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Hi I'm shanna

i was raised in a strong faith, i am in a second and a forever marriage, together we have 8 children and i am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a runner, when I hit the road, with my music in my ears, the world is mine. The challenges I face become something I can tackle. I don't run to angry music, I prefer inspiring music. I don't need races to keep me going, the inspiration alone is what drives me to run. Music and writing are the very essences of my soul. I sing, play the piano by ear, write, and the coolest thing is my mother is a voice teacher. It’s just instilled in me. these things inspire, and heal my soul. I am in a second and forever marriage, together my husband and I have 8 children, although, this last summer we lost one in a 4 wheeling accident. Our home is crazy, especially when we have them all. Our children are creative, a little nutty (in a fun way), but mostly resilient. After a long weekend, I'm usually left with a mess to clean. But I love all of our children. I am absolutely driven to teach them, to help them heal, and to love them. We love swimming, bike rides, camping, canoeing, jumping on the trampolines together and watching our children make silly plays. My husband and I met in 2008 and married in 2009, we were sealed in 2010. He is my hero and my best friend. Our favorite dates are running together, well they are my favorite dates :) we love working out together and just being active. we just bought our first house together, our new hobby is turning it into our home a glimpse of fun, and a glimpse of heaven:) we also had a baby boy, the 8th edition that completed our family.

Why I am a Mormon

when i was a teenager, at my brothers Eagle Scout car wash, i was back and forth with signs. i decided to cross when the red hand was blinking, basically when the lights were in transition. As I started to run, I hit a car with my hand, when it started to go. My heart started pumping, without hesitation, i ran faster not even looking ahead like i should have. The next lane was empty, and a car was coming full speed approx 45 miles an hour, and hit me head on. I don't remember anything by that point, but whiteness say, including my little sisters, I shattered the windshield with my head and it flew me up in the air, all the way across the other side of the median of that huge busy street. I landed on my stomach, with my feet over my head. The witnesses were sure my legs were broken, my mom being one. My uncle was there, who was prepared, with another priesthood holders help, he asked the EMT'S to step aside for a moment as he administered a priesthood blessing upon me, Commanding my organs, tissues, joints and bones to be healed. I was also told that angels caught my fall. I walked away from that accident with 7 staples in my head, with the knowledge and conviction that i was a recipient of the priesthood blessings and its power that day. While I have thus struggled throughout my life with its challenges, I have not been able to deny this. The gospel is true. The priesthood is the power of God, and as I have learned and grown through hardships, I have sought a stronger testimony of the gospel. There is no doubt that the priesthood saved my life that day and many times after that, spiritually and physically. i study deeply the book of mormon, and i know its true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by not doubting when darkness arises, or questioning when once you had conviction but the hard times seem to become too hard. I live my faith by obedience and action. God is an unchanging God, and when darkness arises, it’s either because we are being tested or because of our choices. When we lost a child this summer, I came to the realization that all we have been through in our lives has prepared us for this experience. Do you question when the tough gets harder? No the times to cling onto your faith are the times you need it most, the conviction I have received over and again is not gone, I need to cling onto it, hold it dear, and seek deeper the mysteries of God. I have gained a great faith by reading the book of Mormon, listening to church talks and engrossing myself into church lessons. I want to know where I am from, where I am going, and why I am here. One way I live my faith is by study. During the days of being a single mother, after experiencing divorce, I learned the way to heal was by service. I wanted to pursue a nursing degree. I started out as a CNA in a rest home. I have not yet finished my schooling, because I got married and we had 7 kids at the time to take care of. But I learned during that time as a CNA, being at the bottom of the barrel in the medical field, that I was important, my happy service minded, cheerful heart helped lonely and sick faces smile and feel better. These things got me through the hardships of divorce and single life. I stepped outside my own world and fell in love with the people I served. I knew that some of those lives were just preserved for me, to teach me love, patience, and service. This is also what we are taught in the gospel. The point of living our faith is through action, in mind, in thought, inside the home and outside the home. I am still learning to be selfless, and to give of my time to heavenly father in all ways he asks.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

By weighing out in your hands how it makes you feel, if it is good, you will know it. I love the article of faith 13 "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—we believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." The gospel surpasses selfishness, it molds us, if we allow, into servants of Christ. it teaches us to be humble, charitable, honest, kind, giving, wholesome, pure, it teaches us that we are all equal in God's eyes. It teaches us that beyond what we see now, is this great Heavenly being who loves us so much and he just wants us to help each other and to take care of our bodies and souls. So if it is a good seed, it will swell within your hearts. Alma 32:28. If you do not cast out your faith in God with unbelief, he will tell you the truth of all things. There is nothing to be afraid of by asking. God will not lead you astray. You will see the fruits are very good. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

yes through a loyalty to God, an eternal marriage can be obtained. it takes consistent changing in ones selfishness in ones desires to be more compatible with God. if both partners are moving towards God, they will grow closer to each other. it doesn't matter the hardships they face. Show more Show less