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Hi I'm Parker Shaw

I am an artist and lover of life. I taught english to local children in Taiwan. I am a missionary. I am a mormon.

About Me

I am a college student. Right now I am studying courses for my general education credits. However, I am aspiring to have a profession in the medical field. As of now, I am leaning towards becoming an orthodontist. Although my future profession isn't set in stone, I do know for a fact that I want my future career to be one where get to help people. One of my major hobbies is art. I love every medium: drawing, painting, photography, music, all of it! I have tried almost everything, but my absolute favorie is drawing with colored pecils or charcoal. Art is something I have loved for my whole life and I continue to practice it as a hobby. Some of my other hobbies include playing sports (basketball, soccer, and running), playing the guitar and piano, reading, socializing with people, and just doing everything I can to have a good time.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my whole life. The doctrines and teachings of this gospel were taught to me by my parents. Many people who grow up with a steadfast religion their whole life will sometimes doubt the nature of its truth as they continue to grow up. I have seen this in other family members and even my friends. However, I have come to know with unwavering certainty that this is the truest of all churches. Growing up in my home, I learned everything in this gospel. I went to church every Sunday, and did everything to be reared toward righteousness. My testimony was always there, some times lesser than others, but it was there. I had to find out for myself that being a Mormon was something that I believed in, not just something I did and said I believed in to please my parents and those around me. My testimony began in 8th grade. I had read the Book of Mormon for the first time by myself. I prayed about it and was waiting for an answer. In the following weeks I went to a summer program designed especially for youth. Throughout the whole week, we learned gospel priciples on which our church is founded: faith, hope, charity, love, and a pure knowlege and faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ. Throughout every lesson, I felt the spirit, testifying to me that this was true. Feeling the spirit is something that feels different to every individual. To some, it feels like a fire of righteousness burning in their chest, or as if they had been wrapped by a warm blanket of comfort. To me, it wasn't like that, the spirit to me felt like I was as happy as I could ever be, and all that ran through my head was "this is right", "this is good". The week ended with a very spiritual musical program. The song we sang stated "We are [sons and] daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves us, and we love him, yes, we love him." I had gained my witness, I knew it was true! From then on I have worked to have that knowlege with me always. I know this church is true.

How I live my faith

I have been really involved in my community and in my church as I have grown up. In my community, I have been involved in the Boy Scouts of America, where I earned the rank of Eagle Scout. I have been apart of organizations such as "Don't Drive Stupid" to promote safe driving amongst teenagers. I even was apart of a committee that worked and helped pass a bill on teen dating violence at the state capitol. My leadership community involvement even took me over seas to Taiwan, where I had the chance to do humanitarian work there for a month. During this excursion, I had the chance to meet with students in elementary, middle school, and high schools to make friends, teach english, and learn about their country as well. In my church, I have been involved through many programs it offers for the youth. I participated in weekly activities they created for the youth in a program called Mutual. We would meet with groups of youth our age to participate in service projects, learning skills, and often we would just have a good time playing games and having fun. I also had the chance to serve on committees that planned activities for the youth. I was apart of planning a huge New Years Eve party for all of the youth in our area. I was also apart of a committee of teenagers that planned monthly dances for the youth in our area. Both of these activities involved planning and leading out projects for hundreds of youth. Our main goal was to create a fun filled atmosphere where the youth could go to enjoy their weekend nights through good clean fun. I am pleased to say that all of the activities were a success!