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Hi I'm Shanna

I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a nana (grandmother), an aunt, a friend, but most of all I'm me, Shanna. I enjoy reading, sewing and quilting, scrapbooking, blogging about and spending time with my grandsons, visiting with my children, my family and my friends and helping my husband with his hobbies. I embrace the technologies that have made long distance communication so much easier to accomplish. I feel joy as I give service to children, youth and adults. I have found that making items that can benefit others brings me a feeling of peace; knowing that something I made may bless the life of someone on the other side of the world or in my own community.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been involved with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1844. I have a righteous heritage. My father was not always actively engaged in our faith. My mother was not a member of the church when she married him. My conversion story is actually part of her conversion story. Our neighbors invited me to attend Primary (our children's services) as a child. I remember singing the songs and feeling happy. These same friends invited my mother to investigate the teachings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. As my mother's testimony grew she became more involved with the gospel and my father's interest in it was reawakened. My mother was baptized the same day I was on my 8th birthday, on a Sunday in a swimming pool. As I grew up I would study the scriptures, attend my youth group and Sunday meetings and attend Seminary. (Seminary is a daily scripture study class for high school aged youth.) These experiences helped fuel my testimony of the Savior and of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the restoration of the gospel through him. I have prayed and know that the Book of Mormon is indeed another testament of Jesus Christ. Because of my testimony of the gospel I have found the strength to endure the challenges in my life. My severest trials to date have been the death of two of our children. Our first child, Lindsay, died as an infant nearly 34 years ago. Our third daughter, Lynette, died in September 2011 just two months shy of her 30th birthday. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings me peace in the knowledge that through the covenants that I have made and intend to keep, that I will have the blessing of being with my daughters again. The knowledge that our family relationship is eternal comforts me and encourages me to live my life so that our family will truly be forever.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday. I have felt the power of prayer as I have prayed and the strength and support I've received (and my family as well) when others have prayed for our welfare. I enjoy working with children and am currently serving as a teacher for our youngest church attendees-they're 18 months to 3 years old. What a delight it is to watch their sweet spirits develop as they learn about our Savior and also their relationship with their Heavenly Father and their earthly families. I celebrate their successes whether it's learning to share a toy or their coloring skills. I know that they are beloved children of God and feel privileged to be asked to serve them. The stewardship of visiting teaching has blessed my life as I've visited women over the years and also as I've been visited by women over those same years. My own visiting teachers have been a tremendous example to me and I am striving to serve others as they have served me over the years. Some of my visiting teachers have taken on the role as my surrogate mom during personal crises, as a sister in spirit when I've encountered challenges and always as a representative of the Savior as they've shared gospel messages with me. I have learned much from them and hope that in turn I've been able to bless the lives of the women that I visit. I've also had the opportunity of working with young women aged 12-18 over the years. I love working with the youth! They are fantastic example of courage under fire as they strive to live the values and precepts of the gospel in a world that often is at odds with the teachings of Jesus Christ. They are my heroes! As a wife, mother and grandmother I am trying to be an example to my family of how important the Savior is in my life. I know that I don't always succeed, but I am endeavoring to improve and prove myself worthy of all the blessings I have in my life. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is here on the earth and I am blessed to be a part of it.