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Hi I'm Shawna

I grew up in Kansas and now live in Tennessee. I'm a career changer - now a nurse... and now, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I'm Shawna. I'm a wife, mother of 2 grown children, a grandmother to an amazing grandson and three granddaughters. I'm a nurse and am currently in school pursuing an advanced degree.

Why I am a Mormon

The simplest explanation is that for a long time I've looked (and longed) for a place where I would "fit in". After stumbling upon a provident living blog - I found the Provident Living site and began reading about the church's welfare program. The more I read, the more it "resonated" with what I thought welfare *should be*. Based upon that, I realized that the Church's position on welfare - and the fact that it exists as it does - spoke volumes about the character and values of the members of the Church. I had to find out more... I just had to... So, I did. I read about the teachings of the Church, the Prophets, and the Articles of Faith. I went online and chatted with the missionaries. I knew then that I would need to secure a Book of Mormon to read for myself. I walked into a local meetinghouse and was invited in as if I were home - and I felt I was. When the first speaker gave his talk, he mentioned the children in the congregation and referred to them as "spirit children"! I'm sure my gasp was audible to those around me! I'd never heard anyone use that term from a "pulpit"/lectern before - acknowledging the divinity within each of us. It was one of the things I believed firmly and, and again, was sympatico with what I felt in my heart. There were other things as well that touched me deeply. As I walked out, I asked for and receive a Book of Mormon. I read it and felt many different emotions - but more than anything, I felt a sense of peace. For me, the Church is not a place where I "fit in", but rather, is a place that "fits me".

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a local missionary, reaching out to those in my local church that may not be as active as they once were. I do visiting teaching once a month - teaching a lesson from the Church leaders once a month to a member of my ward, in addition, I help her out where I can with her temporal needs.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

I'm glad you asked! The Mormon lifestyle I live is pretty much the lifestyle I lived before I joined the Church. The primary difference is that now I have an extended Church family that looks out for me, and I do the same for my Ward family. I know that if there is anything I need, support is just a phone call away. Life is busier with Church callings, meetings, personal prayer and study, but the structure and organization is what has helped me be more successful in my life, both professionally and personally. In short, the way I (a Mormon) live, has exponentially increased the knowledge of my self worth - which in turn - enables me to give to others in a more loving, effective manner. Show more Show less