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Hi I'm Shane

I grew up in Utah. Life is busy with 6 kids and my own business. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 41 yr-old husband and father of 6 children. My hobbies are running my family. I have been running in the St George marathon since October 2002. Running helps to work out the stresses that continually come from life. It gives me time to think or to listen to inspirational talks and music. My wife and children are my greatest joys in life. Having a large family is big juggling act, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have always worked hard in life, so it takes frequent reminders to keep my family first, but I enjoy learning that lesson over and over, when I attend important events or just take the time to play with the kids or take my wife on dates. I am also self-employed, which is the most challenging, faith-trying, prayerful experience I could imagine. I have had a business fail in 2007, and continue to endure the effects of that difficult experience. At the same time, I now work in a field that I feel focuses on making the world a better place, where I can focus on doing things the right way and creating a business where people enjoy working (and I do too). It's an ongoing battle that's never finished, but it's satisfying.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I choose to be. My parents are also members of the church, and taught me the principles of the gospel since I was very young. This has been a great source of strength for me throughout my life, and I am grateful for it. Many have told me that a religion is something you are raised with. In part, I think this is true. I am thankful to have been taught about prayer, faith, and the importance of attending church each week. Those teachings formed habits in my life when I was young so that when I grew older and could make my own decisions, I felt uncomfortable if I ever missed a day of reading scriptures, praying, or going to church on Sunday. At the same time, I believe that worship and faith in Jesus Christ is something that we choose every day of our lives. Every person I know has had times in their lives where they either found or questioned their faith in God, their religion, their willingness to sacrifice things of the world to follow after a God that can ask so much. I have had experiences in my life that have rocked me to the core and left me each day wondering if I would ever make it through. I think everyone has those. For me, it was at those times that I truly discovered God, the redeeming power of the Savior, and the healing power of His love. I am a Mormon because I know the church of Jesus Christ is on the earth. Christ has placed prophets, apostles, and scriptures on the earth to teach His children and lead us back home to Him. The priesthood of God is on the earth. Angels still visit the earth to protect and buoy us up. God is a living God, who speaks today just as in times of old. The Book of Mormon is the word of God, a companion to the Bible and a testament of Jesus Christ and His ministry to the Americas. I am a Mormon because I know that this church is true.

How I live my faith

A big part of my life is being involved in church activities. I am a Sunday School teacher for the 12 and 13 year-old youth, and I love it. Each week we discuss the stories and examples from the scriptures, and it is so powerful! One of my daughters is in my class, and that makes it extra special. Each week the youth receive a reading assignment in the scriptures, and then we discuss it on Sunday. I like to reward them with treats if they completed their reading during the week. My wife is involved in Cub Scouts, getting together each week with the 8-yr old boys. It can be a struggle for her (our four oldest children are girls), but she serves because she loves the Lord and wants to do her part. One thing I love about the church is something we call hometeaching. I am hometeacher assigned to visit 3 different families in our neighborhood each month. Each family is different. One family consists of a grandpa and grandma whose children are no longer at home. Another is a very busy family with 4 children (2 of which are teenagers). The other family is a mixed family, where husband and wife recently married and bring children from previous marriages. One of the families does not attend church, but still likes it when I and my companion (an 18-yr old young man) visit them. I have had so many wonderful experiences over the years being a hometeacher to a family that was facing difficult times, or needed gospel instruction, or just needed to know someone cared about them. I think it's one the greatest things we can do in life, to be a good neighbor and watch over those around us, strengthening and lifting each other up.