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Hi I'm Shaneen

I'm the last of 11 kids, a wife to the man of my dreams, and mom of 5 great kids. I love singing and serving others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Shaneen. I am the youngest of eleven children. I was raised to love music...and boy, do I ever! I have a young family of five kids ranging from newborn to 9 years old. My husband and I have been married for 12 years. I love to sing, dance, cook, and learn new things. After graduating from High School, I attended college for a year at Utah Valley State College. There my future husband and I dated and fell in love. Soon after we were married for time and all eternity. We were sealed in the Dallas, Texas LDS temple.

Why I am a Mormon

Several generations ago, my ancestors were given the opportunity to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am grateful they chose to join. Since then, my family has continued in the faith. I have chosen for myself to continue on the path and follow the Lord. As a child I learned from my parents and followed their lead. As I grew older, they gave me opportunities to see and witness for myself the things of the Lord. I will be forever grateful and in their debt. I came to know for myself that this is the Lord's church restored on the Earth; the same church spoken of in the Old and New Testaments. I now teach my children the teachings of Jesus Christ. I know He lived on the Earth, suffered and died for our sins, then rose from the dead. He did this so that we all could return to live with Him, our Heavenly Father, and our families. His gospel is perfect. I know that when we apply His perfect gospel to our imperfect lives, we are able to become more like Him. And for that I am grateful.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ is centered on love. As followers of Christ, we show that love through service. I try my best to serve my husband, family, and neighbors. I also have been asked to serve in the church. I have been asked to do different things like teach the young children, teach the teenage girls, teach the women, etc. I guess most of my callings surround teaching! It's my most favorite thing to do, so it has worked out well! Currently, I serve as Music Chairman. Basically, I coordinate all the music for my local congregation. I pick out the hymns we sing, arrange special musical numbers, and help out with the choir. For a woman who can't get enough of music, its great! I have such a strong testimony of music. It's my belief that music is one of the strongest forms of influence. It has the power to touch one's spirit. When that is coupled with inspirational lyrics as found in our hymns, it has the power to change lives. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve. I know I am asked to serve to help others, but there is usually one who benefits most...me! I always learn so much about love, selflessness, and service. It's when I serve that I truly come to know Christ.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Shaneen
In my mind it's amazing the Lord doesn't ask for more since it is entirely His to begin with. The Lord uses us as instruments to build the kingdom. As His kingdom grows, so does the need for buildings, temples, etc. That takes money. So the Lord asks if we give just a small portion back to Him, just like in Biblical times. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Shaneen
No....plain and simple. With that said, I will always be grateful for the Prophet Joseph Smith for the sacrifices he made on behalf of the church. As members of the church, we know he was inspired of God to do God's will. We do not worship Joseph Smith, we only worship God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Shaneen
No...the Lord only looks at worthiness. If a man is not worthy to hold God's Priesthood, then he won't. If someone is looking into being baptized, but is not fully willing to live by God's law, then that individual should not be baptized. In reality, the individual holds themselves back, not the church and definitely not God. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Shaneen
The unknown can always be a bit scary or confusing. A church organization is no exception. Are we different than other religions today? Absolutely! But if one would study the pattern of Christ's church before the Apostasy, they would find that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a cult, but simply a re-organization of that original Church. The thought comes to me "ye shall know them by their fruits." If someone wants to know if the LDS Church is a cult, they simply need to search out and study the "fruits." (The Book of Mormon, mormon.org, etc.) Seek and ye shall find. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Shaneen
Pray. Honestly ask if what you are learning is true. Study. Continue to read The Book of Mormon to learn more. Take note of the feelings you have as you read. The Lord oftentimes blesses us with feelings of love and warmth as we learn truth and receive promptings. Then simply follow those promptings. Show more Show less