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Hi I'm Shannon

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full time mom, but before that job I worked in pharmacies and planned to go to pharmacy school. Then I had my 3rd child and put that dream on hold. Recently I applied for pharmacy school and was accepted so in Aug. I'll be a full time student again for the next 3 yrs and my husband will stay home. It'll be tough but I know it will be worth it. We live in a rural town in UT now and we run a ranch with beef cows and quarter horses that will pay the bills the next few years. I grew up in a big city in CA, moved to UT at 17 then served a mission when I was 21. The church is keeping up with the times well to have a website like this! It is amazing what having a living prophet can do for you, Moses certainly never would have put this up. The teachings of our current prophet are some of the most important things that we can listen to. The gospel brings a peace into our lives that is better than anything else we could choose to do for ourselves. You never know what life will bring you but if you can take a second and check with God to see if he approves of where you're headed, then you'll never end up on the wrong road. That doesn't mean life will be simple for you or that hard times won't come- it just means that you'll be given the strength to overcome whatever comes your way and that you'll always have God on your side. My life has been blessed so much just from that one simple principle of trying to be in the right places at the right times. I'm thankful for that knowledge.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom was a convert to the church before I was born, so my family growing up all went to church. My dad was a member his whole life, but I think the point in my life when I was really beginning to be converted happened when I was 16. I had gone to Hawaii to babysit for the summer and while I was there I spent time reading the Book of Mormon on my own for the first time. It changed my life to know that God cared about us enough to appear to the boy Joseph and re-establish his church on earth for our benefit. Because I believe this event really happened, I know the Book of Mormon must be true and the Church that God restored thru Joseph Smith must also be true. I have had so many experiences that confirm this. The gospel is so simple that it amazes me so many people try to complicate it and they miss the whole point. I believe that any problem in life can be solved thru the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ came to earth to teach those who would listen and save all who come to Him. I'm so thankful for God sending His son to do this for me. It is thru Him that I believe I will be able to return to live with them someday.

How I live my faith

I try my best to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost in all I do. Of course I'm human so I make mistakes (frequently acutally) but I make it a point to try and be worthy of the direction the spirit gives because it makes life so much easier when you do. I've learned that in life, the best way to follow Christ is to be kind to others. That is what this life is all about. If you claim to be a Christian but you are unwilling to step out of your comfort zone to help others then you are not living your faith. I try my best to keep my commitments to visit certain church members each month and to pray for them and to be there for them if they need me. Every Sunday I prepare a lesson for the class of 9 year olds I'm a teacher for and I see that God blesses me in my efforts. Sometimes I come away from class learning more than the kids did. My faith and gospel knowledge are made stronger as I try hard to teach my own kids every Monday night something small about Jesus' teachings and we have a lot of fun as we take that time to interact with our kids and enjoy their company. My children seem the happiest as we spend good quality time together working or playing or just having Monday night family time. Knowing that God has entrusted these 5 special people to my care for now makes me feel a huge sense of responsibility to not mess this one up. To get through the tough times, I ask for His help and I just say "Hey, these are Your kids here so what would You have me do right now?" It never fails that when I pray with that kind of attitude, I always get the inspiration that I was looking for and I know what I need to do. God knows each of us and He knows our limitations- He knows what my weaknesses are and He blesses me for my efforts to do what is right. There are times in everyone's life when they feel alone or lost. During those times in my life, even my smallest effort to correct my problems have been answered with huge blessings of help.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

I once heard the quote "a study of the scriptures will change behavior quicker than a study of behavior will". Often in my life I've thought of going into a research of psychology or social sciences to help me be less of something or more of another- wanting to correct flaws in my own personality and behavior. Then I think of this quote and make a commitment to spend like 10 min per day studying the scriptures, and my problem always works itself out. When I need to feel peace, I most often turn to the teachings of ancient prophets recorded in the scriptures. If my life is in harmony with what I read there, then I know that all my problems are temporary and insignificant compared to what they could be. My faith is strengthened as I read stories of brave people who had conflicts and overcame them. I learn from their experiences and try to apply the same gospel concepts in my own life. Show more Show less