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Hi I'm Shella Villejo

I am a pure filipino who was raised in Hawaii. I am also a crazy, loud college student who loves to provide service. I am Mormon.

About Me

Even if I was raised in Hawaii, I was born in Philippines making me 100% Filipino. I am a city girl by heart who loves adventure and enjoys doing new things even if they are scary. I come from a big family and am the oldest out of two siblings. I was raised in the church my whole life and I cannot imagine my life without it. Being raised by my grandmother, I did not have the normal childhood. I had to grow up when I was 6th grade and because of that I was always more mature then my peers. Aside from not having a normal family setting, I also faced many operations on my right leg starting at the age of 3. I was a Shriners patient and I am glad to be one. Due to Shriners staff, I was able to have another chance in life. I was able to walk and live my life without fear of future medical problems. With all my hospital experience I learned to love volunteering in hospitals. Throughout high school aside from playing tennis, being part of student government, and being a mentor I was also volunteered at Shriners Hospital and Kuakini Hospital. The four years of service helped me find my passion in life, helping and serving others. After learning this, the desire of becoming a doctor started to form. However, after starting college at BYU I began to have second thoughts because of how hard it was. Like any other college student I am very undecided about my future. But one thing is for sure, I always loved to serve the lord which is why I am serving a mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because it has provided me with so much relief and peace through out my life. Even if I am was raised in the church, I still needed to gain my own testimony about Jesus Christ, the church, and it's teachings. It was during the darkest times in my life that I gained my own testimony and discovered that the church was my safe house. When things were hard at home I always turned my focus on the church, either doing my calling or attending church meetings. Church was the place were I could forget about my responsibility and just be myself. As for my testimony I gained it after I faced a big operation on my right leg. I thought that by doing the operation the recovery would not be that bad. But I was wrong. After the operation, I started to feel unbearable pains that I would cry at night and scream to the nurses, "I wish I never did this operation". I felt so alone during this time and I started to question my testimony. Why would God let bad things happen to good people? I was a good girl who was obedient and I could not understand why he was making me hurt so much. Then on Sunday, one of my church teachers visited me and after crying with her, she helped me understand my situation. She help me understand that God was only making me feel the pain to remind me about Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us. This visit made me become more humble and it helped me understand that I was never alone. Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father had always been there for me, stretching out their hands for me grab hold. After realizing this I had this peaceful feeling within me and it testified to me whatever I was leaning in the Mormon Church was true. Growing older and learning about the church more I gained a stronger testimony of Joseph Smith, the restoration and out living prophets. They were men called of God. Overall living my life I strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ and do his will when it comes to making decisions in life.

How I live my faith

Being raised in the church I always had callings to do and I enjoyed every one of them. My whole high school career was centered on serving the youth of my church and working with many leaders. Working with the youth, I was able to plan many youth activities such as camps, conferences, dances, and many other things. Not only that but I was also able to learn valuable leadership skills such as leading meetings, delegating tasks, and public speaking. At times planing the activities were stressful however, when we execute the activities I always enjoyed myslef. Working with the youth, I was able to learn about team work and working with many leaders I was able to be exposed to many different honorable, noble, respectful people. They taught me so much about life and helped shaped me into the person I am today. Other then my church callings, another way I live my faith is by example. I always strived to be like Jesus Christ; kind, caring, helpful, nice and joyful. I did this by helping taking care of my grandma and my younger siblings. It was like I became a second mother to my siblings. Even if we argued many times, I always tried to help them any way possible. Wither it was to help my grandma with her baths or help my siblings with their homework, I always tried to provide some assistance. It was through doing this that I learned to become more independent and responsible. Even if it was hard sometimes, even if I wanted to cry and give up because the pressure was too much I did not. I am grateful for the experiences and memories I had with my siblings and grandma because they helped to create me into the person I am today.