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Hi I'm Shaun

I'm an author, adventurer, teacher, and world traveler. I love teamwork, goodness, and excellence, and that's why I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I teach writing at a local university, have written half a dozen books (and started a dozen more), I've been on the county search and rescue team for over a dozen years, love most outdoor sports (skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering, motorcycling, sailing...), have lived all over the world (US, Brazil, Spain, Taiwan, China, Honduras), speak a few languages, enjoy photography, meeting passionate people, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

I came home from church a few hours ago and could not ignore how peaceful and happy I felt as a result of the Holy Spirit felt there. I've attended religious services of many other religions and also felt the Spirit there - which makes perfect sense because God loves all his children and rewards and supports them in their efforts to come unto Him - but nowhere does the Spirit come so easily and powerfully as in LDS Sunday meetings and temples. Certainly not every LDS leader is perfect, but that's okay, they're just people and we shouldn't expect too much from them. Certainly we're still evolving as a people, learning to focus primarily on love over the emphasis on the importance of outward commandments, and that's okay, too; we'll get there. The bottom line is that there is no institution on earth where a true disciple of Jesus can access more powerful tools (primarily the gift of the Holy Ghost) for progress than in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When church members fervently seek to put these tools to use, the change and improvement is incredible. The proof is in people's eyes, and Mormons are famous for the light that shines from theirs. There's a reason for that. Please visit us and experience it for yourself - you're welcome at any Sunday meeting at any chapel. Come on in, introduce yourself to anyone, and they'll welcome you. Sit down and listen to talks given by people like you and me, but mostly pay attention to your feelings. Notice the peace, light, love, intelligence, and ask yourself if such things could come from any source other than God.

How I live my faith

There are two ways I live my faith - the inward and the outward. Inward means the personal things that no one else sees. I strive to learn truth and live according to what I understand. I pray regularly and God usually responds - in various ways. Often answers to questions come as new ideas in my mind. When these ideas are accompanied by the Holy Spirit's trademark peace and light, I trust this information more than my own logic. Often answers to requests come within minutes, and usually within 24 or 48 hours. They're rarely *complete* fulfillment of my requests, but steps in the right direction, and I'm grateful for all responses. I certainly need them. Outward ways I live my faith are motivated by my inward efforts. I ponder how I can better love my neighbor and find ways to show it through service and being my best self, which means refining and expressing my talents and abilities. I've grown enough that I rarely fear taking chances, though I haven't worked out an entirely clear plan of how I can do that.