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Hi I'm Shawn

I am a neuroscience registered nurse and father of four in Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in UT. I served a 2 year mission in the Manchester, NH mission when I was 19. My family moved to AZ while I was on my mission so that is where I returned home. After a year of attending college in AZ I met my sweetheart. We have been married for 11 years and have four children. I like planning fun activities for my family and others. We have traveled throughout California, Arizona, and Utah. I like to play basketball, although with a busy work and home schedule it doesn't happen near as often as I would like. I also like camping. We go to the AZ woods several times a year to enjoy God's beautiful creations. I have worked night shift as an RN in the neuroscience intensive care unit for almost five years. I plan to pursue an advanced nursing degree when my youngest starts school. I stay at home four days a week to take care of my younger two kids while my wife goes to work. She is the director of social services at a nursing facility in Mesa. Although life gets busy and stressful, we take comfort in knowing the challenges we face each day are all part of God's plan to help us improve ourselves in all aspects of our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. My ancestry dates back to the early days of the church. This long legacy inspires me to continue the stewardship of faith. My father and mother were both great examples of living the Gospel. I am grateful for my upbringing in the church. I have a decent understanding of the scriptures because my parents ensured we had scripture study for 30 minutes every morning for as long as I can remember. We read from both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I attended seminary in high school and later served a mission. My personal study has helped reinforce what I have learned over the years. I am trying to do my best, although it is not always easy. I am not perfect by any means and it is frustrating when I keep falling into the same bad habits, but I am trying. I attend church and talk about my faith with work colleagues. I love to teach my family about the Gospel. I would not be who I am today if it were not for the faith I received at church.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as an assistant cub scout leader in my community. I also home teach a couple of families in my ward. This gives me an opportunity to give back to a community that has done so much for me. I also help organize blood drives in our community. As an RN I know what a difference blood products make in helping the sick to recover. I serve on the activities committee at work for both the ICU unit I work on as well as for the entire hospital - organizing social gatherings to build comaraderie. I like to serve people. I try to help members of our community move in and out of their homes as needed. I also serve at the local cannery - canning food that is used to support those who can't afford food or to provide food assistance in areas of natural disaster or famine. People at work often ask me questions about my beliefs. They say I am "approachable" and they respect my lifestyle. I love to talk about the Gospel and use it to decipher the trials of every day life. Every time I read the scriptures I find something that seems to jump out at me that I didn't see before. It is very personal and stands as a roadmap to guide us through the trials we face.