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Hi I'm Shawn

I'm husband, a student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love mountain biking, hiking, and being active in the outdoors. I also enjoy watching and playing soccer. I'm in my second year of college, studying to go into business. I enjoy learning about life sciences, the environment, and how people interact and work together. This past Spring of 2011 I married the love of my life in a temple of God. We were bound together for not only time, but for all eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active Mormon family in a very Mormon community in Utah. When I was growing up, just about everyone I knew was Mormon. All of my friends, many of my school teachers, and the vast majority of the people I associated with shared the same faith as me. This was the way I was raised, but it is not the main reason I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I know in my heart through experiences that I cannot deny that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's true church on the earth. I must admit that in my childhood I took many of the things I was taught for granted. In the area I grew up in, the beliefs of the church were so common that I just believed them because everyone else did. It wasn't until my teenage years that I realized I need to figure things out for myself. I have always felt like God existed, and I have felt like he had a plan for me, but I needed to find out what it was. Even more importantly than finding out what it was, however, I needed to find out how I was going to live the plan he had for me. Growing up in a community that was densely populated with Mormons proved to be a great blessing for me, but also a trial at times. It was a blessing because I have a lot in common with those around me. Because of the teachings of the church, most of those I associated with were trying to live high moral standards. People seemed to be more genuine, and tried to help each other and lift each other. As is so often the case, however, these great blessings are accompanied by challenges. I still had to search in my heart for what was truth and what was right. Though everyone was taught about the same standards, not everyone lived the correct principles they were taught. I found my faith for myself, and I know it is true. I have read the Book of Mormon several times, and each time read, I feel the Spirit of God in my heart testifying to me that it is true. With my knowledge from God that the book was true, I then knew that God had a living prophet on the earth to give us guidance in a difficult and challenging world. With this same knowledge, I knew that God had restored His church to the earth through a young prophet in 1830, and that church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church each week and studying the scriptures God has made available to man on earth, including the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, and also the counsel of His living apostles and prophets. I also live my faith by keeping the commandments and following the example of Jesus Christ. I also believe it's so important to treat my family with love and respect. I know families are a critically important part of God's plan, and they are also a critically important part of my faith. See "The Family A Proclamation to the World"