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Hi I'm Sharla

I grew up in Macon, Georgia. I am a mother of five and a grandmother of six. I'm a dental hygienist and a runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am just a southern girl whose favorite movie is "Gone With the Wind" and favorite fall pastime is watching SEC football and cheering for the "Dawgs." I was born and raised in the South and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I was actually born into the Mormon Church. My grandparents were among the first members of the Church in Macon, Georgia. They met for church services in rooms above saloon halls and rode the bus to church. People who know that I am a life-long Mormon often ask me if I am from Utah and are surprised when I tell them that my Mormon roots are deep in the South. Converts to the church have a prominent place in my life, however. Both my father and my husband joined the church when they were seventeen years old. My father has served in many leadership roles, including Bishop, Stake President, and President of the Atlanta Temple. My husband served a mission for the church in Southern California when he was nineteen even though he was the only member of the church in his family. We have five children-all who either graduated or have attended Brigham Young University-and six grandchildren. Our youngest son is now serving a mission in the Russia Novosibirsk Mission. I love to run with my married daughter-we have run several 5 and 10k races together. Of course I can't keep up with her, but it gives us common ground on which to run! I work as a dental hygienist and sing in The Sugar Hill LDS Choir. Check us out on Youtube. We are really good!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have lived its principles, studied its doctrines, and have found out for myself through doing this that this church is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ upon the earth today. Through the whisperings of the Spirit of the Lord, I know that this church is the pathway back to my Heavenly Father. Everything I am or have accomplished in my life I owe to the gospel of Jesus Christ and my participation in His Church. I can not deny the witness I have received of its truthfulness through reading the Book of Mormon, listening to a prophet speak, and praying for answers to life's problems. I know without a shadow of a doubt that through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the same organization that Jesus established when he was on the earth, is now here again in all of its fullness. I am a Mormon, not because it is easy, but because it brings happiness and peace into my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways. One of these ways is by serving the children of the congregation I attend. Every Sunday I teach six-year- olds that they are children of a loving Heavenly Father who wants them to obey His commandments and have a happy life. I love seeing the look in their eyes when they feel the Spirit and understand what Jesus Christ has done for them. I don't smoke, drink, or partake of harmful substances because I believe that this body that I have been given to live in on earth is a gift from God and is a temple for my spirit. I want to be an example of how Jesus Christ lived, by helping and befriending my neighbors, loving my family and sacrificing my time and talents to the Church. I have friends in and out of the church who have experienced heartache, illness and loss of loved ones. I try to think of ways that I can help ease their burdens and show them the love that their Heavenly Father has for them. I always try to be honest in my dealings with my fellowman and I am loyal and dependable in my work. I am not perfect, but I always try to be the best that I can be. I have willingly encouraged my two sons to dedicate two years of their lives to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One served in Mexico and now my nineteen-year-old son is in Novosibirsk (Siberia) Russia for two years. If I did not know without a doubt that he is doing the Lord's work, I would not have the faith or courage to let him go so far away from his home and family. But the sacrifice is worth it when I think that he is leaving his family so that he can tell others how they can be with their own families for eternity in heaven.