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Hi I'm Shaune

I was born and raised in Miami, FL. I am bilingual. I now live in southern Georgia. Yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother, a full-time elementary paraprofessional, and a full-time college student. I am almost done with my four-year degree in Early Childhood Education. I love photography (mostly of my kids and my garden), cross-stitching, making jewelry, reading, writing, and studying the scriptures. I love callings in the Church that involve gospel teaching. My favorite manual printed by the Church is the Teaching, No Greater Call manual.

Why I am a Mormon

I have not always been a Mormon. For the first 24 years of my life I was agnostic. I was exposed to many religions growing up in Miami. My best friend in high school was a Christian. He and I would talk about religion quite often. He spoke with the passion of a believer, and I spoke with the passion of a non-believer. However, he never treated me like I was a bad person, or like there was something wrong with me. He was the first Christian I could share my doubts and questions with that did not belittle or ridicule me for being agnostic. When we graduated, he gave me a leather bound Bible with my name inscribed on the cover. I was humbled by his beautiful gift, though I did not know it's true value at the time. In 1998 I moved to Georgia. I had extended family members that were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I didn't really know what that meant. I did not truly know what a Mormon was, or what they believed. I asked a cousin one day to explain his beliefs to me. Instead, knowing my history for debating religion, he handed me the Gospel Principles manual and told me to read it if I truly wanted to know more about his beliefs. I did. I had never read anything so powerful before in my life. I knew, as I read every word of every page of that manual, that I had found exactly what I hadn't been able to find anywhere else. Everything I read in that manual made sense. Fundamental questions that I had about life and my existence were answered in simple, profound words. I was baptized shortly after that. I know that God lives. I know that Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son. I know that the Holy Ghost is a witness and testifier of all truth. I know that God talks to His children now, in modern day, just as He did in ancient times. Finally, I know that I am a child of God. He loves me, and He wants me to return home to Him. This one truth alone, brings me peace even in my greatest moments of trial and sorrow.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in the Church by working with the youth. Through the years I have served the children of our church, the youth of our church, and the adult members of our church. I have had callings in which I taught the gospel, callings in which I served other leaders, callings in which I organized activities for our local building, and I have had callings in which I performed missionary work. But of all the callings that I have had since my baptism, the greatest call that I have had, was the call to teach. I love learning about the gospel. I thought that nothing could be more satisfying than studying and learning the gospel--until I was called as a teacher in the Church. Everything changed about how I understood and appreciated the gospel. Through teaching, I found a greater passion than learning and studying alone had ever given me. Through teaching, not only was I studying and learning, but I was being given a sacred opportunity and responsibility to teach the principles and doctrines of the gospel. I was doing that which the Savior himself did while upon this earth! No greater teacher than the Savior has ever lived, and no example of teaching can ever be better than his. This testimony lead me to understand that positions and titles in the Church come and go, but the opportunity and responsibility to teach the gospel is a never-ending calling. The greatest way that I live my faith, is by my strength and my determination. I was not blessed with grace or eloquence, but the determination that I have to stand firm in the knowledge and testimony that I have of the gospel has served me far better than grace or eloquence ever could have. I have learned that through God, all things truly are possible. Especially if an agnostic of 24 years, could turn into a believer in Christ.