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  1. Hi, my name is Shellie. I am a convert to the church (1995). I have 5 children, ages 21, 21, 17, 14, 13 (4 girls and 1 boy-- yes he is the baby...poor kid!) My oldest are identical twins and have both recently left on their missions. Ashley left in August 2012 and is serving in the England Birmingham mission and Alexis left in September 2012 and she is serving in the Reno Nevada Mission. I am an Occupational Therapist, but right now mostly a stay at home mom. I have a huge range of interests and love learning. Among my favorites are photography, photoshop, reading, studying things (anything), and service. I love doing service. It is like a personal high for me. I love helping people. I am married (for the 2nd time), but he is not a member. When he proposed to me, my knee jerk response was "no" because he is not a member. Then I prayed about it and I got a very clear answer. "Yes". So I married him, and it has been the best 7 years of my life. I have learned that marriage is a wonderful thing and when united toward a goal we are stronger together. My husband is a really good man. He basically follows the teachings of the church because that is the way he is. He has a few hang ups about the restoration though and does not want to join the church, however, he is very supportive of me and the kids and even comes to Christmas programs to hear me sing in the choir. I have received confirmation that someday he will join, the time is just not right. My greatest desire is to be sealed to him and the kids to us. I pray for that daily. Not sure what else to say that other than I live in Colorado and love the mountains. Shellie
  2. Hi, My name is Shellie and this is my first post. I am so happy to find this forum. I have a question that I am having a hard time resolving. I am a convert (1995) and have basically integrated the gospel into my life. I do my best to do what I should. I have 5 children, 2 of which (girls-identical twins) are serving missions. Ashley left for her mission August of this year and Alexis left in September of this year. Starting almost exactly a year ago today, started a year long experience of various health problems. One after another. First a shoulder surgery, then 2 days after I was discharged from PT, I had a high ankle sprain which left me non-weight bearing on it for 6 weeks and severe pain for the next 5 months. The ankle healed and I was fine for a few weeks, then I had appendicitis and an appendectomy. I was healing quickly from the surgery, I felt pretty good after the second day. On the 4th day after the surgery, I began having very severe pelvic pain. I was in the emergency room at least 3 times with pain and nothing was found. I went to several drs and no one knew what was wrong. I was literally disabled with pain for about 3 months before we found out what was wrong. It turned out to be an autoimmune disorder that was attacking the lining of my bladder. I am being treated for that and am doing much better. Now the latest is another broken tooth (the 3rd this year). The broken tooth isn't as serious as the other conditions, but this time it was different. The shot the dr gave me paralyzed the whole left side of my face. I couldn't hear out of my left ear or breathe out of the left side of my nose either. The movement in my face has returned but now I have alot of pressure in my eyeball. I have done my best to remain positive and not commiserate about it. I just go on living life dealing with these health problems the best I can. Here is my question. My patriarchal blessing says that I will be healthy from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet and all my organs and systems will work as they should. What am I doing wrong? I am doing my best to live the gospel. I am not perfect, but I am striving towards it. The only thing I can figure is I am not doing something right because I was promised health in my blessing. I thought the blessing was contingent upon walking the straight and narrow. I don't understand. I refuse to believe that my blessing is wrong, so therefore the problem lies with me. I am not angry at all, or even depressed about it. I just don't understand. Please help me understand. Thank you, Shellie