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Hi I'm Shannon

I'm into sea kayaking, Iiving "green" as I can, and working with at risk families. I am in love with being a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in NY and Montana, and have bounced around the western US and up to British Columbia, Canada. I love being outside-biking, hiking, backcountry skiing, horseback riding, sea kayaking, family walks or just working in the garden. As a mother of two busy little girls, I especially enjoy family camping and bike touring trips, or even just short hikes where we can pause in wonder at this incredible world our Heavenly Father created for us. Being outside helps me regain perspective, on who I am as a daughter of God, on what matters in life, and on what I should be putting my energies into. I find myself drawn to working with "at-risk" groups: from backpacking with at-risk youth, to living with street youth, to helping families regain perspective on each others' strengths. I find great joy in connecting with others and helping them find ways to build better lives and relationships for themselves. Currently, I work a few evenings a week when my husband can be home with the girls. It has been a great blessing for all four of us to have this kind of engaged, shared parenting in our home. Truly the greatest joys in my life have been with my family--parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, husband, and now, perhaps most intensely, with my children. I know families are an essential part of God's plan.

Why I am a Mormon

I am blessed to have parents with deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in the teachings of His restored church. As a teenager, some of my closest friends were atheists who constantly questioned my beliefs and choices, but this allowed me to search more deeply for myself. I knew too that I felt peace and joy when I chose to follow Christ's teachings. I have had many experiences which have developed my own witness of Jesus Christ and of His church. Much of this knowledge has come to me as I was obedient to the commandments of God--for instance, in choosing not to do homework on the Sabbath, I began to experience Sundays which nourished and filled my soul. Kneeling in prayer, lamenting mistakes that I have made, I have come to know for myself that forgiveness is given freely by our Savior Jesus Christ, who personally suffered for all of our sins. In times of loneliness or fear, I have learned for myself that comfort and guidance are available to me no matter where in the world I am if I will pray and ask God. As for this church in particular, I have come to know for myself that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God to bring back the complete gospel and Church of Jesus Christ. After reading the Book of Mormon through, I prayed and asked God if it was really a true book from Him. Into my mind came the memory of the feelings of peace and inspiration that I had felt countless times as I read. I know it is a book written by ancient prophets inspired by God.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am learning a lot about God's love for us and His great patience in allowing us to use our agency to make mistakes as I try to love and parent my daughters as best I can. Family relationships are one of the greatest opportunities to learn how to be more like Jesus Christ--compassionate, humble, forgiving, patient, and full of joy. I am so, so grateful for the privilege of being a mother to two incredible souls, as well as being a daughter, a sister, a wife, a niece, and a cousin. At church, I currently am part of the children's sunday school program, and am learning so much from the incredibly faithful and dedicated teachers and leaders and the bright-eyed children. As with any opportunity to serve, it really teaches me so much more than I think I am helping anyone else. I try also to reach out to friends, family, neighbors, and acquaintances in whatever ways I can--watching children, sharing homemade food, just expressing love in whatever way I feel inspired to do! We are all fighting our own battles and can all use another loving friend.