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Hi I'm Shaun

I'm a husband, a father through adoption, a musician, and a I'm Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my best friend! She is so beautiful and so amazing. We are the parents of two amazing children that joined our family through the miracle of adoption. We live in Utah. My wife is a stay at home mother where she teaches and cares for our children. We love and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Becoming a member of the church, a mormon, was one of the best decisions I ever made. It has helped me see what is truly important in life. It has given me purpose and direction, and it has helped me learn to truly love. I love being an member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love being Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Well... There is no short answer to this question. I'm not a Mormon because my parents made me join the church-they actually aren't Mormon. I'm not a Mormon because my friends are Mormon. I am Mormon because I have felt that it is true. When I was taught about the church I couldn't deny the feelings that I had. I wasn't looking to join a church - heck, I didn't even know if God really existed. But I became a Mormon because I received a very specific answer to a specific question. I"m a Mormon because it helps me be the person that God wants me to be. I'm a Mormon because it makes me a good husband. I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. I'm a Mormon because it's real.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day! Since I joined the Church in 2002 I have tried to live a life that Jesus Christ would be happy about. I am not perfect - I'm not even close... but I am trying to be a better person every day. My faith helps me a lot in my marriage. My wife and I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. We strive to read the scriptures and prayer every day. We make it a goal to attend the temple as much as possible and go to church every Sunday. We are striving to be the best people we can be.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Shaun
This is the Church's official stance on abortion: "Human life is a sacred gift from God. Elective abortion for personal or social convenience is contrary to the will and the commandments of God. Church members who submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions may lose their membership in the Church." Human life is precious. We believe that all children are spirit children of Heavenly Father. I have never been in the position where abortion was considered so I don't really know what is going through the minds of those that do consider it. However, I do know that these "embryos or fetuses" will become children and I know that there are thousands of couple that can't have children. It takes a lot of courage to place your child with some else. But you will give the gift of life to a child, you will give the gift of parenthood to those that might not be able to have children, and you will have a clean conscience knowing that you did the right thing. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Shaun
This is the story about how I became a member of the church: I was born into an awesome family. I was baptized into the catholic church when I was a month old. It was more of a tradition in our family than a religious practice. While growing up I can remember going to church a few dozen times. i never really understood what everything was all about... It wasn't taught in my home and at church I didn't ask questions. Though I was "Catholic" i didn't know what I believed. There were many times where I questioned the existence of God. But to be honest I never really had the desire to know if he was really there. That is until I was in high school. So my story with the LDS church began as a young high school student. Before I was 15 years old I hadn't even heard the word Mormon. There were no Mormons in my elementary or middle school. As a freshman I can remember asking a friend if she had a date for the upcoming homecoming dance. She simply replied, "I can't date until I'm 16". I later learned that it was because she was LDS. Members of the church aren't encouraged to date until they are 16 years old. The next year I met a friend who was in Jazz band with me. I learned that he went to early morning religious classes every morning before school. I was very impressed that someone my age would dedicate so much time to learning about religion. At the time I wasn't even sure if there was a God and he seemed to know everything. This was very intriguing but I didn't pursue learning about his faith. As a junior I met another member. There were only 7 in my school of 1500 so I saw it as not coincidence. She and I had several classes together and seemed to always be around one another. It didn't take long to realize that she wasn't like everyone else. She didn't go to parties, she didn't swear, she didn't go out on Sundays. She was different. I began to spend a lot of time with her and her family. I quickly saw that their faith was a riving factor in their lives. It wasn't just some tradition passed down but it was a life style, a way of living. I became very interested in learning more about their church. Meggi answered a lot of my questions but decided that I might learn more from the missionaries. I was introduced to Elders Hancock and Apker in the summer of 2002. As they began to teach me I loved meeting with them. After a few weeks of learn about the church I came to a point where I needed to decided if it was true or not. The things that they taught me were great. Sometimes it felt too good to be true. It came down to one day that my friend was taking about how the church had helped her in her life and she got a little teary eyed. It was a little surprising to me. I walked away from that experience thinking that the church was either true or these people were crazy... That evening I went home and intently read The Book of Mormon. I wanted to know if it were true or not. After reading I knelt down and for the first time prayed vocally to Heavenly Father. Within both m heart and mind I felt without a doubt that The Book of Mormon was true and that the things that missionaries had taught me were true. Two weeks later I was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now, 8 years later, I am very active in the church. The answer to the prayer I asked those many years ago has blessed me more than anything that I've ever done. It has lead me to the amazing blessings that I have today. I know without a doubt in my mind that God answered my prayer. No one can deny that! I know He heard me and lead me to make that great decision. I am so happy, I am a Mormon. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Shaun
Just as the Bible was written by prophets and inspired men in the middle east, The Book of Mormon was written by prophets and inspired men that lived in the ancient Americas. It was not written by Joseph Smith. He was guided to where this ancient record lay hidden. By the power of God he was able to translate this ancient record into The Book of Mormon that we have today. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Shaun
We believe that we should put our faith in The Lord, Jesus Christ. It is though him that we will be able to return to live with God, The Father. It is through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we can repent of our sins. And it is through faith in him that we can have power to do whatever thing he wants us to do. Our faith is firm in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Shaun
It's great! A lot of people think that being a Mormon is a very restrictive life style, but it's not. Living the gospel and the commandments that the Lord has given make me so happy. It's really easy to go with the flow and do what you want to do but living the life that God wants you to live is much more fulfilling. I am happy and I find comfort in my trials. Being a Mormon is great! Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Shaun
There is a pretty big difference between going to a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple. A Mormon Church, Chapel, or Meeting House is were members and visitors are able to go each Sunday. Members of the church and those interested in learning more about the church are invited to attend 3 hours of meetings each Sunday. The 3 hours are divided into 3 different meetings. The first and most important is the Sacrament Meeting. In this meeting we partake of bread and water to renew the covenants or promises that we made at baptism to follow Jesus Christ and keep his commandments. The second hour of meetings is Sunday School. There are several classes for all ages. In these classes we learn from the scriptures. The purpose of this hour is to help us apply in our own lives what the scriptures teach. The last hours men and women divide into different classes. In both groups principles of the gospel are taught and applied to the lives of those in the classes. As men we focus on our roles in life as we participate in the lessons. We talk about how to be better men, husbands, fathers, friends and neighbors. All are welcome to attend these meetings. The Meeting houses are also used for baptisms, congregational meetings, parties, wedding receptions and social functions. A Mormon Temple is different than a Meeting House. We believe the temple to be the house of the Lord. In temple more ordinances are preformed. Anyone who takes the necessary steps of preparation may enter the temple. The temple is sacred. Those who enter must be spiritually prepared. The temple helps those who have lived a gospel centered life make more eternal covenants with God. It is a place for people that have been spiritually prepared. Just as a surgeon must complete more than 10 years of schooling before he is allowed to practice, members of the church must go through spiritual preparation in order to enter the temple. People how are not spiritually prepared might not understand what is being taught to the same to degree as someone who has prepared might. In the temples families are sealed or married for time and eternity. We believe that marriage is a very sacred and ordained action. We believe that it is through is temple sealing that our families will be eternally linked. We know that we will exist within these relationship after death. To my knowledge we are the only church that believes this doctrine. We strive to protect the sanctity of marriage. we believe it to be much more than an action done civilly to recognized a man and a women as a couple. We believe it to be of an eternal nature-for this cause do we stand to protect the sanctity of marriage. Show more Show less