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Hi I'm Shane

I grew up in Utah. I am a convert to the church. I love parkour. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am nineteen years old. I am currently not going to college because I am preparing to leave for a mission. I have been called to serve in the Arequipa Peru mission for the next two years starting in may 2013. I love sports and outdoor activities like football, newly basketball, snowboarding, running ( hurdles all 4 years of highschool), swimming, and especially parkour. Though if you can think of any sport I have probably tried it. I love spending time with my friends and family. Especially my 18 month old niece. I have some little quirky talents. I can solve a rubiks cube and have done so in 30 seconds. I just learned how to spin a basketball and can do some tricks with it. Im working on learning to dunk now. I can juggle and do some tricks and im working on being able to juggle four balls. I love to cook but for some reason I never cook anything nice unless I am making it for someone else. As far as I have been told Im pretty good at it too.

Why I am a Mormon

I did not grow up in the church. I had extended family that were members but I never really thought seriously about joining myself. When I was fifteen one of my friends invited me to go to church to hear her brother talk before he left on his mission. I decided to go mainly because I had nothing to do on sundays and I wanted to see my friends. I kept going to church like this for months. Over time I figured that I would start trying to find out if all of what they were saying and teaching me was true or not. Believe me at first I did not believe in ANY of the things that they were telling me. It sounds kind of unrealistic at first that God and Jesus Christ would visit a fourteen year old boy. That there was such a thing as miracles and priesthood and a living prophet. I didnt even know whether or not I believed in God. I got a copy of the scriptures. Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants. I started in the Old Testament, I was reading ten to twelve chapters a day when I first started. I then learned that a girl in our ward started meeting with the missionaries. Who better to help me figure it out than the ones who's current job was to teach the gospel. I then switched to reading the book of mormon and meeting with the missionaries. I was still reading about ten to twelve chapters a day and I was having the discussions with the missionaries. In one lesson they asked me if I was praying to know whether it was true or not. I had never really prayed before and I hadn't been doing so. I started praying about the book of mormon and I felt good. When I was asked at the next discussion if I would be baptized I said yes without hesitation. On my baptism day I went under and came back up. I felt no different. Then I learned that I had not gone all of the way under. When I came up the second time I felt a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders. I felt clean and pure and I knew that I could never deny my testimony.

How I live my faith

I first and foremost try my best to live up to the standards that I believe. No one is perfect and I am definitely in that category too but I try my hardest to live every day the best I can. In my ward I have been called to sere as the Fellowship Committee Chair. That means that In the apartments that are in my ward area I try to make sure that everyone feels loved and welcome. I love my calling because the biggest part of my calling is getting to be friends with people and helping them when I can. Through my calling I have met some of my better friends that I have made since I moved out. Outside of my specific calling I try to get to know people as well and I have other opportunities to serve. I have talked in sacrament meeting in front of our ward. I have also taught a class that we have after sacrament where all of the men are together. Basically I just love spending time with the people and helping where I can. Then I strive every day to be worthy to be called a follower of Christ.