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Hi I'm Shelly.

I grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Arizona 21 years ago. I'm a wife, mother, convert to the Church, and I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the church. I was baptized March 1989. I love being a wife and mother. I work in the medical imaging field performing MRI scans. I enjoy my job because it is interesting and I am able to be compassionate towards people especially when they are facing medical problems. My real love is spending time with my family. We have alot of silly inside jokes and we have fun quoting our favorite movie lines in almost every conversation. My husband makes us all laugh with his youthful sense of humor. We love to travel together. I think it is important to take vacations with my family. We have many fun memories about the various trips we have taken over the years. Vacations are memory makers. I inherited many traits from my parents. My parents and sisters are outgoing, friendly, and fun-loving. My parents showed me by example how to help those around me. Neither my parents or sisters are members of the church, but they have always had Christ-like attributes. I love that I am blessed with the gift to talk to people. I love meeting people, getting to know their story, and making new friends. I loved growing up in a small, farming town in southwest Wisconsin. I loved the carefree childhood I was blessed with. I think growing up in that environment taught me to be friendly and helpful to others.

Why I am a Mormon

To understand why I'm a Mormon, you have to know my conversion story. In 1988, I was a divorced, single mother living on my own. I was looking for happiness in many places. I had a great family, many good friends, a good job, yet there was something missing from my life. One day, I had a fleeting thought that maybe I needed Christ in my life. I had some questions and I wished that those people who went door to door preaching religion would come to my house. About a month later, two Mormon missionaries knocked on my door. When I opened the door and saw the missionaries, I was in shock! Someone had known my thoughts! I had not vocally expressed my desires to anyone. At that moment, I knew that God knew ME. The missionaries being there was not a coincidence. I recognized that God had sent these young men to me with their message. I nervously let them into my home and they began teaching me about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. The things they taught were foreign to me, but something felt right when they were teaching. I continued taking the lessons for about 2 months. I then got my first MRI job in a city that was 150 miles aways from all my friends and family. One of the missionaries had served part of his mission in the same city I would be moving to. He contacted a member of the Church there and asked if she would help me find an apartment and babysitter. Her family was wonderful! They treated me like a family member. I loved how I felt when I was in their home. I didn't recognize until later but I was feeling the Holy Spirit. Because of their example and the continued lessons from the missionaries, I took a big leap of faith and made the decision to be baptized a member of the church. I loved my new faith and friends. I finally found the complete happiness that I felt had eluded me for so long. Getting baptized was the best decision of my life. All of my happiness I enjoy now, is derived from my membership in the Church.

How I live my faith

Some of my friends and family probably find it funny that I am a Mormon! I was a very different person before I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Some may find it hard to believe that I have religious beliefs that guide my actions every day. I don't need to drink or party, etc. to have a good time. There is a lot of satisfaction when recreational activities are wholesome and are not contrary to Christ's teachings. I live my faith by trying to be a friend to everyone I meet. I have been blessed with an outgoing personality and I can talk to people very easily. I try to make each place, each person I meet a little bit better. I want help cheer those around me and make them laugh. I try to be a Christ-like by loving my neighbors. As the scriptures say, "if ye have done it unto the least of these, ye have done it unto me." I want to help those who need help. I know that I am far from perfect and that membership in the Church does not eliminate sadness, heartache, envying, and hardships. But I do know that being a member of the Church helps me have the strength to deal with the difficulties associated with life. The Church has taught me how to have a relationship with God and my Savior, Jesus Christ. We are not put here on earth randomly and without help. God has a plan for us and life is alot happier when you learn and accept his plan for you. Anyone can have a relationship with the Savior but we have to be the one to start the conversation with a sincere prayer. Any one can find out if Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know them. Once you know that you are a child of God and He and his Son, Jesus Christ know you personally and love you, your life will be forever changed for the better.