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Hi I'm Shauna

I'm a wife, mother of 6, a student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to the man of my dreams and between us we have 6 children. The youngest 3 are adopted; 1 African-American and 2 Marshallese. Being a wife and mother in the gospel is my greatest joy. I returned to school after a 20-year break and got my bachelor's degree at age 40. Now I am in graduate school to get my master's in clinical counseling. I love helping people recognize their inherent worth and value. In particular I enjoy working with women with eating disorders. In my spare time I do enjoy reading, camping, biking, crocheting, cooking, beading, organizing, and being with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. The peace and blessings I receive from living my faith are amazing. The gospel provides an extra layer of knowledge that gives more depth to valuable principles of the world. So many times I will say something to the effect of "Well, because we have the gospel, we know that..." and then go on to show how the gospel offers a greater understanding of what the world sees on a superficial level. The knowledge that I am loved by my Heavenly Father has brought me such incredible joy. The power of the atonement and the love of my Savior, Jesus Christ, has raised me from the darkness and depression. I truly KNOW that my Savior lives! I know that I am important and valued by him. This knowledge allows me to do things I never would otherwise believe possible. I am who I am because of this knowledge. I am who I am because of my Heavenly Father's love for me.

How I live my faith

My faith has become so integrated and intertwined with my life, I really don't separate the two. I live my faith every day in the way I act, the things I do, the way I treat other people. I am blessed to be a teacher to the women in our church ages 18 and up, all of whom are part of the largest women's organization in the world, the Relief Society. The curriculum includes gospel principles such as Charity, Service, Marriage, Work and Responsibility. Each month I pray for guidance to know what Heavenly Father wants these women to know, and then I approach each lesson with the idea that they should come away from it wanting to be a better person, to do better things, and to be more Christ-like. I love the sisterhood that exists within the church. The ward (congregation) I attend has a beautiful blend of culture and diversity. I love that a woman from Africa and a woman from France, women from Mexico and from the United States, can bond together with a common goal and purpose and be united in mind and spirit because we are all daughters of God. The Gospel of Jesus Christ unites people. It is a message of peace, love and compassion. To watch the gospel in action is a beautiful experience that touches you and can change you forever. I cannot imagine living any other way.