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Hi I'm Shelly

I live in West Jordan, Utah. I am a wife, mother, nurse, friend, neighbor, daughter, sister, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am always busy it seems. I love being a mother to 4 beautiful daughters. I have been a nurse for 25 years. I graduated from Ricks College, University of Utah and Brigham Young University. I enjoy hiking, biking (I have even done one century ride), reading, cooking and gardening. I come from a large family and I enjoy spending time with my siblings. I also like playing board games like Settlers of Cataan, Ticket to Ride and card games with my in-laws. My favorite books are fantasy series especially The Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia. I own all of the Star Trek: The Next Generation series. My favorite national parks in Zion and Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef. I would choice to go camping over almost any other activity.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons. In fact, my great-great-great grandfather won a footrace to be the first man baptized in England. My parents are Mormons and raised me in the Church. I got baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 8 years old. Being a Mormon is a huge part of my life. I have come to have a firm testimony that this is the Lord's true church on earth. I have come by that testimony through lots of prayer, scripture study, attending church each week, serving and more prayer. My challenge has always been to keep doing my best everyday and to avoid becoming too complacent with myself or my situation. The Lord has blessed me in many ways and I have a wonderful life. I have a wonderful husband who works hard and loves me and our daughters very much. I have four beautiful daughters who also work hard in school and life to be the best they can be. We have a nice home, good jobs, and very few wants that go unmet. We love spending time together especially camping in the great outdoors. Recently one of my daughters was hospitalized for a week for major depression. During that time, one of our leaders gave an inspired talk on depression and spoke to us--it was like the talk was given to our family though it was presented a conference watched by millions. I know we have a loving Heavenly Father who knows us and our challenges and hears our prayers. He answers my prayers every day. I regret that there are many times I am so busy I don't recognize His answers right away. I have a firm testimony that my Savior, Jesus Christ, atoned for my sins and that I can improve each day because of his Atonement. His grace always makes up the difference between my efforts and what needs to happen. I am so blessed to be a Mormon. Blessed to have a testimony and to know why I am here and what I can do to return to my Heavenly Father. Being a Mormon helps me to be happy and joyful.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a visiting three ladies in my neighborhood at least monthly. I enjoy getting to know them and their families and spending time serving them. I worry about them and pray for their welfare and happiness. I also serve in the women's organization by organizing weekly Sunday lessons and supporting the president of our local organization. I am always amazed at how much other women of my faith serve the members of our ward (neighborhood group). I have been impressed at the opportunity to learn more about my religion through studying the words of our past prophets. It is so comforting to me to know that there is a living prophet on the earth today. One of my challenges is to help the teachers I oversee, teach in the Savior's way. Teaching in the Savior's way requires a lot of personal preparation like reading and studying scriptures, teachings of the prophets and lots of personal prayer. It also requires trying to understand the needs of the women that are being taught. Teaching in the Savior's way demands that one teaches with the Spirit and sometimes having the faith to follow the Spirit is very difficult. I love the feeling in the room during a lesson that has been well prepared and is taught in the Savior's way. I have been privileged to teach and the serve in the youth organization until just recently. We have wonderful youth who have to make really tough decisions in a world that seems to have lost any sense of right and wrong. I have been humbled by the love and service shown to the youth by so many leaders and teachers--people who serve with no financial compensation, take personal vacation days from work to accompany youth on outings, and devote countless hours to preparing worthwhile activities for the youth.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Shelly
I have been a nurse for over 25 years and I have seen the effects that personal health choices can make on our physical bodies and our spirits. While the Word of Wisdom has always been easy for me to live regards to not smoking, not drinking alcohol, coffee or tea and avoiding illegal drugs--I still struggle to eat a healthy diet. The Word of Wisdom also talks about the importance of eating fruits, vegetables and grains and advises to eat meat sparingly. There is a lot of research being done on what is the best diet to be the most healthy. I study that research and am amazed at how much of the counsel in the Word of Wisdom is now being upheld by study after study. I still have to work to eat healthy and exercise regularly and get enough rest. I know that I am blessed with increased strength and health when I practice the healthy eating habits in the Word of Wisdom. My mind also works better and I can be a better wife, mother and employee when I am taking into my body healthy fruits and vegetables and whole grains and avoiding a lot of processed foods and meats. I am currently challenged to prepare healthy meals with very little time for meal preparation because of busy schedules. My daughters struggle with body image issues and I am finding it is very important to involve my family in our meal planning and preparation in order to help them learn to make good food choices. Show more Show less