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Hi I'm Shannon

I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm a daughter. I'm a friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a big family in northern Colorado. After graduating from high school I went to Brigham Young University where I studied Psychology. During college I met a wonderful young man whom I later married. After graduating from college I taught elementary school for a year at a private school. I loved working with the children and probably learned more from them than they learned from me. I am currently a mother of two (soon to be three) very active, happy children. My children consume most of my time and energy but in my moments of spare time I enjoy crafting, sewing, singing, decorating, and eating! ...and an occasional nap.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Mormon. My parents taught me from a very young age the basic beliefs of the church and I believed them. As time passed, however, and as I grew older, I realized that it was time for me to decide whether I really believed the things my parents had taught me. In high school I began reading The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ for the first time. The stories were captivating and I felt feelings of peace as I read the words. At the end of The Book of Mormon, Moroni challenges all readers to ask God if the book is true, if it really is the word of God. I remember praying and asking God. I was young and expected a grand answer to my prayer but I heard nothing. I saw nothing. But, I did feel something. I felt peace, clarity of mind, and contentment. In a world with so much confusion and chaos, those feelings were just as strong and powerful to me as a chorus of angels would have been. As I continued to go to church, to read and study my scriptures, to pray to God morning and night, similar moments of peace and contentment accompanied me. I came to realize that these feelings came from the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost bears testimony of truth and He has born testimony to me countless times on the truthfulness of the LDS faith. The most important thing that I have come to know through the Holy Ghost is that Jesus Christ is real. He came to earth. He gave us a perfect example to live by. He atoned for all our sins. He was crucified on the cross and three days after His death, He was resurrected. His resurrection makes it possible for us to return and live with our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ again. I know that this is all true and real. My knowledge in this is as tangible to me as anything else I know. I look forward to the day when I can feel the prints in my Savior's hands and bathe His feet with my tears and silently thank Him for all he has done for me. He loves me. He loves you. He wants us to know Him and we can come to know Him.

How I live my faith

Everything I try to do each day is a reflection of my desire to live my faith. Everything from praying when I get up each morning, to teaching my children to be kind to each other, to helping friends when they have a need, are all reflections of the things I have been taught in this church. I am not perfect at living my faith, but I am striving to live it honestly and wholly. I live my faith within my home. Weekly, my husband and I set aside one night that is totally devoted to our family. We usually have a family activity that is fun or spiritual--something that will help us grow together positively. Nightly we have family prayer. After family prayer we usually give each other hugs. My favorite thing to see my young children's tiny arms eagerly embrace each other, while laughing and giggling. It is a comforting end to a usually hectic and crazy day. Being a good example of my faith to my children is very important to me. While my family is my primary and most important responsibility, I also take time to serve in church. Today I help teach and lead the teenage girl organization, referred to as Young Womens. As a leader in this organization I encourage teenage girls to live the gospel of Jesus Christ by being honest, true, and virtuous. I remind them that they are daughters of God with unlimited potential. I teach them commandments and gospel principles through weekly lessons and various mid-week activities. My time spent serving in this capacity is completely voluntary. I usually spend anywhere from 5-10 hours a week leading and organizing the young women organization. If I did not believe this church was true with all of my heart, I would not spend my time doing all that I do to live it. Likewise, I would not take the time to write this profile, if I didn't believe it was true. I do know it is true and I am excited to be able to share that enthusiasm with my own children, with the young women in my area, and with you.