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Shannon: returned missionary, married, kids, autism, Mormon.

Hi I'm Shannon

About Me

I am a mom who in my spare time from raising 4 kids, loves to create things with my hands. Whether it's decorating projects for my home, sewing, crafting, cooking--I am happiest when I'm creating something! I have learned through my life that my hobbies keep me balanced and help me manage my time better in all aspects of my life. Through that balancing act, I feel like I can give the best quality time in serving my family, friends, and ward members. I have been given the pleasure of raising a non-verbal child with Autism. There have been days that have been so challenging in finding peace about the Plan of Salvation while watching my sweet child suffer to fit into a world that doesn't make sense to him. But within those challenges, I have felt the guidance of the Holy Ghost in pursuing treatments that help make my child happier and help him progress. That "line upon line" progress that we watch solidifies to me the love our Heavenly Father has for me and all of his children with all of our imperfections. I am so grateful for the Atonement of our Savior that helps me deal with my daily stresses of raising children and specifically a child with Autism.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 8 years old, but I feel like a good part of my conversion process happened while I was serving as a misisonary for the church. Raising a non-verbal child with Autism, and fitting into our ward and regular Sunday routine has been a challenge. There are many Sundays that our family is split, and my husband or I have to stay home with my son. Through all the crazy Sundays of running after our son in the halls, getting up and down from the church bench 100 times, or sitting in the church parking lot watching movies in the car--I have learned how much Heavenly Father loves me and my son, and how doing our best in this life is all that is required. I always thought that doing your best meant perfection. It brings me so much peace to know that perfection isn't required in this life!! The only thing I need to be perfect in, is my efforts to try my best.

Personal Stories

How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?

We have just started the new year with a resolution to be more diligent in having family scripture and prayer daily. I really thought that this would make me feel better because it was one more thing I could "check off" my list that I knew I should be doing. I have been so amazed to see that the benefits of family scripture and prayer have been overwhelming and had nothing to do with being satisfied that we had just accomplished a task for the day. I have seen my children learn how to be calmer during this time and I have watched them enjoy this time with our family all together. Sharing our testimonies of the scriptures that we read each night brings the Spirit into our home and sets a peaceful tone that helps remind us to be slow to anger and react to daily stresses. It has been an amazing blessing in our family's life.

How I live my faith

I participate in my ward by visiting teaching and teaching the nursery age children. I love getting together with other women in the church and have found this to be a great source of strength for me in raising my kids and keeping my sanity and spirtuality.