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Hi I'm Sharilyn Larsen

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Mesa, Az. I'm a mother of three terrific children and grandmother to two beautiful granddaughters.

About Me

I'm an elementary teacher. I graduated from ASU with a degree in Dance/Secondary Education. I grew up dancing and still enjoy it today as a way to keep active. I earned a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from NAU. I have been teaching in the primary grades for the past 15 years. My endorsements in elementary education are: Early Childhood, English as a Second Language and Reading Specialist. Much of my time teaching is working with children learning English as a second language. I enjoy spending time with my three grown children and my two granddaughters. (Another grandbaby due in February of 2012) :) When the weather is nice I enjoy spending time outdoors. I enjoy nature, animals and gardening. I try to keep physically and mentally well by walking, exercising and eating good foods.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. (Mormon) I grew up with friends who belonged to different religions. I attended other church services, special events and activities with my friends. Each time I did I came away having a greater appreciation for "what I had." I married a man who was raised Catholic but joined the church when he was a young adult. I met him after he was converted to the gospel and had served a two year mission in Alaska. My life has not been easy. My life started out with a split family situation. My mother adopted me when I was 5. It wasn't until recently I found my biological mother and family through a sister in my ward, who turned out to be a relative. I love my mother dearly who adopted me and raised me but I always had questions in my mind. The Lord answered my prayers through a loving sister in my ward. Shortly after I was married my father went to prison for 22 years. I'm my father's only daughter. We were very close and this event turned my life upside down in so many ways. Shortly after that my marriage began to have problems. Through it all we raised three great kids who are now wonderful adults. It is my faith and testimony in a loving Heavenly Father and in his Son Jesus Christ that have continued to carry me through the hard days. I like being part of a "ward family" too. So many brothers and sisters to support each other. It does not matter where you go in the world, in the church there will always be brothers and sisters in the gospel to be there with you. ( My youngest daughter discovered this as she traveled around this past summer) When I was in college my good friend died. I remember sitting in the funeral service and listening to her grieving family. They believed they would never see their daughter again. I wanted to share the Plan of Salvation with them. I'm so thankful for the knowledge that this life is not the end. Families can be together forever in Heavenly Father's plan.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to find ways to serve others daily. "When ye are in the service of your fellow man, ye are in the service of your God." I have served in many positions in the church. Many of my callings included teaching. I have taught nursery children, Primary (young children), Young Women, Sunday School, served in leadership positions and worked on various projects such as Stake and Tri-Stake Dance Festivals. Currently I serve 5-6 sisters in our ward by sending them a letter in the mail each month with a gospel thought/message and other information they may need. These are sisters in the gospel who may not be able to have other sisters come into their home monthly to visit them or they themselves may not be able to get out much due to health issues etc. I have had this calling for several years and enjoy the opportunity it gives me to serve others. I live my faith by example also. I'm not perfect and I do make mistakes. I try daily to remember who I am and the standards I live by. I know others watch me because they know I'm a "Mormon." Each new day is a gift from God and I do try to do better and be better each day for those around me, for myself and for my family. Thank goodness for a loving Heavenly Father who gives me daily challenges to become stronger and more like Him. I'm so thankful for His patience and mercy.