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Hi I'm Shaneal

I am from good ole' Utah. My mission is to bless and find joy in life. I love being a Mormon!

About Me

My family is very important to me and the trials we have had I would not ask to take back. I have learned so much from these challenges we faced together and they have helped me to learn from mistakes and become better. I know that because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ my family was able to endure through these difficult times. Growing up I enjoyed many different hobbies; dance, piano, soccer, basketball, and cheer leading were some of my favorites! I love to be outdoors; hiking, taking pictures, camping, snowmobiling, riding a bike, long boarding, doing flips on the tramp, playing sports, four wheeling, riding horses, taking long walks, exercising, and running. I also like watching movies, spending time with my family and friends, crafting, decorating, playing games, laughing, joking, listening to music, shopping, eating food, and wearing fuzzy pajamas. Vacations, road trips, and adventures are the best and if I could, I would travel the world! I guess you could say I love to do everything and try new things!(:

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but I am a Mormon because nothing else in this world has brought me greater peace and joy. John 14:27 is my favorite scripture. Christ's atonement is not just for repenting. It is also for finding peace and happiness that we cannot find in the world. Even though I didn't get to have my father around, my mother took on both roles and did a fabulous job at it. Although she was left with 4 kids to raise on her own, she never lost her faith and I am so grateful for that. Because of her great example of diligent and obedient effort living the gospel, and relying on the Lord for strength, we were able to learn of Him and we were blessed. She made sure we still went to church every Sunday, had family home evening, scripture study, family prayer, etc. I learned at a young age that I had a Savior who knew exactly what my family was going through. He felt every pain we felt and through Him we were able to find peace. I remember worthy priesthood holders coming into my home and feeling a complete sense of peace and comfort. I know that the priesthood power is real and I am grateful that Joseph Smith restored that authority on the earth for us today. I remember the worry I felt not knowing if I would be able to be with my family again if something happened because we weren't sealed in the temple as a family. I knew that families could be together forever but my family didn't have that. My mother remarried and we finally had the priesthood in our home that we didn't get to have before. After a few years my siblings and I decided to write our biological father and ask for permission to be sealed as a family. When I was about 16 we were given the opportunity to be sealed in the temple for Eternity! What a joy! I can never deny the higher power I felt that day. I know it is true. Heavenly Father loves us and the gospel is what brings me true happiness and peace.

How I live my faith

I am currently living my faith by serving as a missionary in West Virginia Charleston Mission. At a young age I decided that I wanted to be a missionary because this gospel has blessed my life and I want others to have this same opportunity for it to bless theirs. Through the good, the bad, and the in-between, Jesus Christ is there when others may not. The joy this Gospel brings is what I enjoy most and I love to share that with others. Being a member of the restored church of Jesus Christ is more than just a religion... it is my life! I try to live my faith by living righteously, being an example to those around me, and serving others as He would serve. I am far from perfect, but I strive to live and do my best every day. I often make mistakes and fall short, but because of the Atonement I know that I have the opportunity to change and try again. "The Atonement leaves no tracks, no traces. What it fixes is fixed.. It just heals, and what it heals stays healed." On my cheer team everyone knew I was a Mormon because of the standards I did my best to follow. Even though I had other Mormon friends on the team I caught myself standing alone at times. One day in class a friend asked if she could come to church with me and decided to be baptized because of the joy and peace she felt when she came to church, met with the missionaries, and learned about the gospel. At this point in my life I knew that I wanted to be a missionary more than ever. Nothing makes me happier than seeing peace and happiness come into the lives of those who choose the live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Sharing the gospel is not easy, but our examples can open doorways that we may never see. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to help this friend of mine feel the love of the Savior in her life because it reassured me that there were many other people out there who need to feel this same love and joy that comes through living the Gospel.