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Hi I'm Shawn

I live in Nebraska now, but I've lived all over the US. I have been married since December 2004 and have 2 sons. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home mom and full-time college student. I have 2 sons, one of whom has Autism. In May 2013, I will have my teaching certificate and hope to teach 5th or 6th grade. I met my husband before he served a mission for the church in Mesa, AZ. We were married in December 2004. I also have a degree in Music from Brigham Young University and I play the clarinet.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church, but I was not always an active participating member. I regained my testimony when I was about 18 and attending college in Kansas City, MO. A friend of mine asked me if I considered any other churches during my inactivity and my response was this: "I always knew the Book of Mormon was true, and I knew no other church would support that belief." The Book of Mormon strengthens my testimony of the Savior and in His Atonement. When I study it, along with the Bible, I can feel a difference in my life. I believe it is because, through the scriptures, I am more aware of the love my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ have for me individually.

How I live my faith

I have a responsibility for the music in my ward. Nobody gets a paycheck for serving - we rely on the members to volunteer their time and talents. Music has a special way of helping to bring the Spirit into meetings and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve those around me by coordinating the music in our meetings. When I was in the Wind Ensemble at BYU, I was struck by a prayer offered by another student at the beginning of a rehearsal. He asked Heavenly Father to help us use our talents to uplift and edify those around us. This statement made me realize that performing was not supposed to be about the applause, but about the joy the listener can feel. I try to remember this when I am planning the music for our ward.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward/stake/branch is a geographical division of church members, kind of like a parish or a diocese. A stake is made up of several wards and/or branches. In the building where I attend, 3 wards share the building and rotate meeting times each year. Show more Show less