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Hi I'm Shannon

I love my life! I love people, languages, business, travel, learning, and FAMILY! (Laundry did not make the list!)

About Me

I'm a stay-at-home American mom who never stops dreaming up ideas for new businesses. I'm a computer science graduate, and after working as a computer programmer for several years, I decided to stay home and change my career to full-time mom. But my business mind is always restless, so in the past two decades of being "home," I've been part of a construction business, a furniture business, and I currently teach English lessons online to people all over the world. I love to read and learn, but my greatest joy comes from being with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I was born one. My family have been part of this religion almost from the time of its restoration by Joseph Smith in 1830. The more important question is "why am I STILL a Mormon." During my high school years, I remember wondering.. do I really know for myself this is the life God and Christ want me to lead? I decided to start by reading the Book of Mormon from beginning to end. Near the end of the book (page 529), I read the challenge I had read many times before, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhortyou that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true." Having been exposed to the Book of Mormon my entire life, it had never occurred to be before that this challenge was for me too. I remember kneeling immediately beside my bed and starting an awkward prayer where I sincerely asked God that I might know for myself if the Book of Mormon is true scripture. Almost immediately, I was overcome with a powerful force that felt empowering and enlarging to my soul. Whenever I have doubts or concerns about my religion, I am able to think back to that moment and gain strength by the knowledge that God took the time to answer me personally. It is because I know the Book of Mormon is true scripture from God that I am STILL a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in the minutes and seconds of my life. Knowing that my family is the most important part of my life, and knowing that my family will live together after this life, means I'm doing the most valuable work I can do. As I'm washing the dishes (again) or rotating laundry (again) or a million other repetitive tasks, I think of how Christ said, "inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these... ye have done it unto me." Remembering this keeps me going at home; it's a simple life made rich and given meaning by my Savior, Jesus Christ. I live my faith by striving to be a blessing to others. I love almost everyone I meet, and if I can love people, with all of my faults and limitations, I can only imagine how much our Savior loves each of us. I live my faith by loving others, mourning with them, celebrating with them, carrying their burdens with them. I live my faith when I do the best I can to follow my Savior's example of service. I live my faith by sharing it. I try not to hide my faith, but to "let my light so shine before men." I respect the many religions of the world and I hope others will share their beliefs with me. I live my faith when I share Christ's words and life with everyone I meet.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Shannon
The great thing about having the missionaries come to your home is that they can answer all your questions. You don't need to feel like allowing missionaries into your home means you've chosen to become a Mormon. It's nice that they're usually younger men and women. I find that somewhat less intimidating. The missionaries are there to teach you what Mormons believe about God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. They can explain what is expected of members. They can teach you how to pray to God, and they can give you books and pamphlets with great ideas for parenting or other topics. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Shannon
One of the most defining of God's roles is as a creator. In addition, one of the purposes of Jesus Christ's atonement is to help God's children reach their fullest potential. If we desire to be like them, then we revere the power of creation given to us by them, and we take seriously the responsibility of helping our creations reach their fullest potential. With this in mind, it would be contrary to the nature of God to stop the progress or limit the potential of any of His creations. But God is merciful, which is why I believe there are extreme circumstances in which abortion is an acceptable option. I am grateful for a God who values each individual equally and see us for what we may become, not what we are. Show more Show less