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Hi I'm Shaunte' Smith

I'm a southern belle from MS, I attended BYU where I met my husband and now have a family of 3 boys and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 3 boys, ages 6, 3, and newborn. Our family lives in Pennsylvania at the present time while my husband completes 3 more years of dental school. I graduated from BYU with a degree in elementary education. I taught school 2 years until I had my first child. I stay at home with my children still and consider it a huge blessing to be able to do so. I love photography. I recently finished my first sewing projects for my new baby's nursery. I am developing a love for creating things. My boys love sports so I enjoy getting involved in their games and practices. I love movies and will read novel series that are coming out in the theaters. I wish I had time and energy to read more. I love cheerleading and dance as I was very involved with both in high school and college. I loved watching the gymnastics in the Olympics this past summer. The most important thing in my life is my family and testimony of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to be Latter-day Saint. It has blessed my life tremendously.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I came to know for myself of the truthfulness of this church as I prayed, attended church, and read the Book of Mormon. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. As a humble boy he prayed asking God in faith what church to join and God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. They told him to join no church for none of them were true and that Joseph was to be an instrument in God's hands in restoring his true church, which is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the Earth today. Joseph Smith was called as the first president/prophet of our church in 1830 and since then there has always been a prophet of God on the Earth in these latter days, just as there were prophets in the time of Abraham and Moses, before the great Apostasy. Our prophet today is President Thomas S. Monson. I do not worship Joseph Smith or our prophet, I worship God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. I believe the Godhead to be made up of 3 separate beings, God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. I am grateful for the blessing of eternal families. I know that I will be with my family not until death do we part but for time and all eternity. I can't imagine a loving Heavenly Father giving us our families on the Earth, our most precious treasures, and then taking them away from us after we die. I am grateful for the sealing power that has made this possible through the priesthood of God that was restored to the church during the Restoration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know Jesus Christ is my eldest brother and that He loves us all so much that He died for us on the cross at Calvary. He gave the ultimate sacrifice, His perfect life so we could all be forgiven of our sins and return to live with our Heavenly Father again. I know our Father in Heaven is a God of miracles, that he loves us, and wants us to live so that we may return home to Him again.

How I live my faith

I am grateful to serve in my church. I teach the children ages 3-11 and love to watch them grow and develop as they gain their own testimonies of who Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father are and who they are as children of our Father in Heaven. Our theme this year is "Choose the Right." We focus lessons and activities on this particular theme as we teach the children how to make right choices in their lives. I am very impressed that at a young age children grasp the concept of right and wrong as well as choice and accountability. We teach them stories from the scriptures, sing songs, have creative lessons, and lots of fun as we learn the fundamental principles of the Church of Jesus Christ and as Latter-day Saints. I am grateful for what this program has taught my own children. I feel they are being prepared to go out into the world with a real sense of who they are, which gives them the confidence they need to stand up for truth and righteousness in this world, which you do not see much of in a world that is becoming demoralized and more tolerant. Another part of being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to be a visiting-teacher in which you are assigned a sister in the church to visit monthly. Through this program I developed treasured friendships and bonds I could find no where else. Another thing we feel strongly about is teaching the Gospel to our family. In our family we hold daily scripture study of the Book of Mormon, family prayer, and Family Home Evenings once a week. Here we have the opportunity to teach our children the truths of the Gospel and share our own testimonies of what we know to be true in our hearts to our children. I have been so blessed to being a Mormon that I want my children to know of these blessings. Family Home Evening is set aside once a week to be together. We teach a lesson, have treats, and play games in order to strengthen our family bond. I'm thankful for my membership in this true church.