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Hi I'm Shauna Warr Sauer

I am the mother of 5. My 18 year old daughter was recently killed in a car accident. It is hard but I can do it. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have five children. We are your normal American family. My husband and I own a transportation company where our two oldest children work for us. We are very involved in the community where I run the high school booster club and my husband is on the school board. We attend all of our children's sporting activities and love to hang out with our extended family. As a family, we work together, we play together, and we have recently learned that we can get through tough times together. We recently lost our 18 year old daughter in a car accident. Because of this, we have become advocates against texting and driving which is how we lost our daughter. We are hoping that we can make a difference and that no other family will have to go through what we did as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all of my life. When I got married, my husband was not a member of my faith. He was a good man with similar standards but had his own religion. As we started our family, we realized that we needed to be united as a parental front. My husband started taking the discussions from two missionaries. He had a good feeling about the church but asked my mom, who is a convert, what she thought of him being baptized. My mom told him that no matter what, if he could look back on this life and say that he lived a good life and raised his children in a loving home, then he should trust his feelings about the church. She told him that being a member of this church is a good way to live your life. He was baptized and a few years later, we were married in the temple for time and all eternity as a family. After 20 years of marriage, when we lost our 18 year old daughter, this has become our biggest blessing....our eternal family. We know that we will see her again and live with her as a family. She is busy with the Lord's work and we know that she is happy. We have had many tender mercies to prove that happiness. As a family, this is a constant reminder that we need to continue to live a good life so we can be reunited with our daughter and sister again. She expects nothing less from us!

How I live my faith

Our family is very involved in the church. We live in a small community in Idaho where everyone needs to pitch in to get things accomplished. My husband is in the bishopric where they oversee the whole congregation. I have worked with the children, the young women and most recently, with the women in our ward. These women have been such a support to me and my family. I love our community and the people we go to church with. We actually have a small percentage of mormons in our community but they all know they can count on the mormons to help out. Likewise, I know that I can count on the people in our community. After my daughter's funeral, which had a similar attendance as our high school graduations, I watched as our community embraced this mormon girl that touched so many lives. We feel so blessed to have trials that strengthen us and a knowledge that keeps us moving forward. We have felt the Lord's love throughout this tragedy. I feel so blessed that I was able to spend 18 years with our daughter and look forward to seeing her again!