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Hi I'm Shannon

I grew up in Washington. I have 6 children. I'm a dancer. I teach a free exercise class, three times/week. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Music and dance have been a major point of inspiration for me throughout my life. I grew up singing with my family in various service-oriented capacities, from church activities, community events and professional concerts. Even though I started dancing at the ripe old age of 14, it has been a major outlet and source of happiness for me. I studied ballet, modern and ballroom, and after having six children, I have still been able to share my love of dance while performing in a lyrical dance company. Now I am a full-time wife and mom. My husband and I own a small business with some friends, and are working hard to make it successful. I teach an exercise class, 3x/week, and offer it for free to anyone that would like to come. It helps me take care of myself, while at the same time allows me to use my talents to bless the lives of others.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love truth. I love having the Gift of the Holy Ghost in my life to guide and direct me. Having that one on one communication with my Father in Heaven has been the major source of happiness in my life. I know that by following the commandments that the gospel sets forth, and by following the example of my Savior, I am able to have His Spirit with me, which gives me greater, and more poignant peace, security and happiness than any worldly counterfeit could offer. Whether I am striving to find patience with a 4 year-old, struggling run a successful business with my husband, or wanting to know where I stand in my relationship with God, I know that because of the sacred covenants that I have made with my Father in Heaven through baptism, I am entitled to the enabling and strengthening power of the atonement in my life to lift me up and help me through it all. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same church that the Savior organized when he was on the earth. I know it. I can't help but know it. The more I study, the more I open my eyes to the world around me, the more it is evident to me that this gospel is the gospel with the most truth of all religions on the earth. I have no fear of how the world views me in my peculiarity, because I know that the Lord is on my side. I know that the way I live my life, according to the standards of the church, is what has brought me joy in my life, and what will bring me joy eternally.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity to work with the young women in my ward. I teach on Sundays and am able to organize and participate in weekly activities with them that strengthen them and teach them of their divine worth and potential. In a world that demeans and demoralizes womanhood, it is vital that these girls know where they come from and what they can become. Through my love of dance, I have been blessed with the resources to teach a free exercise class. It is my way of using my talents to be of service to my sisters, not only in the gospel, but in my entire community. By doing so, I hope to show them that this is what the gospel of Jesus Christ is about - taking care of each other. I am no where near perfect, but I strive to live my faith in every aspect of my life. I seek the Lord's guidance in how I raise my family, run our business, and deal with others. I pray daily that I might see them as He sees them, and find that my own burdens are lighter as I strive to serve them. I think that is the great secret - that our greatest fulfillment and joy comes from looking beyond ourselves and lifting others.