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Hi I'm Shanna

I grew up and live in the Southern US. I am a working mom of 6! I drive a pink Cadillac and love to sing! I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a member of the Church my whole life. But worked to gain my own testimony in my 20s. I majored in Vocal Performance and I love to sing all types of music. I had my life all mapped out but God had different plans for me! I married in college and we have moved all over the world. We now live back in my home town in North Carolina with our 6 children, ages 12, 10, 8, 6, 18 months, and a newborn. Just when we thought we had it all figured out Heavenly Father sent us an opportunity that we felt He needed me to pursue. I am now a pink Cadillac driving Independent Future Executive Sales Director with Mary Kay! I am working toward becoming an Independent National Sales Director in order to spread more hope and happiness in a hurting world. I believe that what the world needs is hope and abundance and I know that it is through the Gospel of Jesus Christ that this is possible. I love reading, and traveling! The Greek Isles has been my favorite destination spot so far. I love to teach and to share with large groups whether it is my music or my career!

Why I am a Mormon

Even if you were born into the church there comes a time when you have to find out for yourself if what you have been taught your whole life is true. In college I wasn't sure what I believed. I went to a Methodist College and started to wonder if that was just as right. I decided to truly pray and ponder on the words in the Book of Mormon. I had to make sure this was the true church and that I knew it for myself. I decided to take the challenge of Moroni and to pray for myself. I read and really studied the Book of Mormon and then prayed to know if it was true. I had confirmation from the Holy Ghost and since then I have continued to study and pray. I know that this life is a time for us to prepare to meet God and I am fully ready to do what I can to prepare myself to meet Him. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, that God has not left us without direction on the earth but that He has given us prophets today. I know that our Heavenly Father knows us by name and wants the best for each of us, and that He will lead and guide us if we will listen to His voice. I know that Christ died for our sins and if we will repent and apply the atonement in our lives we can be forgiven. I know that families can be together forever through covenants made in Holy Temples. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only place on earth with all the fullness of Christ's Church and I want to share that truth with others. It brings me so much joy and happiness!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to be an example to all that I come in contact with. I try to stand as a witness of Jesus Christ in all the things that I do. Even while working my job I talk of Christ and our Heavenly Father. I pray that my testimony will make a difference to those around me. My children are learning the gospel and I encourage them to be good examples too. I know that I am different and I do not lower my standards. I work with the children in our church and teach the girls and boys ages 8-11. The girls and I look for ways to serve those around us who are hurting or who need the hands of God in their lives. Most importantly I pray that God will show me how I can be an instrument in His hands everyday.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Shanna
We believe that the purpose of life is to come to earth and prove to the Lord that we will follow His plan. That we will be obedient to the commandments that he has given us and learn from our mistakes. And as we strive to learn and grow we will become what God has given us the potential to become. As a part of this plan of happiness we will form relationships and families and that through our obedience and as we endure to the end we can be with our families for eternity. I strive to live my life each day so that I can hear the words "Well done" from my loving Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Shanna
As Mormons we believe the Bible to be the word of God as long as the translation of it is correct. We also believe that God loves all His children and there were more people on the earth than just the people in Jerusalem and that He sent the prophet Lehi and his family out of Jerusalem to the Americas before the destruction of Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon is the account of the dealings with God of those people in the American continent. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It isn't all that different from the Bible. Because it hasn't passed through many hands to me it is simpler and easier to understand. I love the Book of Mormon and how it brings me closer to Jesus Christ. It is a link to our Father in Heaven and just like reading the Bible will bring your closer to God so will a study of the Book of Mormon. There is much to learn about the nature of God and Jesus Christ from the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith was a very young boy without much education. He was chosen by God to bring the Book of Mormon to the world. He was lead to the Golden Plates by an angel and then given the ability to translate them through the power of God. I am grateful for the faith, strength, and testimony of such a young boy. I know that what he testified to is true because I have read the Book of Mormon and the Joseph Smith story. I have prayed to know of their truthfulness and I have received confirmation through the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Shanna
Faith is a big part of the Mormon lifestyle. To me faith is to act before you know the end result. It is making decisions based on what the Lord would have you to do even when logic doesn't support that action. Faith is trusting God, knowing that only he can see the end from the beginning. Faith is action! It is movement even before the miracle has happened in your life. The Book of Mormon prophet Alma compared faith to a seed. You must nourish the seed and feed it and then it will grow. The more you are obedient, pray, study, and believe in Christ, the more your faith will grow. Show more Show less