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Hi I'm Shane

I am a husband and father of 6 teenagers. I like to ride motorcycles, sing, and eat chocolate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a great home with two brothers and two sisters. I love great music of all types. I have always loved to sing. In my teens I was in a performing group that traveled around performing popular music. I also became interested in politics and worked as a US Senate Page in Washington, D.C. I was Senior Class President at my high school where I also played racquetball, sang in the choirs, and played the drums. After a church mission to Honduras I graduated from college with an undergraduate degree in Political Science, and then a gradute degree in management. I have worked as a church administrator and trainer for most of my career. My wife and I have four girls and two boys. We love to go trail riding in the mountains on motorcycles, go out to eat, and watch movies. I also love to work in my yard, write, and teach. I started an internet business several years ago. I also wrote and published a book about missionary work. My family and I were missionaries in Mexico City for three years.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have experienced the power that comes from trying to be a sincere follower of Christ. There is no substitute for it. There are no shortcuts to happiness. The Church of Jesus Christ, or "Mormon" Church, has helped me come to know and feel the love of Christ and live much more as I believe He would have me live. I feel that I am fulfilling my purpose here in this life. I feel like my life is meaningful and significant.

How I live my faith

I just try to be a good person. The world today can be fairly cynical and critical. I think we need more civility. True Christians should be tolerant, respectful and kind, even when they are promoting what they believe. I think most people are good, and want to do good things and contribute positively to the world in which they live, no matter what background they have. I try to make a positive difference. I spend several hours each week in service. I am an ecclesiastical leader in the church. It is not a paid position. I oversee congregations of college-age youth and their leaders. It is a great opportunity. We study the gospel of Jesus Christ together and help each other live it more fully. It gives me great hope to see the effect the gospel has on their lives. It also has a great effect on my life. A few years ago, my family and I returned from a 3-year mission in Mexico City, where we were assigned to supervise the work of about 550 missionaries. Most were from Mexico and the US. It was great to live and work with them there. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. We saw the gospel and the church make a tremendous difference in the lives of many people. Our kids are now starting college. Our two boys are also serving full-time missions now, on here in the US and the other in Europe. I pray to God daily, usually several times each day. I love studying the scriptures. As I said, I feel I live my faith by just trying to be good and do good. I don't do it perfectly, but I know I have been very blessed as a result. I love the Savior, Jesus Christ. Life can be challenging for everyone, but my faith in Jesus Christ helps me deal with it positively and proactively, and it gives me great peace and happiness.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Shane
A "testimony" is simply a conviction or undertanding of truth that comes to you from God in spiritual ways. We share what we know with each other to strengthen each other. Many call this "bearing" testimony. As we share what we have learned in spiritual ways, we feel the Spirit of God confirm the truthfulness of different gospel principles. Everyone can come to know more truth from God if they will open their hearts and minds to sincere study and prayer and listen in spiritual ways for real communication from God. He still speaks to man if we listen to that "still, small voice." - 1 Kings 19:12 Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Shane
One of my daughter's school teachers once said to her, "So, you're a Mormon, huh? You don't drink, you don't smoke, what DO you do?" She replied, as only a bright teenager could, "The same things as everyone else, except sin!" Now, of course we all sin and make mistakes of which we need to repent throughout life, but I think that being a member of the church makes life less stressful and more fulfilling. The Church of Jesus Christ helps you more fully live the gospel of Jesus Christ. It provides you with many perfect opportunities to learn, grow and serve. You feel like Paul when he said we would be, "No more strangers or foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God." Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Shane
While the Bible is true--and we love, read, and live by it daily--many of its modern interpretations are simply the philosphies of men, created during times when a correct understanding of the gospel was not on the earth. Hence, many churches have essentially the same basic biblical writings, yet very diverse interpretations and applications of those writings. Most of those interpretations and applications are good, but since they are profoundly different, they can't all be true. God is not a God of confusion. That is why a restoration of the truth was necessary, to give the correct understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ again to the earth so that we can live the same gospel that has been given from the beginning, not an altered, weakened version. This is what God has done throughout history as the truth has been lost or changed. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Shane
Joseph Smith was the first prophet that God called in our day. Through him, God restored the complete gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth again for the final time. He was an imperfect man like the rest of us and like all the prophets throughout history, but he received a special calling from God and was a powerful instrument in God's hands. Through Joseph Smith, the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth. We don't worship, deify, or desire to cannonize him. We talk about him like the children of Israel would have spoken of Moses, or the people at the time of Abraham would have spoken of Abraham. We are very grateful to him for the revelation he received and for the fact that he fulfilled his calling faithfully. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Shane
I believe that only the grace and love of Christ's infinite atonement can bring me and my loved ones back into the presence of God. I also believe that He blesses us with that mercy and grace in direct proportion to how we believe and follow Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Shane
We know that God--the Father--so loved the world that He sent his Only Begotten Son--Jesus Christ--that whoso believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. This is from John 3:16. All of our scriptures teach this. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Shane
A "prophet" is simply someone that God prepares to teach and lead. They are not mystical, immortal or divine figures, they are just normal people that receive special responsibilities from God. They do not choose to become prophets. It is not something they aspire to. And no one can become a prophet just by studying or praying a lot. In Hebrews 5:4 we learn that God only gives specific authority in an orderly way, through an actual ceremony or "ordinance" performed by someone who God designates. There is only one "prophet," or man who presides in the church and on the earth at a time. God has established a very clear and deliberate pattern whereby he prepares them and brings them into that position of authority. As members of the church, we listen carefully to their counsel and we know that they are inspired by God, but we do not follow anyone blindly. We seek our own personal spiritual confirmation regarding what they teach and we do our best to do what we feel God wants. The more you learn about what is coming from God through them, the more appreciative you are of it. It becomes clear why God has always called prophets throughout the history of the world and why he has continued to do so in our day. We need them today more than ever. Show more Show less