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Hi I'm Shannon

I'm a missionary and molecular biology student from America. I love languages, writing, and sharing the gospel, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Previous to my mission, I studied molecular biology at Brigham Young University. I've done lab research isolating viruses, helping to develop treatments for bacterial diseases in beehives. I've also worked with children as a part-time paraeducator. I love reading, writing, and charcoal drawing in my spare time. I enjoy music and art in any form, and one of my life goals is to travel...a lot! I grew up in America--it's hard to get much more specific because my dad worked for the US Air Force for many years, so we moved around a lot; everywhere from Hawaii to the beautiful East Coast. I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since I was eight years old. I have a loving family and a firm testimony of Jesus Christ and his gospel. I have a great love for all of the above. They bless my life in so many ways. Recently I accepted a call to serve a mission in Kyiv, Ukraine. Currently I'm at the Missionary Training Center, learning to share the truths that guide my life in a way that's clear and effective, and gaining the basic language skills I'll need in Eastern Europe. Soon I'll be meeting new people and teaching them all about Jesus Christ...in Russian! I'm so excited for this opportunity to help share what I believe. The teachings of Jesus Christ are meant for everyone.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at age eight. I had faith in the principles I had been taught all my life. Over a decade later, that's still the case--but now I can say without the slightest doubt that I know they are true. I know that Jesus Christ lives, that he is the Son of God and that he suffered and died to atone for our sins. I know that he was resurrected and lives again. I know that we are each part of God's family, that he loves every one of his children and that his greatest desire is for us to return to live with Him. To that end, he has restored his church to the earth through a living prophet. He has provided us with the scriptures, the teachings of living prophets, and the ability to pray and speak with him personally. I've felt God's Spirit many times and seen its influence in my life as I've worked to overcome my own weaknesses and live as Jesus did. There is not the slightest doubt in my mind that God lives and loves us, and sees more value and potential in each of us than we can possibly imagine.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing it! Full-time missionaries put aside 18-24 months of their lives to share the gospel with any who are interested. I know that every person on earth can gain great joy from the truths found through the Book of Mormon, Bible, living prophets, and a personal relationship with God. In order to serve a mission, I had to take time to study the gospel and put forth the effort every day to make sure I was living up to the commandments God has given. This process--which continues every day of my mission--brings me so much happiness. Every day I learn a little more about how to have God's spirit with me always, and how to focus on other people as Christ did. Previous to my mission, I taught Sunday School in the young adult congregation I attended. I enjoyed this calling because it gave me an opportunity to interact with others and learn from their thoughts as well as my own study of the basic principles of the gospel, such as the importance of families, priesthood, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I also enjoy visiting with friends, talking about life, sharing thoughts, and helping out when needed. As well as Sunday meetings I attended an evening class where we studied the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other scriptures.