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Hi I'm Shelly

I am a wife, a mommy, and a former fitness professional. I feel most at home at the beach or in the mountains, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up surrounded by family and faith. My five siblings and I were taught the doctrines of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ from the time of my earliest memories by our faithful parents. My mother was raised ten minutes from our home, so we regularly spent time with my maternal aunts, uncles and cousins. My father was born out of state so we saw his family less often, but we treasured every opportunity to be together. To this day, nothing brings me more joy than good company, and my family is the best of the best! At an early age I discovered a passion for performing and was a member of championship cheerleading squads in both junior high and high school. Music, dance, theatre and the arts continue to be great passions. Following high school, I attended college on an academic scholarship - eventually earning a bachelors degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Business Management. Unlike most of my LDS peers, I graduated college unmarried. Three years into my corporate wellness career, I met the man who would become my husband. He swept me off my feet! We were married in the Newport Beach California Temple soon after. The following year we welcomed our firstborn son, and he was later joined by a beautiful baby girl. Becoming a wife and a mother has brought a sense of completion to my soul. I love sharing my life with my husband and my children! They fill my heart with gratitude for the promise of eternal families made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in the LDS faith, I never doubted the truth of the gospel or the living reality of my Heavenly Father and Savior. I was surrounded by faithful believers and I believed also. However, through much of my teenage years my testimony was too shallow to anchor my faith and I lacked motivation to fully live what I believed. At the age of seventeen, with a small desire in my heart to bridge the gap between my faith and my actions, I committed to study the scriptures each day - specifically the Book of Mormon and the New Testament. This routine quickly became a beloved daily ritual for me and before I knew it, my thoughts, desires and actions started transforming into those of a disciple of Jesus Christ. I began to hunger and thirst after righteousness! I wanted to drink more deeply of the living waters. Soon I began studying the words of latter-day prophets and apostles regularly as well. From this unexpected turning point, my testimony of the restored gospel has become an anchor to my soul and the words of life have become my lifeblood. As I live the principles of the gospel I feel a deep sense of confidence, happiness and freedom--all of which I lacked during my less faithful years. I believe that these desirable feelings flow from developing a personal relationship with God and from the peace and quiet assurance that follows righteous behavior (see Isaiah 32:17). It's my privilege to testify that I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored upon the earth, along with the doctrines, saving ordinances and priesthood authority needed to navigate the ups and downs of this life and to qualify for eternal life in the world to come. I rejoice in the doctrine of eternal families and treasure the opportunity to receive personal revelation through the gift of the Holy Ghost. These essential building blocks of Christ's true and living church are available only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And this is why I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

Living my faith springs from living with an awareness of my identity as a spirit daughter of God and a disciple of Jesus Christ. I do this by dedicating to simple practices that invite the Spirit into my life. For example, I speak with Heavenly Father in prayer and study the scriptures daily. On Sundays I partake of the sacrament and renew the covenants I made at baptism to take upon myself the name of Christ and always remember Him. In return I am promised the companionship of the Holy Ghost. At home, my husband and I take turns presenting gospel lessons to our children. This weekly tradition invites the Spirit into our home as we share impressions and reinforce principles of the gospel. Whenever possible, my husband and I attend the temple to be reminded of the covenants we have made and of our earthly mission, made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Within our local congregation, I serve in a leadership role for the female youth, ages 12-18. As part of my assignment, I discuss the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ with the young ladies I serve. We also meet midweek to strengthen our relationships through activities, devotionals and service. Additionally, I provide special watchcare for three of the women in my congregation. Through monthly visits, each woman is remembered individually. To me, living my faith means remembering that LOVE is the defining characteristic of a disciple of Jesus Christ. Sometimes it means repenting and asking for another chance to behave like a disciple of Jesus Christ :) It means praying for weaknesses to be made strong, and then going to work with the Savior's help! Perhaps most importantly, living my faith means assisting the Lord in His work to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. As a mother of two young children, most days I don't go further than I can push my double stroller. But if I can provide my children with moments of peace and joy, I feel like I've succeeded in living my faith.