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Hi I'm Sharla

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, my name is Sharla. I'm the mother of seven children, all grown and out of the nest. Add to that I am the grandmother of 19 wonderful grands! I was born and raised in the Panhandle of Texas where cotton is king and oil derricks share pasture land with long-horned cattle. One of my favorite things about growing up was my huge extended family, including a contingent of more than 50 first cousins! I love the great state of Texas and this amazing nation of ours. During flag ceremonies, I get goosebumps and teary-eyed every time. My husband is my best friend; he takes care of our family. I enjoy traveling with my husband and friends. We went to Israel for our 40th wedding anniversary. Last year we traveled to Peru to see Machu Pichu. God's creations are a source of joy and contentment to me and witness to my soul that He lives and loves me. I'm a journalist and worked for a newspaper for awhile. I enjoy meeting people and love to hear their stories. Everybody has a story!

Why I am a Mormon

My grandfather-Pa- often sat in his big, carved rocking chair reading the Bible. He wore the outside leather off in places on the cover and the outer edges fanned wide from his faithful reading! After a while, he would have to get another Bible. He prayed as if the Lord was in the room. My family on both sides believe in God, the Holy Bible and the great mission of Jesus Christ, who atoned for the sins of all mankind. I first heard of theThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through friends in high school. The word I heard for the Church was "Mormon", instead of the full and proper name. It was as strange a name to me as "mummy." However, the young people of the faith were good examples to me; normal everyday kids. We discussed religion; I was curious about LDS beliefs. I said I'd like to talk to the missionaries. The Elders asked me if I thought God could have a prophet on the earth in our time. Surely the world needs a prophet! God is all powerful, knowing and loves all His children in our time as well as earlier days. I read the Book of Mormon and the Elders told me to pray and find out for myself if it was - as they believed - another testament of Jesus Christ. I could know for myself if the Church of Jesus Christ was restored in its fulness. What a wonderful promise in Moroni 10: 3-5; God could tell me if I truly had a desire to know! I was astonished at such a bold declaration. This was a promise I wanted to experience. I continued to pray and read. I felt close to the Lord as I read and studied and when I prayed I received a powerful witness from the Holy Ghost. I know that the Lord loves me and you and will help us to know of His truths. I was baptized and have continued to feel the peace and happiness I felt all those years ago. I thank Pa for his wonderful example of faith in the Lord throughout my childhood. I knew to go to the Lord in prayer and I would be heard.

How I live my faith

It's always been important to me to join forces with other community members wherever I live to make our spot in the world a better place to raise families. Whether passing bond issues, working on school board committees or helping youth stay free of drugs, we can all do our part. Teaching early morning seminary classes for high school aged youth has been a privilege. I enjoy teaching the temple preparation classes and work in the Winter Quarters Temple with my husband. I feel thankful for our marriage "for time and all eternity." Life is good. I have peace and happiness and a sense of purpose. I love the Lord who has made all this possible for me through the plan of salvation. The restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is the pathway back to our Father in Heaven and eternal life. I feel so blessed to know these things are true.