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Hi I'm Shane

I was born in Nevada, raised in Texas, and am now serving a mission in Vancouver, Canada. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

During my time in high school, I became a great advocate of the performing arts, primarily choir and theatre. I participated in a number of shows in a number of different roles and responsibilities, including employment to manage a light board at a theater; I served as section leader and student conductor in the school's choir, and have now completed a year of membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Why I am a Mormon

Very similar to what is found in the first chapter of the Book of Mormon, I was "born of goodly parents." My mother had been a member for her entire life, but my father was a convert in the church in his teenage years; as such, I have been raised into the church as well. I have read the Book of Mormon, as well as various other works by church leaders, and I've taken the time to attend meetings of other religions and researched opinions of other faiths regarding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Through study and prayer, I decided several years ago to keep a lifelong commitment to the church, believing in the necessity of a Restoration after hundreds of years of international confusion.

How I live my faith

I worked with the church's Boy Scout group for several years; our troop's commitment earned us a quadruple Eagle Court of Honor, where me and three other boys received the rank of Eagle Scout at age 15. I spent a year as a youth committee member, planning youth events with several other people my age. For 2 years, I worked as a youth genealogy leader, assisting people of all ages as they use the church's family tree software. My most recent position in the church was the ward chorister; I led the singing of hymns in our Sunday meetings. I am now embarking on my biggest calling yet: a full-time, two-year mission in Vancouver, Canada, which began in August 2014.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Joseph Smith anymore than the early Jews worshiped Moses. We believe men such as Joseph Smith and Moses served as Prophets of God; they were given the divine right to lead the church and its people. They did not demand to be worshiped, nor did they ever make the claim to be God or the Son of God. Instead, their calling was to bring the people closer to Christ by conveying His commandments to the people. Our worship is only to God the Father and the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less