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Hi I'm Shannon

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I teach 1st Grade ELD in a low-income community. None of my students are proficient in English, so that is sometimes a challenge. Some are nearly proficient, and some only know Spanish. Because most of my students' parents do not know English, I also take Spanish classes at a local community college. My students LOVE that I take Spanish, and they love helping me speak it. They really like feeling smarter than me. I love teaching. I love seeing my students grow and progress--both academically, and in character. They are delightful. It is my firm belief that people are born good, and no where is that more easily seen than in 1st graders. They light up my life. Besides teaching (which, admittedly, takes up more time than I care to think about), I really enjoy playing and watching sports, hiking, reading, and playing with my nieces and nephews. I also love to learn--which is perhaps another reason I am taking Spanish.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have gone to church my whole life. I continue to attend this church because of the blessings I have seen in my life. I have found answers to so many of life's questions as I have studied the doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I read from the Book of Mormon everyday, and I love the feeling of peace and comfort I receive as I study. For me, the things taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just make sense. Of course God still calls prophets--if He did in the first few thousand years before the Savior's coming, why wouldn't He now? After all, the Bible tells us that He never changes. Of course the Lord would provide another book of scripture in the Book of Mormon! There are so many different versions of the Bible, and so much confusion in the Christian world. Why wouldn't the Lord give us further clarification on the meanings of the doctrines taught in the Bible? In addition, the Bible tells us that we will know a true prophet by the fruits he or she produces. So, if Joseph Smith is really a prophet (which, incidentally, I know is true), then why wouldn't the Lord provide evidence of his prophetic calling through the Book of Mormon. Because, if the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet. Of course the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ (which we call the Atonement), was for more than just our sins! Of course He suffered our pains, heartaches, temptations, and sorrows. This way we can always have someone on Whom we can rely for relief. Of course the Lord intends for families to be united forever! Of course He has provided a way that we can be assured that we will see our loved ones again, and not only that, but that we will recognize each other, and our love for each other will still be there--in full force. I am a Mormon because the doctrines of this Church bring direction to my life, and peace to my soul.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by participating in the women's organization in the church. I help to make sure that the needs of all of the sisters in our congregation are met. I also have been assigned sisters in my congregation to visit at least once a month to uplift and strengthen. I have found great joy in serving others and have been often been edified as I visit others in my congregation. I also live my faith by striving to live a Christlike life. After all, the purpose of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to make us like our Father in Heaven, and our Savior, Jesus Christ. The more I strive to be like them, the more fully I am living my faith.