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Hi I'm Shelby

I'm from Michigan. I love my family, my friends, & the little things in life. I am currently serving a mission and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 21 years old and I'm about half way through my college education. I plan to major in English and double minor in Editing and Spanish. I love to run, read, write, and spend time with my friends and family. I love to smile and laugh. Although I have not had much opportunity I love to travel. I am currently preparing to serve a Mission in Spain for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My name is Shelby and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my whole life. I have grown up going to church, praying, and reading the Book of Mormon. However, I was not truly converted until 2009 when I was 17 years old. Before I gained my own solid testimony that the church was true I had been leaning on my parents testimonies and keeping the commandments because it did not feel wrong. Now I am a Mormon and I keep my standards and follow God's commandments because it feels right. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the one and true Church. While other churches may have truth in their doctrine, they do not have all of it. I know that it was through the boy Joseph Smith that the Church was restored and that by the power of God he translated the Book of Mormon. I know the Book of Mormon to be a true book. It either is of God or the Devil and the peaceful, good feeling I get when I read it confirms to me that it is of God. I know Jesus Christ loves me. He paid the ultimate price and atoned for the worlds sins and for my sins. He knows who I am and I have felt His love. I know that my prayers are answered and that whenever I need Him he is there. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet today. He is inspired of God and I know the words he speaks are true. I am a Mormon because it brings me peace, comfort, joy, and happiness.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to follow the Lord's will for me and keeping the commandments. It is very important for me to pray, read my scriptures and attend church. Being a Mormon is not going to church on Sundays it is living up to my standards and following God 24/7. I am living my faith by serving a mission. For 18 months I will put my life on hold to be a servant of the Lord. I will look for people who need a friend, a listening ear, or a deeper understanding of who God is and what He has done for all mankind. I live my faith by being an example to others. I live my faith by inviting all to keep an open mind and truly learn for themselves if the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I live my faith by testifying that it is true and that anyone who sincerely searches to know if it is true will receive an answer.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Shelby
Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do not hold the Priesthood because it is not God's will for us. It is the mens responsibility to hold the Priesthood; but women have their responsibility too. It is our duty to be mothers and nourish our children in the Gospel. I am not a mother yet, but have seen my parents righteously fulfill their respective responsibilites. My dad is the holder of the Priesthood and my mother has taught me the teachings of Christ. I think it is important for husbands and wives to have their seperate responsibilities as it makes them an equal partner ship. Women can still have the opportunity to lead in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have an organization called the Relief Society which is solely for women and is a chance for us to provide service and help those in need. Being a member of the Relief Society I feel that I have a very important role in serving others and that I can do much good and bless many even though I do not have the priesthood. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Shelby
Baptism is the first and one of the most important covenants we make with God. Only through Baptism can we be considered clean and worthy to enter the presence of Heavenly Father after this life.Because baptism is so important, it is important to be baptized by the proper authority. Being baptized by the proper authority is also important to recieve the blessings of baptism. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints we are baptized by water and by inmersion. We are also given the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is a guide, a comfort, and a constant companion in our lives. Recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost is part of being baptized. Therefore, baptism is one of the most precious gifts God has given us if we are baptized by the correct authority. But don't take my word for it. You can pray to know that these things are true! Show more Show less