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Hi I'm Sharla

I love to read and learn, I love to cook and garden. I'm a mormon

About Me

I graduated from college with a degree in English Education. I love to learn and challenge myself. I am a mother of four children and I love being involved in their education and helping them learn. I volunteer often in our public schools and I believe that a good education will open doors for all who apply themselves and try to better themselves through learning. A good education is available to everyone with a desire to achieve their potential. I also love spending time outdoors all year round. There is something about planting seeds, hiking, and breathing clean air that clears my mind and fills me with peace. What a blessing it is to live among, enjoy, and help nurture God's beautiful creations.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the church, but I serve and attend church weekly because years ago I learned for myself that I truly did have a testimony of its truthfulness. I was a young mother teaching a primary class and each lesson asks that the teacher shares his/her testimony at the end of the lesson. One week as I got to that part of the lesson I felt the Holy Ghost bear witness of those truths in the lesson. I knew that week and the weeks after that I could share my testimony with my class because I did know; I felt the confirming witness of the Holy Ghost that day. I have felt it many times since as I have sought to strengthen my testimony. I know Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and restored this church. I know the Book of Mormon is true and it guides my life daily as I read. I know Heavenly Father has a plan for me and that I am His child. I know we have a living prophet who speaks God's word to us and I know that every good thing in my life and all the peace that I feel is because of my testimony. My experiences aren't spectacular; they are small and quiet, but they have changed my life.

How I live my faith

I serve among the women in our congregation. I love to visit them in their homes and listen to their troubles and their testimonies. I love sharing my own experiences with them and I love to ask them questions to feel of their strength and learn from their vast experiences. I find that as I visit sisters in their homes I learn more about myself and feel lifted and grateful for our association as friends and sisters in the gospel. Each person has something to offer and each person can learn and grow by associating with those around them. The Gospel of Jesus Christ gives us these great opportunities for service, learning and growth.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We believe that families will exist together forever. We know that the relationships we form and the love that we share in our families will last beyond this life because of the blessings of the temple. When a couple is sealed in the temple it is more than just a marriage it is a sealing that has the potential to stay complete and intact beyond the grave. I love my family more than anything else in my life. I am so grateful for the knowledge that my husband and children and my parents and siblings and I will continue to be a family after death. I know that I will see each of them after we die and that knowledge gives me hope and gives me peace. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

The First Vision describes the event when Joseph Smith prayed for help in discerning which church he should join. As he was offering his prayer the heavens opened and God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and told him that he should join none of the churches currently on the earth. He was 14 years old. He was obedient to that counsel and became an instrument in God's hands to fully restore all the ordinances and laws of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as it exists today. When I sing hymns about the prophet Joseph or read his own account of his experience in the grove of trees, I know he saw what he said he saw. The spirit enters rooms and hearts when people learn of and talk of Joseph Smith and his testimony. Show more Show less