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Hi I'm Shane

Hi, I am Shane. I grew up in Idaho. I am an outdoorsman, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to be in the outdoors. I love mountains and the backcountry. I have been an avid hunter and fisherman for 25 years, and I think some of why I love it so much is the challenge of survival in the wilderness and that there is a different feeling and thrill that I get from interacting with nature and the outdoors. I love to ride ATVs on mountain or forest trails and reach the highest, remotest country available wherever I am. I am a father of 4 and a husband. Teaching my children to love nature and the activities that can be enjoyed in it is one of my favorite things to do. One day I hope they will be teaching me about it. I am a college graduate and have enjoyed the blessing of working in my field of study for the past 11 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family where going to church and being active in our faith was important. I have since realized that hanging on to the truths found in the restored gospel is important to me personally, as well as for raising a family that is together and happy. I know that I have been blessed for my faith, and that Heavenly Father has a plan for us. That is what I have found by being a member of this church. The full truth and fully restored gospel is not found anywhere else. Some might feel its restrictive or strict or other things that limit us. In fact, it sets us free from the traps we get lured into by Satan. It allows us a better understanding of our free agency and how to use it wisely. Yes, we are held accountable, but by choosing to follow Christ and the teachings of the church, that accountability is much sweeter and easy to live with.

How I live my faith

I am a member of the Bishopric in our ward. I counsel regularly with the Bishop on matters that involve the temporal and spiritual well-being of the ward and its members. I provide guidance and leadership to the young men's and young women's organizations, working with their leaders to teach the youth ages 12-18 about the gospel and building their testimonies. I am also involved in service activities, whether its helping a neighbor out, or an organized service project for an eagle scout candidate. I also teach the church and gospel values and standards to my children, in hopes that they'll grow up and lead good lives and be faithful as well.