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Hi I'm Shannon

I was raised on a farm in Washington State but now enjoy living in the city. I am a wife and mother, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the mother of 4 children ages 10 to 22. My oldest is married, the second is currently serving a mission for our church and the two youngest are still at home. I love to run...O.K., I love the feeling when I'm done running ...I like to read, sew (although I'm too much of a perfectionist to get much done), swim, ride bikes, travel, play games with my family and go on dates with my husband. One of our favorite family activities is to invite friends over for dinner.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon is integral to who I am. While I was raised in an active Mormon family; our family didn't start out that way. My mother was a member of a different Christian Church. As a rule, my mother’s family didn't attend church much, but she always felt drawn to attend whenever she could. My dad on the other hand was raised in a Mormon family. But when he met my Mother (he was in his early twenties), he had not participated in the church for a few years. My parents fell in love and soon were married. At some point after they married, my Dad started to go back to church. My mother attended with him, but it took nearly 13 years before she was converted and baptized which was about the time I was born (I'm the 5th child). From that time on the church has been a focal point in our family's life.

How I live my faith

When I was twenty one I felt inspired to serve a mission for my church. It was then that my testimony matured and I grew in confidence and became more aware of my gifts and talents. What joy I felt as I shared my testimony of Jesus Christ and the restoration of His Gospel upon the earth. Sharing my beliefs with people who were unfamiliar with my faith really strengthened my testimony. My husband and I provide service when and where we can. We try to help people when they need it, not just when it's convenient. Sometimes giving service takes me outside of my comfort zone, but invariably it always brings me much joy. A few years ago I was asked to oversee the Sunday worship for the children ages 18 months to 11 years old in our congregation. Fortunately, there were several very capable, loving and kind women who served with me. Being in charge was not my choice nor my inclination. But the experience of serving and working with these other women and children was a real blessing in my life. Recently, I've had a similar responsibility for the teenage girls at church...Interacting with teenagers was a whole different experience.... I frequently felt overwhelmed and very much under qualified. But as I exercised faith and did my part, I was strengthened and buoyed up by the love of my Father in Heaven.