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Hi I'm Shauna

I was the second in a family of eight children. Mother of 5 children and a grandmother of seven and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have always enjoyed working outside and am particularly fond of gardening and flower gardens. My father, grand father, and great grand father ran a family floral and greenhouse business where I learned to love arranging and growing different kinds of plants and flowers. Growing up I used to enjoy working with my dad, grandpa and great-aunts in the family business. I learned so much about the value of hard work, and family there. From a young age I remember spending time at the floral shop, having my grandfather reward me with a quarter for tiding up the front counter. As I grew, I was taught how to arrange floral bouquets. I eventually learned the art of large funeral pieces, and how to do an entire wedding. Working in this business has instilled in me a love and an appreciation for the beautiful creations from God. Though the business, and most of the family have long gone, the memories of those days are as vivid as the colors of my flower garden today. I know that because of my Savior, Jesus Christ, I will again be able to see those family members who taught me so much about life, love, and an appreciation for all of the beautiful creations from our Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't know and believe in Jesus Christ. I was taught by good and faithful parents who practiced what they preached. My family has always be my life line. There were eight of us kids, and being one of the oldest I always felt a closeness and love for all my siblings. My growing up years were centered in living a Christ like life. We attended church every Sunday and were taught the value of hard work, and service to those around us. One of my fondest memories was on Sunday evening after dinner, we would sit around the table and discuss those things we learned at church that day. If we had questions or concerns about a certain topic, the scriptures would come out and all our questions were openly discussed in a way that made me feel like an adult, not preached at or belittled, but on equal ground. My testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and Jesus Christ became more firm as I attended Seminary religion classes as a teen, then Institute Religion classes as a young adult. I still love reading my scriptures every day where my testimony continues to grow and develop as my understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ continues to grow. As I learn what God expects of me, I am more able to hold fast to those principles that will help me to become all that I am capable of becoming. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind and that I am a daughter of God, that he knows ME, and loves ME, even when I fall short in my attempts at becoming like Him. I know that some day, I will stand before my Savior and my God and be accountable for all the choices I have made, whether good or bad, and if I repent of my bad decisions, I can again live with them, and all my loved ones for eternity.

How I live my faith

During the centennial year in my community, I was able to organize with a group of women to beautify our Main street. I designed floral landscape designs for all the flower beds up and down our main street. Thousands of bedding plants were purchased and planted in the spring by hundreds of volunteers who also wanted to contribute to making our community beautiful for our centennial celebrations that year. Volunteering to make my community a better place for everyone who is raising families here is so important to me. I love taking a turn each month during the summer to read stories to the children who come to the community library for story hour. I also love helping women in my area learn the value and rewards of gardening, and storing their own home grown foods. Being self reliant and sharing my garden excess with my neighbors also makes me feel like I am paying it forward for all that I have been blessed with.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Because of my affiliation with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have served in many leadership positions, have spoken to hundreds of people from a pulpit, and have gained the confidence that made it possible for me to run for public office in my community. I feel that my positions in the church have given me the opportunity to grow into a more confidante, and outgoing woman. Without my experiences in church service I would never have had the courage to do some of the things that I have been able to do for my community. Show more Show less