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Hi I'm Shannon!

My passion is in the arts. I love to draw and write. My name is Shannon, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to draw, write, read, and have fun with friends. I enjoyed Speech and Debate in high school, and learned so much about the world around me through the events, and the people in them. I did some of high school theater too, and it really helped me grow. I made lots of new friends and loved the whole experience. I am in college now, and working too. On November 29th, 2014 I will be married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple to the love of my life! He and I both grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the gospel is what brought us together, and will be the foundation upon which our marriage is built!

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up in the church, I didn't get baptized just to satisfy my parents. Even at the tender age of eight years old, I knew-I just KNEW- that Christ was real, He loved me, and that in order to please Him I needed to follow His example. I grew up learning all I could about the gospel, soaking it up like a sponge and retaining it like an elephant. I loved learning about the ancient prophets, who were like superheroes to me, because I wanted to be just like them. I have had my own hardships though. I have asked questions. I have been frustrated, confused, and angry with God. But, the thing is, it was only after these trials that my faith grew, because I received a witness of the truth of God. My own personal record that all of this is true. I do not believe in the doctrine of men. I do not think that just because someone is Mormon that makes them automatically right or righteous. I question everything, and listen carefully for confirmation from the Spirit that it is truth. I love Heavenly Father, and try to please Him by following Christ. I love Jesus Christ, because I have a better understanding now of what He did for me. He didn't just die and come back to life. He didn't just suffer a great deal of pain to be a martyr. No, He took it upon Himself to feel my pains, to go through my troubles and heartaches-then He allowed His body to die so He could connect with it again three days later. He bridged the gap between death and life. And He wanted me to only believe in Him as payment. This I know means more than saying, "I love Jesus!" It means following His example and teachings. Showing my love to others, and spreading His gospel are the best ways to prove your love of Christ. This is why I am a Mormon. Because if Jesus was willing to do all of that for little ole me, then the least I could do is spend the rest of my life thanking Him. These things I say in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I have served as a youth for the church. I served as a class president, kind of like a youth leader of the youth, all the years that I was in the youth. I wanted each person to feel loved, and to have the opportunity to hear about Christ's love. I did my best to overcome my own challenges to help others with theirs. For the last year I have served as a Gospel Doctrine teacher in Sunday School for the young single adults in my ward. I always try to share my knowledge of the gospel with anyone willing to hear! I try to serve others to the best of my abilities, whether they are of my faith or not. I smile as much as I can so that everyone can feel God's love.

What are Mormon temples used for?

Shannon!
Temples are sacred places where we do the most important works of God. We get married and sealed to our spouses and families for all of eternity, rather than face the separation that earthly marriages end up with upon death. Thanks to temples, we have the ability to reach beyond the Veil and help ancestors and others who have gone before us get their saving ordinances, and connect with them forever. There are many sacred ordinances that take place in temples, but the main ones are sealings and baptisms for the dead. No, we don't baptize dead bodies (not only gross, but that's kind of illegal too, last I checked!) What we do is act as proxies for people that we've prepared for the ordinances. Church members are expressly encouraged to do the work for their ancestors (part of that sealing families together, connecting us all forever thing I mentioned earlier). So the bottom line is, we do two types of work in the temple. 1. Work for ourselves (sealing to spouse, endowments, sealing to parents, etc.). 2. Work for others (baptisms, etc. etc.) It's the most rewarding feeling ever when you serve someone else. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Shannon!
Jesus Christ performed the greatest act of selflessness in the history of the universe: The Atonement. This great feat of godly proportions could only be done by one who was totally pure and free of sin, with the ability to endure all the world's pains and afflictions (including those caused by sin!) and also who had the power to reconnect the body and spirit together. This two-part sacrifice was only possible for one being in the history of the world. Jesus Christ. Only He, born of woman and of God, had the power to consign His body to death, and the right to rejoin His separated Spirit to His inanimate body. That's almost incomprehensible! But, why did He do this? Jesus Christ loves us. He knows how much Heavenly Father loves us too. They knew that even one sin is enough to defile us to make us unclean. The scriptures say that no unclean thing can dwell with God. We simply couldn't handle His presence! What could be done to save us? The Atonement. Christ became the sacrificial lamb like in days of Old, to take upon Himself our impurities, our struggles, our weaknesses, and grant us the Grace required to return to the presence of God. To return home! Jesus Christ IS the Christ because he made it possible for us to have life after death. Someday we will all be resurrected, or reunited with our bodies after we have died, and then we will see God in the flesh. This is only possible because of the great and wonderful sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for every one of us. Show more Show less