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Hi I'm Shaun

I have performed in numerous live theatre productions. I have written multiple novels. I live in beautiful Oregon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a theatre person through and through. Nothing thrills me more than standing on stage, and mostly making people laugh. I love written words, and enjoy crafting them in complex and simple ways. I'm currently a college student. I'm the youngest of eight. I enjoy such outdoor activities as Camping, Hiking, Swimming, Cliff jumping, Spelunking, and Sludging. I love my family, and I wouldn't change them for the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and so I have no great conversion story from another faith. But I firmly believe that everyone has a conversion story whether they were born out of the church or not. My conversation story is that of simplicity. As a rebellious teenager dabbling in mild sin, we all tend to stray. Despite sometimes feeling like I'm the golden child in my family, I was no exception. Then one day in seminary, a religious class taken by high school aged students, we had a discussion on Godly sorrow. Never has such a lesson struck me so deeply and completely. I feel like from that day on, even though I have stumbled, I have been a full convert to this church. Now I know that this church is true, and I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and I know that Jesus Christ is at the head of this church, and I know that no matter what people tell me, I am doing the right thing. A friend once told me that she knew from a book she had that my church was wrong, and I replied that I know, from the Book of Mormon that my church is right. The Book of Mormon is truly and inspired book, and must be read carefully, and with a desire to know. Once such a reading has occurred, there is no turning against it. In the paraphrased words of Jeffery R. Holland, Those leaving this church must crawl under, around, or over the Book of Mormon to get out. I believe that with every fiber of my being.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in the simplest way possible. I hold no calling or special position in my ward. I hold the fundamental callings of all men my age, but I am also an Elder who teaches other Elders the gospel every Sunday, and I am a home teacher. Those callings, however, aren't the simplest means by which I live my faith. I live my faith in an even simpler manner everyday at school, at home, and around my friends. I am an example of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and as such, I am able to show my many nonmember friends what we believe in merely by acting appropriately. I wish to share a short story to explain. As a church, we believe that we must keep the Sabbath day holy. This has become so ingrained in the people I associate with that, when asked if my choir could hold a performance on Sunday, the director immediately rebuked them telling them that we can't in order to respect "the Mormons." I stood a little taller that knowing that I had appropriately held my faith up as a standard, and that those around me, not of my faith, flocked to my aid when it was threatened by others. That is how I live my faith. Example.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Shaun
To me there is one reason alone for the common person to call Mormons a cult. Misunderstanding. In today's society, a cult is often thought of as a scary group of creepy men in robes sacrificing goats in strange rituals. Since this image is pasted to the word cult, people call Mormons a cult because they fear waht they don't know. That is the simple fact of life. Misunderstanding leads to not knowing, not knowing leads to fear, and fear leads to false accusation. I don't blame people for calling Mormons a cult, but anyone who says so is, frankly, ignorant. This kind of rumor can only be dispelled by stopping it whereever it shows up. Show more Show less