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Hi I'm Shane

I'm a statistician and a football fan, and I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the third of 11 children. We moved around a lot before I turned 8, until my dad started to manage a farm in the church's welfare system. Instead of pursuing a farming career, I pursued post-graduate education and now work as a statistician in a research setting. I'm particularly intrigued by the study of population genetics, and in the analysis of longitudinal data, where I am most interested in using data to try to predict future disease risk. I love to spend time with my wife and children doing a variety of things - from sharing quiet reading time, to playing games, to playing sports such as soccer or football. I am particularly fond of exposing my children to art rock bands from the 1970s, and Spanish-language bands from more recent times. We enjoy taking long trips together, both to see family who are far away, as well as to seek out new and interesting things that are reachable by car.

Why I am a Mormon

Where to start? It would be easiest to say that I grew up a member of the church and that is that. But I know a lot of others who started in a very similar place but are now in an entirely different one. The simplest answer is that it is impossible to deny the feelings I have had as I have studied the scriptures and prayed to know of their truthfulness. I have felt the witness of the Holy Ghost confirm to me the truthfulness of the Bible and of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon truly is another witness of Jesus Christ - it confirms that he died for us and that he rose again from the dead. He is our Savior, and it is my study of the Book of Mormon that put me on the path leading to a knowledge of Jesus Christ. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living my faith begins with taking time to do the little things - study the scriptures, pray to Heavenly Father, attend worship services weekly. While I can definitely improve in these areas, it is these small areas, they are the things that have greatly strengthened my resolve to keep living my faith. One of the blessings of being a member of the Church comes because we do not have a professional clergy; we all are given opportunities to serve in a variety of positions. I have had the chance to serve in a number of settings, including teaching Sunday School (my favorite!). Recently, I have been asked to serve as an assistant to the leader of our local congregation. This has given me a chance to get to know most of the members of our congregation (and asking them to serve in their turn). I'm grateful for the chances that I have to serve in the Church, and look forward to having more opportunities to learn and grow as I receive new assignments.