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Hi I'm Sharlene

I was a software system's project manager for about 20 years and now I am a partner in a home care business. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of 6 grown children. Three of my son's served missions, one in Canada, one in the Dominican Republic West mission, and one a stake mission. I have 5 grandchildren, the oldest is currently serving a mission. Family is very important to me. I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren. Currently my mother lives with me. I am finding that to be a major blessing. She is still a good cook and enjoys reading cookbooks and trying new dishes. I enjoy doing family history work, served a family history mission, and am currently a family history consultant. Teaching people how to organize the information they have and how to locate additional information about their families is fun and rewarding. I love to sew, quilt, knit, and crochet and often have multiple projects going. I remember my mother trying to teach me to "always finish what I begin" and I think she is still trying to teach me that. I enjoy working with people, especially those from other cultures. I own a home care business that provides help to elderly, disabled, chronically ill and frail individuals with the goal of helping them remain in their homes as long as possible. I love the gospel and the joy and hope it brings to my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Family is extremely important. It is the center of my life. The gospel teaches us that family is the central unit in Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness. I was a young adult when I met the missionaries. Prior to that time I had attended many churches of many denominations. I found elements of the gospel in each of them, but there were still questions that other preachers, priests, and religious leaders could not answer to my satisfaction. It isn't that I am such a deep thinker, it is more like there were "memories" that I was looking for but couldn't find. I listened to what the missionaries had to say. I took their challenge to read the "Book of Mormon". I prayed and I listened some more. Once I understood about Joseph Smith's vision, and could accept it, the rest was simply a matter of realizing that those "memories" were the knowledge that I had from the pre-existence. The last 47 years I have had the pleasure of learning more about my Heavenly Father and the gospel. It has also been a time to learn a lot more about me, my strengths, my weaknesses, and my need to rely on the atonement. I go to the temple regularly, and look forward to the meetings every Sunday. Additionally it has been important to look for opportunities to fulfill my callings in family history and visiting teaching. I love my Heavenly Father, and rely on the attonement to get me through each and every trial. I know that I am a child of God and I look forward to being with him again.

How I live my faith

Helping people learn how to do family history work is exciting for me. I show them how to do research, how to manage all of the information, and how to prove data. These activities stretch my own knowledge, especially when I get to help research in other countries or help transcribe old family documents, journals, or other records. Another activity related to family history work is called indexing. The church works with many countries and many churches in a program to digitize their records. Once the records have been filmed they are reviewed and the data is extracted and indexed so that it can be easily accessed. I have worked with the indexing efforts for several years and I also help other people who want to learn to index. By helping them sign up to do that work, helping them learn to access the documents, complete the batch, and return it for review, we can add new information to the many databases that genealogists search everyday. I visit with other women in the church, support them when they are ill or in need of help. I work at the cannery when I can, canning vegetables, fruit, meats, soups, etc. I try to encourage others to prepare for bad times so that those times are not so stressful. I am a community emergency response team member, and I train regularly so that I can be of help to others if it is ever necessary. I have tried to teach my children the importance of volunteering and serving others. Serving others is the example that Christ set for us. When we serve others, we stop focusing on our own problems. When we serve others we are demonstrating our love for them, for our Heavenly Father and for our Savior.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Sharlene
As a child I often wondered about where I came from, why I was here, who was responsible for this wonderful creation (the Earth, all of the beauty of the mountains, the oceans, the trees, flowers, animals, and people). I thought there must be more to life that just getting through each day. The gospel teaches that each life has a divine purpose. God, our Heavenly Father, prepared a wonderful plan that we call "the Plan of Happiness". Understanding this plan explains why we are here on this earth. God wants all of His children, you and I, to progress and become more like Him. Our time on Earth is our opportunity to learn, grow, and progress. We came to Earth to: * Receive a physical body. * Use our "free agency" and to learn to choose between good and evil. * Learn and gain experience, through our trials, that will help us become more like our Heavenly Father. * Form family relationships that can become eternal. By following our Heavenly Father's plan, we can someday return to live with Him and with our family. This knowledge gives purpose to my life. It is what sustains me when I have difficult trials to overcome. It can provide greater peace in this life and eternal joy in the life to come. Show more Show less