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Hi I'm Shane

I grew up in Southern California. I love people, am a writer, dancer, family man, play the drums, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I have been happily married for over 11 years. I cherish my wife and two beautiful sons very much, and we are expecting our third child, a daughter next year. Our family is a precious treasure to us. We have so much love and fun together, and it is a wonder for me to see the love of God, blessings and providence He gives us everyday. One very unique thing about me is my cherished trial of living with most serious mental illnesses. After battling them now for over 23 years, I enjoy a full life of happiness and activity. At this point there are no limitations at all. I am working, going to school, and have had a continuous road of miracles, filled with significant highs, lows, and stepping stone experiences. Without the atonement of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my faith in Him, His love, grace and restored gospel, I would not be who I am, nor have made it to where I am today. I am truly blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family that are all active members in the church. My parents are good people who strive to guide and support their children in the gospel the best they can. They have nurtured and taught us the gospel all our lives. They show their love for Jesus Christ by obeying Him, which helps us become more like Him too. Growing up, we had habits of teaching each other the gospel in our home, taking turns giving a spiritual message on Sundays, and on Mondays, we would do a fun family activity. With us seven children, we had many opportunities to serve each other daily, and many times we would go around the community and pick up trash, or even go to a fellow church members home, and assist them in cleaning their home. I also feel that I have been given a special Gift of the Spirit from Heavenly Father, of always knowing the gospel and His church are true. I have always known it, and treasured it my entire life. I am now 41 years old, and there has never been a time of doubt or non-belief. Because of the love, teachings, power and witness of the Gift of the Holy Ghost, which is the most powerful witness there can be, I know, and will always know, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true! Today, all of my immediate family members are very active, and it is the most important part of who we are.

How I live my faith

My many experiences, insights and gifts gained from the Lord as I have fought through this good fight, have helped me turn these great trials of mental and emotional challenges, into a wonderful blessing. I have learned to understand and love others in a way not common among most. I have a vast hope, and much wisdom to offer, which has been of great service to others, as well as beneficial to me. I live my faith through daily and faithful prayer, scripture study, attending to my duties as husband and father, and being active in church and service. My wife and I serve as a primary teachers with the 5 year olds, and cherish our time and efforts loving and teaching them the gospel. My parents and siblings get together once a month to do family history and Temple work for our forebearers, and I love doing this work. I love being a good influence and friend to all I associate with, and strive with His joy to please my Heavenly Father in doing His will and work every day. I have also been blessed in actively sharing the gospel online. I do this through means of two blogs I run, and through participating in gospel discussion, and sharing through social media. I kindly join in the online discussions of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and always make sure to have a positive conversation, even validating and providing good closure for those who don't agree, for to me, everyone's view is important. All these things give me great joy and comfort.

What is the First Vision?

As a boy, Joseph Smith was surrounded by various churches which, though they disagreed with one another, each claimed to teach the truth. This caused him much serious reflection. He wanted to know which church was right. One day he read a passage in the Bible which says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). Joseph decided to accept the invitation to ask God. In the spring of 1820, Joseph went to a grove of trees near his home and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. Joseph wrote “When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other - This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” Joseph was told to join none of the churches that existed at that time as the priesthood authority and Church as Jesus Christ had organized it when He was on the earth had been lost over the centuries. Joseph Smith’s First Vision marked the beginning of the Restoration of Jesus Christ’s Church to the earth. I know this to be true. It happened just as the Prophet Joseph Smith said it happened, and as he could not deny it, neither can I. Show more Show less