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Hi I'm Shonn

I grew up in Washington State, Nebraska, Kansas, Arizona, and Colorado. My wife and I have 4 wonderful children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and a dad. I met my wife when we were both students. We didn't have much, but managed to create great memories during our first few years of marriage. After graduating, we moved to Colorado and began our family. We lived here for three years before moving to Chile for work. We lived in Chile for 18 months and loved getting to know the Chilean culture, the wonderful people, and the beautiful country. We moved back to Colorado and our family continued to grow. We have three girls and a boy who take almost all our time and we love it. Life is very busy, but we do almost everything together and support each other in our different interests.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was just a boy of around nine years, I decided I needed to read the Book of Mormon by myself. I read a little bit each night. It probably started as a way to extend my bedtime, but I began to love the stories and the teachings of that book. After many months, I came to the end of the book and decided to pray to know if it was true. I received an answer that I knew came from God - a feeling I have felt many times since as I have prayed to know other truths. Through prayer I have come to know that this is God's true church.

How I live my faith

My faith is most apparent in my family life. We begin each day and meal and end each day with prayer. Everyone takes turns. We also read from the scriptures each night. The children take turns reading and praying. Once a week, we have a formal Family Home Evening, where we meet together and pray, sing hymns, discuss a short gospel message, and have a fun activity. Our children look forward to this time each week and actively participate. Our children are little, and these activities are sometimes irreverant, but they also create good habits, give the children a solid foundation of faith and teach them where they can turn to in difficult times. It is these small and simple things that are starting to make differences in our family. I also have the chance to work with the young men in our local congregation. It is easy to see how the faith of their families has shaped them into the great young men that they are - examples that I would want my son to follow. It is a great privilege for me to see them develop spiritually as well as mentally and physically and through the scouting program.