Hi I'm Shannon
I'm a mother of three young children and the wife of a law student. I've been a freelance technical copy editor for seven years, editing college textbooks and manuals for major corporations. I speak Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdian Krioulu, and vegetable-market Arabic. Although raised on a farm in Idaho, as an adult I've lived in Alaska, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Portugal, Cape Verde, Syria, and Jordan. I love exercising, writing, and helping people out.
Why I am a Mormon
My family has been LDS for generations. But I am a Mormon by choice. Everybody believes in things they can't independently prove. I know I can't prove that Mormonism is true. But I have chosen to have faith that it is the restored church of Jesus Christ because over the course of my life, I have had many, many opportunities to know that this tree bears good fruit; so, I conclude, the source of the fruit must be good. Judging from my natural tendencies, I think that were it not for my religious adherence, my life would not be nearly so fulfilled if I had not been a Mormon. The doctrine and structure of the church have continually encouraged me to develop my talents, compassion, education, sense of gratitude, appreciation for and joy in my family, love, hope for humanity, and so on.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I served an 18-month mission in Portugal and Cape Verde. It was one of the most formative periods of my life--both because it was so difficult and because it was so spiritually rewarding. I served a mission because I recognized that my beliefs had made life really wonderful for me in a lot of ways, and I wanted to share what I had been given. Because I believe that all men are children of God, I felt compelled to reach out to my brothers and sisters. I also had some selfish motivations for serving a mission: I wanted for myself the spiritual maturity and confidence I saw in returned missionaries.
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
One thing we've done that's really helped strengthen our family is having a weekly family home evening. We block out one evening a week to devote to each other. It's a good chance to actively teach our children the values we hold true. We also use the time to schedule our week, resolve family problems, play a game together, and have a treat. We also try to eat dinner together every evening and to read scriptures and pray as a family every day. These activities help us know what's going on in each other's lives. They help the children discover that their siblings can be friends. We find that they fight less because they know better how to play together.
How I live my faith
I attend church weekly and keep the sabbath holy by doing things that bring me closer to the Savior on that day. I study the words of scripture each day and record my thoughts and feelings as I do so. Although we don't have much to spare now that my husband is law school, we pay 10 percent of my income as tithing. We give additional charity with the money we save when we fast one day each month. I'm in charge of the children's organization in my church group; I meet weekly with a few other women to plan how we can address the children's needs and organize the program. I try to live modestly in dress and behavior. I'm an active participant in my children's education. I regularly attend an LDS temple to worship God and serve my fellow man.