Hi I'm Sharon
I am an empty-nested, middle aged woman enjoying life with my husband in Nauvoo. Soon after I joined the church in 1985, I was privileged to visit Historic Nauvoo. From that day on I dreamed of retiring there. As with most appointments, I arrived early. Now I'm living, loving and serving in the "City Beautiful" on the banks of the Mississippi. Perhaps the slow pace of this small town and the blessings of living mere blocks from the temple will create closing chapters in my book of life that uplift and inspire the generations to follow.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because the church recognizes in me a divine potential. I have always been an over-achiever but I did not know why I felt compelled to work so hard. Work, work, work. Learn, learn, learn. Grow, grow, grow. What was the purpose in all of the effort required to progress only to die and live on a cloud, strumming a harp. The Bible says we are the offspring of God, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, growing and learning 'till we all come … unto a perfect man or woman. I am a Mormon because I know that I am a daughter of God and the church does too.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
I converted from a religion that taught then when I died, I would spend the remainder of eternity sitting on a cloud and singing praises to God. The thought was appalling to me. I am somewhat of an over-achiever. To think that all achievement, all progression, learning and growth would come to an end was horrifying to me. It sounded more like punishment than a reward in heaven. Knowing that there exists a Plan of Happiness and an individual's purpose throughout eternity is motivation for all my efforts. I can keep pushing forward and know that there is a plan that rewards me for my progress.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
I don't make it a point to share the gospel with my friends. I share my life with them. I am very open about my faith and my personal relationship with God. I share my delight and gratitude for Him when I am blessed. I speak of my reliance on Him when I am frightened, confused or in pain. The gospel is woven into the details of my life and it becomes obvious, eventually, in all that I do and say.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
By helping one another strengthen our personal relationships with God. Personal and family prayer are so incredibly important. My prayers are my time to converse with God. I have learned to turn to Him in so many facets of life. I am grateful for the personal revelation I receive. I have no greater joy than to know that my husband prays often for me, privately and with me. When I am concerned, frightened, or sad I can share those feelings with him and he will mention it in his prayers on my behalf. It is as if God were a part of our household. We maintain harmony for His sake.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
I admit, that when I first joined the church, I was annoyed by all the mention of Joseph Smith. I came to the church because of Jesus Christ and not for any man. As I grew in the gospel, I mellowed a little in my attitude and I began to appreciate Joseph Smith's contributions to this church. Finally, after fifteen years, I decided I should study and pray about it. As I prayed about Joseph, I came to know that all prophets are chosen of God for my personal benefit and for the benefit of all mankind. It was a powerful realization and that knowledge has strengthened my love for the Savior. I know that the Savior is mindful of me because He sent (and continues to send) a living prophet to speak to me.
How I live my faith
Since joining the church I have served in various capacities, as a teacher for the primary children then for the teenagers. Later I was called to teach Sunday lessons for the women's Relief Society and to serve in a leadership role. Now I serve as a facilitator in the church sponsored addiction recovery program. I am so happy with this assignment. It reminds me every week of how far I have come and gives me the opportunity to serve others.