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Hi I'm Shannon

I love to sing, dance and play the carillon and... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My favorite things to do are play the carillon (bell tower), sing in and conduct choirs and create beauty. My husband and I have 4 children and currently 4 grandchildren who are absolutely the brightest and most adorable of all grandchildren! My first career was a stay at home mom where I enjoyed figuring things out and working with my hands such as counted cross-stitching, sewing, plumbing, drywall, electrical wiring, electronics repair, etc. My second career included 4 years of daily substitute teaching followed by 12 years of teaching K-5 elementary general/vocal music. This job was so much fun: singing, dancing, playing instruments and teaching. I love to teach anything. Most people my age are thinking of retirement, but instead I am now working on establishing a third career after attending university full-time for my Master of Music with an emphasis in choral conducting. (Longevity runs in my family so I expect to live another 40 years!) I conduct a growing church choir and sing in the local symphonic chorus. While attending the university, I discovered that I could take carillon lessons and thought, "How cool is that!" I have performed all the school's carillon concerts for the past two years. In addition, I've played on a mobile carillon for our local botanical gardens on Memorial Day. My non-musical hobbies include reading and gardening. I just LOVE those online gardening stores and have blown my entire allowance on flowers and flowering shrubs!

Why I am a Mormon

Dissatisfied with their own protestant Christian religion, my parents were searching for something more. When my mother gave birth to me, her hospital roommate was Mormon. She and her husband were the first Mormons my parents had ever met. Several months later, the roommate's husband and another LDS man, were doing missionary work: driving around town looking for people who wanted to know more about God and Christ and the Restored gospel. After experiencing rejection after rejection, they pulled the car over to the side of the road and prayed. The roommate's husband said let's go visit this couple that my wife and I met at the hospital (my parents). They knocked on the door, my parents answered and invited them in. My parents listened, read, studied and prayed. Six months after I was born, they joined the Mormon church lock, stock and barrel. When I was 14, I had my own questions: either Joseph Smith really was a prophet or this church is the biggest fraud ever committed. Around that time, my father bore his testimony in Family Home Evening of the truthfulness of this gospel with tears running down his cheeks. I was deeply touched. My father rarely cried. After reading, studying and praying, I too, came to know that God lives, He loves us and that this Church is His restored gospel. After many years of trials and blessings, I am even more deeply grateful for the knowledge and power that God has granted to me through His church.

How I live my faith

I not only sing in the community symphonic choir, but participate in fund-raising and with it's organization. Currently, I am the 'stage manager' which means in this situation, I line everyone up for performances. Playing enjoyable and interesting music that the college students and the faculty enjoy on the university carillon contribute towards a feeling of community on campus. I've assisted with and donated blood in blood drives and helped to pick up trash during an organized community park clean-up. At church, I am the choir director and substitute organist. All unpaid, the 'lay' ministry of our church extends to church musicians. I also substitute as a teacher, pianist or song leader in the children's Sunday School (we call it Primary) and as a teacher in the adult Sunday School class. One of the greatest benefits of being a Mormon is the sense of belonging that is created through visiting teaching and home teaching. I have made many good friends through visiting teaching with those whom I would have never sought out because of widely different interests. Wherever I go and with whomever I interact, I always try to build people and help them grow.