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Hi I'm Shannon

I am a writer, volleyball player, family historian, musician, mother of seven amazing kids, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Baltimore and grew up in the beautiful mountains of southwestern Virginia. I married the love of my life twenty years ago, and he still makes my heart skip a beat when he walks in the room. Our four sons and three daughters are the joy of our lives! Although I worked for a large investment firm and an international airline in the past, being a full-time mom (cook, housekeeper, chauffeur, cheerleader, nurse, etc.) is my very favorite thing :) Right now, three of our kids are serving as missionaries for the church in Peru, Chile, and Singapore. So, I'm also a missionary mom! Most of my family and friends are not Mormons, so I tell them when they see those young missionaries walking around their neighborhoods hoping to share a message about Jesus Christ, I hope they will remember that those kids are someone's child, and they are far from home. Give them a smile. Better yet, give them a drink of water and let them talk to you for a minute :)

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church with my mother when I was a little girl. Because my dad didn't join with us, and the great distance from our home to the church, we didn't remain active for very long. As a teenager, I realized that the things I was doing were making my life harder, and I wanted something better. I wanted to BE a better person. I reached out to my local church leaders, and started attending Sunday meetings and weekly youth activities. Although the outward consequences of some of my choices could have left me friendless, the members of my congregation welcomed me with open arms. I spent a lot of time in the homes of members of our congregation, and I got to see what good Latter-day Saint (LDS) families look like. I watched them laugh and talk together, read scriptures and pray together. Most of all, I saw how much they loved and respected each other, and I wanted that in my life. The following year, I met the young man who would become my husband. Although his family were also converts to the church, he had grown up attending regularly, had served a mission, and he lived the gospel with all his heart. It was his love and patience that helped me develop a strong testimony of our Savior. With study and prayer, I developed a testimony of the scriptures, understood the divine gift of the Book of Mormon, and came to know that Christ did indeed restore His ancient church to the earth. Just as He called prophets in ancient times, the Lord called Joseph Smith to be the first prophet of the restoration. Christ's church will never be taken from the earth again. Being a member of this church has given me knowledge, peace and hope that helps me navigate a confusing world. I know God has a plan for all His children. He is aware of each of us, individually. The things that matter to us, matter to Him. He wants us to be happy and successful. And, most of all, He wants us to return to live with Him when our time on Earth is over. We learn how to do that through His gospel.

How I live my faith

Because my children are involved in so many activities, I find myself working with kids A LOT! I make sure my children's friends know they are always welcome in our home, I feed them, and we laugh, learn and pray together. I try to make sure my neighbors know they have a friend in me, that I will be there to help them, and I will never judge them. Most of my family and friends are not of my faith, so I answer lots of questions about what I believe and why. I welcome curiosity about my religion because it gives me an opportunity to share what I've come to know about my Savior, and the peace I have found living His gospel.