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Hi I'm Shaun

I was born and raised in Maryville TN. I am a police officer and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a police officer. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for nearly 14 years and we currently have three children. I enjoyed backpacking and fly fishing. Most of my time is spent trying to be a fun supportive husband and father. I also help out with homeschooling our older two children (but mommy is the expert there).

Why I am a Mormon

My wife is a life long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints. I made it very clear before we were married that she could attend church where she saw fit but that I would NEVER be a Mormon (I was wrong about that). I was never pressured by anyone. Over time I came to know some of the missionaries in our ward and some ward members. I discovered that they weren't as weird as I thought they were. Slowly, I began to ask questions of my wife and the missionaries. Before long, I was being taught the gospel. This was the first time that I had every heard the entire plan of salvation laid out from beginning to end. In the church I grew up in ("The Church of God") it was always referred to as "Being Saved" or "Giving Your Life to God". It alway seemed very restrictive and focused on what not to do and the ghastly consequence if you mess up. The missionaries taught me that Heavenly Father's plan is actually the plan of happiness. I discovered just how important we and our families are to Heavenly Father and why. Next it was just getting this "Tough Guy" police officer who has been taught and taught and re-taught to rely on empirical evidence to exercise a little bit of faith. The missionaries had a fairly easy time there. The Spirit taught me (through a warm peaceful and happy feeling) that what these young kids (I was about 3-5 years older than they were) was telling me was true. I committed to be baptized. I called a few days later and asked if there was any way we could move up the date of my baptism. Since that time, I have been to the temple with my wife and held several callings within the church. I testify to you (Just as I would in any court of law) that I KNOW, not believe, but KNOW that the gospel is true and that this is God's true church restored to the earth in our day.

How I live my faith

I am the 1st counselor (assistant) in my ward's sunday school presidency. We try to keep our sunday school program in our ward running smoothly each Sunday. I often fill in a teach when a teacher is absent. I also enjoy going out with our missionaries to visit ward members and investigators. In my community, I try and volunteer any time my schedule permits me to assist in any type of service project (church or community). I also try to find some small way to be an example of Christ's love to my coworkers and the citizens of my community each day. Like everyone else, somedays I am more successful than others.

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

Shaun
Mormons live life in many of the same ways other good wholesome people do. We enjoy spending time with family and friends. We understand the importance of family and strive to keep our family unit close by doing things like family home evening. This is usually a short lesson, a song, a game and a treat. This is the ideal lay out and often is much more fluid in a house with small children. We try to be actively engaged in doing good in our community and church and look for ways to help or serve others. One of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon illustrates this. I try to live by it every day in my family community and work. ...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. Mosiah 2:17 Show more Show less