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Hi I'm Sheldon

I am a 4th generation member of the church. The miraculous invention of the internet made it possible for me to meet my wife.

About Me

I am a busy dad who loves my family. I work full time as an inspector of machined parts. Much of the inspection I do is via a CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine). I enjoy making CMM programs and have worked with both manual and CNC CMMs off and on for over 30 years. I spend most of my remaining time at home with my two younger sons. I also spend time preparing Sunday School lessons for the 12-13 year old class I teach each Sunday. In addition, I am currently serving as an assistant to the High Priest Group leader as well as being involved with an emergency preparedness committee. I enjoy taking my young family to see various forms of animal life. Some of the animals we have come across during recent visits to local parks and drives include turtles, racoons, and deer. We also like to go to the zoo.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the lds church. However, it was not until I reached the age of 19 that I realized that I had a personal testimony relating to the church. Once I came to this realization I reflected back on many instances in my life where I had experienced gaining a testimony and those experiences began at a very young age. At the age of 19 I was in the final stages of preparing to serve the Lord as a missionary for a two year period of my life. Even though I had been raised in the church all my life in a family that was considered to be active, and I had no reason to believe that the things I had been taught were anything other than true, I still wanted to know for myself with a firm conviction that the Book of Mormon was truly a record that contained the words of God and that it had been translated from an ancient record via the gift and power of God through the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. Afterall, I would be teaching this to others as a missionary and I did not want to waste two years of my life teaching something to others that I might later learn was not true. I had to know with a surety for myself. It was at that time that I put to the test the promise of Moroni, found in the book of Mormon, which is similar to that found in the Bible, that if says a person can know the truth by the witness of the Holy Ghost, if that person will sincerely ask Heavenly Father, in the name of His Son Jesus Christ. I read and studied the Book of Mormon and often prayed to know if what I was reading was true as I did so. About half way through the book after several months of reading, study and prayer, I heard a distinct, clear, still small voice whisper into my mind "you know it is true!" I knew that voice was not mine and recognized it to be the Holy Ghost. I reflected back upon my life and had felt that same spirit I experienced then countless times in church meetings, while reading the scriptures, during Family Home Evenings, - I had a testimony all along!

How I live my faith

Once I discovered that I had a testimony and that I had been having testimony and faith building experiences for as long as I could remember, I knew that there were some changes that had to be made in my life. I decided to fulfill the calling to serve as a missionary and as a result many blessings came into my life that would not have otherwise and at the same time I had an inner joy knowing that I helped bring the true gospel of Jesus Christ into the lives of many who were searching for it. I have since discovered that living the principles of the gosple of Christ is a life long process. Faith in Christ involves a continuous process of learning, applying what is learned, repenting and improving, renewing baptismal and other covenants by partaking of the sacrament, becoming cleansed, receiving the Holy Ghost to an ever greater degree, and then repeating this process, learning line upon line, here a little and there a little. This process does not happen overnight. I still consider myself to be far less than perfect and am overwhelmed at times when I think of how many areas I still need to improve in and how far I have to go before I am fully living up to the light of the knowledge of the truth I have. Indeed, every time I study and learn more, even when I read anew the same scriptures I have read before, I continue to have new levels of insight that let me know how little I really do know compared to the vast knowledge of God. My personal experience is that as I continue to serve in the church and fulfill assignments over time, I have amazing experiences and am blessed in ways that to others may seem small, yet to me seem great. Answers to questions I have and a greater understanding of the gospel seem to come to me at times when I would least expect them; but always when I am serving the Lord and striving to do what I know is right.