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Hi I'm Shannon

I teach art, create art pieces out of clay, enjoy musical theater. I am a mother, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born with a disorder that the doctors told my parents that I would only live till I was about 5years old. Than some other doctors said, as I was growing up, that I would not reach 5 foot. Well in both cases I am happy to say they were wong. I am an adult that grew to 5 foot 8 inches, finished my degree in art eduation, met my handsome husband, and started a career, and a family. Being a mother of 3 beautiful children brings me the most sorrows, hardship, joy, peace, and laughter than anything I could have imagined. I love it (most of the time). I took me a long time to have my first child, so even at the most frustrating times, I know how much better having my children is than my life was without them. I enjoy putting together puzzles, and taking classes in different art media. (But I should try to narrow that down to cut down on the clutter) My favorite art to create stems from clay. I love to be able to manipulate a piece from all sides. I also enjoy the way clay feels in my hands, and the way it speaks to me as I form it.

Why I am a Mormon

Putting this into words is difficult for me. As a child I looked different from the other children. I was teased at least once, or more everyday. I often came home feeling rejected and alone. My parents loved me and tried to understand and make me feel beter, but even with all their love, they didn't understand the hurt I went through each day. Luckily they taught me about my loving Father in Heaven (God) who I could pray to for help, and the scriptures as guidance. I began with prayer. I found as I prayed, I was given peace, and comfort from heaven above. It was the only reason I could face each day, and I learned for myself that prayer is real! It works. Thoughout the years I know our prayers are answered if we pray with a full heart and open minds. I have also found that our prayers are not always answered the way we expect, or want, so I had to be receptive. Looking back the answers to my prayers that were not what I expected were the most beneficial to me in the long run. I learned who our Savior, Jesus Christ was, and the many teachings and events of the prophets of old were thoughout the Bible and Book of Mormon. I have questioned the truthfulness of doctrine, or other things at different times in my life. So I searched and brought my thoughts and finding to God, and still do. I found my answers, and I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is true, and founded by God, our Eternal Father in Heaven. I have the freedom to choose or reject this for myself, and I will not turn away from what I know is right. I want to follow the perfect example of Christ. I love the truth that I have found, and the peace and happiness I have because I choose to follow Jesus Christ. This is why I am a mormon in a nutshell.

How I live my faith

In the church right now I am the Webelos Cub Scout leader. I have been doing this for about a year now, and I have enjoyed all the new things I have learned because of needing to teach the boys that skill or knowledge. I love being able to help when I can, so I love that I have the opportunity to do things for others. In the past I have been a choirester for the children, compasionate service leader to help the women in the community that were in need, and teacher. Each 'call to serve' has taught me new things, and has helped me grow as a person. I love all my family members. Many of them do not share my faith, but they meen just as much to me as my family members that are Mormons. Jesus taught that we should love everyone, so I try to follow his example. (Although, my birth family, and inlaws make this an easy task.) To sum up; I live my faith, by trying to do as Jesus Christ did and taught. I make my share of mistakes, but I still do the best I can. I have peace, and strength, and just try to show kindness to all.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Shannon
I think it is ignorance more than anything. When I think of a cult, I think of an organization that controls indivitduality for power over others. I think the fact that we choose to follow commandments layed down by God, gets confussed with that we have to follow the commandments! We do not HAVE to do anything against our will. I choose for myself the actions I will take, and reep the concequenses for whatever choice I do make. Sometime it is good, and somethimes it is bad. Whatever the case, I have my individuality, and I am greatful for the diffenences in others in this world. It also could just be a misconception of our beleifs. Either way, I think it comes down to knowledge. Show more Show less