What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Shawn

I'm a husband, a father, your neighbor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a beautiful -and mercifully blind! - wife, four sons, one daughter, a dog, and a cat (and you can have both the dog and the cat if you want them by the way!). I have a masters degree, a mortgage, and a good job as a trainer of teachers. I love the Lord, my family and life in general.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all of my life and my family has been in the Church for generations, but I still tell people that I am a convert to the Church because I had to learn for myself whether or not it was true. Once, when sharing with a friend my testimony of Jesus Christ and how he redeemed us from sin and from death, she asked me with a bit of an incredulous look on her face, "You don't really believe that do you?" I was surprised to find that the question shook me. I suddenly feared that I believed what I did simply because my Mom and Dad had said it was so. It began a thorough investigation for me as I started almost from scratch and examined what truth really is and how a person can find it with certainty. As I studied, pondered, and prayed I received my own witness - my own evidence that there is a God and that the teachings of Jesus Christ and the message of the restored gospel taught in the Church are true. I can now say that I know for myself. I am also a Mormon for the secondary - but still significant! - reason that I have seen how living according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and following the standards of the Church "makes bad men good and good men better." I believe that I am a better person, a better husband, a better father, and a better neighbor, because of what the gospel teaches.

How I live my faith

Of course, first and foremost I live my faith by trying my best to keep the promises I have made to the Lord to keep the commandments he gave me and to live as he would have me live. I have a pretty strong sense of duty and obligation to the gospel, the Church, and the Lord I feel that I have been given enough that I ought to attempt to pay it forward. So I try to be pretty active in my church service. I have served in many church callings and assignments including as an advisor and teacher of youth, as a Sunday school teacher, and as the bishop of a congregation. I try to live my faith as well by participating in the community. I have been a scoutmaster and have donated time to United Way projects and other community service programs. I have also tried to be a good friend and neighbor to those around me in the various communities where we have lived. I try to help where help is needed and try to encourage and uplift where that is needed too. I have tried - sometimes more successfully than other times - to do for those around me what I believe the Savior would do if He were here. I think my faith is most manifest in my relationships and work at home. My approach to parenting is strongly influenced by my faith not only in what I teach my children, but in HOW I teach and discipline. I see my children as a precious gift from my Heavenly Father who knows them and loved them before they come into my life. It may be a little harder to remember that after they cut their own hair or pound holes in the wall of their bedroom or do an unapproved science experiment in the kitchen - but I think my faith tends to remind me frequently that God would have me be as firm but as patient as he has been with me.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Shawn
I think my faith is most manifest in my relationships and work at home. My approach to parenting is strongly influenced by my faith not only in what I teach my children, but in HOW I teach and discipline. I see my children as a precious gift from my Heavenly Father who knows them and loved them before they come into my life. It may be a little harder to remember that after they cut their own hair or pound holes in the wall of their bedroom or do an unapproved science experiment in the kitchen - but I think my faith tends to remind me frequently that God would have me be as firm but as patient as He has been with me.  Show more Show less