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Hi I'm Shaun

I'm a skater, a surfer, a world traveler, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern Arizona, in between Tucson and Mexico, and have lived in New York/New Jersey, Hawaii, California, Utah, Illinois, Iowa, Italy, and Idaho. I love travelling and have goals to visit every country in the world - one day it will happen! I love playing guitar and drums, and also love sports: surfing, weightlifting, football, basketball, skating, rock climbing, hiking, etc. I just finished two Bachelor's degrees, from BYU-Hawaii, in Supply Chain Management & Marketing and finished two minors in Biology and Chemistry. I have hopes to further my education by receiving an MBA from a top program. My goal is to one day head a health related organization, but the specifics I still do not know - I guess time will let me know. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2006 - 2008 and was stationed in the midwestern USA. There I was able to pick up Spanish and I enjoy the Hispanic culture very much to this day. I was married in 2009 in the Mesa Arizona Temple and have recently moved to New Jersey for employment.

Why I am a Mormon

I haven't always been an active Mormon, as my search took years to finally lead me to full participation. I was raised in a 1/2 Mormon home, my father attended meetings faithfully and would take us along. We were all baptized at the age of 8 and many of my siblings then had our own personal searches for truth in our teenage years. I dove into Islamic/Judaic theology quite heavily but once had the opportunity of attending a movie clip while visiting Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. There, I had just finished high school and was at a low point in my life and I had gone up to Utah with a vacated place in my soul - something was missing. While I was watching a film about a young dude named Joseph Smith, I saw a clip where God & Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him what he needed to do with his life. He was later called to be a prophet and with tears in my eyes I realized I needed to find out if what I saw was really true. I returned home to Arizona a few days later and began an intense search of scriptures and I read the entire Book of Mormon within two weeks. I had a thirst for knowing whether Joseph really saw what he claimed, and while I was sitting in my room - shortly after reading the Book of Mormon - I decided to pray and ask God if the Book of Mormon was true. I quickly received a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit that testified to me that it was true and immediately I was prompted to prepare myself to serve a mission. I got off my knees in prayer and realized my life was more than just being about me, it was about being able to help others and serve this world. A sense of direction and guidance has been with me ever since that day of my humble prayer. I learned the Book of Mormon is true, and with that knowledge I know that the translator of the book, Joseph Smith, is a true prophet of God. And with the knowledge of him being a prophet of God, I know that the Mormon Church is true and the doctrines are pure and correct.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a good person. I help other people when I can, and am active in serving people around me. My wife and I had the opportunity of establishing a non-profit organization to assist people moving to our city, who had nothing. Thousands of people were benefited by the essential items that had been donated to them and this is one example of things that we're trying to do to keep making progress in this crazy world. I am also called to be a teacher in our congregations, I'm not sure why - I don't consider myself the best speaker in the world - but I imagine it's for me to learn and grow! All in all, living my faith is making sure I do good to others, that's all.