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Hi I'm Shannon

I'm a mother, wife, teacher, and I'm Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Southern California, where I grew up just a few blocks from the beach. I come from a small family. My husband and I have been married for 13 years. He is a registered nurse and we have two daughters and a few cats. I attended college in Southern California, where I received my Bachelor's degree in history. After I was married we moved out of state where I completed my elementary teacher certification and taught elementary school for a few years before giving birth to my first daughter. When my oldest was two I went back to school and received my Master's degree in education with minors in reading and bilingual education. For the past four years, I have been working part-time as a reading specialist at an inner-city elementary school. I work with students who are struggling readers and are learning to speak English. Both of my daughters are in school now and I love that I can be home with them in the morning and in the afternoon and still have a job where I feel like I am making a difference and really helping students to succeed. It is fulfilling to be able to be home with my children, yet at the same time have a job that is very rewarding. In my spare time I enjoy reading, traveling, hanging out with my family, going to the movies, listening to music, shopping, genealogy, and exercising.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a lifelong member of the church. My parents were members, my grandparents were members, my great-grandparents were members, even my great-great grandparents were Mormon. Needless to say, I come from a long line of Mormons! I grew up in Southern California near the beach, in an area where Mormons were the minority. At times it was difficult being a Mormon in a non-Mormon environment and I was often made fun of because of my beliefs, especially while I was in high school. I think that some kids didn't really know much about the church and didn't understand what I believed. There were certainly a lot of stereotypes about Mormons and sometimes I was made fun of because of them. My peers didn't understand why I did not drink or smoke or engage in certain activities. Looking back now, I think those difficult times helped to strengthen my foundation in the church and I'm glad I did not give in to the peer pressure, and that I held fast to the things that I believed in and knew to be true. I think going through those difficult times has made me a stronger person. What I loved (and still love) about the Church is the variety of activities provided for the youth (ages 12-18). While growing up in the church I attended a daily scripture study class at church and attended a weekly activity with other Mormon kids my age. The Church offered Sunday school classes and multiple activities and opportunities for me as a youth to socialize with others that had the same standards as I did. I had the opportunity to sing, dance, act, ski, camp, river raft, hike, water ski, speak in public, and provide service for others. It was a nice escape from the temptations and peer pressure that was being placed on me. These weekly activities and meetings helped to increase my faith in God, my knowledge of the Bible and Book of Mormon, and strengthened my beliefs in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a good example to my daughters and to the young women (ages 14 and 15) that I teach in church. I don't drink, I don't smoke, I use clean language, study the scriptures, pray daily and I dress modestly. I do my best to be a role model for my daughters and for the girls I am teaching. I want to be someone they can look up to and someone they respect. Knowing that I have two young daughters and a group of young women watching me helps me to be a better person and a better Mormon. It helps me in how I dress, in what I say and in how I act. I am much more aware of the music I listen to, the books that I read, the programs I watch on TV and the movies that I see. Since I have young children at home I would never want to expose them to things that are inappropriate, so I try to filter what comes into our home. That is one of my primary responsibilities as a parent. The girls that I teach in church help me to be better in all areas of my life. I am constantly amazed at their faith in God, their ability to do good, the service they render to others, and quality of their character. The young women are examples to me in so many more ways than they will ever know. Their faith in God has helped to strengthen me as a person. They have been a positive influence in all areas of my life. Working with them the past three years has made me a better person.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Shannon
No, Mormons or members of The Church of Jesus Christ do not practice polygamy. The church has nothing whatsoever to do with the practice of polygamy. People who practice polygamy are not Mormons or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. If any members of the church are found practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, which is the most serious penalty the Church can impose. Not only are those involved in direct violation of the civil law, they are in violation of the law of this Church. Show more Show less