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Hi I'm Shawna

I'm a convert, I'm a stay-at-home mom, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was going to college, I spent almost every day with members of the LDS church. I've always loved going with them to Institute, sharing at Family Home Evening, participating in service activities and playing at game nights. When I first joined the church at age 18 I was a part of the Church YSA Organization, which stands for Young Single Adult. It's a great network of fun people with similar values and interest in the gospel. At school, I worked with kids as an English tutor at my local elementary school. I love being around kids, and so I studied child development and psychology. Now I'm able to put those teachings into practice. Since 2012 I've been happily married. In 2014 we welcomed our first child into our family and hopefully will have many more tocome! My only sibling, an older brother, went to the same school as me, and both my parents went there too. Even though I'm the final person in my family (because I'm the youngest) to have attended that school, I'm the first (and so far, only) member of my family to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I'm proud to be a pioneer for the ones I love!

Why I am a Mormon

In the past, I was very confused about which church to join. I spoke to a lot of my friends about their faiths and attended different youth groups and activities in search of a religion which felt right. My father is agnostic and my mother is Catholic, my friends were Episcopalian, Lutheran, and Christian Reformed. These and other beliefs never seemed to have the answers to my questions, they just didn't sit well with me. When I first met someone of the LDS faith, all I had known before were the stereotypes, so I had a lot to learn. I was very curious about the belief system, and after learning some of the basics, I did as the Prophet Joseph Smith had done. After reading James 1:5-6, I prayed to our Heavenly Father if what I had been learning was not true, as suggested in Moroni 10:3-5. For the first time in my life, I felt the Holy Spirit so intensly and earnestly that I can never deny the truth of the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From that day forward I referred to myself as a Mormon, and as soon as I was away from home and able to practice my faith freely, I met with the missionaries and set a baptismal date on our first lesson. I was baptized on October 9th, then confirmed on October 10th, 2010, and became a member of the LDS church because it is God's true church on the Earth today. It is the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being involved with the church in every way my schedule allows. On Sundays, I attend church services and broadcasts. Church lasts 3 hours. The first hour is Sacrament, where we take the bread and the water in remembrance of Jesus Christ and listen to speakers give talks and share testimonies. The next two hours are usually Sunday School and gender/age specific meetings for most people. I work in Primary, the organization within the church that handles children. I sit and sing with the children for about an hour and then I teach a class of 3 year olds called "Sunbeams" for the last hour. I love it! Monday nights are Family Home Evenings, shortened to FHE, where family members come together to focus on a spiritual thought and togetherness. When I was in school, Tuesday nights would hold Institute, which is sort of like a Sunday school for college aged individuals seeking to learn more about the scriptures. I have done and and blessed to currently be able to do ordinances at the temple, a blessing which I'm very thankful for. Faith is an action verb, and without works is dead. I try to live my faith by doing all of these different things consistently each week or month. I act on my faith and live according to it, alongside professing it, standing up for it, promoting it, and educating others about it. When I was baptized and confirmed, I took upon myself the name of Christ. I do my best to make sure that my actions, my works, reflect our savior.