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Hi I'm Shelby

Hello! I love to write, am one of four kids and the second oldest. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently nineteen years old and have been a member of the Church for over three years. I live in Riverton Utah, though I grew up in the Portland, Oregon area. I grew up with my father, older brother, step mother, half brother and step sister until I was 16. When I was sixteen I moved in with a family friend who has two children, a 14 year old son and a 12 year old daughter. My family, with the exception of my oldest brother, are all members of the church. Myself and my father converted when I was fifteen, and the rest of my family followed within a year after. The family friend I live with was born a member, though she fell away from the church. She reactivated after my father and I joined.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young child I was taught not to believe, told I was wrong and there was no God. I disagreed. The one thing I knew with a certainty was that God existed and so did Jesus, and that they loved me. My dad wasn’t a faithful man and he was very adamantly against my beliefs. Still, I made a point to go to church with a neighbor,even at such a young age I knew I was right, and I wasn’t willing to give up the only people I knew cared about me. Every Sunday I could I went to church, I loved it, I loved the feeling it gave me. Every time I walked in it was like a burden had been lifted, and I felt warm, and safe. Every day I prayed. Every time I prayed it was for my dad, that he would understand what I did.That didn’t happen for a long time, and because of this by the time I was 14 I had began to doubt that God would ever answer my prayers, but in August of 2011 my prayer came true. My dad had his revelation and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I started taking my missionary classes shortly after and was baptized on October 15th, 2011.I chose the LDS faith because I knew it was the right one and that here was where my Father in Heaven wanted me to be.The LDS Church is my way home.

How I live my faith

I am preparing to serve a mission, and recently received my call. I will be serving in the Mexico Queretaro Mission from June 10th, 2015 until December 2016. I am so excited to go! I have been working toward this almost since I joined the church, I attend my meetings every week and I even spent my first college semester at BYU Idaho! I'm majoring in English Education, and I met some amazing people there, and I loved the experience. I will definitely go back once I return from my mission.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Shelby
The tithing we pay goes towards things like our Temples and other church buildings, our missionary program, church classes and activities as well as our education. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Shelby
The Apostle Paul taught that “neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:11). Our church does believe in equality for women. Our faith is very heavily based on family and keeping the family together. Many of our women prefer to stay home with their children but it is not a requirement by any means. We are all equal in the eyes of the Lord, he doesn't love one more then the other or believe one more important, and we look at each other in the same way. Though our mothers often will be home our fathers are expected to help and care for the children just as much as the mother. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Shelby
Of course we do. The Bible is a sacred and holy depiction of our creation and the life of our Savior Jesus Christ. Both the Old and New Testaments are taught and studied to and by the youth of our church who take Seminary, which is basically a scripture study class. We do not believe that the Book of Mormon and our additional scriptures to be the only scripture out there. It is is meant to compliment to the Bible, not to replace it. Show more Show less