Hi I'm Shane
I was born and raised in a great home with two brothers and two sisters. I love great music of all types. I have always loved to sing. In my teens I was in a performing group that traveled around performing popular music. I also became interested in politics and worked as a US Senate Page in Washington, D.C. I was Senior Class President at my high school where I also played racquetball, sang in the choirs, and played the drums. After a church mission to Honduras I graduated from college with an undergraduate degree in Political Science, and then a gradute degree in management. I have worked as a church administrator and trainer for most of my career. My wife and I have four girls and two boys. We love to go trail riding in the mountains on motorcycles, go out to eat, and watch movies. I also love to work in my yard, write, and teach. I started an internet business several years ago. I also wrote and published a book about missionary work. My family and I were missionaries in Mexico City for three years.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I have experienced the power that comes from trying to be a sincere follower of Christ. There is no substitute for it. There are no shortcuts to happiness. The Church of Jesus Christ, or "Mormon" Church, has helped me come to know and feel the love of Christ and live much more as I believe He would have me live. I feel that I am fulfilling my purpose here in this life. I feel like my life is meaningful and significant.
What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?
Good luck to anyone who thinks they can protect their family completely from unwanted influences. It's part of life. But one thing that I think has helped our kids is to help them see a broader picture. Unwanted influences seem less inviting to them. Even young people can see the wisdom of making good decisions over foolish ones if they are shown both sides and taught about the outcomes. So, we talk about the scriptures briefly every day together and we we pray regularly and we participate in church meetings and activities regularly. So far, all of our kids who have chosen to participate in these things consistently have chosen on their own to avoid most all of the things that many teenagers have to learn about the hard way. I actually think they have a lot more good, clean, real fun than most. They love life and they live mostly without guilt and shame.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
I have been actively involved in sharing the gospel with friends for most of my life because it makes people happier and more fulfilled. The world would be a much better place if more people lived according to the truths and the direction that God has given to man today. Trying to piece together the purpose of life using leftovers from the past is much less effective. We may seem eager at times to share, but it is because we love what we have, we love all people, and we want everyone to have the opportunity to experience what we have experienced. We are confident that anyone will be happier.
How I live my faith
I just try to be a good person. The world today can be fairly cynical and critical. I think we need more civility. True Christians should be tolerant, respectful and kind, even when they are promoting what they believe. I think most people are good, and want to do good things and contribute positively to the world in which they live, no matter what background they have. I try to make a positive difference. I spend several hours each week in service. I am an ecclesiastical leader in the church. It is not a paid position. I oversee congregations of college-age youth and their leaders. It is a great opportunity. We study the gospel of Jesus Christ together and help each other live it more fully. It gives me great hope to see the effect the gospel has on their lives. It also has a great effect on my life. A few years ago, my family and I returned from a 3-year mission in Mexico City, where we were assigned to supervise the work of about 550 missionaries. Most were from Mexico and the US. It was great to live and work with them there. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. We saw the gospel and the church make a tremendous difference in the lives of many people. Our kids are now starting college. Our two boys are also serving full-time missions now, on here in the US and the other in Europe. I pray to God daily, usually several times each day. I love studying the scriptures. As I said, I feel I live my faith by just trying to be good and do good. I don't do it perfectly, but I know I have been very blessed as a result. I love the Savior, Jesus Christ. Life can be challenging for everyone, but my faith in Jesus Christ helps me deal with it positively and proactively, and it gives me great peace and happiness.