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Hi I'm Shauna

I love my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of three children. Nothing makes me happier than the joy on their faces when they learn something new or those moments when I know they have truly felt the influence of Heavenly Father in their lives. I have a degree in Music Education and taught music and movement classes for infants and toddlers for five years. Currently, I have a few voice and piano students, but my primary job is taking care of my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon. I could probably count on one hand the number of Sundays I didn't attend church before leaving home for college. I have read the Bible and the Book of Mormon many times. I know from my experiences in this church, from reading the scriptures, and through the power of prayer that this church is true. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he restored the fullness of the gospel to the earth. I know that there is a living prophet today, just are there were living prophets throughout the Bible. I know that the Book of Mormon is true; I have prayed to know that and I have felt the truth confirmed to me by the Holy Ghost. I know that God lives and that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to die for us. I know that Jesus Christ was resurrected and that He lives today. God has a plan for each of us. He wants us to strive to be like Him on this earth so that we may live with Him in the life to come.

How I live my faith

I am currently the pianist in the Primary organization (children's Sunday school) as well as a Family History Consultant. Playing the piano is a little scary for me; I am a vocalist and don't consider myself a great pianist. I know this will be a good experience for me though; it makes me practice more and it sets a good example for my children who take piano lessons. Family History is where I get to have fun! The FamilySearch.org website is such an excellent resource for people of all backgrounds who are interested in finding more information about their ancestors. Once you get started it's hard to pull yourself away. I am really looking forward to helping people find their families. I strive to live my faith every day, not just at church on Sundays. I read and study the scriptures and the words of living prophets. I've discovered recently that setting an alarm on my phone is the most effective reminder for me to pray every morning. It is so easy to get busy and forget. We pray as a family. We have Family Home Evening on Monday nights where we teach our children the gospel and practical things like setting goals or we do a fun activity as a family. Our family read the entire Book of Mormon as part of our nightly scripture reading; it took us two years, but we did it! We are now working on the Old Testament. I'm always trying to be a better Latter-day Saint; I should read and study more, pray more, eat better, speak softer and serve others more. I am a work in progress.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Shauna
My life isn't much different from that of the average person. I attend church every Sunday. I don't drink alcohol, coffee or tea. I don't use tobacco in any form. I try to eat a balanced diet. I dress modestly. I live in a regular house with plumbing and electricity. I drive a minivan. My kids go to public school. I choose to stay home with my children and I'm fortunate that my husband has a great job to support our family. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Shauna
No. The Church encourages members to vote and be involved. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Shauna
No. We respect and reverence Joseph Smith as a prophet of God, but we do not worship him. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Shauna
A ward is a local neighborhood church. Wards are divided a lot like school zones. A stake is made up of about 12 wards. A branch is an area where there aren't enough members to make a ward. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Shauna
Thomas Spencer Monson Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Shauna
No. Men may choose to serve a 2-year mission at the age of 18. Women may serve at the age of 18 for 18 months. Senior adults may serve missions too. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Shauna
Yes! Our Articles of Faith simply state many of the things Mormons believe. The 8th Article of Faith states, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correcty. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Shauna
Everyone is welcome to attend LDS church services, but we don't just choose which congragation to join. We have "wards" which have certain geographic boundaries. There's a feature on mormon.org that will tell you which ward to attend based on your address. Everyone attending a ward lives in the same area. Our church service lasts three hours, which sounds like a long time, but it combines several different meetings. First, everyone attends Sacrament Meeting this inlcudes members, visitors, investigators and children of all ages. The main purpose in attending church on Sunday is to take the sacrament. The bread and water is offered to everyone in the congregation who would like to participate. Prayers are offered, hymns are sung, and talks are given by members of the ward (congregation). The Sacrament Meeting last about 70 minutes then all the adults and youth attend Sunday School. Sunday School classes study the scriptures, the prophets or gospel principles for about 40 minutes. After Sunday School all the men and Young Men attend Priesthood. The women attend Relief Society and girls 12-18 attend Young Women. Children younger than 12 attend Primary. They have a lesson with their teachers and particpate in Sharing Time where we sing lots of songs, teach a brief lesson and a child or two gives a talk or read a scripture. There is also a nursery for children from 18-months-old up to 3-years-old. Babies remain with a parent. Show more Show less