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Hi I'm Sharman Bookwalter Hummel

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 83 years old and a convert since 1961 (see below) All my six girls are active Latter-Day Saints. I accepted the gospel because as a Quaker (Society of Friends) I was taught no false doctrines. I had attended many protestant churches while living with my parents who were Quakers. I found them all to be without the spirit. My education was excellent because my father and mother both graduated from college in an era when few did so. My father and mother were missionaries in China for 14 years where my older brother and sister were born.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the church as a result of a 17 year old girl on a Greyhound (Intercity) bus traveling from Salt Lake City to Reno Nevada in 1961. For only one hour she told me why she was a Mormon. I was so impressed by her enthusiasm and the effectiveness of manner of speaking that I decided to investigate the church after I arrived to my home in California. I joined with my wife about two months later. We decided to increase our family from three to six children (all girls). Quakers do not have a doctrine so I was able to accept the top down authority of Joseph Smith and succeeding Prophets. I am an avid follower of Hugh Nibley, a BYU professor who was (he has died) very skilled in ancient languages, and many modern languages. I have read all his books—most of them several times. He has strengthened my testimony of the Book of Mormon as an inspired and realistic depiction of the ancient world and that it is true history.

How I live my faith

I served as a temple "worker" for 19 years with my wife, traveling 90 minutes to the temple once a week for a shift of about six hours. All six of our girls are active temple "active" and all hold temple recommends today. We know disappointment because we have seen three of our grandchildren not baptized because their former active and serving father "fell away" when he was attracted by a non-member women at his work. I consider my original conversion a miraculous event because I was a religious skeptic without any real testimony of Jesus Christ. I believe that being a member of the church will help me to prepare for a very real life in the next world.