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Hi I'm Shirley

Life is a great adventure. As an elected official, I enjoy working to make the world a better place in which to live.

About Me

Our home has always been a mini United Nations. We have 5 adopted children and many others who have shared life with us. From this experience we have learned and grown. When two of our children were killed in a car accident in 1977, life and its meaning changed for me. I suddenly realized fully that we are here for a brief period of time to learn certain lessons and then to move on. It is most important that we find joy each day through serving each other. The loss of Kim and Mark taught me lessons I would have preferred not to learn but offered me the opportunity to grow and become a more compassionate person. I now reach out with understanding to those who suffer the loss of a child. Before, that was something I just thought a person could not bear. However, walking with the Lord one can go through any trial. My life is full with children, grandchildren and community service. A highlight of our life was serving for two years as Area Welfare Agents in Peru and Bolivia. We are now serving from our Arizona home a part time special gardening mission to Native Americans. This has been such a blessing to our lives. Neither my husband nor I are gardeners but in service to others, the Lord makes you equal to the task. What a wonderful "growing" experience this has been for us and our many Apache friends.

Why I am a Mormon

My family was inactive members of the Church. On both sides of my family we have wonderful pioneer ancestors who reach across the veil of life and give encouragement. Because of Church leaders who did more than teach lessons...they made almost daily contact with me to make sure I had a ride to whatever activity there was and to give me knowledge of their love and concern, I became an active member of the Church. As a young mother and busy community member, when we were in a car accident and two of our children were killed I was suddenly torn to the depths of hell. I found little to no solace from friends and church leaders. Then one day someone stopped by with a copy of a talk by Heber C. Kimball, in which he talked about the loss of a son and the fact that when you lose a child you feel mutilated. Finally, I felt that someone (he happened to have been a great grandfather of mine) understood the depths of my sorrow. I was able to move forward just knowing that someone understood my grief. During that time in my life, I learned that the Holy Ghost is a true Comforter and will help you and guide you as you allow his presence. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has given me strength in times of sorrow and joy in the daily journey of life. I know that Joseph Smith found his answers and was an insturnment in the hands of the Lord to restore the full gospel to the earth in these the latter days. I know that within this gospel you can find answers to every question of life and also gain the strength to face all challenges.

How I live my faith

Following the example of Jesus Christ in service to others helps me live my faith. No, it is not easy but it is worth the price. Right now serving as a part time service missionary in home food production let's me see the beauty of the hand of the Lord in growing not only vegetables but in growing individuals. My life is full with family and service to others. In every way every day I give thanks for life and the gospel in my life. The greatest joy is in being a Child of God and knowing He will guide us through the journey.