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Hi I'm Shelby

I'm a runner. I'm a gymnast. I'm a musician. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love music. I play the piano and give lessons in my community. Teaching is my passion! I am currently a college student preparing to serve a mission and share the gospel. I love to laugh, play my ukulele, and run!

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a family where one of my parents is not a member of the church, and I was not allowed to be baptized until I was 18. I attended church every week even though I was not a member. I participated in all the youth programs, spoke in meetings, bore my testimony, etc. My testimony grew drastically as I fought adversity and stood up for the right, only giving me more reason to believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true and restored gospel upon the Earth. When I was finally able to be baptized, the tremendous spirit of confirmation I felt gave me peace and comfort that I had taken upon myself the name of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I know that the power of faith, prayer, and the scriptures can give us guidance that we may return to live with our Heavenly Father again. I am a Mormon because I believe that our prophet is called of God. I am a Mormon because I know that families can be together forever. I am a Mormon because of the comfort of the Holy Ghost. I am a Mormon because I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and his gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through example. Although I am not perfect, and cannot be, I strive daily to live like Christ every day. Being in contact with so many young people through teaching and performing, I try to have the light of Christ all the time. Praying, studying the scriptures, and singing hymns strengthens me so much throughout the day.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Shelby
Families are essential to our Heavenly Father's plan for us. The family unit is important temporally and eternally, as children are brought into the world, taught, and strengthened by the family. A family that prays together stays together. We learn a great deal from other family members, share happy and sad experiences, and gain strength as a unit. It is possible for families to be sealed together for time and all eternity. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Shelby
Our bodies are referred to as temples in the scriptures (Bible and Book of Mormon), because it is a gift from God, a place our eternal spirit dwells as we learn and grow here on Earth in order to return to our Father. Our bodies are as sacred as temples- they should be pure and clean, unmarked, and treated with respect and gratitude, as they are amazing creations of our Heavenly Father. We are told to take care of our bodies in order to protect them from the damage we could cause not only our physical bodies, but our spirits as well. Show more Show less