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Hi I'm Sharon Baker Burress

I am a Florida Mormon. I am a wife (over 50 years), a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother and a retired educator.

About Me

I love technology and was a technology master teacher in my school district. Now that I have retired, my technology interests are confined to my home computer where I chase my genealogy mysteries, publish my Sunday School, literacy class props, hand-outs, and my personal documents and to my "smart" phone and tablet with all their very cool apps. I also enjoy doing calligraphy and dog obedience training. My favorite ways to just pass wait-times are to play the Sudoku app (supposed to keep my mind up to par and is addictive regardless) and to read. I love reading! My children and grandchildren are my delight and my favorite way to spend a day or evening. My husband is my rock.

Why I am a Mormon

It was soon after we had moved to Florida that two young men came to my gate. I agreed to listen to their lessons in order to prove their error, but I was soon perplexed and confused. Everything they said made sense, answered my concerns that had troubled me in my teens, and agreed with my understanding of the scriptures. However, it very much disagreed with how I had been reared to believe. I did try in a manner to discover the truth. I was just too conflicted to listen to that still, small voice. I sent the Elders away. Almost two years later, I visited my sister back in our home town. While there, I attended church services at the my old home church. I was sitting in the pew when I asked God if I should move back to Bluefield, because I had missed that church so much. I was very surprised at the answer, but I knew it was from God. He told me that I would find my church home in Lakeland. It was now time to get ready in Lakeland for Christmas a week away. When my recording of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Messiah dropped down on the turnstile, I remembered my question and a moment of intense longing to know the answer to that old question on the truth or false claims of that “Mormon” Church came to me. Suddenly I understood that it would take a commitment to the answer in order to get any answer at all. I was prepared to commit. I was almost knocked over by the power of my answer. I clearly understood that the answer was, “YES. It is true.” I have never regretted asking.

How I live my faith

I so love my callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! I get to teach the doctrines of Christ to a Sunday school class of young single adults. They were in my classes years ago when I taught the young children (ages 3-11) in Primary and I love these beautiful souls. Several of them have served missions for the church at their own expense, giving up their romantic interests, personal lives and career/educational goals for two years to serve the Lord and His children. They are valiant spirits and I come away each Sunday having been spiritually fed by having shared our gospel studies and discoveries together. I also teach a twice-weekly literacy course wherein we use the Church's program of teaching improved reading skills through studying those skills applied to the scriptures. I am almost overwhelmed by the rightness and blessings incorporated in this program. I try to serve the Lord and pay Him back for His goodness and grace to me and find that by serving Him, I am blessed more than I can hold and am ever deeper in His debt. Amazing!

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Sharon Baker Burress
My faith increases as I try to bring my behaviors in line with what my Savior teaches. But it does not stop there. The most effective thing I do to bring the Savior into my life is to study His word and that of the Father in the scriptures. Getting used to feeling the Spirit testify to me of the truth of what I am reading gets me familiar with that voice and that in turn helps me recognize it when it gives me promptings and guidance throughout my day. Praying often! and remembering Him always are indispensable, also. Having just the seed of desire to believe is a start. Take that little spark of desire and fan it into a small flame by immersing yourself in the scriptures, praying for enlightenment and faith as you study. Try following the commandments, but forgiving yourself for weaknesses and failures. They are part of the mortal experience. He judges us according to our will and intent, not perfect achievement. He makes up the difference for us. Our faith grows as we do all this and realize our debt to Him and the amazing grace that He extends to us. Show more Show less