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Hi I'm Shayne

I'm a husband, father, triathlete and partner with an international law firm, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost I am a husband and a father. This year will mark the 19th anniversary of my marriage to my incredible wife. We have two wonderful children, a 16-year old daughter and 12-year old son. My happiest times are those we spend together as a family. We enjoy snow skiing, wake boarding, going to Hawaii, listening to music, singing karaoke and hanging out on the couch watching movies. With dance, soccer, drums, scouts and mountains of homework, it seems there is never a dull moment. I recently began participating in triathlons and completed two half-ironman triathlons (together that's a full ironman, but I don't suspect I will ever do the full thing at one time). My favorite event is the bike--I shuffle through the run and pray that I don't drown during the swim. I also enjoy snow boarding, dirt bike riding, surfing, volleyball and soccer. I am fortunate to be a partner in a large international law firm. A multitude of sacrifices were required to achieve that goal (most notably lost time with the family), but the result has been worth the sacrifice, and I now have the opportunity to enjoy coaching soccer, attending dance competitions and anything else our family wants to do.

Why I am a Mormon

The easiest answer is that I was born a Mormon. But that is not the complete answer. Certainly my upbringing laid the foundation for my faith, but the reason I am a Mormon today is the result of countless experiences where the Lord has heard and answered my prayers. One of the founding principles of the Mormon religion is that of personal revelation and the belief that by going in prayer to our Heavenly Father we can receive an answer to any question. The beauty of that principle is that it removes the guess work, because when you have received an answer from your Heavenly Father you don't have to hope, you can know. Although I was raised a Mormon, I could not rely forever on the beliefs of my parents. I too needed to obtain a witness of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. To obtain that witness I studied the gospel as taught in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon (which is another testament of Jesus Christ), and I have put to the test the promise contained in James 1:5--"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." I have prayed to my Heavenly Father to know the truthfulness of the gospel of His son Jesus Christ, and I have received an answer. That answer has been reaffirmed countless times as I have been repeatedly blessed when I have followed the principles and teachings of His gospel. I am a Mormon because of the testimony the Lord gave me when I asked.

How I live my faith

Living my faith starts at home as I strive to serve my family as both a husband and father. One of the modern-day prophets of our church stated "No success can compensate for failure in the home." My wife and I have taken that charge seriously, and we work together as partners to create a home that is founded in the gospel of Jesus Christ and filled with love, friendship, respect, compassion, prayer and faith. We teach our children the principles of the gospel, we attend Church every Sunday, we attend youth activities every Wednesday, we pray in our home and we read and study the scriptures. Over the years I have realized that when I am least likely to feel happy when there is a distance between me and my Heavenly Father. I have also realized that the shortest and simplest path back to him involves daily prayer and scripture study. Those two simple acts bring happiness to my home; bring His spirit to rest upon my family; put me in tune with His will and help me to align my will with His; bring peace amidst the insanity of life; breed patience, understanding and love; and give me the power and confidence to overcome the trials and adversities of life. I live my faith by loving and serving my family, by loving and serving those around me and by seeking to be an example of Jesus Christ in my thoughts, language and actions.