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Hi I'm Shawn

I'm a technologist and a father. I believe faith is the foundation of a happy life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At 2:46pm on March 11th, my family was spread across Tokyo when the earthquake hit. I was on the 24th floor of a skyscraper. My wife and smallest children were at home. Two children had left to buy water down the street, and one was at school. However, although we were miles apart, I knew we prayed together. When the millions of people poured out of their buildings, the streets clogged. People who were used to complicated subway routes had to find a new way home by foot. One co-worker was confused and asked me how. I pointed up to the moon and said, “Keep it in front of you and after two hours you will start to recognize the way.” And I started walking. The church had helped my family to prepare for such a time. We learned how to keep an extra kit with food, map, and shoes; how to set up a plan; how to help others who were less prepared. But more importantly, I had learned to build a supply of faith.

Why I am a Mormon

Like keeping the moon in front of us when we evacuated, I try to center my life on the teachings of Jesus Christ. I teach my children about this because I know their happiness is most likely if they follow him. However, it is not only a hope of happiness in some future life. Mormonism is a practical religion; a recipe for happiness. I do not need to retreat to a far-away mountain and escape life to achieve this. Rather, it is an integrated part of my family, work, and everyday life. This means the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be found in the lives of its members. As Jesus taught: “By their fruits ye shall know them”.

How I live my faith

When people find out I am Mormon, many people want to talk about faith. They think about their lives and what they believe, or used to believe. Some find it curious that faith could be so relevant in today’s modern world. I work in the ever-changing hi-tech world. I help create new products and markets, and see how quickly today’s technology becomes irrelevant. In contrast, faith in God helps me to be grounded, to keep what’s really important firmly in front of me. Similarly, I looked up to the moon when I had to go home because once a kind adult showed a young Scout how. At the time, I never knew I would need it in Tokyo. My faith is like that. Through it, I see my purpose in life. I try to surround myself with happy families who have not only built their lives on a strong foundation, but have passed it to their children. I search out and try to pattern my life after theirs. I know my children’s children will be strong because they will know how to recognize and live true principles.