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Hi I'm Shaun

I'm a single mother of three athletic boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In my former life before children, I was a graphic designer. During my boys school years I was a substitute teacher and loved working with kids of all ages. Five years, ago after a very difficult 24-year marriage, I became a single parent. In this economy, I am grateful to have a full-time job now, though it is not in my chosen field. I have always been a volunteer from acting as yearbook editor in high school, to student government in college, to helping in the classroom, leading team booster clubs, serving in church, working as a director on two different non-profits boards. I write poetry, and enjoy art and reading. I've always tried to have a home where everyone was welcome

Why I am a Mormon

One of my favorite sayings is: "The gospel is not something you do, it is something you are." I've been a Mormon all my life. Though raised to understand the teachings of our Heavenly Father, I still had to find out for myself whether the gospel would be something I just did or if it would become a part of who I was. During that time of exploration, I fell in love and married a man not of my faith. Together we had three wonderful boys. Partly because of them, I determined that my faith and my testimony needed to be a solid, ever-growing part of my very soul. Sadly, over the years my husband grew more and more emotionally abusive as he let alcohol take over his life. Suicide ended it. If my testimony in the truthfulness of of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, were not a part of my very being, I don't know how I would have survived the years of abuse and the years after helping my now- grown boys understand the difficulties of this mortal life. The knowledge that my Heavenly Father loves me so much that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die for me, not only for my transgressions, but also for my pain and sorrow sustains me. I know that He answers prayers, that He offers personal revelation for my needs if I will but listen. I am grateful for the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon, there are so many answers there. How amazing it is to have a prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson, to lead and guide us. I can say, the gospel so very much more than what I do, it is who I am.

How I live my faith

I live my testimony by first of all trying to be a good parent, friend, neighbor, co-worker and example. I am by no means perfect, but I strive to generally be a good person. I have served in many, many callings or church responsibilities over the years, from the bulletin board chairperson to compassionate service leader, as a teacher of children, young women, and women. I have served as a leader in different church auxiliaries on various levels and in public affairs working with community organizations, other churches and local officials. I have helped to plan many community-wide events such as food drives, quilting bees for sick children, and holiday celebrations. I have strong testimony of visiting teaching, where women in the church are given the responsibility to visit two or three assigned women in our congregation every month. We share a message, become a friend and help with individual needs, just as the Savior did.