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Hi I'm Shawn

I'm studying city planning with the hopes of making a difference in the communities around me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a senior at college trying to make something of myself... Almost done and then I'm off to graduate school! Just can't get enough school i guess... I love photography, taking and editing pictures, it's one of my favorite hobbies because it's a blast and it's such a great stress reliever for me!

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I've been a member my whole life but that doesnt mean I'm not a convert to the church. Every member has to come to terms witht why they do what they do. For me it wasn't until I was 17 years old in high school. I went through the motions because thats how I was raised. Once I got to high school I started to wonder why I was a member and asking questions to find out if I really believed or not. It was a hard process actually because I was getting pulled back and forth trying to figure everything out on my own. I knew certain things taught were true right from the beginning like I have a Father in Heaven that loves me unconditionally. I knew that the bible was the word of God and that our bodies are temples and that we should take care of them. But I never really knew if the restoration of the church of Christ back to the earth through Joseph Smith was really true or not. It sounded good but I still had questions and concerns. It wasn't until I went on a church history trip the summer before my senior year in high school. It was about a 19 day long bus ride from Az to NY and back and probably the greatest blessing to me at that time in my life. We went to every significant site of history for our church and the one that stood out most to me was in Winter Quarters, Nebraska at the Pioneer Cemetery. This was such a holy place, so many people had died their because of the long trek across the country they had made so far and because of the harsh weather they had encountered. As I walked through the cemetery I was paying close attention to the tombstones and especially the dates on them... I could not believe how many children had to be buried there! It just threw me for a loop... Then I saw the statue there in the center area of a husband with a shovel in one hand and his wife embraced with the other staring down at a shallow grave he had dug and had placed their infant in... It broke my heart to see all the pain that had to have been felt by these pioneers. And then it hit me... Anyone in their right mind would not have left the comfort and warmth of their own homes, their livelihood, their lives as they knew it for something that wasn't true! And at that moment, on that hallowed ground I knew in my heart that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and it's teachings had to be true, it just had to be! I have such great respect for those pioneers because they not only put God first in their lives, but they proved step by step across this great country! What great examples they are to me.

How I live my faith

I try my best to always have a prayer in my heart that I will do the right thing, whatever it may be. I pray for the Spirit to always be with me to guide me in all my endeavors. This is a harsh world to be in but it is such a great place to learn and to grow. The best way I feel that I can be a good example to others is by being honest, helpful and truthful; which is one of the most important things to me and that I strive to be always. I put my faith to the test and served a mission for the church in the New York, New York South Mission from 2006 to 2008. I was sent to serve in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. Those were some of the hardest times in my life, but also some of the greatest times! I was able to help people come to a better knowledge of their Father in Heaven and their Savior Jesus Christ. Things happened there in those 2 years that I will cherish for the rest of my life! I not only helped people grow closer to God and Jesus Christ, but also brought myself closer to them and strengthened my testimony of the Gospel that we preached. I know that if you give the missionaries a chance and listen to what they have to say, with an open mind, their message will change your life forever! As of lately, in my university singles ward (or congregation), I am called to be in the leadership of the men's organization. This assignment has been such a great blessing to me in my life because of the responsibilities it carries with it. It helps to keep me on track with what I should be doing and how I should be conducting my life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Shawn
The Church leaders have preached that all worthy young men (ages 19-25) should prepare to serve a full-time mission (which are 2 years long). Women (ages 21+) are more than welcome to serve (usually 18 months in length), but are not expected to. Missions are a great opportunity for young men and women to put their faith to work and to focus on others. Show more Show less