Hi I'm Shane Max
I am an Process Development Engineer for a medium size Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. I have 5 children, 4 grandchildren and more on the way. I love electronics, flying airplanes, Hiking, shooting, and Ham radio. I am the kind of person that always has a project. I love to do things myself. It is a real challenge to pick a project, research it out, make the necessary tools, and then perform the task. Learning and doing the task often is more important to me than the completed project. Consequently, I have several completed projects that now are more like trophies of the project rather than useful items.
Why I am a Mormon
All my life I have wondered what life was about. If this world was set up by an intelligent being, then there must be intelligent expectations for those of us who participate. For me the LDS Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ has provided a guide or instructions on those "intelligent expectations". It all seems to make sense to me, not just logically, but even in my heart. I am drawn to it like steel to a magnet.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon go together. I did not have the opportunity to know Joseph, but I do read the Book of Mormon all the time (over and over). I love the Book of Mormon like no other souce of information. Because of the affect the Book of Mormon has had on my life I must express a profound respect, admiration, and love for the man that restored this book to our time and established once more on the earth the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a great man and a great example.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ has prepared this earth and this opportunity of life for us to gain knowledge and become more like him. There have been times when the Gospel was removed from the earth. Each time the Lord chose certain prophets to restore his Gospel so we would have direction and guidance to help us change and become more like him. I know that Joseph Smith was the prophet to restore the gospel for our day. What he restored comes from God and means everything to me!
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is the wonderful opportunity to communicate with our creator. I know that when I am feeling alone, and even at times not worthy of his time, he is still there williing to hear me and give guidance. I just need to be willing to bend my knee. I honestly don't know how I would have made it through life this far without prayer. I needed someone to talk to that I could trust and that I knew would listen with love, mercy, and true judgement. I often need an honest reply back - prayer provides that for me.
How I live my faith
I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. For me, it is a plan of contant change. I am always trying to understand who I am, and then try to change into something better. I remember the first day I made banana bread. I marveled at how black and brused bananas could be transformed into such a wonderful bread. They had to be mixed with a few things and pass through the heat of the oven, but the result was wonderful. The Gospel for me is similar to banana bread. I need to "mix" a few things into my character and pass through the "oven" of repentance (often). I am absolutely convinced that If I continue this pattern I too can become transformed into something very useful and wonderful as compared to the brused and black bananas.