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Hi I'm Shari!

I grew up in the Midwest. I'm a mom, a coach, and a runner. I love life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother to three wonderful children who keep my heart full. I am an outdoor enthusiast who loves to run, bike and Nordic ski. Running is my meditation and gives me a sense of peace, and I love its many metaphors for life. In my community, I started a local non-profit chapter of a national character-building program for elementary and middle school girls that integrates lessons on self-esteem with the power of running to give them tools to believe in themselves. I also coach our high school girl's cross country running team and I work with the teens at church.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in junior high school, I got off the morning school bus one day, and while walking toward the school front door, pinched the top skin of my hand asking myself, "Who am I?" "What makes my body alive?" At the time I wasn't searching for anything special, but just living a teenage life in a family being torn apart by divorce. Time passed, and my mom searched out and joined the Mormon Church. I wasn't much interested, but eventually began to like the feeling sitting in church on Sunday and learning about the Savior. His teachings always felt right and gave me a sense of direction. The Mormon Church was answering those very questions I asked myself getting off that bus, and I didn't even realize it. I was baptized in high school and have never, ever looked back on that decision. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ, our lives have direction, a sense of purpose, a knowledge of One greater than all with abounding love that will lift us, carry us, guide us, and love us unconditionally. I know this and I feel His peace.

How I live my faith

Believe in yourself and do your very best. I know the power of this. In my work with the youth in my community, I see first hand the transformation of self-esteem as girls (and boys) discover their personal power through their accomplishments and trusting in their own ability and hard work. I have learned these same principles through my relationship with my Savior as He empowers me with faith in who I am and who I am meant to become. In walking hand-in-hand with the Savior and His teachings, I am able to be an instrument to help youth understand their divine potential as well as share with my community a positive influence of genuine happiness.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Shari!
Coming to know our Father in Heaven is an upward spiral. As we come to know Him, we learn more of Him and want to live His teachings. And, as we learn and live His teachings, we become more like Him. As we become more like Him, we want to learn more, and as we learn more, we come to know Him. It is a lifelong process that when complete, reaches us back into the loving, outstretched arms of our Father in Heaven where we all began. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Shari!
Being a member of the Mormon Church makes daily living complete. In the teachings of the church lie answers to all of life's questions, and in following these teachings we find the path to daily and eternal happiness and peace. Some people think Mormons have so many “rules.” We do not see what guides our life as “rules,” but rather loving guidance from our Father in Heaven to direct us and give us true and lasting happiness. We strive to keep the commandments and in so doing find greater freedom as the course of our life is outlined and directed. Life is simple and less complicated. As I look back, I think about how I've lived my life as a member of the Mormon Church, and I haven’t missed out on anything along the way. On the contrary, being a member of the Mormon Church has brought genuine fun, health, peace of mind, direction, purpose, friendship, comfort, guidance, inspiration, happiness, gratitude, and the list goes on and on. It is a list that, in being a member of the Mormon Church, gives my life completeness and fulfillment. Show more Show less