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Hi I'm Shannon

I'm an 18 year old Pre-Kindergarten paraproffesional, working towards teacher. I grew up in Southern Oregon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a paraproffesional working with students ages 3-5. I've always been an avid pursuer of literature. I love learning about the world around me. Due to influence of a few excellent teachers, I am what might commonly be referred to as a "math geek." I really do love math. I make math puns and celebrate Pi Day (3/14). I enjoy drawing and I can't wait to be a teacher. Until the day comes that I lead a classroom of my own, I'm very happy to help in one. I'm learning Spanish as a second language. Under the Meyers Briggs classification system, I am an INFP.

Why I am a Mormon

In the church, we talk about something commonly referred to as "tender mercies." In the words of David A. Bednar, "The Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ...Some may count (a tender mercy) as simply a nice coincidence, but I testify that the tender mercies of the Lord are real and that they do not occur randomly or merely by coincidence. " ("The Tender Mercies of the Lord," April 2005) Through tender mercies that I receive every day, such things as a bus arriving late so that I can board it or a small breeze cooling me during a long walk home, I have come to know that the Lord my God, Heavenly Father, loves me. Me! The little girl who bungles pronunciation and can't seem to ever dress according to the weather. The almighty, omnipotent creator of the universe loves and knows ME. Because He loves me, He wants me to return to Him. Because I am imperfect and He is a god of justice, He had to send His Son, Jesus Christ to die for me, that I might receive mercy, so that I can return to my Father which art in Heaven. There's simply no other way. Every other facet of the gospel can be explained or is a result of these truths. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only church I've ever even heard of that preaches and whose members live such a gospel. Everything I learn is ratified by the Spirit, who bears witness to me that these things are true. After such a witness is given me, how can I not be a member of the church? In the words of Ann M. Dibb, "I'm a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it.”

How I live my faith

Every week I attend church in a nearby building with other people that live in the area. I attend Sunday School classes where I can learn more about Jesus Christ. In the classroom I try my best to help my students feel loved, and to help them grow. I enjoy watching my students learn and try to instill self confidence in them while helping them with what they find difficult. I try to do good in all things, even in the "small stuff," like holding open doors and cheerfully greeting others.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes, I do! As we read in Mosiah chapter 8 verse 18, "For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity." Why would he have had prophets in the past but not now? We still need direction, there are still things that God wants us to know. It seems to me that we need revelation as much as our ancestors. I'm not trying to say that there isn't a wealth of things we can learn about the gospel from the teachings of prophets past, but that there is much more that we need to know in this modern day. Thus, the Lord has seen fit to call modern day prophets. You can hear what the prophet and the apostles have to say at the semiannual General Conference (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/?lang=eng). Show more Show less