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Hi I'm Shannon

I grew up in Northern California. I am a wife, and mother. I love writing and public speaking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full-time stay-at-home mother living in the Chicago area. I love raising and caring for children. Some of the best moments are when my young kids learn and grasp things that we have been working on together. I have a definite sweet tooth, always baking up new treats to enjoy. I love getting outside with my husband and kids, running, biking, camping, and just playing together. My passions in life are writing and public speaking, especially gospel related topics. I love studying things out. I love sharing my own experiences. I love writing down what is important to me and being able to read it later on. These are ways I can share my testimony to those around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that I need God's guidance. The times I have tried to do things on my own, have always left me wishing for that good feeling I get when I follow the Lord first. When I pray, when I try to follow commandments, I am given a sense of peace. No matter the outcome, I know that I am following Christ, and that gives me clarity and that peace. A part of following Christ is being a member of His church. I consider it an honor to serve the Lord through my church callings. And the support I get from my church family is such a blessing as we now live far from our relatives. There are so many more things I could say here. I love my Savior, and I love His church.

How I live my faith

I am the secretary for the primary organization - children ages 18 months thru 11 years old. I help organize the children's meetings by assigning talks, getting to know the children there, and participating/singing with them. I make sure teachers have the resources they need, and help try to keep things running smoothly, so the children can have good experiences at church and learn about Christ and His gospel.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Shannon
Mormons have lifestyles that vary as much as anyone. The thing that links the members of the church together is generally church attendance and callings, as well as prayer and scripture study outside of church. Most members of the church attend sacrament meeting and subsequent meetings on the Sabbath day, generally Sunday. There are various callings, from the bishop who oversees the ward as a whole, to the librarian, who oversees the gospel literature and pictures, as well as writing utensils and such, to be used when necessary during church. Each calling is important because they help with the flow of meetings and the care of every member. Some callings take more time outside of church on Sunday due to activities, meetings, ministering to others, etc. Most members of the church try to keep the gospel in their homes by studying scriptures every day, and by praying to God throughout the day. But life outside of this, varies person to person, family to family. There are families and members who love the outdoors, some who love the theater, some who enjoy cooking, some who play sports. Our interests are far and wide. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Shannon
The Church's official statement includes the line "To help keep our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833. This law is known as the Word of Wisdom (see Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21)." The Word of Wisdom generally encourages eating healthy foods, and avoiding those that are harmful to the body. God also commands us to "overcome the natural man", meaning we are to overcome our body's phsycial desires, to not be governed by the demands of it. Www seek to be spiritually minded, guided by God rather than our bodies. This includes abstaining from addictive substances, including alcohol, drugs, tobacco, coffee. On a more personal note, I try to avoid anything that can become addictive, because I want to avoid being controlled by a substance. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Shannon
To understand why what happens inside a temple is not discussed in detail outside of it, think of why priceless works of art or historic artifacts are placed behind glass, only to be looked at by the general public. Only those who have been educated on handling ancient objects, and have proven that they can, may handle these cherished objects when necessary. They usually do so when that general public is not present. The way these items are cared for and kept far away from those who don't understand how to properly care for them, denotes value. Letting anyone touch these objects would soil them, break them down, and cause them lose their value. The same is true of temples. Anyone may enter, if they are willing to do the necessary preparations. This often means leaving habits behind, changing our mindset, etc. Not everyone may enter the temple, because not everyone is willing to do what is required to enter. What is done in the temple is kept sacred, not talked about in detail, to keep its value important to those who do attend. Because it is kept within the walls of the temple, we are always aware of the importance of the work done there. The actual question of "what happens inside" can only be answered generally because of this, but I'll do my best to do so. We make covenants in the temple. Just as we promises to God when we are baptized, we do the same in the temple. We then make the same promises and covenants for our deceased ancestors, going through as proxy for them. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Shannon
Nearly every person who has walked this earth has been imperfect, save Jesus Christ. Because of His perfect life, He was able to perform the ultimate sacrifice of suffering for our sins, the likes of which He never committed Himself. He willingly gave His life and took it up again. These are the ultimate gifts He has given us. We are saved by grace, because we cannot save ourselves. God expects us to give our every effort and never stop trying, but He does not expect perfection in this life. So He gave us the Savior, to make up the difference. Where we cannot yet reach, He will fill the gap and help us get there. This is grace, to me. To help those who are not perfect, but want to be better. Show more Show less