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Hi I'm Shaun

I grew up in So. California. I have a BA in American Studies from BYU. I work for the U.S. Senate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father. I have five wonderful children. I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy the "high" and health benefits of cycling. I like to look at the stars and am interested in amateur telescope making. Woodworking is also something I enjoy doing when I have free time.

Why I am a Mormon

To be perfectly candid, I was born into a faithful LDS family. The values and principles of my life are founded in the teachings of my parents who taught us the gospel of Jesus Christ. That being said, I have seen enough of life to fully appreciate the great gift I was given by my parents in my upbringing. I do not think it is advisable to rely solely on the teachings and testimony of my parents. While I respect and hold fast to those values and principles, I know that it is imperative that each person seek to know the truth of these things. I have done so, and continue to do so today. I believe that conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ is a life long pursuit as we seek each day to have His spirit be a part of our lives. I feel so deeply affected by the love of Jesus Christ - His gentle ways of teaching us the gospel of love and the willing gift of His life through the ultimate sacrifice which brought the infinite atonement enabling us to repent (change our lives) and follow Him back to the presence of our Heavenly Father. When I stop to consider the many blessings I and my family have enjoyed throughout our lives, I am taken aback - it is hard to find words of gratitude sufficient to express my sincere appreciation. Who am I that God should be mindful of me? Yet, He has been and continues to be there to help me and support me. I know that God lives, He loves us and is aware of us as individuals. This witness has been the bedrock of my life and I will be forever grateful for this knowledge.

How I live my faith

My family has been an active part of our community in various ways, mostly associated with our children and their schools. We also participate on the local summer swim team and really enjoy our association with friends and neighbors in all of these activities. My day begins and ends with a personal prayer to God. I am so very thankful for the knowledge I have that God hears and listens to my prayers. I know that He knows me individually - the complete package with both strengths and weaknesses. I am thankful for his patience with me. He has blessed my life in countless ways. Most recently, my father was involved in an accident and subsequently passed away. This was the most challenging ordeal of my life. Yet, God's presence was felt and manifest in so many ways throughout my father's hospitalization and the arrangements for his funeral and interment. Truly, God granted us the light we needed to make the necessary decisions throughout this time. I have had the pleasure and blessing of serving in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been a Scoutmaster, served in leadership callings at the local and regional congregational level and I am currently serving as a Primary instructor, teaching the nine year-old boys in my ward (congregation.) I really am grateful for the opportunity to participate and serve in a church calling. It has and continues to be a great blessing to me. I am not sure how I would get along without the blessings and joy I feel as a member of the LDS Church. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most meaningful thing in my life. It provides a sure foundation, indeed, Christ is the only foundation that will endure the various challenges that life can throw at us. I am thankful that a merciful God instituted a plan for our well being and happiness. Life isn't always easy. However, I know that God loves us and will help us through these challenges.