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Hi I'm Shannon

I'm from Arizona, I'm an adoptive mom, I'm a special needs high school teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona, had a great desire to be a teacher of special needs children after reading the book Helen Keller. Like most young girls, I dreamed of being married and having a family. Many of my dreams came true. I was able to go to college, get my teaching degree, secure a great job and to find a wonderful young man to be married to. My dream took a different turn as we found out that bearing children would not be a possibility for me in my life. Those early years were difficult, but in time we were able to adopt 4 beautiful children. Those childless years are a vague memory, but I know that it was my understanding of the Lord's plan that helped me make it through. I love to learn. I love to be outdoors with my Heavenly Father's creations. My kids get pretty sick of pointing out every beautiful tree and flower along our way. I love being a wife, a mother, and a teacher. I have spent countless hours researching the lives of those who have lived before me in my family. Each day when I go to work, I can't think of any job I would prefer having than working with those with special challenges in life.

Why I am a Mormon

If I were to sum it up in just a few words I would say, "Peace" & "Eternal families". The gospel brings peace to my life. It teaches me of ways I can live to bring happiness to my life and the lives of others. When I live those principles, it makes everything in my life so much easier. It doesn't take away the challenges in life, but it helps strengthen me and guide me through them. My family is the most important thing to me. I will never forget an evening shortly after adopting our first child. For years I had yearned for a child and that emptyness was almost more than I could bear. As I went to bed that night, I saw a little pair of pink hightop tennis shoes sitting by my chair. I was so grateful that the Lord saw fit to give me a special gift of a child to have in my home. I was so grateful. I love these beautiful children of mine, but want them forever, not just in this life. I am a Mormon because I believe that through the restoration of the priesthood through Joseph Smith that sacred ordinances are able to be performed to seal or bind our families together forever. Each night as I would put my children to bed I would sing to them, "Families can be together forever", a children's song in our church. I invisioned that day that I would, with my husband, bring them to the temple and through the blessing of the priesthood, be sealed to them for time and all eternity. What a comfort this was. There is no way I could write all the reasons I choose to be a Mormon, but I know that the gospel brings me the comfort and the daily guidance I need to be happy, to be a mother & wife, and to be a friend to those in my life.

How I live my faith

I try each day to learn what my Heavenly Father would have me do and say. I make lots of mistakes along the way, but He helps guide me to do better. Our family begins and ends each day in prayer. We pray for safety, for guidance, and for special blessings we are in need of at the time. We also share our gratitude for all we have been given. We attend church meetings on Sunday and our teenagers are a part of a youth program during the week. They also attend seminary outside of their high school which helps teach them of things that are most important in their lives. Presently I have an amazing opportunity to serve in a leadership position in the most amazing and largest women's organizations on the earth. It is called the Relief Society. It is amazing to watch sisters of all walks of life in our area gather for one common purpose, to learn from each other and support each other. Each week, countless visits are made, meals are brought in to those who may need help, emotional support provided, and many many other things. We gather each week on Sunday to learn spiritual things that can help us in our lives and once a month gather during a week day to learn about other things such as how to raise strong children, homemaking skills, how to deal with challenges such as mental health issues, self reliance, & much more. I have been to conferences where thousands of women of the Relief have gathered and done humanitarian projects for sisters not of our faith from around the world. We are truly a world wide women's organization. We believe as women we can be a great force for good in the world. I am blessed to be a part of this organization. On LDS.ORG there are so many resources to women. We welcome anyone to come and join us. How do I live my faith? I would have to say, not perfectly, but each day I try to do all I can. I can't imagine going through life without the peace and guidance it brings me.

What is faith?

I have faith to know that my Heavenly Father knows me, loves me, and wants more than anything for me to return to live with him again. I have faith that he will helps us return to him by inspiriing our minds to know what to do and say each day. I have faith that he sends both earthly and Heavenly angels to help us in this quest and that he will help us to grow and be all we can be. Show more Show less