35 Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.
– Alma 26:35
Hi! I’m Shanti de Ruyter. I’m a missionary. I’m a student. I’m a writer. I’m a scientist. I’m an artist. I’m an optimist. I’m a Mormon.
I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often nicknamed the “Mormon” Church. I have a testimony of the truth of the gospel of Christ as restored in the latter days. I know that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live, and I see the active hand of the Lord in my life every day. I know that through following the commandments and making and keeping sacred covenants, I can obtain true happiness, return to live with him, and be sealed to my family forever. I know that through Christ’s Atonement, he suffered all of our pains and can perfectly understand us. I know that through the Atonement we have the power to change, receive his support and love, and be forgiven of our sins. I love the gospel with all my heart and I’ve been sealed to my family in the temple so I know I can be with them for time and all eternity.
I am currently serving a mission for my Church to teach the gospel to those who are searching for the truth. I was called to labor in the Mongolia Ulaanbaatar mission. I am incredibly excited to have these opportunities to share what I know and what has brought me more true happiness than any other means. I love my fellow human beings and I know that through the work of the Church, every individual will have the opportunity to accept or reject the gospel for himself. I am so eager to be part of this great work. This blog will chronicle my missionary preparation, development, and service. I hope that the thoughts and experiences shared here will help inspire and enlighten others.
Previously I was a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I plan to major in neuroscience and minor in international development. I love to give service and am involved in many organizations and clubs on campus. I am fascinated by other languages and cultures, and hope to earn a language certificate in Spanish, live in foreign language student housing, and study abroad or intern in another country. I am a member of the honors program and would love to do a field study or undertake a significant research project for my thesis. I love interacting with people and building relationships. Learning of any kind fascinates me, and I strive to be as well-educated as possible and continually learning something new, whether it be through academics, talents and skills, or spiritual matters. I love to sing, dance, write, draw, and do graphic design. After graduation, I hope to put my education to use through Teach for America and eventually pursue graduate studies in a medical scientist training program, where I can earn both an MD and a PhD and enter the field of medical research. I hope someday to be married in a temple of the Lord to a loving husband, and I joyfully look forward to being a wife and mother to wonderful children and working as a family to progress and find happiness.
This blog originally started as part of a school project from my Book of Mormon class with Brother Tyler Griffin and treated topics from my personal scripture study and anything else I felt impressed by the Spirit to share. The Book of Mormon is a testimony of Jesus Christ, similar to the Old Testament or the New Testament, that discusses Christ’s people in the Americas and his teachings there. All BYU students take courses in religion as part of their education.
Visit my profile on Mormon.org for more information, or email me if you have any specific questions you’d like to ask. I’m on my mission right now so I might not get back to you right away, but I’ll have some time every Friday to answer emails until August 12, and then every Monday until I come home in December 2016. You can also send me letters using DearElder, a service that prints messages you send me and delivers them daily to the MTC. Find out more on my contact page.