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Hi I'm Sharyn

I have lived in Arizona almost all my life. I'm a mom, a school teacher, and a ballroom dancer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My mother enrolled me in tap dance classes as a young child in our small town, and I continued taking various dancing lessons all the way into college. There I enjoyed participating in a modern dance group, performing here and in Mexico. I taught dance in high school and at the community college, eventually finding my preference on the ballroom floor. I currently study with national champions and occasionally compete with my teacher/partner! I absolutely love to dance! It is so challenging and fulfilling. It keeps me fit and happy! It is a real blessing to have the opportunity to study with the very best! I also adore children! I recently retired from teaching in the elementary classroom, but regularly substitute in grades 3, 4, and 5 at my previous school. It is so refreshing and uplifting as I enter the school room where the children recognize me and scamper towards me to give me lots of hugs. My favorite job is guiding the children in their discovery of the knowledge they are being presented with, and seeing the "light bulb" go on in their eyes! Interestingly, my own teacher was unexpectedly my son. Growing up with him was an experience I will always cherish and value. He taught me more than in all the college education classes I took. The experiences gained in raising children is invaluable and precious. Every challenging moment becomes a chance for meaningful lessons of human nature that can be applied throughout ones own life and the lives of others!

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was blessed to be born in a good family of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, my parents were not very active in their faith when I was growing up. Fortunately, they did send my brother and me to church regularly, where we gained some knowledge and faith and were baptized at age eight. Through the ups and downs of life, that initial upbringing in the church kept drawing me back to what felt comfortable. The spirit of the Lord testified to me that His church was my real home, a place of refuge in the storms of life. I have felt Him through the comfort and peace I have found in prayer, by attending my church meetings, and interacting with faithful members. But, it is through my son that my testimony has grown. I felt it important to give him a religious upbringing, even though his father would not join us at church. The more my son and I attended church, the greater our understanding and love of the gospel became. As the years went by, I no longer went to church just for my son, I found I went for myself! I cannot imagine life without the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, especially in these uncertain times. As my son matured, he was able to make very good choices based on our involvement in activities at church, despite the worldly influences of some of his friends and his father's and my divorce. That gives me real joy in my heart! I believe the Lord does speak to us and He loves us, no matter what trials we are going through. He speaks to us through prayer and scriptures, and we are truly blessed to have modern day revelation and prophets to continually guide us along the way. I especially love the Book of Mormon and its stories! They guide me to keep the commandments and find happiness and safety in this earthly world.

How I live my faith

I have taught the youth in Sunday School and given lessons in the women's organization at church. I especially love to teach lessons because I believe I am the one who benefits the very most from preparing them! I help weekly in the library at church, visit teach monthly, and have assisted in the nursery. Because I am single, I participate in activities for Mormon singles, such as attending dances, Monday evening scripture meetings, Sunday evening fireside talks, and monthly social dinners. When I taught in the schools, I enjoyed working with the high school Pom Pom dancers, band, choreographing for the dance companies, putting on performances, and organizing fund raisers. In each of these endeavors, I try to be caring, patient, thoughtful and nurturing.