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Hi I'm Shirley Calfee Acebedo

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of 4, stepmother of 3, grandmother of 17 and great grandmother of 8 and still counting. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ when I was 25 years old. My favorite passtime is traveling anywhere, anytime. I also like to make quilts and jewelry. Genealogy is a passion of mine and I'm always willing and happy to help anyone get started in this endeavor. My husband and I have been to Europe two times and plan to go again next year. We love going to the Olympics and hope to go to London next year to the summer olympics. We have been to many places in the United States and plan to travel as long as our health holds out. Our children and grandchildren are the center of our universe and love to have them in our home for holidays.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up longing to know about God. My parents never went to church, but often would find the church in our neighborhood and drop me off on Sunday and pick me up. I had attended the RLDS Church for a while since my stepmother was a member of that church. I especially remember one sermon when they talked about a scripture that said "Faith without works is dead." This resonated with me. Some of the churches I attended seemed to be saying to me that all one needed to do to be right with the Lord was to come to the alter of the church and have the minister lay his hands upon my head and pronounce me "saved." I remember the negativity that was preached, usually about hell and brimstone. I felt no compelling reason to join any of them. When the missionaries finally came to my door, and challenged me to read the Book of Mormon. I knew immediately as I read it, that I'd found what I'd been looking for. It felt so right. I had finally found the church that I wanted to attend and one that I would be comfortable taking my children to. I'm a Mormon because it has helped me deepen my understanding of my Savior Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father. I'm a Mormon because it has helped me continue to learn about God. I'm a Mormon because I know that it is Heavenly Father's Church. I know it is the revealed gospel. I'm a Mormon because it has given me opportunities to serve. I'm a Mormon because it has made me happy. I'm a better person that I would have been if I'd never become a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being obedient to the principles of the gospel. I always accept assignments when they are given to me. I always ask myself "Would I want my children to do what I'm doing?" and if the answer is no, then I don't do it. I support the community by doing service whenever I can. I support any and all food drives, blood drives and I donate quilts to the Humanitarian Center, as well as local hospitals. I am a Visiting Teacher and visit all who are assigned to me and go beyond the visit by assessing the needs of those I visit and help whenever I can. I've served in many auxiliaries of the church since 1960 when I became a member. I love the Church and am grateful for the help it has given me in raising my children. They all love the Lord and I couldn't have taught them the wonderful values they have without the support and teachings of our Church.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Shirley Calfee Acebedo
We believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. He is our Savior. He lived a perfect life and is the only perfect person to have lived on the earth. We believe he atoned for our sins and as a result of His Atonement, we can all be resurrected. We believe that we will all be resurrected and will receive a judgment. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Shirley Calfee Acebedo
Our lifesstyle is to have personal and family prayer. We study the scriptures daily and we try to keep all of God's laws. We attend church every week, even when we travel. We do not shop on Sunday unless it is an emergency (someone needs medicine or we are traveling). We participate in our community and national politics. Show more Show less