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Hi I'm Shelby

Michigander, Human Rights Activist, Musician and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

From the time I was a young girl, around 8 or 9 I had a strong yearning to know the truth and to have the answers to many questions, some of them serious and others random. I was raised in a home with 2 parents raised in the Catholic church who no longer had faith of any kind. But as a child my parents were supportive of the religious avenues that I wanted to pursue, they would take me to churches that I was interested in and never said no to my sometimes unpredictable whims. At the age of 14 I started looking into the Jehovah's Witnesses, the first church that seemed to have all the answers and the scripture to back them up. I progressed quickly through the required books for studying and was baptized at 15. I attended meeting's devoutly and participated in door-to-door ministry, always proud of my actions within the organization. At 17 I went through a bit of a rebellious phase, and was rejected by my fellow witnesses. That was it, and I left. I moved to Utah from Michigan in late April, 2 days after moving, I had sister missionaries knock on my door. Knowing the pain of rejection I let them in and set up a return visit. After the first lesson I went straight to work reading my Book of Mormon and I prayed and asked God if this was true and I received an overwhelming "yes". I had never received such a clear answer in my life. I was baptized a month later and I have a growing testimony that this church is true and that it brings a happiness and peace I'd never known before.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a devout believer in the Bible before meeting the missionaries, I went door to door and spread the message of the Bible. I knew the Bible was true because I had seen truths within it that couldn't otherwise be explained, but I never thought to pray and ask God if it was true. When I received a Book of Mormon, I didn't have that strong evidence I felt the Bible had shown me, and I knew the only way to know if it was true was to ask Heavenly Father. The answer I received was more evidence and proof to me than any written record I have ever come across, it was an answer that couldn't be duplicated by anything else. I am a person who seeks to have proof and logical reason, and for once in my life I had all the proof I needed without spending hours researching or questioning everything I had read or seen. I know that this Gospel is true and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

At the moment I am still reading through the Book of Mormon daily, which provides encouragement and speaks of truth in every sentence. Being in Utah, I'm also able to visit the Temple on a weekly basis which is something that I am so grateful for. I have never known a greater peace than that while in the Temple. Being so new to the church and the ward I have not yet received a calling, but am eager to begin serving in anyway Heavenly Father sees fit!