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Hi I'm Shane

I'm a musician, a mathematician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Provo, Utah. I've always liked puzzles, math, and music. I took piano lessons for a few years when I was younger (I quit because I didn't like to practice - worst decision ever), but in 6th grade I started playing the trumpet. Especially in high school, I loved trumpet. I wasn't able to put it down for more than a week at a time until in early 2011 when I dropped everything to serve a full-time mission in Chicago, Illinois. After two years of missionary service I returned to school at BYU, where I'm currently studying applied math with minors in computer science and music. I love jazz, ultimate frisbee, and laughing. Life is too short to let the opportunities we have pass us by. So my philosophy is to Keep Moving Forward, and to live life the way that God wants us to - happily :)

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both members of the church, so I was baptized and confirmed a member of the church at age 8. Where I grew up, the vast majority of my friends were also Mormons. Therefore, the question was not "are you a member of the church," rather, it was "do you really know the church is true?" And, of course, I had to ask myself the same question. I don't have just one single life-defining experience that led to me believing what I do. Looking back, it's clear to me that God has given me challenges and experiences teeny tiny step by teeny tiny step. I have read and prayed about the Book of Mormon many times, and over time I've come to recognize that it's true. Not because I heard a voice, or because I saw a vision, but because the Spirit has always whispered it to me. I have always known, somewhere deep inside of me, perhaps unconsciously, that it is all true. It just took some life experience and scripture study before I consciously recognized that truth. And it is truth! "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ" really is the word of God. That means that it's true that Joseph Smith, who translated the Book of Mormon, was a prophet of the Lord, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is really truly the church of God. I know that there are a lot of problems out in the world today, ranging from political and socioeconomic issues to moral and philosophical debate, but I also know that there is a solution to them all: the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He truly is the Savior of the world, and He really does care enough to give us the answers to the problems and questions we have in life. And that Gospel is found today in its fullness, completely, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

For two years I was a missionary in Chicago. That meant I got up at 6:30 every morning, wore a suit and tie almost all day every day, and talk to anyone and everyone about the church and the gospel from about 11am to 9pm. I also got to learn Spanish so I could communicate with the Hispanic population in Chicago, which I consider a great blessing in my life. That's one way that I lived my faith. Now that I'm not a full-time missionary, my assignments in church may be different (teaching a class, visiting a family every month, organizing activities, and so on), but the Gospel of Jesus Christ remains the same. If I follow the commandments and read the scriptures daily and continue developing my relationship with God through prayer, I'll be living my faith pretty well. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the process by which we becoming more like the Savior. It is the accumulation and retention of Christlike attributes and qualities such as charity, obedience, and virtue. It is learning how to serve, how to lead, how to love. It is becoming a servant of the Lord, a true believer. That's how I hope to truly live my faith - by striving to become the person that God wants me to be.