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Hi I'm Shana

I joined the church on my 16th birthday. I'm a mother of 3. The gospel is my anchor and my strength, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a California girl, who loves to bake pretty, yummy things for my family and clients, and my greatest joy is being a mother.

Why I am a Mormon

My path to religious conviction began much earlier than my baptism at age 16. As a child, I wondered what the point of this life was. I tried to find answers, but no one I knew really went to church. The only religious influence I had came from my grandmother, who taught me the Lord's Prayer, which I clung to through my younger years. At age 14, my interest in religion heightened. I began asking classmates questions about their religion, and I even remember asking a teacher during a class discussion if we are supposed to be baptized. I was so worried I wouldn't be prepared for whatever was coming in the next life. So I began to attend a few different churches with friends, but none of them felt quite right. There were bits of what felt like truth in each of those settings, but something was still missing for me, so I did what most 14 year old kids would do. I gave up. About a year and a half later a few events took place in my life that compelled me to search again for truth. I began my first year of high school, my mom and dad were getting divorced, and my best friend moved away. I was really unhappy. I could see that I had no real direction. I had no real understanding of what my purpose in life was. I did the only thing I could think of at this point. I prayed. I remember clearly that first prayer. I really had no idea how to pray so I remembered the Lord's Prayer that my grandma had made me write down over and over again as a child. I said that prayer, and then asked God to please help me find something to make me happy. I hoped He heard me, and with that I went to sleep and hoped for a better future. Soon after, I met with the missionaries. When they taught me I could feel the Spirit right away. Every single thing they taught me felt like they had opened a big book of answers to every question I'd ever had in my mind throughout my life. I was baptized a few months later on my 16th birthday. It was the best and most important thing I've ever done.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day by saying my prayers and reading my scriptures every morning. At work, I make a conscious effort to be kind, and I try to be a good example of Jesus Christ. In my home, I teach my children about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I encourage them to remember that their Heavenly Father has a plan for their lives, and that they have an important work to do in being followers of His Son. At church I teach Sunday School to the adults in our congregation. I believe the church is a great support to women. As a former single mother, the organization of the church has been a great support to me personally, and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to give back in small ways.