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Hi I'm Shauna

I'm a wife, a mother, and a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Shauna and I am 22 years old. I got married two years ago and last year we had our first baby. She's a beautiful little girl and a joy in my life. I graduated with a degree in Economics last year, and my husband is studying Political Science. I teach piano to supplement our income, but other than that I spend my time being a homemaker. I love baking, tatting, singing, reading, and playing with my daughter. We enjoy taking long walks around the temple grounds. It's especially beautiful during the spring. We live in a great community where I can go outside and visit with other women while our children play together. Life is beautiful! :)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family and amongst a Mormon community. I have gone to church my whole life and I was baptized into the faith when I was eight. Originally, I was just Mormon because I knew nothing else. I trusted that if my parents believed it was true, it must be true. But, as most people discover, you cannot lean on the faith of your parents forever. I had a difficult time during my teenage years, trying to discover what I believed separate from my parents. I struggled with knowing what was true. How could I know whether the church was true? I mean, how could I really know? It took a little time, but eventually the answer came so clearly: God would tell me. He loves His children, and He wants us to be happy. So if I asked Him whether the church is true, I could trust Him to answer me. And He did answer me. When I prayed first to know that He was there, the spirit so strongly confirmed His existence and love for me that I was driven to tears. It was as if He had wrapped His arms around me and reminded me that I am His daughter, and He hasn't forgotten me. Then I asked if the Mormon church was true, and again I felt a warmth and peace fill my whole body. I knew it was right. I knew that I was communicating with my Heavenly Father and this was His answer for me. The church is true! I am a Mormon because I know that the teachings of the church are true, and when I live the gospel, I am happy.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in many different ways. First of all, I work very hard to be the best wife and mother I can be. I believe that this is my main purpose in life and that I can make the biggest contribution to the world within the walls of my own home. I work on making healthy, delicious meals and keeping the home clean, organized, and inviting. I work with my husband in managing our budget and striving to be self-reliant. I play with and teach my daughter, especially trying to set a good example for her in everything I do. I also strive to serve others in my community. I visit a couple of women every month and teach them lessons about the gospel. Other women report to me about whether they were able to visit the women they were assigned to. (It's important to us that no one is forgotten or left out.) We talk to each other about our lives as wives and mothers and help each other with whatever we are going through at the time. I take meals to people who are sick, recovering from having a baby, or mourning the loss of a loved one. I help babysit for women in the community who don't have the money to pay. I attend church every Sunday to worship and learn more about the gospel. I work on Family History and volunteer to index old records to make them searchable online. I love working and serving for a good cause. I love having purpose in my life. It makes me happy.

Who are the Mormons?

Shauna
We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The same church that was established from the beginning of the world and at the time of Christ's ministry (The Church of Jesus Christ) has been restored to the earth in the latter days. We hold the authority of the priesthood and are the only true church. We believe all churches have truth, but our church has the entirety of the truth. We are excited to share the good news of the restoration of the church with all the world so that all can partake of the fullness of the gospel. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Shauna
No, no one is required to serve a mission. Young men are encouraged to go at age 19, and women are given the option starting at age 21. But older couples can also go on missions together, and for those who would like to go but have certain limitations, there is the option to go on a service mission close to home. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Shauna
Relief Society is the organization within the church for women 18 years and older. Our purpose is to increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help those in need. We are all daughters of God, which makes us sisters to each other. We love, support, and assist each other as such. I love being a part of something so much bigger than myself: a network of sisters aimed at serving God and one another. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Shauna
Yes, most definitely! The name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Everything about our church, our teachings, our programs are centered on Christ and meant to lead us to Him. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We believe that he lived, suffered for our sins, died for us, and was resurrected so that we might be able to live again after we die. We believe that he lives now and will come again. We most definitely are Christians! Show more Show less