Hi I'm Shane
I recently graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Finance and started my first full time job working for a software company. I have an amazing wife who is beautiful on both the inside and the outside. I have faced and overcome many challenges in my life. My goal is to constantly improve and to be an influence for good wherever I go. I am far from perfect, but I am working to get better little by little.
Why I am a Mormon
When I was a child, my parents taught me about Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon. I believed them, but not blindly. When I was little I remember walking through the woods and hearing a voice tell me to stop. I stopped and a few seconds later an extremely large tree branch fell to the ground right where I would have been had I kept walking. I know that message had to have come from God and that He cared about me. I was baptized when I was eight years old and I remember a peaceful, warm, tangible feeling when I received the gift of the Holy Ghost. I knew that it wasn't simply something that I made up in my head and that God was genuinely proud of me. My parents were divorced when I was young, and I lived alone with my mom. We were poor and many things did not go as I would have wanted them to. As I got older I still believed in God, went to church and occasionally prayed but I was far from perfect and strayed from the path that I had been taught God wanted me to live. I went on living in ways that I shouldn't and eventually hit what felt like rock bottom. I was depressed, afraid, lonely and unhappy about who I was. At that time I began to doubt God's existence and the truthfulness of what I had been taught. I then made the decision to begin to pray more frequently and to study the Book of Mormon to see for myself if what I had been taught was true. I began to see and feel subtle changes in my life. I began to be happier and to feel more peace. I felt a greater love for others and a desire to serve. I also had a greater desire to apply myself in school and set goals. I know that God lives and I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have seen it change my life. I feel inner peace and trust that everything will work out if I do my best to follow and rely on Christ. I have since served a two year mission and been married in the Temple. I have seen miracles in my life and the lives of others and I know that my marriage can last forever if we live the Gospel.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
Sometimes life can seriously get soo hard. We are here to learn and grow and you can't do that without facing tons of challenges. Whether its because I messed up or just because I got put in a challenging situation, it helps me so much to know that our time here is only momentary and there is so much more after. It is easier to make right choices and keep a smile on my face when I know that because Christ came and left us His Gospel we can all be eternally happy. No matter who you are or what you face, anyone who genuinely wants to find peace and happiness will if they sincerely strive to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have experienced a taste of it in my short time here on this earth and I know there is so much more to come.
How I live my faith
I try my best to be an example of Christ's love. Christ loves everyone and is willing to befriend and help all of those around him. I want people to feel good around me, despite their religious or cultural background. I strive to serve when I can and to always keep the commitments that I make. I go to church on Sundays, read my scriptures and say my prayers on a daily basis. Every week I sit down and take a personal inventory and set goals on how I can be a better person and better serve God, my family, and my fellow man. I make mistakes every day. When I make those mistakes the first step is to make sure that I am honest with myself and God in admitting that I have made them, next I ask for His forgiveness and take the necessary steps to put my life back inline with His will. I believe that if I want Him to forgive me, I also must be willing to forgive others. In my prayers I plead for His help to be better and to love more, I also thank Him for the things I am grateful for. Becoming the people we are meant to be is a process that will take a lifetime. I know that I personally cannot do it on my own. I must rely on Christ's atonement to change my heart and motivate me to be better. No matter how hard life gets or how bad I feel like I have messed up, I have a rule that I try my best to abide by: Never give up. I know that if we never give up on our quest to become what God wants us to be, and we put our faith in Christ, we will eventually overcome life's challenges and make it back to live with our Father in Heaven. This is the entire purpose of the atonement of Jesus Christ. People can and do change everyday. I live my faith by consistently making an effort to live how God wants me to live.