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Hi I'm Shelley

I'm a student, a vegetarian, a tree hugger, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a graduate student studying City and Regional Planning and I have a BA in Philosophy. I spent most of my growing up in Texas, and while I lack the accent and the love for southern barbecue, I have a soft spot for acoustic guitars and cowboy boots. I play the piano and a little ukulele. I love sunny days, flip flops, and chocolate milk. I'm staunchly analytic, sometimes to a fault. I'm an amateur philosopher, a wannabe writer, the wife of a linguist, and a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon secondly because I love the community it offers. The relationships I've developed with other members of the Church and with the Church itself have become such a foundational part of my identity that I can't imagine who I would be were I not Mormon. However, the primary reason why I am a Mormon is because when I humbly and sincerely pray to God asking if He really does talk to Prophets today, if the Book of Mormon really is true, and if this Church is what will help guide me to the greatest happiness I can achieve, He quietly and consistently answers me, "yes."

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an active member of my ward (congregation). When called to a position to teach or lead or organize, I do my best to fulfil my assignment. I pray and study the Scriptures as often as I can, and I strive to be an example of a true disciple of Christ for those I associate with. Right now my husband and I hold callings (volunteer assignments) as nursery leaders. While their parents are in their adult Sunday classes, we take care of the 18 month to 3 year old children in our ward. We do puzzles, play with legos, and talk about Jesus. I love helping these little ones learn about the value of simple things like being nice to each other and sharing.

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Shelley
There are many things which testify to me of not only God's existence, but His power and love. When I pray, read the Scriptures, and go to church, I feel His love. One of my favorite parts in the Book of Mormon is when the ancient Prophet, Alma, is in a discussion with Korihor, a man set on leading the people of the Church away. Alma tells Korihor that creation testifies of God's existence. I love being outside for precisely this reason: when I hike a mountain or look at the stars or feel the damp grass between my toes, I feel so close to God that there's no doubt He's there. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Shelley
One of my best friends, an Evangelical Christian, got me interested in Evangelical/Mormon Interfaith Dialogues. This question comes up constantly. It seems that Mormons are not considered Christian because we don't believe in the concept of the classical Trinity and we claim more scripture than just the Bible. However, the foundation of the Mormon Church is Jesus Christ. He is the head and ultimate authority of this Church. One of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon is 2 Nephi 25 verse 26, which reads, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins."   Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Shelley
The Book of Mormon is a sacred book of scripture written by ancient Prophets on the American continent. A common misconception is that Joseph Smith wrote it, but this is not true. The Book of Mormon was written by men named Nephi, Alma, Mormon, and Moroni, among others. Just like Prophets in the Old Testament, these American Prophets spoke with God and lead His Church where they lived. These Prophets testified and wrote about Jesus Christ. Moroni, the final author of the Book of Mormon, buried the record in a hill in what is now New York. Almost 2000 years later, the Prophet Joseph Smith was visited by the angel Moroni and instructed on where to find the record. Through his prophetic power, he translated it and published it as The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.   Show more Show less