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Hi I'm Shawna

I write music. I'm a mom and a grandma. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a songwriter, a voracious reader, an avid sports fan, and a Christian. But first and foremost, I'm a mom. We have 5 grown children and 2 grandchildren, and I would rather spend time with them than do anything else in the world. I love playing games, and have the unfortunate habit of making everything a competition. The best thing I ever did was marry my husband, who is my best friend, my biggest fan and my cycling partner (when I can get him to slow down).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in an LDS family, and baptized when I was 8 years old. The gospel of Jesus Christ continues to be a source of great strength and comfort to me in an increasingly turbulent world. I have a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ, and believe that the most important knowledge on earth is to know that He lives, that He loves us, and that He will make us whole, if we will come unto Him. The Church organization makes great sense to me, as it encourages us to be loving and tolerant, to reach out to those in need, to work hard, to be honest and responsible, and to make our family our number one priority. I believe these principles, if widely adopted, would help solve most of the serious problems in the world.

How I live my faith

I teach music to children, and I love it. I've also spent significant time working with young women (ages 12-18), teaching lessons, planning activities, and going to girl's camp. My husband and I recently spent several days with more than 500 youth on a pioneer trek, complete with handcarts. It was a great experience. I love serving and getting to know people better, but I still consider the most important part of living my faith to be the things I do with and for my own family.

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

Faith is more than believing - it's believing deeply enough that you are compelled to act. True faith in Jesus Christ dictates that we strive to be more like Him. We are kinder, more tolerant, less critical. We see others as who they really are -- children of our Heavenly Father -- with the same hopes, dreams, fears and struggles as we have. When someone we know and love is making choices we don't agree with, we want to help them, instead of condemn them. Others can feel our love, and no matter what happens, the relationship stays strong. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We believe that the family is the central unit of all mankind. Nations, kings, governments, corporations, professional organizations, and groups of every kind will come and go, but families will continue into the eternities. We also believe that the strength of families will determine the success of whole communities. There is no greater way to solve the most serious problems in the world than for a mother and father to lovingly teach their children to be moral, responsible, honest and kind. Show more Show less