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Hi I'm Shawn

I'm a husband, father of three adopted children, cancer survivor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a husband and father of 3 adopted children. I enjoy many things but I am particularly partial to fly fishing and remote control trucks. I work as a Configuration Manager for an energy company and have my fingers in just about everything from hardware to meetings. I am also a cancer survivor.

Why I am a Mormon

I began to worry about my family during my cancer treatments. What IF I died? How would they get a long? I would miss nearly ALL my children s FIRSTS! First prom, first date, graduation, first kiss, first love, first break-up. As I lay in bed, exhausted, dizzy, nauseous and in pain I reached the end of my endurance, strength and hope. My heart and mind was full of grief, hopelessness and despair. I looked up at the ceiling and cried "Are YOU THERE?" I felt a warmth, like a blanket fresh out of the drier, surround me. The dizziness stopped, the pain abated and I felt in my heart and mind the gentle response "YES. I AM HERE" We are children of God. We are important to him. HE, God, stopped whatever it was he was doing to give me comfort in my moment of greatest trial. He didn't take the trial from me. He strengthened me so I could endure it. I realized that I had been suffering there in pain and hopelessness simply because I had forgotten to pray. I forgot to “look up”. I remembered every hour of every day for the remainder of my treatment. As my endurance waned, I looked up to ask for more. As my hope faded I looked up and asked for more. As my sickness increased I looked up and asked for the ability to endure and to be long-suffering. And you know what? I received endurance, hope, strength and long-suffering. I was not alone! With Gods help I was able to beat cancer and survive the treatments. I am thankful to be a Mormon because I have learned that we are all children of God. We are his spiritual sons and daughters and He is there for us if we but raise our hearts and minds and “look up” to Him and pray. I know God will take time out to speak to us in our hearts and minds and give us the strength we need if we but ask. We are not alone.

How I live my faith

I thank God everyday for miracles. I thank God for the chance to do the seemingly "mundane" things of parenthood. I enjoy my children and I enjoy being with my wife, and occasionally, I thank God for the pain in my hands and feet that is caused by my cancer treatment. It reminds me of Gods mercy and reminds me to be thankful for being alive. I live my faith every day and I love my church and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I in the past I have served for 4 years as a 12 and 13 year old young men and young women Sunday school teacher and loved it. I have also served as the instructor for Elders Quorum the last 2-3 years and I'm currently the membership clerk for our ward. I'm thankful for the knowledge that my wife and children are sealed to me for time and all eternity. That even if I had died from cancer that I have the promise of being with my family in the next life. I am thankful for the gospel and the knowledge and proof that God hears his children and does answer their prayers.