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Hi I'm Shaun Syphus

I'm an insatiable learner. I'm a piano teacher. I'm a college student and a budding photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love hiking and camping. I'm an amateur photographer (who isn't?) and love to view my surroundings from different perspectives. I'm attending college as a Piano Performance major. I like to watch some sports but don't really play-- not my forte :) I love cooking and enjoy trying new things that I haven't tried before.

Why I am a Mormon

Without Christ, my life would have no meaning. I'm a Mormon because I know that the Mormon church is Christ's church. How do I know that? Throughout the Old Testament, New Testament and the Book of Mormon, one of many underlying themes concerns our own study and enlightenment: how to gain more of it, what we should be doing to gain more and so on. With that theme, a scripture of the Book of Mormon asks us, "For how knoweth a man the Master whom he has not served?" In other words, how are we supposed to know Christ if we don't keep his commandments? Thinking about this and other scriptures, I took, and continually take the challenge a Book of Mormon prophet gives, and that is to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. Having done this to both the Book of Mormon and the Bible, I know that they teach truth and that they are in fact God's words to us, His literal sons and daughters. I have found that as I continually live what is taught out of those two books, the desire to live like our Savior grows. I want to love more, repent more, change more and do everything I can to promote the happiness of those around me. For me, this can't happen at the magnitude that it has without the Book of Mormon. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Attending church helps solidify my resolve to give service. There are so many opportunities! I've found that where service is rendered, the Holy Spirit's influence is also in attendance. Providing and receiving service is like putting on a new pair of glasses: we come to view life and it's small details with a much more grand understanding. We forget about that otherwise festering wound. When the focus is off of the negative, those negativities become resolved--a testament to miracles all its own. If I desire to serve, however, I have to actively think about ways to do so. A constant thought toward opportunities to serve helps me to gain a better perspective on life and the things that truly matter. The combination of scripture study and prayer have served, just as the prophets have told us, as a potent cure-all. The most amazing things, often very intimate in their presentation, are revealed to me: answers to questions I have about improving my life. What I have come to call "Divine synchronicities" occur in more consistent and increasingly noticeable ways as I maintain consistency in scripture study. Of the many things that those tender experiences provide, one of the chiefest in my life has been how comforting they are. There is nothing quite like having life work out in ways so intimately unimaginable. In addition to reading the scriptures, I've found that these instances come as prayers are offered in behalf of others. God will offer His willing children countless, limitless opportunities to use the talents that He has given them. It has been my experience that as I have taken those opportunities, my testimony-- or divinely given knowledge-- of God's plan has been increased. My perspective on life takes to soaring new heights and I am more benevolent with those around me. With the chief motivation being love for God, and with faith in His Son's Atonement, consistency in prayer, scripture study and service through our talents is the key to obtaining joy.