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Hi I'm Sheila L. Illig

I grew up in the Military (Army) and have traveled all over. I am African American and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother, I supported my husband for his twenty year military service. I just completed my masters in counseling. And will work with the Wound Warrior program to give back for the life that was given me by God and the military. I have 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren, I am a 60 years old African American woman, who loves learning whether it be through life or school. Both of my parents are still alive so I am blessed to give them some of my time and all of the love they deserve.

Why I am a Mormon

I had always wondered why God would only make himself known to the ancient people of the Middle East and not us in this land and time. Then I listened to the missionaries who spoke of Christ coming to the Americas. And things began to make sense. As an African American I was told that Blacks were not allowed in the church, this gave me a bit of an attitude. I had also ran into some Mormons who seemed to confirm the feeling of not being wanted. So although I believed what the missionaries said about Christ coming to America, I wasn't sure it was for me. We went on a mini vacation to visit my husband's parents in this time frame my two youngest children, went for a ride with their uncle and were in a car accident they were the only ones with critical injuries. As I approached the accident site (it was only a few blocks from my in-laws home) I heard my son who was ten calling for me and I went up and saw them removing him from under the vehicle, I asked the EMT where my daughter was some one pointed across the way, there on the ground covered with a blanket from head to toe was my baby girl who was eight, I was about to faint when I heard her say mom... I will never forget that night nor that miracle. Both of my children survived and recovered pretty well, the doctors say that children are resilient but I have faith that my Heavenly Father's hands are in my life and my family's. As the children were being transported I asked in prayer what I should do and the answer was as clear as the writing on this post, Join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints so we did and have not regretted it not once since.

How I live my faith

I live my faith with service I want to serve all of my fellow men and women that I come in contact with. As the Lord did and I try very hard to do this on a daily basis even if it is just doing extras for my family and friends. I listen to the spirit when someone is in need.