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Hi I'm Shawn Tatton

I enjoy hiking. I'm a romantic. I'm a shark enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a bit of an oddball. I love science and it is the passion of my life. Most people don't believe that science and religion can coexist, but I am just the opposite. Knowing the complexities of how living organisms are built testifies to me that there had to be a supreme creator to design something so beautiful and intricate. I want to be a marine biologist so I can study sharks and their behavior patterns. I have attended a year of college at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah to work on my Bachelor's Degree in Zoology. Obviously I am going to have to move to get my masters and to study sharks. Currently I am on a mission in Indianapolis, Indiana. I love it! Serving the Lord is one of the greatest opportunities I have had in my life and I am growing a lot from it. I love to read. I am an avid sketch artist, but I hate art classes because they give you assignments instead of letting it be a hobby. I love archery and rifle shooting, as well as anything to do with the outdoors. Hiking and swimming are my favorites. I am also a romantic. Most guys hate to sit down and watch a gushy chick flick, but I actually enjoy some of the cheesy romances out in the world. I have a girl that is waiting for me back home while I am on my mission, and I am going to get married in the temple.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, more commonly known as the "Mormons". I grew up in the church, but I didn't gain a testimony until I was 17 years old. I had some doubts about what the church taught; for instance, how could a 14 year old boy see God and Jesus Christ? Well, he did. I fell away from the church and my life took a nosedive. I made a lot of mistakes. When I hit rock bottom and had nothing else to lose I decided to ask my Heavenly Father if he was really there and if he loved me, if Jesus Christ really died for me, and whether or not the church was true. On my knees that night I felt the Savior's arms wrap around me and I felt peace for the first time in months. I began to read the Book of Mormon and I quickly began to see that it truly is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and now I will never leave. I am grateful for His miraculous Atonement and I know He did it for you and for me. I know that I am clean through His sacrifice. I love my Savior and He is my friend. I owe Him my life. I stand as a witness of His power and love. He IS our Savior and Redeemer. Through Him we can all return to live with our Heavenly Father once again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an example. In 1 Timothy 4:12 it says "...Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." That is what I've done. In college I talked to my friends about the church and invited them to learn what I have learned. Most weren't too interested, but they recognized that I was happy and liked how I live my life. Luckily one of my friends listened. I am happy to say that my girlfriend, Lauren, chose to be baptized on February 12, 2011, and I got to perform the ordinance! It was one of the best days of my life. I live to serve. I have what is called the priesthood. It is the power and authority to act in God's name. Crazy, right? Well it is true. Any worthy male who is a member of Christ's true church can be given the priesthood, if he is worthy, by someone who holds the same authority. We who have the priesthood are honored examples of Jesus Christ. We serve others. Through faith, we can perform the same miracles that the Savior enacted when He was on the earth. I have been witness to these miracles and I hold those experiences sacred in my heart. I attend the temple. The temple is a house of God, literally. We go there to perform sacred ordinances that prepare us to return to Him. These things are sacred, not secret, and anyone who is worthy can prepare themselves to go into the temple to receive the blessings that come from it. I am going to be married and sealed in the temple. Marriage performed in a regular church won't last; 'til death do you part, as they say. Marriage in the temple between a couple who are worthy lasts for eternity because they are sealed to each other by the power of the priesthood. This is what I want.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Shawn Tatton
No. We worship God our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a great man, a prophet, but he isn't God. Joseph was called by God and restored the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days by the power of the priesthood, so that we can worship our God in the Manner that He established. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Shawn Tatton
The current prophet for the world is President Thomas S. Monson. He is an incredible man. He holds the priesthood keys to act in the name of God for the entire world and everyone in it. Just like prophets of old, he talks with our Heavenly Father to receive revelation and guidance on how we should live our lives. though he is not perfect, he is one of the greatest examples of Jesus Christ on the earth today. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Shawn Tatton
The answer is simple, follow the example of the Savior, Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone holding the priesthood authority of God. Gaining a testimony to know whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is important, because when you are baptized you covenant with God to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ. In order to be baptized you must meet with representatives of Jesus Christ (Missionaries) in order to learn all that you need to know as you become a member of His gospel. I would highly recommend meeting with these young men. Being baptized WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE! You will find more peace in this life, and you can be with our Heavenly Father in the next. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Shawn Tatton
Simply put, the church is true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's kingdom restored to the earth. Many people have tried to destroy the church or to prove that the Book of Mormon is false, but they can't do it. If the church was to have been destroyed it would have fallen apart in its early days. Satan has tried unceasingly to bring down the church because he knows that he is losing. People are drawing closer to Jesus Christ by following His true gospel as it spreads throughout the earth. The peace and comfort that is found only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints cannot be found anywhere else, because it is true and we have God at our backs to lead and guide us in a world that is so full of anger and confusion. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Shawn Tatton
The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. It testifies of His Divinity as the Son of God and teaches us how to follow His example. As a companion to the Bible, the Book of Mormon teaches the same doctrines that He taught during His earthly ministry. It contains revelations of prophets in ancient America who taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. Within its pages the principles of faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end are elaborated. By reading the Book of Mormon we can draw closer to Jesus Christ as well as feel the power of, and understand the reality of our Savior's Atonement. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Shawn Tatton
When Jesus Christ was on the earth He established his church. He gave His apostles the power of the priesthood to act in His name once He was gone. After He ascended to the Father again once His mortal ministry was done His apostles went out to teach His gospel. They kept the church alive for a short while, but they were mortal and they eventually died; many of them were killed off. They did not pass the priesthood on, so the church had no leadership receiving revelation directly from God. Inspired men continued to lead the church, but they didn't have a way to keep the doctrine pure. They interpreted the Bible as best they could, but doctrines began to be twisted and churches sprung up and broke off of Christ's original church. The Bible is a great testimony of Jesus and tells us a lot about His life, but as a single witness it can be interpreted wrong. Think of a single dot; a million lines can be drawn from it to go off in any direction. We needed a second witness to show us the one true way to return to our Heavenly Father by following the doctrine His Son set forth. The Book of Mormon is that second witness. Now we have two dots, and only one line can be drawn between them, the correct line. That line is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ once again upon the earth. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Shawn Tatton
No, our church is run on the principle of service. Each of our members will have what we term a "calling" in the ward (congregation) they live in. These callings change over time as people are released and called to new positions. The Bishop is the leader of each ward and prayerfully assigns each calling to ward members. Each calling contributes to the success and harmony in each ward. There are teachers, presidencies, group activities directors, and many others. Each is important and it is up to the members to fulfill their calling; all of this is done without pay and often comes at great sacrifice. A prophet, Alma, teaches us why why we do this: "And now, if we do not receive anything for our labors in the church, what doth it profit us to labor in the church save it were to declare the truth, that we may have rejoicings in the joy of our brethren?" (Alma 30:34) It is because we want to serve our brothers and sisters and have joy with them as well as declaring the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It all revolves around service. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Shawn Tatton
Why wouldn't we? If God doesn't change as it says in Malachi 3:6, then why would he cease to call prophets? In Amos 3:7 it says, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." The Lord has always worked through prophets and always will work through prophets. He has called them all throughout history, but then the world rejects them and often kills them. Even though the same pattern keeps recurring, God loves us, so he calls another prophet so we can continue to follow Him and be guided by revelation through the mouths of the prophets. After Jesus Christ died there was a long period before another prophet could be called to the earth because the world wasn't ready to receive another one. There were many inspired men who prepared the way. During the reformation men like Martin Luther and John Kalvin opened the minds of people to see that there had been a falling away from Christ's church and they tried to get back to it. However, they weren't called of God as prophets, nor did they profess to be so. In the early 1800's our Heavenly Father called Joseph Smith to be a prophet and gave him the priesthood authority to restore Christ's church, in the same manner as it was during Christ's mortal ministry, in the latter days. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah." (Title page of the Book of Mormon) Show more Show less