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Hi I'm Shelly Carter

I'm a Mormon. I'm a wife and mother of six beautiful children. I'm a grandma that likes to play beach volleyball!

About Me

I'm a Wife and Mom who has been very active in raising our five daughter's and one son. I have four darling grandchildren and two more on the way this year. I love helping to babysit them, and have lots of fun with them when they come over to visit. I love to take them out in our backyard and set up the little pool and slip n slid! Our bubble blowing machine has been a big hit lately. Lots of fun playing catch and soccer in the back yard or just watching them run around. I also love to play doubles beach volleyball each week. This is something that is just plain fun, the group of ladies I play with have some definite skills! I have been doing that for almost six years now, with the same group of lady friends. Being outside by the beach each week feels like a mini-vacation. Lots of times we see the dolphins jumping or surfing in the waves. Blessed to live so close to the pacific ocean! I really enjoy taking photos and sharing them with family and friends. I plan to take a photography class very soon as our youngest child will leave for college shortly. I have a great love of music and so enjoy playing the piano and flute. Music is such a blessing and I just loved to listen to many types. Classical, spiritual, soft rock and country. I find it very uplifting to my soul. My husband and I enjoy walking our little five pound dog. He is thirteen years old and is still pretty feisty. Love being a wife and mother and hope to be the best Grandma ever.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, and I love it. I was born into the church. My mom and dad brought me up as a member in the Mormon faith. It was my grand-parents, parents that found the gospel in other places. My father's Grandmother in Germany found the church, my mother's father in Germany and my mother's grandmother in Denmark and my father's father in Hurricane, Utah. I discovered for myself the truth of the gospel and how it helps me to be happy. When I was just twelve years old I had a Sunday School teacher that challenged our class to read through the whole Book of Mormon. I wasn't really a big reader at age twelve, but decided to take this challenge from Sister Broadbent. It was something that I really wanted to accomplish. I remember reading from a really large Book of Mormon we had at our home. It was in the first part of the Book of Mormon I received my first feelings that this book I was reading was true. I felt a great spirit that warmed my chest as I read in first Nephi chapter eleven. It was an overwhelming feeling that the things were true and that I could trust in the truth of the things that I was reading in this book. I remember our teacher telling us we could know for ourself's if the book was from God. We had to had a desire and it would help if we prayed before reading. I was really trying to do these things. It was something I knew I could not deny after it had happened. It was a sweet comforting feeling to know that the things I had been taught were true and that I could continue to learn and grow from reading from it's pages the rest of my life. I have been a member now for almost 45 years. It has really blessed me and my children and now grand-children coming along. The church teaches us how to follow the Savior and his teachings. Keeping the commandments has been a great blessing. I know it has been a great blessing while raising a family and I'm so grateful for it.

How I live my faith

I have been active in serving with my children in their different schools, many years with Adventures in Art. I also have served in many callings with the youth in our ward. I have been able to teach from 18 months old on up to 18 years old the past thirty-three years. That's how long my husband and I have been married. I have learned so much by serving with all these different groups of kids. I have enjoyed leading the music in the Primary and watched how the music blesses the children. There really is something special about music that speaks to our hearts. I also through the years have visited with many ladies in our ward and been given the assignment to visit a few sister's each month. We usually go out in pairs, but it seemed for years I have always done it alone. I visit each sister and try and see how they are doing, if they are in need of anything. Especially be their friend. A special spiritual message is left with them too. This is a very great way to become really close and make special friendships. You really do end up loving those you serve. I have had this happen time and time again. Someone I don't even know.....then they become a special part of your life. I now serve with the girls ages eight to eleven years old. We meet twice a month and work on strengthening our faith in God. We work on different goals and work on building their talents and giving service to others. We also work on memorizing the articles of faith which are the things we believe as Mormons. For example #1 is: We believe in God the Eternal Father and in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. There are thirteen of these, and by the time they graduate from Primary we hope to help them learn them all. We have lots of fun just getting together and encouraging one another. I'm so happy to be able to serve and grow with these things I get to do at church and at home with my own family. Working and serving really does bring joy and happiness.