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Hi I'm Sharon

I'm grew up in Mesa. I am the caregiver for my 85 year old mother. I am a mother of three and I am a 6 generation Mormon.

About Me

Mesa Arizona has become a very diverse place since I was a child. Most people are surprised when they find out that I was born and raised right here in Mesa. If fact, I lived in the same house the whole time I was growing up--same bedroom but painted three different colors. Six years ago my father passed away. Mom lived in her home for the next three and half years. Two and half years ago when we noticed that she needed someone to care and watch out for her, she moved in with our family. It has been a great blessing for our family to have her in our home. She is our resident angel. She is always kind and has words of encouragement for us when ever we need it. In a day when its easy to be self absorbed, having mom in our home has been good for all of us. Our children have not only learned to love their grandmother more, but they have learned more about the aged and how to care for them. It has given our children opportunities to serve her and not to be afraid of the elderly. Our family has learned that all people, maybe even especially the elderly, need to feel love, valued and cherished. We do not know how long we will have the blessing of having mom with us but I know we will all remember this time as a great blessing. I am thankful that our family has this time to learn and grow together in a very unique and meaningful way. I enjoy reading, walking and learning new things. My husband and I have three children. We enjoy spending time together.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a 6th generation Mormon from my mother's maternal line. I also have many generations of Mormons from my other family lines. I grew up a Mormon. Our family had scripture study in the mornings and every Monday night we has gospel lessons in our weekly Family Home evening. I learned why my great--great grand parents were drawn toward this Church. Their faith touched me. Little by little while I was growing up I learned what it meant to be a Mormon and why it was important for me to find out on my own if The Church was true. I think my answer came bit by bit as I lived the teachings of The Church. Sometimes I wondered if I was living by the standards Jesus taught because of my parents or if I really believed it myself. I has the opportunity to go far from home for college. No one knew me or what was important to me. It was at this time that I realized that I did know that The Book of Mormon was true, that Joesph Smith did see God and Christ and the the priesthood of God was again on earth. I knew then that my beliefs were not my parents but my own. I knew that keeping the commandments of Jesus Christ brought peace and happiness. It was a wonderful experience for me to really know that what I felt and knew, was my own. My testimony of the truthfulness of The Church has sustained me all my life. I love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I participate in our ward (congregation) by helping out wherever I am needed. I can teach the children , lead the music or sit with the babies in nursery. Right now I have a stake calling ( many congregations put together). I am the LDS Family Services Agency Rep. I help our stake leaders understand what resources The Church has for those who have addictions. I also help them understand what resources The Church has for unwed mothers and those who want to adopt. I love this opportunity to serve!! I have learned so much and not just about the resources. I have learned more of what our Savior Jesus Christ feels for all those who want to follow him, especially those who are struggling. I have learned to a greater degree that it is the Atonement of Jesus Christ that helps and heals better than anything else. I also visit 4 ladies in my ward each month. I check in on them and make sure they know that if anything comes up where they will need help, I will be there for them. I love these visits. I have met so many wonderful women this way. I have participated in my community by teaching the kids at my children's elementary school about art I have been in the PTA (parent teacher association) and have attended SIAC meetings(parent- teacher and principal planning meetings) at the Jr High. I find that as I live my faith I am better prepared to serve where ever I am needed.