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Hi I'm Sharon

I'm a dancer, choreographer, daughter, sister, wife, and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a professional dancer and choreographer. I love to share dance with others because I believe that movement can inspire and uplift others. For fun, I like to cook, exercise, ride bikes, swim, knit, sew, do service for others, travel, and study Asian languages. My husband and I enjoy going out dancing together. I spend a lot of time playing with and reading books to my little boy. My husband and son are the joys of my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised my entire life as a Mormon and occasionally have been told that I continue in my faith because I have been brainwashed. Nothing could be further from the truth! My hometown is in a community where many popular values are in direct contradiction with my religious beliefs. I remember children offering me drugs, pornography, and more from as early as age six. I've certainly had many chances to live a different life than the one I have chosen. There were few other Mormons in my town so I often felt lonely and confused. I loved the people in my town and found myself questioning whether or not the things I had been taught at church were true or if it was all just old fashioned. For a long time, I chose to continue living what I had been taught because I trusted my parents and teachers at church. I knew they loved me and that I would eventually understand why I should live this life. I did a lot of praying and I read The Book of Mormon a lot. It took time and I didn't have a dramatic experience but I have found for myself that this church is true. When I was younger I sometimes felt like church was just a big collection of rules that say "don't." Now I understand that rules from God have given me direction in life, have kept me out of trouble, and, most importantly, that the gospel of Jesus Christ is about much, much more than just rules. I am so thankful for what Jesus Christ has done for me. After the deaths of a few loved ones, it has given me comfort to know that death is not the end. It's just a transition. I am thankful that Christ has made it possible for us to live again after we die. As a daughter, sister, mother, and wife, I'm so happy to know that I can be with my family forever. I'm also thankful that He made it possible for me to be saved from my sins. I make mistakes so often! Sometimes I read the news and life seems so bleak. Tragic things are happening to good people all over the world and it seems as if it's impossible to do enough to help them. It's hard to read these stories and believe in God. However, I am so thankful for my knowledge of my Heavenly Father who helps me to know that even though bad things can happen to me, in the end He has made a plan for it to all work out just right. Life is so hopeful and happy because I have this eternal perspective.

How I live my faith

Right now, I'm interested in helping those who are in need. I grew up with relatively little money and it makes me ill to think that there are so many people who work so hard but have so little. Because I just had a baby, I've decided to work on making newborn kits for the church's Humanitarian Services. I like knowing that a baby somewhere in the world won't be as cold. As soon as my baby is old enough, I hope to begin volunteering in a local charity that teaches English to refugees. I've lived abroad and experienced been illiterate and unable to communicate. I want to help! At church, I have served in various ways over the years. I've helped plan fun social activities for my local church congregation. I have taught lessons to girls between the ages of 12-14. I have also taught very young children about age 5. I've also visited women from our women's organization at church just to check in on them and see if there's anything they need.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Sharon
Definitely not! Our church has a Humanitarian Services program that gives aid to people all over the world, regardless of their religious beliefs. Best of all, all of the money donated is given to those in need! As individuals, we also help those who are not of our faith. Mormons volunteer in schools and local charities of all kinds. In times of crisis, Mormons frequently network with each other and with local organizations to find ways to help their own communities get back on their feet after a disaster. Show more Show less