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Hi I'm Sharon

Just a German teacher turned stay-at-home mom. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Colorado. I spent a year in Germany as an exchange student and LOVED it so I went to college and got a degree in German Teaching. I'm married, have four little ones, and so right now I'm living the stay-at-home-mom life in Texas. I'm trying to speak German to my kids. When I'm not chasing the kids or wiping up spilled milk :) I enjoy cooking, programming, reading, soccer, and recently started running.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have a strong belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ as restored by Joseph Smith. I have read the Book of Mormon and have prayed to know of its truth. Every time I read the Book of Mormon, I am filled with a feeling so strong, I can't deny that it's true. I am a Mormon because I believe in a living prophet. What a blessing to have! I try so hard to follow the counsel giving by the prophet because I know his words are what God would want us to hear and do. I am a Mormon because this is the path I've chosen. I have made covenants in the temple that will allow me to someday enter God's presence.

How I live my faith

I LOVE my opportunity to serve in the church. I currently work with the youth teaching early-morning seminary (before school scripture study class) and I couldn't love it more! It is a perfect fit for me with my high school teaching background. We meet in my home at 5:40am every day school is held. Their dedication to Jesus Christ and His word in the scriptures shows as they give up precious sleep to join me in learning and growing in the gospel. In so many ways, much of the environment around these teenagers invites them to disregard God and act selfishly. In my students, I feel the strength of the Spirit and their desire to come closer to God and Jesus Christ and act selflessly. It can be intense, to prepare a lesson to teach every morning and lose that extra sleep, but I love it and I know this is what I need to be doing right now in my life. I also really enjoy speaking in our sacrament services when I have the chance. One of the things I like about having a lay ministry (people who don't get paid) is that the members take turns speaking in our services. It gives me a chance to study and pray and ponder on a certain subject, and then share those thoughts with others. I probably grow more as a I prepare than those who hear my talk!

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

YES! Just in a recent conference of our church, one of the apostles mentioned how important it is for us to study ALL the scriptures. I know we are known for believing the Book of Mormon to be the word of God, but we believe in the power of the Bible as well. In fact, this year in my seminary class, we are studying the Old Testament. Learning about ancient Israel and the ways they listened to and served the Christ who had yet to live on the earth is so powerful! Everything testifies of Him! The gems of inspiration and doctrine are just as applicable to me and my teenage students as they were to those who received them. Show more Show less