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Hi I'm Shana

I am wife, mother, internal auditor, cub scout leader, outdoor enthusiest, want to be a family history expert, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

What is there to know about me? My interests and desires to learn bring me to a variety of opportunities and experiences. I enjoy being in the outdoors camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, playing on the playground with my kids, or just stopping to admire the beauty of this world. I sing alto, play around on the piano (though I am not very good at all), want to learn how to play my guitar, tried learning Spanish (that didn't work out too well), I don't like chicken, and I LOVE being a detective uncovering my family history. I am a good listener, in fact I enjoy listening to others more that talking Recently I went back to school and finished my degree in accounting that I started many years earlier. I work full time as an internal auditor. With my husband I have helped run his construction business and helped patent and launch one of his inventions into the market place. Although all these things describe a little about who I am, they don't express my passions about this life or who I really am. My passion is my family. Their success, happiness, and peace guide all my decisions and desires. I am passionate about serving others and lightening their load with a helping hand or listening ear. I am passionate about my faith in Jesus Christ and my relationship with Him. Following Him as a true disciple and being an instrument in His hands to help my brothers and sisters here on earth is my sincere desire. These are my passions and what shapes my being. This is who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for so many reasons that are personal and precious to me. I could write a whole book as to why I am a Mormon but I will try to narrow it down to a few points. First, the doctrine taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints brings me closer to my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I have a clearer understanding of my purpose in life. I am a daughter of God here on earth at this time to serve and love others, with my husband raise our children to love and serve God, and to be an example of Christ's love for all mankind through my actions. I love that as a Mormon I am taught that each person here on earth is a son or daughter of God and He loves them. One of the most beautiful aspects of God’s plan is He wants all of His children to return to live with Him as eternal families. We are commanded to love and help one another. For me the greatest opportunity and responsibility of living these commandments are within the home. The relationships I develop with my husband and children have helped me understand more the love God has for us and the love Christ has for each of us as well. I am grateful to know that a loving Heavenly Father who has helped me grow in this love has provided a way for my family to be together forever. I couldn’t imagine heaven and true happiness without my family and knowing them. My family is my greatest gift and treasure God has given to me, a gift that doesn’t have to end here on earth. As Mormon’s we are taught to continue to learn, ask questions, and seek wisdom. Faith is the first principle of the gospel but we aren't expected to have blind faith where questions are forbidden. We are taught to pray and study for ourselves to find the answers God has for us. I have done this and on many occasions the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me of the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. These experiences are so real that I could never deny that they are true and this is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith one day at a time every day. I hope that my by my actions and words others will recognize that I am a follower of Christ. With my family we turn to the Lord in prayer and study the word of God each day so that we may know His will for our lives and be instruments in His hands. We also strengthen our family by coming together every Monday evening for "Family Home Evening" where we teach our children and participate in activities of wholesome recreation, service, and just simply talking with each other of things that are of importance in our lives. Service and helping others is important to me and as a member of this church I have had many opportunities to serve. I have served in various leadership positions within the organizations of the church. Some of these positions have been: president of the women's organization, president of the children's program, and leadership roles in the teenage organization for girls. I have been an emergency preparedness specialist, a teacher of an early morning religious studies class for high school students, and a teacher at church for children through adults. I also enjoy being a "visiting teacher" where each month I personally visit or contact other sisters from our congregation to fellowship, help, and share a message. Serving as an assistant den leader in the Cub Scout program of the Boy Scouts of America is one of my highlights each week. I love the boys and helping them develop character traits of service, good citizenship, duty to God, and self reliance. Children are eager to learn and genuinely want to do what is right and investing time and love in each child is worth every minute.