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Hi I'm Sharolyn

I enjoy reading, running and photography. I love my husband and children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of four that finds joy in every day. I love sports and running and completed two marathons last year. I love to read the classics and modern literature. I love photography and have been expanding my knowledge in the field with practice, practice, practice! I have lived in San Francisco and Gainesville, FL and a couple of places in between. My husband and I decided long before we had kids that we would raise them as simply as possible in this fast paced society. So, as soon as we finished school we moved our small family to the country where we now own 8 chickens and a doberman. We planted our first garden this year and have been snacking on fresh strawberries and cherry tomatoes for the last month. We are surrounded by a loving community and ward family.

Why I am a Mormon

My story really begins with my parent's story. When my father was a young man being raised in a Catholic home, he noticed that the other school kids he admired and wanted to hang out with all happened to be LDS, which was a small number at the time in California. One of his friends invited him to some LDS youth activities and my father became fascinated with their values. One of his best friends planned on going to school to become a minister a separate faith. My father could not figure out why someone should be paid to be a clergy leader. When he found out that the LDS leaders serve on a volunteer basis, he was over-joyed. All other aspects fell into place and he was baptized at age 18. He met my mother soon afterward at a church dance, married in the temple and they were blessed with six kids, myself being the fifth. Needless to say, I was raised in an LDS household and chose to be baptized at the age of 8. I knew what I was doing was right, but I had no idea how my life would be blessed because of that decision. My testimony of the church has come over time. Several times I have had my prayers answered in the exact why I needed, not necessarily wanted. This has taught me to have faith in my Father in Heaven. He knows what is best for me. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and still find new knowledge and advice in the words of Nephi and other prophets. I love the New Testament and reading about Christ's life, death, and resurrection. I am grateful for our modern day prophets and am sensitive to their love for us. I am especially grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ...I have been able to overcome and avoid much sadness because of the gift of repentance and forgiveness. I am been blessed in so many ways by being a member of this true church. I am so grateful I chose to be baptized as a tiny youth.

How I live my faith

I serve as a leader to the women in my area. Along with a few other women, I organize a monthly activity for those women ages 18 and older. We focus on service, attaining knowledge, increasing spirituality and growing close as sisters. This is the first time I have served in this capacity and I am absolutely astounded by the hard work all of these ladies put in to their families and church. I am learning much more by observing them than any "self-help" book could explain. They are a loving group of women. My husband and I also attend our neighbor's Bible study. Although we are not of the same faith, we definitely hope that they will ask us questions about what we believe so that we can share our knowledge and love of The Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are grateful to live among such wonderful people.