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Hi I'm Sharla

I am a health promotion grad student. I have 6 sisters, 1 brother. I have wonderful parents. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 22 years old. I am the 6th of 8 children. I am a graduate student studying health promotion. I love hiking, camping, bike riding, and spending my time with my family. To relax, I enjoy playing the piano and going on walks. I enjoy learning about WWII survival and escape stories. I also enjoy being in nature. I also enjoy working on projects with my family such as working in the yard.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the peace and joy I have received in my life as I have followed the principles of the gospel. When I am keeping the commandments, serving those around me, praying to Heavenly Father for guidance, and reading the Book of Mormon, attending my church meetings, and striving to follow the counsel from the Latter-day prophet and apostles, I know that the Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ are pleased with my decisions as I am striving to be closer to Them. The gospel of Jesus Christ has given me more joy and happiness than anything else. I can feel and recognize the Lord's hand in my life as I strive to do the best I can. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that it is through my faith in His atoning sacrifice that I will be able to progress in this life to be with Him and my Heavenly Father in the life to come.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church each Sunday. Church is three hours long. Sacrament meeting consists of partaking of the sacrament, followed by speakers and perhaps a musical number. The focus however, and the most sacred and important 20 minutes or so, of church is partaking of the sacrament. The second hour is Sunday school where we learn about and discuss a lesson from the scriptures, led by a member of the ward called to teach the class. The third hour is separated into the women and the men. This hour we also have a lesson prepared by someone called to teach that particular class. One main way I live my faith is by fulfilling my calling. When you are called to a calling, the bishop of the ward will call you in for an appointment. He will extend the call to you and ask you if you can accept and fulfill that calling. If you agree he will announce it in sacrament meeting the next week and the congregation will be asked to sustain you in that calling. I also am a visiting teacher. This is a program organized for the women of the church, to assure that each member is loved and taken care of. I am assigned another woman in my ward to be my companion. Each month my companion and I share a spiritual thought or lesson with two other women we have been assigned to teach. These women also know that if they need any help at anytime, we are ready to give that help. I also live my faith by trying to be service-oriented and loving to all around me. This is one of the key ways that the Lord taught the people during His ministry- was by example to serve and love one others. I am grateful for the testimony I have of the blessings of serving others. In addition to being able to do service outside of my church calling, it is also a blessing that the church wants every member to have a calling so that they can be partakers of the blessings of service.