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Hi I'm Shannon

I'm a wife and an adoptive mom of three, an oldest daughter, a sister, a do-it-yourselfer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 31 years old and have been married for ten years. I like to do a lot of different things, but I am not great at any one thing. I enjoy the outdoors (hiking, swimming, camping, running), music (I play piano and love to sing), cooking, and crafty things here and there. I am someone who likes to figure out how to do things for myself. I enjoy putting furniture together from IKEA or installing ceiling fans in all the rooms of our house. If it comes with instructions, I feel I can do it. Being able to figure things out on my own has come in handy as my husband and I started a company together after we graduated college. We sold that business at the end of 2008 and now run our second company. I grew up as the oldest in a large family, and had a very happy childhood. I met my husband in college and we were married in the Salt Lake Temple. I had big dreams of what my family would be like. However, my dreams have been altered. Infertility has been a defining aspect of my life. I have PCOS and other related problems that make it unlikely for me to ever concieve a child. Fortunately, adoption has been another WONDERFUL defining aspect of my life. We have adopted two children as an infants, and a third at 6 months. My oldest son is 7, my daughter is 3 years old, and my youngest son is 2. I never knew I would be involved in the adoption community, but I am a proud member. I have a small family, but it is a forever family, and what could be better?

Why I am a Mormon

At a pretty young age I gained a testimony that my Heavenly Father knows me and hears and answers my prayers. When I was 11, I spent the night at a friends and got sick. When I called home, my parents did not answer the phone. I was scared something had happened to them. I never wanted to leave home again. A year passed, I turned 12 and a youth temple trip approached. I knew it was important to attend the temple, but I lived in an area where our trip required an over-night stay. I did not know what to do. My dad suggested fasting and praying a Sunday before the trip. He joined me and that afternoon, after church he sat down with me to read scriptures. As we searched the scriptures to find comfort and an answer to my dilemma, I read the following "Fear not, little children for you are mine, and I have overcome the world, and you are of them that my Father hath given me; And none of them that my Father hath given me shall be lost." (D&C 50:41-42). At that moment, I knew I would be ok to leave and that my Savior would watch over me. I felt that the scripture was written just for me. Looking back, that experience shaped the remainder of my teenage years. I have had multiple experiences since then that have re-affirmed my Heavenly Father's love and concern for me; His daughter. I am a Mormon because I know this is His church; I feel purpose and direction being involved, I know of His plan of Happiness for me, and I know He loves me and I feel close to Him.

How I live my faith

I live my Faith everyday. It is so much a part of who I am that it is difficult to determine how exactly I live it. I try diligently to keep the commandments. I say my prayers, read my scriptures, and pray with my family daily. We have Family Night once a week, and go to the temple as a family once a month. I currently serve as the leader for our women's organization in our congregation. Having a leadership responsibility is helping my become more like my Savior as I have a greater opportunity to serve those around me. I strive to live my life the way the Savior would. In my interactions with others, I try to emulate His love and care. I want to be kind, self-less, and accepting. I try to be patient in all I do, especially with my children. I love to share what I know about the gospel. I find the greatest happiness in talking with others about the joy I find in the gospel. I love it! I think it is something I am truly passionate about.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Shannon
Mormon women are just like non-Mormon women. As a Mormon woman, I have struggles, and imperfections. I also have triumphs and happy times. One thing I do feel that makes me different, is I understand what Heavenly Father wants me to do. I find so much joy and happiness being a mother, and in the gospel I find so much support and direction in my roles as wife and mother. I definately feel equal to my husband. We have different roles to fill in our household, but we work together to help each other out. He often asks for my help in getting some of his work done. And every evening you can find my husband cleaning the dishes after dinner. We both help put the kids to bed. We know that in working together the greatest unity and happiness is felt in our home. Show more Show less