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Hi I'm Sharon

I love the outdoors. I'm a teacher and a survivor of life's refining experiences. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I remember being asked when I was young what I wanted to be when I grew up and I enthusiastically responded, "A teacher!" Throughout my life I've discovered I'm a teacher of students of all ages, but I enjoy spending the majority of my time teaching children and youth. Through the exchange of ideas and information I see young lives being empowered to achieve goals they never thought would be possible, and I become a changed woman in the process having been touched by the lives of so many diverse young minds, souls, and families. I've had the blessing of working most of my career with families living in poverty thus the things I teach are not only academics, but social, personal health, and welfare skills. Many times the majority of my day is spent helping little ones in classrooms escape the "terrors" of their lives. For them I am often the safe adult and am called "Mom" by mistake. No greater compliment can be paid to me than to be called "Mom."

Why I am a Mormon

Like most teens figuring out who you are and where you are going can be a lonely and scary process. I was very shy and introverted and making friends was difficult for me so the friends I had were important to me. To complicate those teen years, my mother went from being a stay-at-home mom to a working mother and the responsibilities of taking care of the home and family fell on my shoulders. I silently became depressed, withdrawn, and my physical appearance suffered. I met a wonderful Mormon family during this time who made me a part of their family. I joined the church two weeks before my 20th birthday. My family was very upset especially one brother with whom I was very close. At that time he wouldn't talk to me just because I joined the Mormon church. A few months later I started college to become a teacher in a small town several hundred miles from family. My mother's animosity was fed by my brother's misconceptions about our beliefs so I never felt comfortable going home during vacations. The distance between my mother and I widened. My savings ran out 2 years later, so I prayed to know what the Lord wanted me to do. The answer came serve a mission. How was I going to tell my family? In their eyes I had made many poor decisions the past few years. My brother told me if I went my soul would eternally be damned in hell for leading people astray. My testimony of the gospel was new, but I loved my Savior. I knew the strength and courage the gospel had given me to move forward with goals I had as a teenager. The gospel gave me hope at a time in my life when all hope seemed lost. I knew the world was full of people who were hopeless, and I wanted them to have the same blessings I had. Despite opposition, I served a mission and heard from my family only twice. As a representative of Jesus Christ I learned about unconditional love and the power of the atonement. Little did I know then the role these gifts would play in my married life, and every day since.

How I live my faith

I know of no other way to live my faith than by example. I find people of all ages, races, and genders are watching to see what I wear, what I say, how I act, and how I respond to comments or accusations. As I've lived through the refining challenges of life people wonder, "How does she do it? How can she go on? Does her faith ever waiver?" It's like being under a microscope and for some reason me, of all people, cannot fail in the eyes of the world. Even though I have felt inadequate at times I've been blessed to feel the calm, comforting influence of the Holy Ghost to help me know the things to say and do that will help others. That same comforting influence helps me know how to make righteous decisions in my life that are pleasing to my Heavenly Father. God sends His Spirit to be with us to help us know we are on the right path to reach our earthly goals and return to His presence. Without a faith rooted in the knowledge that Jesus is the Savior of this world, and that life is eternal, my faith would not be strong enough to have survived infertility, the miracle birth and death of my son, the infidelity of my husband, and the divorce from and suicide of my husband. The Atonement of Jesus Christ not only heals the sins of the repentant soul, but succors the weeping child, caresses the aching hearts of mothers, weeps with those who have cause to mourn, carries the burdens when we cannot, and carries us through life when we think we can bear it no more. Being a Mormon makes it easy to live my faith because I'm surrounded by people who believe in the Son of God as the foundation for His church and all that goes on within it here on this earth and throughout eternity.