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Hi I'm Shad

I grew up in Wyoming. I love snow and mountains. I love sports and playing games. I love being a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Pretty much everything for me revolves around my family. They make me who I am and are the driving force behind basically everything that I do. There is nothing better than coming home at the end of a day to the "welcome home" hug of a child. I love playing games and spending time together as a family. This is true happiness for me. My ideal vacations are not to go on some big, expensive trip to some exotic location... but rather I love travelling back "home" and spending time with family in a cabin close to the farm where I grew up. I also love to try and learn new things. I enjoy attempting to learn new languages and about other cultures (my wife is still trying to teach me her native Polish). I also love to learn from other people, to see their struggles, their hopes, and their dreams.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because of two main reasons: my family and the type of person that I would like to become. The teachings of this Church play a huge role in helping me strengthen these two areas of my life. First, the core of the Church’s teachings deals with strengthening the family unit as the basic unit of society. It helps me to be a better husband, brother, son, and father. It helps me understand and keep in perspective why I am a father and my responsibilities as such. I want to leave this world a better place by raising my children to be better than I am. The second reason is my desire to be a better person. I love the teachings of the Church as it is not just “Do this, don’t do that”, but rather “why I should do this or that”. It is about the underlying reason behind Christ’s teachings and His perfect example that He set for us.

How I live my faith

This is where I find the beauty of this religion. It is not just about talking, but about doing. It’s not just about going and talking about things on Sunday, but learning things that affect every day of my life and help give me proper perspective when making life’s decisions. It affects all aspects of my every day life, from how to treat my co-workers, to how to treat random people that I meet during the day, to how to treat my family.