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Hi I'm Shawn

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a child, I got a microscope for Christmas and fell in love with science. It eventually provided the spark to pursue a career in science, with training in virology and immunology. For over 25 years, I've worked with a number of great teams to develop new drugs to help people deal with different challenging infections and diseases. More importantly, I have been to fortunate to have the opportunity to serve a mission in Finland, get married in the Los Angeles temple, and enjoy the blessings of a family with six great children and a loving, supportive wife, who is my best friend. We do everything as a family! We are always involved in one sport or another. We travel and take pictures and learn about different areas of the country. We even love to go out and shoot guns together!

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always been a part of my life. However, that does not mean that everything has been a joy-ride. Like everyone else, I've experienced all sorts of interesting and challenging things in life. Many of those difficulties, by comparison, might seem trivial to others, but to me they have sometimes seemed to have been tailor-made to my specific spiritual strengths and weaknesses. I'm a Mormon because I love the Savior, Jesus Christ, and over the years I have felt the Holy Ghost witness to my spirit that the doctrines and principles of the Mormon church have their source in a loving Father in Heaven, who wants us to have all that He has.

How I live my faith

The culture of Mormonism is centered on a love of God, our Father in Heaven, and a love for all of his children, the entire human family. I've enjoyed many opportunities, as a Mormon, to serve and be served, both inside and outside the formal "boundaries" of the church. The gospel of Jesus Christ provides us with guidelines for service and doctrines that allow us to return to our Father in Heaven. Charitable service is the key and, of course, keeping commandments. Mormonism is all about opportunities for service. For example, I love doing family history research. Others have helped me with my research on numerous occasions, but I've also had the chance to help share what I've learned, by working in family history centers, etc. There have been many opportunities to work with teams both as a follower and as a leader. I'll never forget the time our small group in Henderson, North Carolina, had the chance to grab our chainsaws and supplies and run down to Louisana to help the people suffering from hurricane Katrina. Even though I'm just an ordinary person, I try to live my faith simply, by following the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ.