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Hi I'm Shawn

I'm a married father of five, a software engineer, a music lover, and a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for nearly 15 years, and my wife and I have 5 kids. That definitely keeps us busy these days. I work as a software engineer for a large semiconductor company and do most of my work creating web-based applications in .Net and JavaScript. I actually got an MBA before getting into this work, but I did that to make myself more marketable than I felt I was with my targeted undergrad degree. I took all the most technical track classes I could during my MBA program and have been doing technical development for the last 12 or so years. Music is one of my passions. I like to listen to music and play for fun on the guitar. I used to go to more concerts than I do these days, but now I tend to prefer headphones. When it comes to things I don't like, I generally dislike waste, in whatever form it takes. I like to bike, but that is somewhat odd because I still ride a mountain bike to work quite often and have not invested in a road bike to tour the country roads that are very accessible to where I live. Rather, I tend to just bike around town on short rides.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that was active in the church, so I was well-grounded in the doctrines and teachings of the church. One year on Christmas Eve I went to my room to read the traditional Christmas story from the Bible. After reading that I didn't want to stop, so I kept reading, jumping from story to story. I knelt that night and prayed to know if Jesus was the Christ. I already knew even as I prayed and asked the question, and I felt a very personal and powerful spiritual confirmation that the things I'd been taught were true. I read the Book of Mormon during that same time period and followed a similar pattern of praying to know if it was true. Again, I felt that spiritual confirmation. At age nineteen I served a two-year, English-speaking mission in the United States. My mission experience was truly incredible--one of the most memorable, influential, shaping experiences I suspect I will have in my life. I have many stories and experiences where I felt God's guidance and direction, both in my own life and in the lives of those with whom I worked. I am a Mormon quite simply because I tested the promises that are made in the Book of Mormon--in short, that those who seriously read, think about, and pray with real intent about the book will receive a spiritual knowledge that it is what it claims to be. My own experiences and those spiritual confirmations I've had and continue to have give me the foundation to keep on trying to do my best to live the teachings of the church. I am trying to be a good father and to overcome my shortcomings, and being a father has made me very aware of my shortcomings! I hope to provide my own kids a solid foundation like I had so that they can experience the illumination that comes from living the teachings of Jesus Christ and having a knowledge of the truthfulness of the church teachings. I hope to remain consistent throughout my life in trying to live the standards and in being true to the knowledge and faith I have gained.

How I live my faith

I attend meetings each week with a ward that meets in a meetinghouse about a mile from my house. One of the things I have been doing for the last four years is serving as the executive secretary to the Bishopric of our ward. That means that I attend meetings with the Bishopric members and help with things like arranging appointments for the Bishop and preparing the weekly sacrament meeting programs. The Bishop in our ward, like all ward bishops in the church, has a full-time job outside of his calling as a Bishop. He actually works at the same company and in the same high tech industry that I do. In my family I try to live the teachings of the church in the daily things we do. We read scriptures most days together--sometimes just a little when the kids are too rowdy, but other times for longer stretches--and we have family prayers. I pray personally each day at the start and end of my day and over meals. The church has a meeting once a month where members are encouraged to fast (go without food and drink) for two meals and then donate the money that would have otherwise been spent on food and drink to help those in need. I really love this principle, and I try to be generous in the amount we give each month. My wife and I also have made it a habit to make a consistent, monthly contribution to the church's humanitarian efforts. I love this too because the charitable work is staffed by volunteers and aided by other church funds, so 100% of my contributions go to help those in need (there is nothing shaved off for overhead or administrative expenses). There are many activities in the church, and we participate in Scouting programs and youth programs that are sponsored by the church. We attend weekly church meetings. I try to read from scriptures or from addresses from church leaders each day, and lately I have been using my iPhone to do this while I spend a few minutes on an exercise machine in the mornings.