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Hi I'm Shana

I'm an Arizona Wildcat Alumni, I'm an advocate, I'm a survivor, I like pie, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently returned home from a full-time mission in Georgia, USA. I am currently working at a Domestic Violence Shelter. I graduated from The University of Arizona and look forward to one day returning to school to get my Masters of Social Work. I have lost two moms in my life. My first mom died when I was 9. My second mom died when I was 21, she had raised me from when I was 10 and up. I love my family and am grateful for them everyday.

Why I am a Mormon

I like many others was born into the church. My father and his family have been members for a very long time. My mother converted to the church before I was born, I never learned why she became a Mormon because she died when I was nine. Being born into the church is a blessing because you don't have to go out and find it. However, you still have a responsibility to find out that it is true- which can still be hard. I am Mormon because I studied and searched. I read The Book of Mormon myself and followed Moroni's exhortation or strong urge for me to pray and ask God for myself that the book is the word of God Moroni 10:4-5. One night after I had finally finished reading The Book of Mormon from cover to cover I went into a room, got on my knees and prayed out loud; praying out loud can be difficult but I do know that our prayers are more powerful as we follow our Savior's example in this. As I was praying I would pause and just try to understand what the Spirit was trying to tell me. I told God that no matter what, I would follow Him. I also told Him my answer that I had received as I had read. As I read The Book of Mormon I didn't see angels or hear voices or have an overwhelming feeling that shook me to the core. Instead I had peaceful feelings, feelings of warmth, comfort, or what I like to describe as the "ooey, gooey, no one can describe 'em" feelings. These feelings lead me to the conclusion that The Book of Mormon was true. But I still had to pray to confirm it with our Father in Heaven. So as I was kneeling in the room, all alone, I once more tried to feel and understand if my conclusion was truly God's answer for me. My answer didn't come as any of those overwhelming feelings but once more I felt the peace and comfort that the Spirit provides. The experience was so simple, nothing major, but just a feeling that I was on the right path, the path our Savior had shown us. With the knowledge that The Book of Mormon was true I went through the rest of the religion and reaffirmed what I had been taught throughout my life. I'm a very logical person and so it was easy for me to put the dots together. Since The Book of Mormon is true then Joseph Smith had to be a prophet because God reveals His secrets through His servants, the prophets as it says in Amos 3:7 in the Old Testament. Then since Joseph Smith was a prophet the church that he established under the direction of our Savior truly is The Church of Jesus Christ. I know this is true! I know that Jesus Christ lives, He loves us, and He has given us everything that He gave to our brothers and sisters in the past. A church, with a prophet, led by revelation, and with the priesthood. That doesn't mean that its easy but it does give me the courage to keep going- even when its hard. Being a Mormon isn't easy- but the peace, comfort, love, direction, etc. that I feel as I truly live my faith is ALWAYS worth it.

How I live my faith

I recently returned home from a mission in Georgia and South Carolina where I went to people's houses and taught them about our Savior's church and His gospel. Now I conduct the music in church during our main worship service. I also am over of anything to do with music in my congregation.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Shana
I love Joseph Smith. I am grateful for his courage and legacy that he left us. I am grateful for what he did so that I could have the knowledge and peace that I have today. However I do not worship him- he was just a man. He was a man comparable to Moses whom the Jews revered and talked about for centuries after his mission ended here on the Earth. I revere Joseph Smith for all that he has done. I worship God. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Shana
The priesthood is the power of God given to men to act in His name. This doesn't mean that women aren't as important or special as men or that men are above women- just that we're different- which is okay. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Shana
Yes husbands and wives can be together forever as long as they live their lives in accordance to God's commands. I also know that families can be together forever as long as we all strive to obey God. Families are important to us, they are the center of our lives. God loves us, He wants us to be happy, and therefore He blesses us with our family together forever as long as we're worthy. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Shana
Mormons was a nickname given to us while people weren't really liking The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1800s. It was meant to be kinda derogatory because we read from The Book of Mormon but its been a great way to distinguish ourselves- its become a positive thing now. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Shana
Mormons believe that families aren't just for this life but that they're for all of eternity. Families are very important to our Heavenly Father. Thats why we work so hard at them and try to have family time, because we're going to be together for a long time. The knowledge that our families are eternal helps me to work harder at helping my family and keeping connected with them- even though it can be hard when all the kids are now adults. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Shana
I know that there is a prophet like Moses today. I know that because God has always called prophets. Throughout the Bible we see God calling prophets to help guide and lead His people. We also see times in the Bible where there is a large gap in between prophets- look at the time between the Old and New Testament in the Bible. So even though we were without for awhile I know that God called a prophet in 1820- Joseph Smith. I also know that He will continue to call prophets and does today. To find out for yourself just listen to what he has to say, decide for yourself that he is a prophet, and confirm you answer through prayer with God. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Shana
The Atonement is when Jesus suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, died on the cross, and rose the third day from the grave. It was necessary for Jesus to sacrifice himself to pay for our sins. I like analogies- they help me think- so when I think of the Atonement I think of eating a candy bar in a store and realizing that I don't have the money to pay for it. I may or may not have fully intended to pay for that candy bar but it doesn't matter because the fact is that I ate the candy bar so now justice (or the store clerk) demands that I pay for it or go to jail. Jesus I always see as a nice man whom happens to hear my awful predicament and says that He'll pay for my candy bar. However, when He pays I find out that this candy bar was very rare and expensive, and that I could never pay it off. Just like our sins- we have no idea how much they cost but its more than we'll ever be able to afford. So Christ, or the nice man in the store, tells us all we have to do is a few simple things for Him and it'll be ok- debt forgiven- as long as we keep our end of the deal. Our end is to have faith, repent, be baptized by someone holding authority (because He is the one who had to pay so they have to have permission that they can actually trace back to him- not a school or a good thought one day), receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end- or keep on going. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Shana
The Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. The Bible and The Book of Mormon go hand in hand and are both scriptures, they just happen to be written on two different continents because satellites weren't as readily available as they are now. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Shana
When the missionaries come they will talk to you about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how it applies in your life- personally. They will talk about how God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The missionaries will talk to you about how God has always called prophets and has called one today. They will invite you to learn that this is true for yourself by reading The Book of Mormon and praying (with a true desire to know and a willingness to change) to have God confirm to you that all of this is true. Show more Show less