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Hi I'm Shanique

I grew up in Jamaica. I like to think of myself as an "against all odds" person; about to serve a full-time mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in an inner-city community, exposed to and endured many things little girls should not have. Though the morals and good examples around were very few, I thank Heavenly Father for my parents who kept me on the right path as best as they could. I knew from I was younger, that there was more to this world. At first I thought life was about being successful academically and career-wise. I took on the challenge, worked diligently and made personal sacrifices in order to help family out of our economic situation. I did extremely well, and it seemed as if someone was always there helping me along, (Heavenly Father no doubt), I got accepted to pursue Medicine at one of my country's most accredited universities. I also immersed myself in hobbies such as; voluntary service, dancing, video games, music and drawing (I love the arts). These things made me happy, but still my soul was searching for something, restless even to find it. Inside I knew it was a relationship with Heavenly Father, thus I started my prayers, and search for anything, anyone that could guide me to that.

Why I am a Mormon

Over 10 years ago I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At that young age, I did not understand exactly why the members were so nice and unusually happy, I was not used to that growing up in my country. Everything felt new and different, but now I understand why. Regrettably I did not remain active in the church for very long after, my parents were stuck in old ways and I was too young to recognize what that feeling was, not to mention numerous rumors that my parents were told regarding the church. After years of not being an active member, lots of mistakes and moving from church to church with a desire to know the truth; it was no significant day, when something said to me (I now believe it was the Holy Ghost), go to YOUR church. I literally got up and told my mother, we are going to church, and to my surprise, she knew where I was referring to. That Sabbath day I knew, something had changed in my heart, I felt as if being welcomed home, and ever since, my heart has been open and so over whelmed with the love that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has for me and my family. Every doubt has left my mind, every doubt that I have a Father in Heaven and that he knows me personally. I am Mormon, because I know who I am, I know my life and everyone's life has purpose, meaning and great value in a very mindful Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness and Salvation.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to keep ALL the commandments of Jesus Christ, by not letting the fleeting values in society dictate what is acceptable, and by trying to love everyone I meet as Christ would love them. I attend church every Sabbath, where I do something I absolutely love, that is teach Primary children, Nursery aged who we call Sunbeams and ages 4-7 who we call CTR (Choose the Right). I love this, because when they smile, I smile, when they learn and are kind to each other, my heart swells. It is more complicated than it sounds, because they are taught actual Gospel principles that build their faith and character, I have to learn the lessons in-dept first, then be able to make it plain and simple enough for them to understand. I also visit and teach members of my church, as well as fellowship with new persons that my local missionaries are teaching the Gospel. I will always cherish these things, especially now that I have made the choice to help share the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ with my brothers and sister by serving a full time mission.