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Hi I'm Shawn

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Salt Lake City in the mid 70's. I grew up in Bountiful, Utah, a small town just 15 minutes north of Salt Lake City. I grew up relatively unassociated with the church except to say that many good neighbors and friends (and also active members of the church) surrounded my family with love and friendship. Even as a young boy, I knew that my family was a little different from the rest. In fact, as I talk about my childhood today I often refer to my family as the "Belushi's of Bountiful." We were the black sheep, to be very sure. But that did not keep good people from surrounding my family and me. And I mean really good people. In seventh grade a little red-headed girl become a good friend. Throughout junior high and high school, and for whatever reason, this little red-head always looked out for me and encouraged me to do my best and set my sights high. So I did. And it has made all the difference. We married in the early 90's and our friendship has now lasted nearly 30 years. We have two wonderful children, whom we love dearly. They were born in Virginia and we now live in Colorado.

Why I am a Mormon

One day when I was approaching my 19th birthday, my bishop visited with me and essentially said, "Shawn, you're not prepared to go on a [full-time service] mission and you're probably not even planning on it, but you need to go. It will change your life and your family." I agreed, and it really did change everything. Up until that point, my family and I had lived a happy life among our mormon neighbors, but spiritually and religiously, we were disconnected. Choosing to serve a mission changed that, not just for me but for my family also. While I prepared to serve, I had profound spiritual experiences that strengthened my faith in Jesus Christ. I always had a profound sense that our Heavenly Father lived and loved me. But it wasn't until I was preparing for my mission that I began to have a desire to exercise faith in Jesus Christ. I began to feel like something new in me was awakening, and it felt good. I wanted to know the Savior and feel His love in my life. And as I began to exert and strengthen my faith, I began to grow in ways that I never thought were possible. I credit my study of the Book of Mormon and my growing understanding of the importance of living prophets, revelation and the renewal of Christ's church in the latter-days as deepening my faith in Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Through faith in Jesus Christ and the miracle of forgiveness, my single desire in life is to please the Lord in everything that I do. My desire is to be like him, to do as he has shown us. This single focus influences every aspect of my life: how I spend my time, the things I say and do, what I think, and indeed my attitudes and personality. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I hope that I am even a small reflection of Jesus, and that as others are with me their faith in Christ is strengthened even slightly. I am not perfect, to be sure. My greatest challenge is PATIENCE. But I know that as I exert faith and strive for humble discipleship in Jesus Christ, that Christ will make more of me than what I would otherwise be if left to my own efforts. I am truly grateful for Him.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Is there any place better to love and to be loved than in a Family? As I live for Christ, I also live for my family. And not just my wife and children, but the many generations that came before me, and hopefully the many generations that will come after me. Knowing that I am linked to family forever through bonds of love and through the sealing power of the priesthood, my daily attitudes toward them and others are raised up to what I believe is expected of a disciple of Jesus Christ. I need to be the very best I can, and I am strengthened to know that they are counting on me. I am grateful that Heavenly Father has blessed me with a family that loves me, and whom I can love. And I am grateful that he has given each of us the strength to rise to the occasion. Show more Show less