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Hi I'm Shaun

I lived in a retirement home. Now I run one. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 30 years old, and I work in a retirement community. In fact, I work in a retirement community where I used to live. While completing a masters degree in gerontology, I participated in an internship which allowed me to work and live within the community for two years. This eventually led to full-time employment. I love what I do, but as is true with all types of employment, work can be frustrating, trying, and sometimes even depressing. Inevitably when I feel overwhelmed like I can't go on, I will have an experience which helps me to feel loved, like I'm making a difference, and that Heavenly Father has a plan for me like He does for all His children.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family but learned from an early age that attending church was a personal decision. In fact, I remember one Sunday when my older brother who would have been around 11 years old did not want to go to church. My parents expressed their disappointment but ultimately told him that the decision was his. We left without him. That experience stuck with me later when I had my own doubts. I knew that I had to decide for myself. A big part of our faith is that God not only listens, but He speaks as well. This is usually through the Holy Ghost which can come as a feeling of peace, love, or happiness. As I have prayed to know the truth concerning different aspects of the Gospel such as the teachings of the Book of Mormon, the power of Christ to forgive us, or the reality of living prophets, I receive those feelings of peace and love that I know comes from God. I know that I am most happiest when I have aligned my life according to the teachings of Christ as found in His church.

How I live my faith

One of my responsibilities at church is to lead the prison ministry for this area. In Matthew 25 the Savior teaches "...when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." We offer weekly services for Mormon inmates as well as for others not of our faith who are interested in learning the Gospel. Being involved in this program has taught me of the power that Christ has to heal our broken hearts and help us change our lives. There is no one who is beyond His love.

What do Mormons believe about family?

I love my family. If you can't tell from my photo, I'm the favorite uncle. Right now, I am the only member of my family living in California. Even though I am far away physically, I still feel close to my family. One of the things that keeps me feeling close is that fact that my family is sealed together for all eternity. We believe that family relations are not just for this life. Husbands and wives married in the temple under the proper priesthood authority can be together with their children forever. I know that as we strive to live our lives according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, we can be together as a family forever. Show more Show less