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Hi I'm Sheila

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a mother of 4, grandmother of 2, wife of 1 and teacher of 160 every year. In college I thought, "what could be better than earning a degree for reading books!" so I graduated in English. However, when it came time to decide on a career I determined that since I already had two little boys, I could not spend the additional year of college to become a teacher. Within two years of teaching positions within the church, I realized I needed to return and earn a secondary teaching certificate. The human brain is a marvelous miracle and my job as an English teacher is NEVER boring as I strive to find ways to help every student learn. However, the challenge inherit in the science of education is not the only draw for me. I find great satisfaction in advocating and serving both my students and my fellow educators as a teacher and as a negotiator with my local education association. I firmly believe and act upon the responsibility of all educators to be a part of the decision making process in the education of America's youth.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been taught all my life to pray for answers and understanding. Although my parent established rules and guidelines, we were not encouraged to follow blindly, but to ask and gain an understanding. My son once asked how I could know without proof. I replied by asking him if he knew I loved him or did he question his love for his own wife? He indicated that he did not question the truth of either of these facts, despite their abstract status. I then testified that I had felt the assurance of the Lord as to the truth of the gospel and it was every bit as strong and constant an assurance as was my love for him. In fact, I noted that the assurance was very much a more intense and pure feeling of love, that came in answer to my questions.

How I live my faith

 Currently I serve as my ward's primary president. It is my responsibility to organize, with the help of my counselors and secretary, the program for our 18 month to 11 year olds. I find great joy in this service. At first I found the calling overwhelming, even frightening, but I quickly found this calling to be one that filled my soul with light. Each week my presidency and I meet to determine how best to meet the needs of the children and the teachers that are serving them. Our goal is to provide each child with the assurance that they are loved, and an understanding of who they are, why they are here on earth, and where they are going.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

 Within the gospel we learn the ultimate importance of the family. It is through family that we help each other to grow and learn, to progress in this life, gaining the wisdom and understanding we came here to attain. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

A year ago my middle son returned from serving a two year mission in Minnesota. My youngest son will be serving a mission within the year, and my parents returned last summer after spending 18 months in Africa serving those living there. As a family we are blessed as we contribute to these missions. Many would view it as a "job" that should earn an income. Rather, it is an education and an opportunity to serve and learn. The finances invested give a marvelous return, unmatched by any "high-yield" account. Show more Show less