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Hi I'm Shawn

My greatest joy in life is being a husband and a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live a fairly simple life really. I have a beautiful wife, who is my best friend. We have six wonderful children. I am (we are) living in the home that I grew up in, and my children are attending the same schools that I did growing up. Much of my energy is spent on my children and helping them succeed in life. They are my greatest joy. We are not perfect... we have challenges and disagreements just like anyone else, but we love each other, and this gives me strength even in the most challenging times that we experience. I love to be involved in sporting events; whether this is by coaching, watching or participating in them. I love the principles learned from sports about teamwork and about individuals stretching to do more than they thought that they could ever do. I also love the arts--music, writing, artwork, and others. However, with these I am only a mild participant, and usually enjoy the incredible talent that others display. I love the outdoors--camping and hiking and seeing the beautiful works of our Creator. By profession, I have chosen to be an educator. I love being with the young people of our world and helping them to discover things that they might not have otherwise seen. The light of discovery in the eyes of another, to me, is one of God's great wonders. It is a privilege to see this almost on a daily basis.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My parents lovingly taught my siblings (8 of us) and I, things that they believed deeply in. I knew as a child that they believed in the Savior because they lived the gospel to the best of their abilities. When they fell short, I watched them strive to correct their wrongs and move forward with faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. I felt the Spirit of the Lord often I believe, because there were opportunities provided for me to listen. Now, that being said, you need to know that I had questions too, about what was real. I am so thankful that I was taught, and given the opportunity to participate in family prayer and especially in my own personal prayers. I learned early that I have a Loving Father in Heaven who loves me--really loves me, and cares about me for who I am. He is also very interested in me being all that I can, so He continues watching over me blessing my life and the lives of those around me. I know that I am no different than any other, so I know that this assurance can fill everyone's life on a very personal level. I know that praying to Him works--He hears and answers prayers. The act of praying has been a peaceful place for me my entire life. You can imagine in a family of ten, that private moments were often very few. We had a large pine tree in our front yard that I would often climb up to the top (you couldn't see someone up in the top of the tree from the base of the tree). In this quiet place, I would communicate with my Father in Heaven. I would speak and He would listen, then He would whisper to me, and I would listen as these impressions sunk deep into my heart. It was in some of these moments that my testimony of truth solidified in my heart. I KNOW Heavenly Father loves me. I KNOW that His Son, Jesus Christ came to this earth to teach us the way we should live, and then willingly laid down His life for all, so that we all might live. I KNOW this is His Church.

How I live my faith

I try to follow my parent's example. I am trying to pass this example on to my children. I try daily to live as Jesus would if He were here. I look for ways that I might give assistance to others. I find real joy and satisfaction in doing things for others. Much of my married life has found me serving in my church with the young men in our ward (these are the teenages who are between 12 and 18 years old). I organize events for them and help them with their Scouting goals through the Boy Scouts of America. I also help as a volunteer or committee member at our local public schools.