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Hi I'm Shaina

I'm a college student, ice cream fanatic, and supporter of all things happy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a fairly recent convert to the LDS Church. I was baptized on August 25th, 2012 when I was 17 years old. I was baptized Catholic as a baby, but never practiced growing up. I attended a private non-denominational school where I learned of Christ but never fully had an understanding of Him. I befriended people of many faiths, and enjoyed learning of their beautiful religions, but had never felt the spirit of God so strongly as I did in the Mormon Church. I am lucky to have amazing parents who raised me with unconditional love, and to be surrounded by a family of givers. My family would do anything for me, as I would for them. I have one brother who I consider one of my best friends. I grew up in sunny Southern California, where the beach was my playground. I love to sing, run, dance, laugh, swim, adventure and to try new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the church through my friend Mckenna. Both her and I were in the same high school dance class and bonded over the mutual fear of our intimidating dance instructor. Mckenna started inviting me to church meetings and even from the start I noticed the warm, loving atmosphere that radiated from the little church building. However, it wasn't until Mckenna invited me to youth conference that I truly felt a strong impression of the spirit. On our final night of the trip, a testimony meeting was held. For those reading who do not know (like I didn't at the time), a testimony meeting is where you share your beliefs and feelings in relationship with God. For whatever reason, I had the strong impression I should say something. After some serious contemplation, I stood up and made my way to the back of the line that stretched throughout the long auditorium. When it had reached my turn, all I remember is the feeling as if someone was speaking for me. At the time, my testimony was a simple, "I know that we are here for a reason," that has blossomed into something I cherish with all my heart. Upon returning home, Mckenna invited me to take missionary discussions, and I responded with an enthusiastic yes. Eventually, after dealing with some opposition, I was baptized--an experience I wouldn't trade for the world. The feeling I had felt the night of testimony meeting was one that I had not felt before, and wanted to be sure to keep. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I have gained a hope and greater understanding of my purpose on earth. I now understand that feeling, and through this gospel I am able to keep it. This gospel is what makes me the happiest.

How I live my faith

I am a strong believer in living the attributes of Christ rather than professing them. Christ is love, hope, peace, strength--all things good, and if we profess how we all should be living, rather than acting on these qualities, we're serving as an injustice. I am not close to perfect, but am striving to live in accordance to these good things so I can feel the love of Christ, and hopefully allow others other to feel it too.