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Hi I'm Shannon

I love to read. I have a website to help parents read aloud to their kids. I guess you could say I'm a book-aholic! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as an Air Force brat and attended lots of different schools. Since I've been married, we've moved another eight places. I have loved living in different places and getting to know people. I have friends from all over the country. Being a member of the church immediately gives me a community of friends who care about me and on whom I can call for help. I have four children and one adorable granddaughter. My husband and I became empty-nesters about a year ago when our last child left for college. We have enjoyed spending time together as a couple again for the first time in 33 years. My hobby is learning which has made me a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none. I've dabbled in stained glass, cross stitch, quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, upholstering, wall painting techniques, baking bread, growing fruit trees and gardens, and blogging. However, reading is probably my favorite way to learn. I participate in book groups wherever I am, am an avid library user, and my kids accuse me of going camping just so I can read without distractions. I am trying to share my love of reading with other parents through the blog I maintain which highlights my favorite read aloud books along with activities I create to enrich and support the book. Actually, my absolute favorite way to learn was homeschooling my two youngest children from elementary school through high school. What a great way to learn! I think I learned even more than they did!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members of the church and initially that's why I was a member too. As a "lifer" I always longed for a significant spiritual experience to confirm for me that the church was true. As a young teen I thought if I did everything I was supposed to, I would have that kind of experience. I was disappointed. However, I kept doing what I thought I should and I discovered that as I obeyed a particular principle, I acquired a testimony of it by "doing" and through the blessings I received. I also began to notice that others around me who chose to live a different way were confused and unhappy. I found an anchor and joy through living gospel principles even when doing so made me unpopular. I never received that earth shattering spiritual experience I looked for as a youth, but through consistently living gospel principles, I have acquired an unshakeable testimony that this church is true and it led by Jesus Christ. I know that He is my Savior. I know that God has a plan for me, that He loves me, and that if I follow His counsel I will be happy now and in the future when I may live with Him again. Some people think that our church requires too much of people and that it is hard to live the principles. I am convinced that living gospel principles makes my life so much easier and so much better that any effort is worth it!

How I live my faith

One of my favorite ways to participate in my ward is visiting teaching. I usually have a partner, and we go visit three or four other women individually. Our purpose is to watch out for each other. Through these visits I get to know each woman and we become friends. I have developed so many wonderful friendships with partners and others that I visit. I've had the opportunity to help them when they have had challenges, and they have supported and encouraged me through my challenges. I love knowing that I have such an amazing network of women behind me.