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Hi I'm Shannon

I grew up attending a church of a different faith, but I'm happy to say that now, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the western United States in a divorced family with a younger sister and two half-siblings. I love my family and I am very grateful for them and the ways they support me. Becoming a Mormon was definitely not part of my plan. But 5 years ago my life changed and I couldn't be more happy. Today I am married to my best friend and we have a little girl. I love being a wife and a mother.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up more-or-less, as a non-denominational Christian. I believed in Christ and in His saving grace. But this belief didn't really come through study and questioning, it came through good-natured men and women who taught me what they knew, my parents, my pastor, youth ministers, etc. I am so grateful for their faith and how they shared it with me. But as I got older I had questions about some of the sermons. Some of the doctrine just didn't quite make sense to me, but I often just disregarded it as something I just wasn't meant to understand. Then one summer I read a book about a woman who had left the Mormon church. As I read, I wrote down questions I had about Mormons and their beliefs. My best friend Kassi and her family belonged to the Mormon church so occasionally I would bring up some of my questions. Kassi and I even got into a few heated debates. I wondered how we could understand things so differently. Eventually Kassi's family invited me to meet with the full-time LDS missionaries in their home to ask a few more of my questions. I figured it was harmless so I agreed. After a few times, the missionaries asked if I would like to take some lessons about the church and we could answer questions as we went. I decided to go along with it. The first lesson was on Joseph Smith and what they called the Restoration. I enjoyed the lesson and thought it was a nice story but I didn't believe a word they said. But then at the end of the evening one missionary turned to me and told me what he knew to be true. I don't remember everything he said but I do remember how I felt. It felt like God was giving me a small taste of what His Sprit felt like, something I now recognize as the Holy Ghost. We said goodbye, and I was left questioning. What was that feeling? What should I do now? What is the truth? It took me two years and many trials to finally recieve my answer from God, my loving Heavenly Father. The day I was baptized into my Savior's church was the happiest day of my life. I know that God hears our prayers, I know that Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet and to restore the Church. I know that we have a living prophet today and that our Heavenly Father still speaks to us. I am a Mormon because they had the answers to my questions. I am a Mormon because the gospel makes sense. I am a Mormon because I recieved an answer from the Lord that His church had been restored. I am a Mormon beause, simply stated, it is true...

How I live my faith

I try everyday to remember my Savior through prayer and scripture study. I try to remember the Atonement and how I would be nothing without it. I attend church and activities with the congregation I am apart of and I try see others as our Father in Heaven sees them.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Shannon
All women are different and unique, just as all people are different. This is the way we were created to have different strengths and to help each other along the way. It is the same in the LDS church. We are all different. Speaking for myself as a Mormon woman, I am encouraged by the church in my desires to gain a college education, to be a fun and loving mother, and to work as an equal partner with my husband, and to become all I desire to be. So YES, Mormons ABSOLUTELY believe in equality of men and women! Here is what a prophet of God has to say concerning this question as he speaks specifically to the women "I bear testimony before the entire world of your worth, of your grace and goodness, of your remarkable abilities and tremendous contributions..." President Gordon B. Hinckley Women of the Church Conference Report Oct. 1996, 90-95 or Ensign, Nov. 1996, 67-70 For additional information on this topic see the following two talks. They are wonderful! And written by men of God. Women of Righteousness BY ELDER M. RUSSELL BALLARD Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles M. Russell Ballard, "Women of Righteousness", Ensign, Apr. 2002, 66–73 The Influence of Righteous Women BY PRESIDENT DIETER F. UCHTDORF Second Counselor in the First Presidency Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Influence of Righteous Women", Ensign, Sept. 2009, 4–9 Show more Show less