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Hi I'm Shawn

I wear a tie every day to work. I am a religion teacher. I have been blessed with an outstanding family, and I am a Mormon

About Me

I teach religion for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been teaching for 14 years. I am married and have six children. I served a mission for the Church to Illinois when I was 19-20 years old. Both my wife and I are from Utah, but currently reside in Arkansas. I love to teach the gospel. I love being with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

The better question is "Why I stayed a Mormon". I was raised in the Church. I have a pioneer legacy that goes back to the Nauvoo era of the Church. However, a day came when I was about 18 years old that I had to come to know for myself that the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. After much fasting, prayer and scripture study, the Spirit let me know in no uncertain terms that this was indeed the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a Mormon, I believe and rely on the fact that I can live with my family forever. I am ever grateful to have a LIVING prophet of God on the face of the earth. Access to priesthood blessings is invaluable. If the Gospel was taken from me, my eternal family is also taken from me, priesthood is taken from me, prophets are taken from me, and the teachings of personal accountability are taken from me. Because I am a Mormon, I feel I understand who Jesus Christ is and how His Gospel and Church work to benefit me and my family.

How I live my faith

The Gospel is everything to me and my family. I work for the Church as an institute director and seminary coordinator. The Fayetteville Institute is a place near the University of Arkansas where college-aged students can come to take classes focused on Latter-day Saint scriptures and topics. Seminary is a before or after school class that high school-aged youth can enroll in to learn similar things. I love to teach the Gospel to the youth of the Church. I love to teach others how to teach the youth. Currently, I serve in my local congregation assisting the bishop of the ward. We have family scripture study and prayer everyday. We hold Family Home Evening every Monday night. We eat dinner as a family as many days of the week as is possible with busy schedules. We aren't perfect at this and sometimes it can be quite a challenge, but we strive to make the family and the Gospel the priority in our lives!