for me to be a Mormon. Although some may say there are too many rules and restrictions in Mormonism, I feel the opposite. I am grateful for the 10 commandments given to Moses by God. By following them, I can avoid undesirable consequences. I am thankful for the Word of Wisdom given to Joseph Smith by God. It outlines a healthy eating and living plan to keep our physical bodies healthy. When we feel good and are healthy, we are happier. Our prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson, continues to give us counsel from the Lord. I believe President Monson is the Lord's mouthpiece on the earth today, just like prophets of old (Moses, Noah). I feel that what many see as restrictions are truly very helpful guidelines to bring about safety, happiness and blessings.

How I live my faith

I belonged to the Boy Scouts of America and served as a leader for 17 years. I enjoyed helping boys learn to "do a good turn daily." The BSA program helped my four sons become well rounded young men and each of them earned his Eagle Scout award. It takes a village to raise a child and I appreciated the wonderful mentors my sons had in scouting. I love working with and teaching the children and the youth. I have been a Primary teacher (Sunday school) for many years and currently teach seven year olds. They are wonderful...so full of life and so loving! They are preparing to be baptized when they reach the age of eight. They are excited to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and learn to listen to and follow it's guidance. I have also been a leader in the young women's organization, teaching Sunday lessons, organizing weekly activities, and having a blast with girls 12-18 years old at Girls' Camp. I have found a lot of joy and happiness working with youth and giving them encouragement.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Having faith in and believing in Jesus Christ is knowing what He is like and trusting Him. Jesus provides a wonderful example for our personal relationships. Jesus is a perfect example of loving everyone. If we try to act like Jesus and treat our spouse, parents, children, and friends as souls of great worth, then our relationships are more meaningful, accepting, loving and joyful. Speak kindly, serve often, forgive quickly, give the benefit of the doubt. Jesus does. Show more Show less