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Hi I'm Shannon

I've lived on four continents. I'm a fulfilled mother of four. I'm a professional copy editor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of three young children and the wife of a law student. I've been a freelance technical copy editor for seven years, editing college textbooks and manuals for major corporations. I speak Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdian Krioulu, and vegetable-market Arabic. Although raised on a farm in Idaho, as an adult I've lived in Alaska, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Portugal, Cape Verde, Syria, and Jordan. I love exercising, writing, and helping people out.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been LDS for generations. But I am a Mormon by choice. Everybody believes in things they can't independently prove. I know I can't prove that Mormonism is true. But I have chosen to have faith that it is the restored church of Jesus Christ because over the course of my life, I have had many, many opportunities to know that this tree bears good fruit; so, I conclude, the source of the fruit must be good. Judging from my natural tendencies, I think that were it not for my religious adherence, my life would not be nearly so fulfilled if I had not been a Mormon. The doctrine and structure of the church have continually encouraged me to develop my talents, compassion, education, sense of gratitude, appreciation for and joy in my family, love, hope for humanity, and so on.

How I live my faith

I attend church weekly and keep the sabbath holy by doing things that bring me closer to the Savior on that day. I study the words of scripture each day and record my thoughts and feelings as I do so. Although we don't have much to spare now that my husband is law school, we pay 10 percent of my income as tithing. We give additional charity with the money we save when we fast one day each month. I'm in charge of the children's organization in my church group; I meet weekly with a few other women to plan how we can address the children's needs and organize the program. I try to live modestly in dress and behavior. I'm an active participant in my children's education. I regularly attend an LDS temple to worship God and serve my fellow man.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Shannon
Because the Lord commanded it for a period of time. It wasn't easy for those who practiced it. Many, even Brigham Young (the second prophet after the death of Joseph Smith) had difficulty accepting the revelation. It took a great deal of soul searching and personal submission and communion with God for many of those individuals to reconcile themselves to the practice of plural marriage. Even in ancient times, when the practice was culturally accepted, plural marriage was difficult. Moses, Abraham, and many others who practiced plural marriage because of God's commandment all experienced personal challenges arising from their family situation. But sometimes life is such: God requires difficult things. The difficulties never seem appealing to us, but if we are faithful, we will find that God had reasons for the challenges He gave us. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Shannon
A lot of people say they don't ascribe to "organized" religion. But the way I read the New Testament, Jesus Christ established a very organized religion. Because I consider myself a disciple of Jesus Christ, I seek for the kind of religion he established--to whom else shall I go for the words of eternal life? Since the time of Moses, the religious structure was one of a governing body of elders. To me, the modern 12 apostles fit the pattern I see all over the Bible. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Shannon
God chooses his prophets. Twelve apostles are chosen by revelation from God. Each of these are technically prophets, seers, and revelators. They remain apostles for the rest of their lives. The apostle who has been serving the longest as an apostle serves as the president of the twelve apostles. As the most senior of his group, he is also what you might call "the president of the prophets," and he is the one to whom Church members refer when they speak of "the living prophet." Because it is God who inspires the selection of members of the twelve apostles, and it is God who decides how long each of them lives, it is God who determines who becomes the president of the twelve apostles. Show more Show less