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Hi I'm Shannon Bates

I'm a mother of 7 and grandmother of 3 and I've been a Mormon all my life.

About Me

I grew up Boulder, Colorado. I studied music and art at Brigham Young University where I met my husband. Before we married I served a mission in the Santiago, North mission in Chile, South America. We had five children until fifteen years ago when we went to Russia to adopt 2 little girls. We now have 3 daughters in law and 3 baby grandsons.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were both members of the Church. They both have Pioneer ancestry in the Church. I realized when I was about 14 that I needed to know for myself if the Church was true. I had always had a close relationship with my Heavenly Father so I remember praying to Him from the time I was very little, but I hadn't really studied the scriptures much on my own. My family was very active in the Church so I did get many years of learning the doctrines of the Church, but I hadn't really made a concerted effort to find out for myself if all the things I'd been taught through the years were true. I remember being worried that I did not have a testimony of the Church because I hadn't had a great and miraculous personal revelation of any kind by then. I told my mother of my worries and she reminded me of all the sweet quiet whisperings of the Spirit to me I'd had and shared with her through the recent years. She taught me that the witness of the Spirit very seldom comes in a dramatic way like we read in Scriptural accounts. As I look back, I can see that the conviction I grew to have in my heart came a piece at a time. However, when I was at college, I had a very choice spiritual experience as I studied the Book of Mormon on my own. I realized then that since I had basically been "spoon fed" gospel teachings up until then

How I live my faith

I have participated in Church service in many capacities through the years. I've worked with tiny children in the Nursery, one of my favorites. I have worked with the grade school children teaching music. I've taught in the youth program working with young women. Currently I serve as the Scout Committee Chair for our Ward. Of all the work I've done serving in the Church, the most important has been the teaching I've done with my own children. We taught the gospel on a regular basis all the years our children were growing up. All four of our sons received the rank of Eagle in the Scouting program and five of our seven children served missions for the Church. It is gratifying to see our children continue these traditions in their own Wards.