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Hi I'm Shirley N.

I'm a Mormon. I am a Grandmother and I write and illustrate children's stories.

About Me

I am a Grandmother. I have written and illustrated many stories for children. I have had many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have had diabetes since 1972, so I guess this is my test in life. It has given me some understanding of others who have had illnesses. It has not stopped me from doing the things I love to do. I love the gospel very much. I believe in Christ and the Church. It is true, without a doubt. I am so grateful to have been part of this church. I have a terrific family and eight wonderful grandchildren. This church has given us a strength and love for family. Jesus Christ has atoned for us and brings closeness to our Heavenly Father, Him, and the Holy Ghost. Sometimes life is hard, but if we strive to be close to the Lord we will be able to be with Him and with our Heavenly Father when we pass on to eternal life, if we endure and love others. I can't wait to be able to be our eternal family there.

Why I am a Mormon

I would like to share a poem with you that I wrote, which honors Christ. He is our Savior and He died for us. Our Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are very special. QUIET, LOVING SERVICE When Christ touched eyes and made them see, Helped lame men walk, or calmed the sea, His deeds were done in quiet. He asked their silence for acts performed. He healed the lepers, limbs deformed, A quiet, loving service. He asked no fame, no praise or gain. A woman, healed, once touched his hem, A quiet faith revealing. The deeds performed by him were wonders, He stilled the lightning and the thunders, A quiet, calm command. They scorned him, beat him, nailed him there Upon the cross, with little care. They crucified our savior. He never cursed the pain or trials he Underwent, or the denials Of those he loved. He bore the pain, though tears did fall. He asked forgiveness of them all, The quiet gesture of a king. Exalted now upon a throne, He still remembers all his own And loves them still. The life he lived was filled with wonder, All done simply, quietly under Heavenly Father's plan. His glorious deeds were done with love, A humble offering to God above, His quiet duties filling. To follow Christ, we will perform Our deeds of service through the warm And silent promptings of the spirit. We will not seek for thanks or pride, But for the calm and peaceful side Of quiet acts we render. Remaining true to the belief In giving love and kind relief To those in need of cheer. We will not seek for prideful pleasure, Wanting a much greater treasure, To gain Eternal Life.

How I live my faith

We have served in the church's many organizations. My husband and I have served in the Family History Center and have taught classes. We have over 95,000 names in our genealogy file. We have had lots of fun doing this. All of the names are linked. I have researched names for fun sometimes, too, because they fit into our genealogy - Walt Disney, Laura Ingles Wilder, and some of the prophets, royalty, and also some of the "so called" witches tried by Puritans - [They were innocent]). They were tried in Salem, Massachusetts by some whose lives were confused with their religious beliefs. The royal names have interesting histories, and some were in the "dark ages." It is because of this research that we have expanded to so many names. (I think Most of our genealogy names are direct. I love the histories, which make the names come to life. They were real people, and I can't wait to meet them after this life ends and Heaven begins.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Shirley N.
We do believe in the Bible. The Book of Mormon is another testament for Christ and is a companion to the Bible. The words from the Bible were given to the prophets in the eastern world. The Book of Mormon was given to prophets on the American Continent, to prophets from the eastern world and their descendants, who came to the Americas. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Shirley N.
We can be with our families not only in this life, but also after we die. We are Heavenly Father's children, and will be reunited with Him in His eternal family. There is life after death, and we will be with Him eternally, if we keep the commandments and live worthily. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Shirley N.
This answers questions about Jesus, the son and the Father. This comes from "Standing Together for the Cause of Christ", By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. This article is excerpted from an address delivered in Salt Lake City on March 10, 2011, to a group of national Christian leaders. I couldn't express it as well, so I am very appreciative of Elder Holland's words. "We believe in the historical Jesus who walked the dusty paths of the Holy Land and declare that He is one and the same God as the divine Jehovah of the Old Testament. We declare Him to be both fully God in His divinity and fully human in His mortal experience, the Son who was a God and the God who was a Son; that He is, in the language of the Book of Mormon, “the Eternal God” (title page of the Book of Mormon). We testify that He is one with the Father and the Holy Ghost, the Three being One: one in spirit, one in strength, one in purpose, one in voice, one in glory, one in will, one in goodness, and one in grace—one in every conceivable form and facet of unity except that of Their separate physical embodiment (see 3 Nephi 11:36). We testify that Christ was born of His divine Father and a virgin mother, that from the age of 12 onward, He was about His true Father’s business, that in doing so, He lived a perfect, sinless life and thus provided a pattern for all who come unto Him for salvation." Show more Show less