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Hi I'm Shannon

I live in California. I have Pioneer heritage but wasn't raised in the Church. I'm the pioneer in my family now. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother. I taught kindergarten for 5 years before I had my children. I am blessed to be able to stay home with them now to help teach them and watch them grow. I love doing arts and crafts with my kids, and taking them on outings to parks, zoos, libraries and things. I love seeing them learn new things and explore their environment. Most of all, I enjoy seeing them learn about life, which includes the gospel. I was not born into the church, nor did my parents take me to any churches as a child. I was able to go with friends and family and explore various religions. None of them ever felt quite right until I learned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was in my early teens. I am so glad my children get to know gospel principles from the start - watching them learn the basics has helped me to understand better as well. It brings me great joy to hear them singing church songs and saying their prayers.

Why I am a Mormon

I have Pioneer heritage but my grandmother was an inactive member who chose not to raise my dad in the church. My parents did not take us to any church but allowed my sister and I to go with others as we wished. When I was in my early teens I started visiting the LDS church with some friends who also gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon. I began reading and had a great interest in learning more. I had always felt a connection to God and often whispered prayers as a child, longing for answers to my questions about life and it's purpose. A friend's mom suggested I meet the missionaries and begin discussions. I don't remember what all they said but I do remember the time they taught about the plan of salvation and how it was the answer I had been looking for. I finished the discussions and was baptized by my dad's cousin when I was 15. My parents were quite supportive and transported me to and from church and seminary but they remain uninterested for themselves. I would love to say it was an easy road from there but unfortunately it was hard for me to always make the right choices when my family and friends were not members and I had grown up so differently. I spent some years being partially active or inactive but about 10 years ago my husband and I were in a very bad car accident that made us refocus our goals and where our life was headed. We began making our way back to church and to full activity in it. I know that I was given another chance at life to make things right and as I have strived to do so, I have seen the Lord's hand in my life and have received many blessings - most importantly my children, whom I am so blessed to have and so grateful to be able to raise in the church, knowing the gospel from the start. The church has brought so much peace and happiness into my life and has given me a purpose - I want to share that with my children and others as well. I know that my Savior lives and I love my Heavenly Father for sending Him.

How I live my faith

I strive to follow my Savior's example by loving and serving others. I try to teach my children about the gospel as much as they can comprehend at their young age. We spend time together as a family working on our relationships with each other and with our Heavenly Father and Savior. At church, I work with the children and try to be a good example for them - showing them how to have faith and how to persevere, teaching them about our Savior's love and His example. Each month I go Visiting Teaching to visit with the women in our ward, and to share gospel lessons and offer assistance. I love having the gospel in my life and I hope that people will see how happy the Church and my membership in it makes me. I hope that I can be such an example that my parents and other family members might one day join the church and find the peace that I have.