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Hi I'm Shauna

Though born in Utah, I've lived in N. California all my life. l am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the mother of 5 children (4 living) and 'Nana Shauna' to 5 grandchildren...4 boys and 1 girl! My husband and I were married (or sealed) in the Oakland Temple in 1977. When my children were older, I went back to college and finished my degree with the intention of becoming a Substitute Teacher. Instead I continued on in school, got my teaching credential, and taught Kindergarten for about 8 years. Now I'm back to substituting once in awhile, but mostly enjoying my grandkids and having more time to devote to my responsibilities associated with church.

Why I am a Mormon

I think the reason I'm a Mormon today has a lot to do with my innate desire to be a mother! I grew up in a family where it wasn't always a happy place to be. Both my parents struggled with alcoholism for many years, and I didn't want my own children one day to possibly have to deal with those same sort of challenges . I stopped attending church during my high school years, but when I turned 21 I was miserable and knew something was missing. One night as I lay in bed, sad and lonely, I started singing a song I had learned at church when I was a child...but for some reason I couldn't remember all the words at that particular time. The part I did remember was this: "Lead me, guide me, walk beside me. Help me find the way....." In reality, I was pleading with my Heavenly Father to help me find a way to be happy, and ultimately to find a husband who lived a clean life with whom I could raise my children. Soon after that incident I began to attend church again at the local congregation for college-age students. As I related my story about the song and how I couldn't remember all the words, a friend asked, "Do you know what song that is? It's 'I Am a Child of God'!" An undeniable feeling rushed over me! I knew, without a doubt, that I AM a child of God, that He loves me, and that He helped me find my way back to church! I also knew that I was in the right place, where I needed to be, attending the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! Since that day I have been an active member of the church, and I'm so grateful for all the blessings that I have received through the years as I strive to live the Gospel and follow the Savior's example for me.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is really something I do all day everyday! It's just simply my way of life, and I truly love it! Currently I have several responsibilities associated with church--which we often refer to as our 'callings'--but I don't mind because as I serve in the various callings at church I learn and I grow! One of the best callings in our church is that of Visiting Teacher! The women (18 years and up) each have a companion (another woman, or 'sister' as we call ourselves), and together we go out and visit other ladies in the ward! The church publishes a message each month that we share and discuss with one another. It's a wonderful way to get to know the sisters in the ward in a more personal way, while learning more about the Gospel and the Savior with one another! Each year our youth have the opportunity to attend a summer camp. The boys go to Boy Scout Camp, and the camp for the teenage girls is called Young Women Camp. In our area, all the girls from nine different congregations (or 'wards') go to camp together up in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada! It's an amazing, faith promoting experience for the girls, and the leaders as well. For six or seven years I served our week at camp in the kitchen, and for 3 of those years I served a the Head Cook. It was a very big and sometimes overwhelming responsibility, but there is no doubt that I received inspiration and help from Heavenly Father!

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Mormons believe that the Godhead consists of 3 separate beings--God the Father, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. God (also known as Heavenly Father) and Jesus Christ have tangible, resurrected bodies, but the Holy Ghost has not yet received his physical body. He is a spirit person without a body of flesh and bones. The three of them, as the Godhead, are 'one' in purpose. Though they are 3 separate beings, they are unified in bringing forth God's plan of salvation. The Holy Ghost has various responsibilities, some of which include being a Comforter, as well as a testator of the truthfulness of the Gospel. Show more Show less