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Hi I'm Shane

I am from Alberta, Canada. I am a father of 7 children. I work as a Parole Officer. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have 7 children - this, being a husband and a father is what has brought me the most happiness in life. In my career I work with people who have been incarcerated for two years or more as a Parole Officer and try to balance the needs of people who want to make meaningful changes to their lives while trying to keep communities safe from crime. I am a diabetic with Type I diabetes and have been greatly blessed by modern advances in medicine and technology that help manage this disease. I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 20 years old after I read the Book of Mormon, prayed, and had a personal experience receiving an answer to prayer. That first experience with prayer when I was 20 years old forever changed my life and my knowledge that God hears and answers prayers.

Why I am a Mormon

As a little boy I was taught by my mother to believe in God, and this initiated in me a desire to know about Him. While I held a belief and respect for God, I didn't feel that attending church was helping me to answer my questions, and was even told that I should stop asking questions. I stopped going to church for several years concluding that I could satisfy my spiritual needs on my own without going to a church. Over time, the interest I had in Spiritual things declined, and the relevance of God grew dimmer. Then when I was 20 years old, I accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon, and decided to read it. I decided to take seriously the challenge to read the book, and left on a solo camping trip for a weekend in the Rocky Mountains. For two days I sat outside of my tend and read all day while there was daylight until I came to the end of the Book. At the end of the Book of Mormon, I found an invitation with a promise, inviting me to pray about the Book of Mormon and to ask God if it were true. The promise was that if I asked, with a sincere heart and with real intent, I could learn the truth of all things by the power of the Holy Ghost. After reading that promise, I returned home, and called the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and told them that I wanted to learn more. For a period of several weeks I met with the Missionaries, asked them lots of questions, and tried earnestly to get an answer to my prayers. Then one July evening as I was at my home pondering over the things I had learned and the questions I still had, I knelt down and offered an earnest prayer to Heavenly Father. As I prayed, and as I asked the question in my heart, I felt an overwhelming feeling of love and peace enter into my heart and my mind. I received an answer to my prayers more powerfully than I could have anticipated, and so unmistakable that I still remember the way it made me feel even today.

How I live my faith

Today I practice my faith by trying to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. I pray every day, thanking Heavenly Father for the blessings and challenges I have, and ask for His divine help and guidance in the every-day needs I face with my family, my work, and every other small detail of my life. I learn about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ by reading the scriptures that include the Old and New Testament, and the Book of Mormon. When I was learning about the Church as a 20 year old young man, I learned that the Book of Mormon is a record of the people who lived anciently in the Americas who were visited by Jesus Christ after he was crucified and rose from the dead in Jerusalem. The people of ancient America wrote of their experiences, and the Book of Mormon is today considered an additional witness of Jesus Christ. As a family we pray together in the morning before we start our day, we read the scriptures, and we attend Church services together every Sunday. I actively participate in the church by teaching lessons, or speaking on gospel themes in the congregations of our church. While I know that there is nothing I can do to repay what Christ has done for me in my life, I feel that my greatest expression of gratitude to Him is to try to learn and model my life following His teachings.