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Hi I'm Shannon

I love food, especially desserts. I've gone to Haiti to help in orphanages. I'm a missionary now and I'm Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised a Mormon and come from a very large family. I have twelve brothers and sisters. We enjoy spending time together, especially snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, and camping-almost anything outdoors. We also love to play board games and card games. I have played the piano for thirteen years. One of my favorite things I have done is to travel to Haiti and work with the children in an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince. Those visits to Haiti led to my family adopting five children from the orphanage I worked with. I have attended college for several years and also worked at an abuse prevention agency and shelter, but am now taking eighteen months off to serve a mission for the church in California.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born a member of the church, I learned that I needed to have my own testimony of the gospel, and not just rely on what other people told me. I came to know the church was true by attending my church meetings, studying the Book of Mormon and the things that were taught in church. Most importantly, though, I spent time praying to my Father in Heaven asking to know the truthfulness of the gospel. I am a daughter of God and as such, He answered my prayers and confirmed to me that church and it's teachings are true. This is such a blessing in my life that I want to share it with others.

How I live my faith

Sunday had always been a day for my family to attend church and be together. Even when I was away at college, I attended church at the local student ward. I have held leadership positions in church youth groups and the women's organization. I am currently an official missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in California. I love this gospel and that has made every minute worth it.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Shannon
Everyone is invited. Our church services are every Sunday and last for three hours. It is broken up into three different portions. The first part is called Sacrament meeting. This is where we meet together as families and partake of the sacrament. We remember what Jesus Christ went through for each one of us. We also hear from speakers who speak on gospel topics. This meeting usually lasts for just over an hour. The next part is Sunday School which everyone is divided according to their ages and learn more about Christ and His gospel. The last part of church is either Relief Society for women or Priesthood for men. We learn about our different roles in the home and family and how we can better magnify those roles. There is a primary for kids ages 3 to 11, during the last two parts of the services, where they learn at their own level about Christ and His teachings. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Shannon
Faith is something that comes as we do things God has commanded us to even when we aren't sure we believe in it yet. To increase our faith, we have to take that step into the darkness and trust that God will keep His promises and take care of us. We have to believe that our faith can and will grow as we follow God and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Shannon
Mormons only worship God, and Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was called by God to be a prophet to lead and guide His church and the people of the Earth, as was Moses, Abraham, Noah, ect. in the Bible. We do not worship Joseph Smith, but recognize his calling from God to restore Christ's church back to the Earth and we respect Joseph as a great prophet of God. Show more Show less