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 Shannon Dame Resare

I'm a Professor. An aerobics instructor. A Country Music fan. A Wife. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Shannon. I grew up in Utah in a very close-knit family with one brother, one sister and lots and lots of cousins, aunts, uncles and nephews around who have been a huge part of my life. I love spending time with my family--especially on our favorite holiday the 4th of July--and during the Annual Girls' Sleepover that I throw every year for all the little girls in our family who are quickly becoming teenagers. And yes, those parties do include midnight Slurpee runs! I have always loved learning about different cultures and languages, which is why I chose to study Humanities when I first started college over a decade ago. It wasn't until I served a Spanish-speaking mission to Arizona for the Church that I discovered my love for Latin American cultures, Latin American food and especially the Latin American people. Since that time I have studied a lot about the arts and culture of 20th-Century Mexico, in particular, while continuing to eat lots of salsa que pica mucho! Now I'm working as an educator for a software business in Utah. I teach kickboxing, weightlifting, Pilates and step at a nearby gym, and I always find it funny when people are shocked that a college professor teaches aerobics. I am a Country Music fan and am often found singing country songs at the top of my lungs in the car, in my kitchen and in the shower. My husband and I got married in 2013, and I'm the happiest girl in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon, and I come from a long line of faithful Mormons. The obedient, faithful and courageous examples of my ancestors and my family members that are living have strengthened me throughout my life as I have tried to live Church standards and gain my own witness of the truthfulness of the Church. I became a Mormon because of my birth and my family, but I have stayed a Mormon because I have seen the hand of God in my life and I know that I am his daughter. One of my earliest memories was as a 4-year-old girl sitting in Primary--the children's class--at Church. I remember asking that day if the class could sing my favorite church song, "I Am a Child of God." Even though I was small, I knew that I REALLY WAS a child of God. I knew that I could pray to him anytime, anywhere, and He would answer me. Since that time I have seen hundreds of answers to my prayers in small and even in miraculous ways. In times of fear, frustration, doubt, sorrow and even in times of overwhelming joy, I have felt God and Jesus Christ's love for me. I know they have answered all of my prayers, especially those prayers where I have asked about the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Book of Mormon and the message of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I have a witness of those things, because I have prayed. Through the Holy Ghost, God has told me that they are true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith as I daily pray, study the scriptures and serve others. As I learn more about Jesus Christ I try to become like him through my thoughts, words and actions. I try to live my life so that when people see me they will know that I love my Savior and that I am striving to reflect His teachings in my life.