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Hi I'm Shawn

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of three children, two boys (one a lawyer, the other on a mision in Anchorage, Alaska) and one girl (a nurse and mother). I am the proud grandfather of one beautiful baby girl. My wife and I have been married for 28 years. I am retired from the United States Air Force, having served for 23 years. I entered the USAF as an E-1 (enlisted) and after obtaining my college degree, left active duty (I was in law enforcement) to obtain my law degree. After graduating from law school, I was commissioned as an officer and re-entered the USAF as a lawyer (JAG), where I practiced for the next 11 years, mostly as a criminal defense attorney. I retired from the USAF and have worked in private practice ever since. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I really enjoy sports, both playing and watching. I am an avid hiker and backpacker and have been to the top of Mt. Whitney (highest peak in the continental United States) 5 times. My wife and I love to travel, although we don't get the opportunity to travel nearly as much as we would like to.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife was always a member of the Church. When we were married, I was a member of another faith, and had gone to a religous school for grades 1-12. I had questions throughout my life that were never answered - questions about why I'm here and where I'm going. When my wife and I married, we agreed not to try to convert the other; I'm strong-willed and she knew that if she tried to convert me, I would have gone in the other direction. 3 years after we were married, I was at the clinic (on a base in a somewhat remote area of California) with my son. The technician said "we've been trying to reach your wife - we just got her church records" We got a call from the home teachers assigned to visit us. Although I was reluctant, I allowed them into our home. Over the next year, these faithful brothers (and sisters - my wife's visiting teachers were faithful as well) kept coming by, got me to come to sporting activities at church and involved our family in many activities. The Ward Missionaries also taught me about the Gospel and answered my questions. I was not as dilligent as I should have been and didn't read or pray as faithfully as I should have been doing; hence, no surprise that I didn't seem to be receiving an answer to my prayer about whether to get baptized. I began to pray dilligently. I was driving and was stuck behind a flat-bed truck loaded with equipment. Normally, I would have passed the truck, but I got a strong feeling that I shouldn't pass, so I didn't. Seconds later, the axle on the truck broke and its contents flew into the lane where I would have been had I passed. As I prayed in thanks, I got an overwhelming feeling of peace and knew that my prayer had been answered. The next day I committed to baptism. I am Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true Church; Jesus Christ is my Savior; we have a living prophet on the earth; the Book of Mormon and the Bible are true as is the plan of salvation.

How I live my faith

I try to be active in my community and in my branch. I am the branch president for a military branch. What a humbling but wonderful experience it has been to be the spiritual leader of these men and women! Working with these military men and women is so exciting and helps me to grow both spiritually and as an individual. Although I have no doubt that there are many individuals more qualified than I am, I will do as the Lord has asked and will serve as He desires. In my community I am a member of the Lions Club, the VFW and the American Legion. Although I am not currently coaching, I have coached youth sports for almost 20 years. Although my current calling a branch president required that I be released from my calling working with the youth, I am still a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts and work to assist as many young men as possible attain the Eagle rank. I believe that if we seek to make each other's lives a little bit better - if we seek to lighten the burden of those around us - if we strive to make our community a better place to live, then we are doing those things that our Savior asked us to do. I live my faith by example. I won't ask someone to do something that I am unwilling to do. Although I am not shy about sharing my faith with others, I like to let my actions speak for themselves.