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Hi I'm Elder Shane E. Dawson

I'm a missionary, filmmaker, photographer, artist, writer, former lifeguard, and a lifelong Mormon.

About Me

I am a storyteller, whether through movies, stories, art, cartoons, you name it. I'm 19 years old and I never have a boring moment. Before my mission, you could find me writing scripts, reading about cinematography, watching great movies, drawing cartoons, singing, dancing, beatboxing, designing logos, lifeguarding, doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, riding my bike, listening to music, reading my scriptures, hanging out with family or friends, studying history, going to church, doing voice impressions, powernapping.... Because I am a Mormon, I know who I am and who I can become, and so I'm doing everything I can to get there. So, now, I'm in the middle of Paraguay, my stomach full of beef and empanada, with a black name tag on my chest. I've lived in South America for a year now as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and it has already surpassed, in its own way, anything I ever did before it.

Why I am a Mormon

Many who heard I was going to Paraguay for two years as a missionary, may have thought, "Wow, that's nice. He's off to go build orphanages and give candy to third-world kids and talk about Jesus." Well, I am here to tell you, right here, right now, that that is false. I´m doing a lot more than building orphanages--I'm building spiritual bomb shelters. I´m not giving out candy--I´m giving out the fruit of the tree of life itself. I'm not just saying nice things about Jesus. I am delivering to battle-torn people the message that their Master and Commander is real and He will heal their wounds.I came here to Paraguay because I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of God on the earth. Millions of people have learned the purpose of their lives by coming to this church and listening to the Spirit. Millions more will continue. The work doesn't end. It goes on long after I've set foot in DFW airport again and taken off my Guarani name tag for the last time. It goes on forever, sin fin, without end, no period, just an exclamation mark!

How I live my faith

During High school, I went to an early-morning seminary class with other high-school youth where we studied the scriptures and had fun together. That class was the best part of my day, even though it started before the day does. It gave me the spiritual boost I needed to face the world throughout my day. I do a lot of writing and video, and I'm working on developing stories that are cool and exciting, yet have good, strong moral lessons in them. It's important to me to use my talents to help the Church, and after I serve my mission, I want to go to college, start a family, and get a job, my dream job being to work with the Church at the Latter-day Saint Motion Picture Studio. Right now, I'm focused on missionary work and being a light to those around me.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Elder Shane E. Dawson
The Book of Mormon was written through heavenly inspiration to prophets several hundred years ago who were mostly in the ancient Americas. God loves all his children, and the native Americans are no exception. As a Mormon, I know that Christ not only sent prophetic counsel and aid to those living in ancient America, but came in the flesh after his death and resurrection to visit, teach, heal, and provide the fulfilled gospel to the people. Special servants of the Lord wrote down their history and their dealings with the gospel and with God, and those writings were compiled and hidden by a prophet named Mormon and his son Moroni. Joseph Smith was directed as a young man to find that record and translate it through God's power. He did not write it, he only translated the word so that the wonderful messages could be given to the people of the latter days. Show more Show less