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Hi I'm Sharron

I'm a Mormon. I was born, raised, and I married in Southern California. I am a polio survivor.

About Me

When I was 2 years old, I contracted polio, which resulted in paralysis of one leg and hip. I spent many months of my youth undergoing surgery and physical therapy at Shriner's Hospital, first in Salt Lake City and then in Los Angeles. The hospital stays were four to six months long and at that time patients were allowed visitors on Sunday for two hours in the afternoon. Not more than two adults could visit me at a time and children were not allowed to visit. I worked hard to become stronger physically. At the same time I devoted my best efforts to school work and learning to play the piano. I eventually could walk without a brace or crutches but still had a noticeable limp. I graduated from College and became a court reporter. I married and my husband and I became the parents of five children. I was able to stay at home and raise our children. I taught piano lessons, served in the PTA, and served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Eventually symptoms of post-polio became apparent in my legs, which required that I use a brace and crutches again. When my children married, I worked as a court reporter until post-polio affected my hands. Not to be defeated, I became an administrative assistant for a University. I retired recently and now work part-time for the University, serve as a literary specialist as a Service Missionary, teach piano, and serve in the Temple. I love to read, knit, sew, play piano, and spend lots of time with my grandchildren!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My faith in my Heavenly Father and in the Gospel sustained me throughout the years of lonely and painful hospital stays, challenges to "fit in" with other children in school, and seemingly insurmountable difficulties of attending a large university without any mode of transportation. Many scriptures sustained me but one in particular defined my attitude: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Prov. 3:5-6. Whenever I had a righteous desire, whether it was playing a piano solo, walking a distance carrying an armful of books, giving a talk to a roomful of people, or a myriad of other things I have accomplished, I had but to put my trust in Him, forget myself and my limitations, be obedient and prayerful, and I would find Him not only directing my path but walking along beside me every step of the way. Even though I had always known the Gospel of Jesus Christ was true, there came a time in my life when I felt the need to obtain a revealed testimony. I prepared myself for this blessing and then prayed one evening for the Lord to reveal to me that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that the Church is led by a prophet today, that the Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith and that it is a true book, and that Jesus Christ was born, died and was resurrected, that He lives now, and that He is my Savior. As I prayed, I was first overcome by the darkness of Satan and I felt foolish for asking for a witness of these things that I had known all my life. I cast Satan out, though, and prayed fervently for a length of time. Suddenly my mind was filled with light. A voice then filled my mind and told me among other things that yes, everything I had always known was true. I was a young mother at that time, but this revealed testimony has sustained me throughout my life as I have triumphed over life's challenges.

How I live my faith

During my childhood hospital stays, having no access to the Church and little interaction with my parents, I prayed daily and read the scriptures. I taught Book of Mormon stories to other children in the hospital with me and I taught them hymns and Primary songs. At first there would be just a small group of children gathered in my devotionals but eventually the hospital allowed me to hold a "Sunday School" on Sundays in the hospital cafeteria for over fifty children. Nurses and doctors would join us and listen to our music and scripture stories. This was not a formal calling for me but it was the beginning of my lifetime service in the church. Some of my church service involved talents I had developed, like playing the piano and organ for the meetings. I was the ward organist for fifty-five years! in various wards I lived in. Other service opportunities required me to stretch beyond my capabilities and trust in the Lord to qualify me for the calling. I was Relief Society president in four different wards; I was Stake Primary president for seven years. I taught Gospel Doctrine, Primary classes, and Relief Society lessons. At one time I lived in a small branch and at times held seven callings simultaneously. I had five active children at the time and I was the PTA president so I was very dependent on the Lord sustaining me when I had little time to prepare. I love the opportunity to serve and at this time, as a grandmother, I continue to serve as a Primary teacher. My favorite calling in the Church is that of Visiting Teacher. I have held this calling since I was a college student. I have missed visiting my sisters only once and that was due to a miscommunication with my partner. I love the opportunity to visit with sisters in the intimacy of their homes and to become better acquainted with them. My service in the Church has helped me to serve my family and my community. Now as a senior citizen, I devote nearly all my time in service in various capacities.