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Hi I'm Shauna

I live in Gilbert, Arizona. I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother. I love my family. I love the mountains and trees. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother, and those are my favorite hobbies! I am an artist and do mostly landscape oil paintings, but I have done some tole/acrylic work, too. I have always loved dolls, and I collect them. I have even made a few porcelain dolls for my daughters and for my own collection! I like to sew, crochet, and bake cookies and pies. I like to write poetry and skits, and I am writing a personal history about my husband and myself. I love being in the mountains and smelling the pine trees. I have recently become interested in Genealogy and Family History. I am doing indexing so that written information can be made avalilable digitally when people search. It is very interesting work, and I hope it will help other people find the information and records they are trying to find. I have had some special experiences as I have searched for my family and ancestor records.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into a family where all are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most of my ancestors back to the early 1800s were also members. It gave me a solid base on which to plant the seeds of testimony in my heart. However, there came a time that I wanted to have my own knowledge of the truth, without relying on the testimonies of others. I prepared for a time when I could devote my life to that goal. I had already begun reading the Book of Mormon, as part of that preparation. I set aside a weekend and, alone, I fasted, read scriptures, pondered, and prayed. I received my own witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and I cannot deny it. That witness helps me through trials of my faith, and gives me strength to do what is right when faced with difficult choices. I know God, Our Heavenly Father, lives and loves us all, and because of His love, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, our Elder Brother, to live as our example, to atone for our sins, pains and suffering, and be resurrected after His death. That is Heavenly Father's plan so we have the opportunity to live with Him again. I love Him. I love our Savior. Without Them, I would be a lost soul. I know that the Book of Mormon is holy scripture and is true. It testifies, like the Bible, that Jesus is the Christ, and gives us counsel on how to live and what pitfalls to avoid. I know that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God. He translated the Book of Mormon and endured persecution for his testimony, but he did not deny it. I know Thomas S. Monson is a prophet today. It only makes sense that God would have prophets in these tough and trying times just as He had them in days of old. He would not leave us here without guidance and help. I know that temples are sacred places were we can go for refuge, for guidance and instruction, and for the uniting of families to live together forever with God. I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

I was blessed to grow up with the knowledge that the true Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. I am a witness that it is the same church that existed anciently. I know that to live a Christian life means to treat others the way our Savior would. I try not only to DO what He would do, but to BECOME the kind of person that He is. I do this by studying His teachings in the scriptures, putting them to practice in my life, and serving and sacrificing to build the Kingdom of God on the earth. I serve in the temple--The House of the Lord. It has been the crowning position in my life besides that of wife, mother, and grandmother. I love the peaceful, quiet Spirit that exists there, and the work is vitally important--eternally important. The Lord's tender mercies are evident each time I am there, and I am lifted by the love, service, and joy I feel in the temple. I know it helps us BECOME what God intends each of us to BE. I have also been on a mission to Guatemala, and have seen how the Gospel of Jesus Christ can change peoples’ lives. I know that the Holy Ghost touches hearts and confirms truth. It was rewarding and a blessing for me to serve. I love children. I know that Our Heavenly Father wants us to be like children, because their hearts are open and pure, they are loving and kind, and they believe with strong faith. Becoming like a child, and following the Savior's example of service and sacrifice for others--that is how I strive to live my life.