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Hi I'm Shelly Lynn

About Me

I am a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am married to the most wonderful man who is the very best friend I have in this world. I have 3 beautiful girls and 4 step children. I am a Certified Public Accountant. I have a Masters Degree. When I am not working, I enjoy a vast array of things to keep me busy. I love to watch football, basketball, soccer, girls softball, and golf. I also enjoy many crafts. I like to knit and cross-stitch. I am currently learning to quilt and tat. I also am trying to teach myself a craft called Temari. I also want to learn to make bobbin lace sometime in the future. Lastly, I also want to learn the art of Japanese braiding. As you can see, my interests are varied and my time is always full doing something. In addition to these things, I love to spend time helping and serving others in any way that I possibly can.

Why I am a Mormon

At the age of 34, I married my second husband. My 3 children were young at the time. A few months after my husband married, we began discussing the need to begin taking the girls to church. My husband told me that he would go to church with me anywhere I chose but if their started to be negative remarks made about The Book of Mormon, he would have to leave. At the time, I knew nothing about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My husband and I had never discussed it because at the time he was very inactive. We attended church one Easter Sunday and the discussion in Sunday school was about where we go after we die and what would we be doing once we were there. The consensus of the Sunday School class was that it didn't matter as long as we knew what we needed to do to get there. On the way home my husband and I were talking about the class and he was amazed at the attitude of the people in the class and the fact that it didn't matter to them what happened when we die. He expressed to me what he had been taught. Not long after that Easter Sunday, my husband and I decided to invite the missionaries over. When the missionaries came the first time to teach me the first discussion lesson, there was no doubt in my mind that what they were telling me was true. Everything those two young men taught me, I felt I knew at one time but had forgotten. I continue to follow His gospel because the Holy Ghost has testified to me on a level that I will never be able to deny that this gospel is the true gospel returned to the earth. I know that my Savior lives. I know that my Heavenly Father knows me, loves me, and wants me to return to live with Him. I know that Jesus died to atone for our sins. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I am eternally grateful to those two young men that took two years of their lives to serve their Heavely Father. Without young men like that, there would not be people like me. I know The Book of Mormon is scripture.

How I live my faith

For the largest portion of the time I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I have served the young women of the church (young ladies ages 12-18). It is so important to me for young women today to know who they are and to teach them to make correct choices that will enrich their lives. As a teenager, I wasn't taught about my reason for being on this earth and the wonderful potential that I have. I think as a result of this, I grew up to be a woman with very little self confidence. When I joined the church and learnd of my purpose in this life and of the unlimited potential that I have, my self confidence grew greatly. I want every young woman to know these things before adult age. I want every young woman to have that knowledge so they can make better choices and involve their Heavely Father in their lives. As I tell the girls I teach, I have lived life with the gospel and lived life without the gospel and there is no doubt in my mind which one is better and more fulfilling.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Shelly Lynn
Latter Day Saints believe the purpose of this life is two fold. The first pupose is to gain a body. We are only spirits before coming to this earth. As a part of Heavenly Father's plan, we must gain a body. We are born in to this mortal life in order to gain a body and continue to progress in the plan of happiness. The second purpose of life is to see if we will exhibit faith and follow Heavenly Father's commandments. We had all of this knowledge before we came to earth. Upon birth that knowledge is removed from us. Part of Heavenly Father's plan is that we have the ability to choose to follow His gospel or not to follow His gospel. We call this agency. It is our choice to follow His commandments or not. We will be subject to trials and tribulations no matter how faithful we are. This is a test. Their purpose is to see if we will turn to our Heavenly Father in time of need and typically we learn something about ourselves, about our faith, or about something or someone else in the process. This life is a probationary state. It is a test to see if we will be true and faithful in all things. If we are not, Heavenly Father has provided us with a Savior who atoned for our sins. Heavenly Father knew we wouldn't be perfect but he wants us to grow and progress toward that goal as much as we can and He provided us the Savior to make up the difference. Show more Show less