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Hi I'm Shawn.

I'm a doctorate student. My wife and I have a 3 1/2 month son. I like composing classical music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love classical music. In high school, I played trumpet in the marching/concert/jazz bands and sang in the jazz choir. Nowadays, I compose music when I can in hopes of winning some prize to support my family (my wife and our 3 1/2 month old son). I work part-time at a library, and am a full-time audiology student. I love teaching.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that life is hard. It is a stressful, demanding balancing act that pulls one's attention and energy numerous ways simultaneously. The "To Do" is always long, and there never seems to be the time to complete everything or satisfy everyone. Life is chaotic. The restored Gospel of Jesus Christ provides me with an anchor of correct, unchanging priorities. I know that if I keep the commandments and do the things the Lord has asked, thereby putting the Lord first in my life, then I will be happy. I also feel His pleasure when I do right. I feel loved and not alone -- which is especially valuable to me now because I know that the demands of life can leave one feeling hopeless and alone. I love knowing and feeling that God loves me, and I love learning about and trying to emulate the character of God.

How I live my faith

First off, I make sure that I fit in prayer and scripture study. I also try to pray and read scriptures with my wife. When our son is old enough, he will join and participate in our family prayer and scripture study. The scriptures help me understand that God loved His children written about in the scriptures. This fills me with the feeling that He loves me too. Prayer allows to interact personally with Him. I know He listens. I know He answers. Prayer allows me to build a personal relationship with God based on my experience now, not having to only rely on the written word of scripture. Secondly, I attend Church services every Sunday with my family. Gathering together with my family and other people in the community to worship God builds my faith, reaffirms to me to I am not alone, and helps me to keep the big picture in perspective. It rejuvenates my hope and my desire to do good and obey God. Again, in this day in age, time is precious. Therefore, time set aside to learn about God and live His Gospel is a precious sacrifice. I know that God values sacrifice. Also, trying to live the Gospel as a family makes us a stronger family. Lastly, I serve in the Church. The leader of our local congregation has asked me to take on a couple of assignments in the Church. I, with the help of 3 other men, monitor the teaching during Church services and help the teachers become better teachers. I have also been asked to visit 3 families regularly to monitor how they are doing. We act as their contact with the Church if they ever need help. Of course, this all requires more time and more sacrifice, but I know that the example of Jesus Christ demonstrated services to others and that the leader of our congregation was inspired by God to ask me to perform these services. I also know that God doesn't ask you to do anything that He wouldn't help you to complete.