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Hi I'm Sharon

I am driven and determined, a work in progress, a sinner and a saint. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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 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.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Sharon
No, Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We honor and revere Joseph much as a citizen of the United States reveres the founding fathers. We accept Joseph Smith as a prophet - just as we accept the prophets of old as recorded in the Bible. Prophets are special messengers of God and because God chose them, they are honored. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Sharon
Mormons believe that the Bible is the word of God, but, we do recognize that errors have been made in some translations. We rely on the King James Version for its proximity to the original. We begin studying the Bible as soon as we are able in our homes and in our church meetings. Teenagers take two years of early morning classes to study the Bible from beginning to end. Every four years, adults in the church study the Bible for two years at home and in Sunday School. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Sharon
The First Vision was the answer received by the young man, Joseph Smith, when he prayed to know which church he should join. God the Eternal Father and his Son, Jesus Christ personally appeared to Joseph to give him the answer. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Sharon
I need the Savior because I will never get everything right. I can try as I might but I will always fall short. Jesus died to make up the difference. He saw that I would never be "clean" and no unclean thing can enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus died to make me clean. No one will ever get everything right. Everyone needs the atonement of Christ in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Show more Show less

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

Sharon
The Mormon lifestyle differs from country to country, even from region to region within countries, dependent on the local customs. But one thing remains consistent throughout the world. Mormon families strive to be self-sufficient by living providently, being honest in their dealings and by paying their tithes and offerings (Malachi 3:10). Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Sharon
Every Mormon prophet is chosen by God. The senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the time of the death of the prophet will be ordained as the next prophet. God will so order the events of life and death so as to have His chosen successor prepared and in place when a prophet dies. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Sharon
Proxy baptism is for people who died without baptism on this earth. They cannot be baptized as spirits but they can come to know Christ as spirits. What are they to do then but rely on someone to offer themselves as proxy in their stead? Even as a Protestant, I worried for individuals who died without being baptized. Jesus taught that baptism fulfilled all righteousness which convinced me that baptism is necessary for everyone. So many people, good people, have walked this earth and not given their lives to the Savior. I also wondered about the time when Jesus visited the spirits in prison. I used to wonder what was His purpose? I now believe that Jesus went to spirit prison to teach because He knew that many spirits would choose to follow Him after they were dead. And so it is for many of my relatives who have died without baptism. They may choose to follow Jesus now that they have passed. We perform the baptisms for them just in case they want it done.  Show more Show less