What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Shaun

I'm funny...I'm a Mormon...I'm a funny Mormon!

About Me

I love having fun and making people laugh! I enjoy making a difference in people’s lives. I'm able to do that with my family, serving in the Church and community, and even working at a local credit union. I enjoy teaching, especially about financial principles that have helped me. Continuing to learn is important to me. My wife and I have a growing family of 4 kids with another one on the way...it's very busy in our lives, but we try to enjoy each moment. Our children bring so much joy and adventure to our lives. They have taught my wife and me so much...about PATIENCE. Since we have a large family we spend a lot of our time doing homework, cleaning house, and trying to teach the kids to work out their own problems. We have fun together by going to the park, beach, visiting friends, church activities, local attractions with little kids this means Chick-fil-a, Chuckie Cheese, etc., community events and even an occasional vacation most recently to Disney World.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not raised in a religious home. My parents were both Catholic and I guess you could say I was Catholic too having been baptized as an infant. We did not however attend church, not even during the holidays i.e. Christmas and Easter. My father served in the Army for 20+ years and we moved frequently. After my dad retired to Florida it allowed our family to set some roots. I've been in the South long enough that when people ask me where I'm from I can say Florida or “The South” even though I don't have the accent. My first contact with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was a friendship I developed in my new neighborhood. This new friend who was in the same grade soon invited me to Wednesday activities at his church. I participated in the Boy Scout program and other activities involving the youth of the Church on many Wednesday nights. Occasionally, I attended Sunday Church meetings, participated in various service projects, attended Boy Scout summer camp, and the Church’s Summer Youth Conference two years in a row before joining the Church. I always enjoyed spending time with members of the Church, especially with the family of my friend. Feeling welcomed by members of the Church and my friend brought peace to me. I was considered family and felt the love of God through them. My friend’s parents thought of me as one of their own. His parents gave me and still extend to me a literal open-door policy meaning I can walk-in to their home without having to knock. After awhile my friend’s dad asked if I would be interested in becoming a member of the Church. I soon meet with the missionaries. I participated in the basic lessons they presented which teach basic principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They invited me to be baptized which I accepted. My best friend baptized me. It was an amazing experience! I’m a Mormon because I have come to know Jesus Christ. I have come to know him by following the principles and receiving the ordinances which are taught and performed in His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. God loves all His children. Because He loves us He has called prophets throughout the ages to guide His children back to His presence. The scriptures teach that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As a Mormon I have the great blessing to know that God has a living prophet today who guides and directs the Church. There are many more reasons why I’m a Mormon, but that’s the short of it. 

How I live my faith

Another great blessing of being a Mormon is the principle of service that is taught in the Church. I’m able to follow the Savior’s example and serve my fellowman. The Church has no paid clergy. Members are allowed to serve each other in local callings or assignments. I have fulfilled many callings serving in different organizations. I spent 2 years as a full-time missionary, non-paid volunteer in Guatemala representing the Church. This time was spent teaching others the principles I knew to be true and inviting them to study, pray and find out for themselves the truthfulness of the message we shared. Since returning from my mission I married and began my family. I have served as a teacher to children, youth, and adults in various Church assignments. There are many opportunities to extend service in the Church to members and non-members alike. A few years ago a devastating hurricane hit our area. The hurricane hit overnight and upon waking up it looked like a bomb had gone off in our community. Trees were downed everywhere. It would be months before there was any resemblance of normalcy. The destruction brought with it unexpected blessings. Electricity was out for weeks. This forced everyone in the community out of their un-air-conditioned homes. We had a chance to get to know one another. This afforded me and many of my brothers and sisters the opportunity to serve each other and the community. I was out of work for 6 weeks, but was blessed to be paid by my employer while our office was relocated. During that time I would go to our local meetinghouse to meet with other members to receive work-orders from anyone requesting help with storm clean-up. The sound of chainsaws could be heard from dawn to dusk for weeks. We patched roofs, hauled debris to the curb and many other services. Acts 1038 teaches that Jesus “went about doing good.” I try to follow the Savior by living this principle. Opportunities to “do good” abound. I serve today as needed and am grateful for the lessons learned through service.