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Hi I'm Shauna

I'm a mom of 4, I'm a Nurse Practitioner, I love the outdoors, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Every summer my family would go camping and hiking in the beautiful mountains of Western Canada and the Northwest USA. After graduating from High School, I attended BYU in Provo, UT and got an undergraduate degree in Nursing. During that time, I also took a year and a half to serve a full-time Spanish-speaking mission for the LDS church in Carlsbad, California and a nursing study abroad to Guatemala. After graduating, I worked for about a year and a half and it was during that time that I met my husband. We were married and immediately moved to Connecticut where I earned my Master's Degree in Nursing from Yale University to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. When it came time to find a place to settle down, my husband and I wanted a family-friendly place out West close to mountains and the outdoors in a region that would allow us both sufficient career opportunities. We've been here in Washington for 10 years now and have been in Maple Valley for the past 6 years. We've since had 4 beautiful children. My husband works in marketing for Eddie Bauer and I spend most of my time at home with the kids. In our spare time, we try to enjoy the outdoors as a family. I also enjoy reading, gardening, and playing the piano.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons on every side of my family. I have a great heritage of faith that has been passed down to me from my parents, grandparents, and other ancestors. However, I was taught from an early age that I needed to find out for myself if the church was true. In our church, we can be baptized once we turn 8 years old. I promised myself that I would read the Book of Mormon and pray about it before I turned 8. I kept that promise and finished reading the book. I kneeled by my bedside and through prayer, asked God if the Book of Mormon was true. I felt a warm, burning feeling of love that surged inside me. I knew I had received an answer from God. Then I prayed to know if the Church was also true. The feelings I had told me that, YES, the church is true. Since my baptism long ago, I have had many other experiences that have helped me to know that the church is true. God is real and he DOES answer our prayers when we ask. Sometimes the answers aren't as immediate or as obvious, but they always come.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is as much of a lifestyle as a belief system. We go to church as a family every Sunday, but we do things every day to help keep God a part of our life. We pray individually and as a family, we bless our food before meals, and I read my scriptures most every day. Every Monday night, we reserve as a family night where we talk about our schedules, talk about God's plan for us, and sometimes just have fun playing games together. Each month, I go visit 2-3 other ladies from church to see how they are doing and in return, I get visited too. There are always activities organized for the women in our church. Sometimes we learn skills, do crafts, discuss books, or just get together to discuss life in general. There are also great classes for our children. They learn the teachings of Jesus in a way appropriate for their understanding and they learn songs about Jesus and how to make good choices. They also have many activities such as cub scouts and activities for the girls.

In whom should we have faith?

The central figure of our religion is our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that as I put my faith in Him and follow His teachings and example, I feel greater peace, happiness and direction in my life. Show more Show less