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Hi I'm Shad

I'm a Mormon. I live in Weiser, Idaho with my sweet wife and 5 busy children.

About Me

My life revolves around 3 things: my family (wife and 5 wonderful children), my religion and my profession as a nurse anesthetist. I love camping and hiking with my kids within the beautiful mountains of idaho. I started working in California last year although we still live in idaho. I work one week then am off the next. So this gives me time to do things with my family when I am home. This last year I took my kids on a backpacking trip into The Seven Devils mountain range. Also, every year we have the tradition of hiking to the top of Indianhead mountain near Weiser, Idaho. This year we went with "the cousins" and carried a flag to the top of Indianhead mountain bearing the name of their little 9 year old cousin Abby who had died earlier this year from a rare form of muscular dystrophy. She was an inspiration to all of us in that she always had a positive attitude in spite of her challenges. Over the last year we started playing tennis together as a family. From my youngest twin boys who are ten to my oldest son who is 17, we all love the game. As a family, we go out atleast once a week. My family is the greatest joy in my life. I have been married to my sweetheart for 17 years. From the outside it may appear that my life is perfect and everything has been easy but we have come through incredible challenges over the years- There have been times when the gospel of Jesus Christ seems to be the only thing that keeps us together.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon today because I know this church is true. When I live according to its teachings I am happy. Life is not always easy, many challenges have arisen in my life which could have caused me to turn away from the church. However, sticking with what I know to be true has brought me more joy than anything else. The church teaches me how to be a good husband and father and to share my talents and personality with those around me. I can say that I know this church is true simply because I have asked God and have received answers to those prayers. When I was 18, I was reading the Book of Mormon in 2nd Nephi and realized that I had never really asked God if these things were true. I believed it to be so but that wasn't enough for me, I wanted to know without a doubt. I continued reading and praying and I don't really know how to explain it but one minute I was questioning, then I had a special experience during a church blessing (prayer) and after the prayer there was no question in my mind whatsoever that the book was true and of God. That was 20 years ago and I have never doubted or questioned the truth of the book since. Shortly after this experience I went into the missionary training center in Provo, Utah prior to serving a church mission. At this time I also began to realize that I could know of a surety that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. Since I had recently received an answer to my prayer regarding the Book of Mormon, I was full of confidence that God would answer my prayer about Joseph Smith being a prophet of God. After some days of sincere prayer and really wanting to know, one of my instructors "Elder Strong" began to tell the Joseph Smith story. As he did, I felt a force full of warmth spread throughout my body- it was the strongest force I have ever felt in my life- I knew more assuredly than anything, even the fact that I was sitting in a classroom at a desk that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God.

How I live my faith

I don't always live my faith as well as I should. I am always kind and respectful to those around me but sometimes I fall short. That's when the atonement of Jesus Christ comes in. Now that I think about it, that is probably the best way to "live my faith" is to apply the atonement of Jesus Christ in my life. That is to say, when I fall short and "sin" that I recognize this, get down on my knees and ask God for forgiveness and then get up off my knees and do my best to improve. The miracle of what Jesus Christ did in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross on Calvary is such a blessing to me personally. I accept Jesus as my Savior and I love him for all that he did for me.