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Hi I'm Shireen

I'm a runner. I'm a quilter. I love to read and to travel. I'm a mother of 3. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Though I remember being occasionally bored when I was little, I can't imagine that ever happening now! I have so many interests that I feel I'm constantly being pulled in several directions at once. I studied Humanities and English literature in college and always have at least one or two books that I'm in the middle of. I love stories and language and words and sometimes am overwhelmed by their power. I have recently developed a love of quilting--it is such a great feeling to see beautiful colors blend together in creative patterns. And the best part is giving them away and seeing how they make someone else smile! I also love to run and exercise. I started running 12 years ago just before my dad passed away, and it has helped me deal with the daily stresses of life and the demands of being a wife and mother. In fact, I enjoy exercising so much that I'm currently studying to be certified as a personal trainer. I love my husband and 3 children and never could have guessed how rewarding and personally fulfiling it has been to have them be a part of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and was raised in the church. I loved my family very much and as I grew, I began to understand how the love that we shared was something to treasure. But that's not the only reason I'm a Mormon. I'm a Mormon today because I believe in the truths of the restored Gospel. I believe in the divine and eternal nature of families. I believe that we lived with God before we were born on this earth and that we are here to learn how to become more like Him so that we can return to live with him when our earthly lives are over. I believe that Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of all of us through his suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and his death on the cross, and I believe in the miracle of His resurrection and the promise of eternal life that he has given to us. I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves me, even though I am imperfect, and has provided a way for me to be able to return to live with Him again.

How I live my faith

Going to church on Sunday and participating in church activities during the week were always a part of my life as I grew up. In high school, I got up at 5:00 every morning so that I could attend scripture study classes at the church before I went to school. This was often very hard for me, as it would be for any teenager, but I found that the act of consistently doing this difficult thing was a spiritually strengthening experience that helped me gain a different perspective on what is truly important in life. Today, I continue to rise early to read from the Bible and the Book of Mormon on my own, in part because of the lessons I learned as a teenager and also because when I start my day with a little spiritual one-on-one time with God, everything goes better during the day. I have worked as a teacher and organizer within all the organizations in the church, working with children, youth and adults and have gained a deeper understanding of how to love others through serving them. Through the program of visiting teaching, where we are assigned to watch over and help other women by visiting with them each month, I have made many lasting friendships. One of the things my father repeatedly told me just before he died was that the most important thing we can do in this life is to learn how to love others. Being an active participant in my congregation helps me practice this idea and shows me how to continue to learn to love otherson a daily basis.