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Hi I'm Shannon

Pacific Northwest raised. I attend college, I'm a vegetarian, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Shannon. I moved to Washington state when I was 12 years old and it's been considered my home ever since. My mom has been inactive since that move, making me the only active member in our household. I have a brother who is a return missionary and is now happily married, he and his wife live in West Virginia. I'm obsessed with the northwest. I love the ocean, the forest, the fresh air, recycling, biking, hiking, and taking in the beauty of nature and all that God has created. I attend college at BYU-Idaho.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member for over 10 years now and I can't tell you a specific, overwhelming instance where I absolutely knew the church was true, and that's okay. I'm comfortable with the testimony that I've gained over the years, at different activities such as girls camp, firesides, youth conferences, and listening to the Spirit always. Most important to me, studying the scriptures on my own is how I was able to know of the truth and God's love for me. When I was 17, I challenged myself to read the Book of Mormon in its entirety before my 18th birthday. I did it in under 4 months, all through the stress of my senior year of high school. I'm eternally grateful for that opportunity. I learned so much, was inspired, and was able to truly feel the love of my Savior, and immense gratitude toward Joseph Smith for translating these works. I prayed to know that what I was reading was true, that I would get something out of it every time I opened the book up, and that I would remember these lessons and the things I felt for the rest of my life. I have a very strong testimony of the power of prayer and for our Savior's love for each and every one of us. I know this church is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every single day. The gospel isn't something you do sometimes, or when you feel like it, and it isn't hard. Sister Sherry Dew once said, "It's not living the gospel that's hard. It's life that's hard." She then went on to say we should be focusing on the joy of life, not how hard it is. Today it's becoming increasingly difficult to remain steadfast and unmoving in our dedication to our standards but it's not the gospel that's hard to stick to; it's making sure that we don't get swept up in the ways of the world that's the hard part. Doing little things everyday like praying, reading my scriptures, attending every church meeting I can, serving others, and remembering God always is how I live my faith.