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Hi I'm Shawna

I'm a student, a future full-time missionary, a lover of life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Shawna! I'm from California, where it is unfairly sunny and beautiful all of the time. I come from a family of five, along with a bunch of pets my siblings and I somehow convinced my parents of getting for us. My family is everything to me. I am extremely blessed to have them in my life. They have encouraged me to love, laugh, learn, and pattern my life after the Savior's. The love I have for them cannot be put in words. I've picked up a few hobbies here and there. I got my first guitar when I was about 12, and I have been playing ever since. Along the way, I have taught myself the piano, ukulele, and clarinet. I love singing, too! Music is just so powerful to me, and I am very grateful for it. With that, I am also a sports lover. Hockey, football, basketball, you name it, I like it and probably watch it. I've played soccer since about the time I could walk, but my favorite player will always be my older sister. Education is incredibly important to me. I am passionately curious about anything and everything; I just love learning. I'm currently at Junior College, where I am a semester away from getting my AA degree. After that, I'm planning on transferring to a university. What university that will be, and what I'll be studying, I have no clue. Whatever it is I end up doing in life, I really hope it helps people.

Why I am a Mormon

It would be easy for me to say that I'm a Latter-Day Saint because I was born into the church. While this is true, I am a Mormon simply because I choose to be. Who or what we put our faith into will always be our own decision; it is a choice only we can make. Before I was a Mormon, I was just a kid with a lot of questions I needed answers to. Though I had always gone to church with my family, I had never taken the time to figure out for myself what was true. Once I got a little older, this really started to affect me. I was confused about who I was, and uncertain of what my purpose was in life. I often found myself depressed because I felt so lost. It was not until I exercised my faith in this church did those feelings go away. As I began to earnestly attend church, pray, and read my scriptures, I found the peace I was looking for. To answer this question, I am a Mormon because I know this church is true. It is the only church that has answered all of my questions. I have never felt unsatisfied by its doctrine. I love how it constantly teaches me how to be a better person, and encourages me to love and learn daily. I love the value it places on things such as education and knowledge, and how it stresses the importance of the values the Savior emulated. I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ, and know that this is His church. I have felt his love for me daily since rooting myself in this gospel. This church has changed my life, and I am immensely grateful for it.

How I live my faith

In general, I live my faith by coming to know the Savior, and trying to be like him. There will never be a better person than Jesus Christ, and his is a perfect example of the life we should try to lead. I try to emulate him as best I can to show my gratitude for who he is and what he has done for me. Currently, I am an assistant for our ward's nursery. Nursery is a program for the kids between 18 months and about 2 years old. Aside from snack time, play time, craft time, and a bunch of other cool things, we have mini lessons every Sunday about gospel principles and teachings. As assistant, I plan some of these lessons, along with helping the kids with whatever they need. It has been a huge blessing in my life being able to serve in nursery. I think I learn more from the kids than they do from me. There are few better lessons to be found on kindness or love than from that of a small child. I have come to know the savior better through these kids, and I am very grateful for that. I am also planning and preparing to serve a full-time mission in the near future. Learning who the Savior is, and what he has done for me has changed my life. I am forever grateful for him, and to show that gratitude and love, I want to spend my life serving him the best way I can. Giving him 18 months of my life to serve a mission is the least I can do for what he has done for me. This gospel has brought me such happiness and peace, and I want to share that with others.

Are Mormons Christians?

Mormons are definitely Christians. A Christian is someone who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ, and believes in him. The full title of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Simply put, it is his church. He lies at the center of it all, and our faith is based on him. We try to emulate him in all that we do, and try to follow his perfect example. We believe wholeheartedly he is Our Savior and our Redeemer. We fully recognize his atoning sacrifice for all of mankind, and realize that without him, we could not be saved. One of the scriptures in the Book of Mormon does a great job of summarizing this. It's 2 Nephi 25:26, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." He is our everything. For me, one of greatest parts of being a member of this church has been coming to know who Jesus Christ is, and establishing a relationship with him. Show more Show less