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Hi I'm Shannon Kenedy

BYU Marketing Student. Concert-goer, Jerusalem-traveler, Sports-obsessor, and Beach-lover. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Senior studying Marketing at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I will be graduating this year and will begin working at Qualtrics, a local fast-growing survey software company. I love watching and playing sports! Throughout High School I played lacrosse, swam, and ran cross country. This last year I played on the BYU women's rugby team (I had never played before)! I am the oldest of five children, love my home in North Carolina, and look for any opportunity to talk about my love for dogs! I love warm weather, getting to know people, going to my favorite bands' concerts, hanging with my family, and cheering on BYU, the Washington Redskins, Orioles, or the Golden State Warriors.

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to be a member of His church because I know it to be true and that this knowledge gives me so much strength in my life. I am not sure where I would be today without the values established in this church and the example of Christ in my life. By following His gospel I have been able to see immense blessings in my life, and come to understand myself better. I know with all my heart that this church is true. My conversion to this church has been over time, but I know after reading the Book of Mormon and following the advice of Moroni I was overcome with a great sense of peace and understanding to the point that I KNEW this was another true testament of Christ. I know that Joseph Smith did in fact kneel down and ask Heavenly Father which of the churches were true, and that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ did appear to him. I know the power of prayer, and the strength this has given to me especially in great times of need. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today and that he truly is the mouthpiece for the Lord. I know that there is no better joy than the joy that comes from following the commandments and example of Christ's life. It is hard, and I make mistakes, but when I come back on the straight path there is no better feeling. This church is everything to me, and I am so grateful for it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an example to others. All throughout High School I was able to have a good group of friends, all of which were not Mormon. I was able to simply stand for what I believed was right, even when at times I was the only one who was doing so. It was hard, but I know that by living as an example to them, that they were able to understand more fully who 'Mormons' truly are. I had the opportunity to bring them to many youth dances, and they have a very respectable view of the church now because of the small teachings I was able to share with them. I also have not always had a member father. He joined three summers ago, but until that point my family and I had to always be good examples of Christ-like attributes to him. This example allowed my father to see the great blessings and peace one can receive when accepting of the doctrine of Christ. I cannot wait to share these same blessings and that sense of peace to the Brazilians in Maceio. I had the wonderful opportunity to live in the Holy Land this last semester and my life was changed not because I was able to walk where Christ walked, but I learned how to LIVE like Christ lived. I learned that He is always there for me. I learned how to treat others with respect, love the Lord with all my heart, and live a life centered on Him. I now continue to try and do that everyday. Overall, I live my faith by attempting to live by the example of Christ and working everyday to be the best that I can be.