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Hi I'm Sheila

I'm a law student and a mother who started a non-profit for children with pancreatitis. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the church. My mother's side of the family are all Baptist, as was I for many years. I am a law student, a mother of 3, and grandmother of 2. I enjoy helping others. In February of 2013, I started a non-profit after my son become gravely ill due to pancreatitis, a genetic mutation he shares with my husband and his older sister. I couldn't find anyone else who was going through what I was, so I sought to change that for others. Outside of God, my family and church, the foundation has brought me the greatest joy and the opportunity to serve more than 160 families struggling with the disease. Some of my hobbies include: camping and hiking with my family, gold panning in the Olympic Mountains, antiquing with my husband and taking long road trips with my family charting out new areas and fnding hole in the wall eateries.

Why I am a Mormon

In 2004 I moved to from Arizona to Washington to be closer to my parents. Prior to leaving I had suffered a nervous breakdown. My employer placed me on a medical leave of absence. During this leave, a friend asked me to move to Washington and be her roomate. I didn't like the cold weather, but had a dream that I would move to Washington, find my home and meet my husband. At the time, I was a Baptist. I had met the missionaries on occasion as they came to my door, but never participated in their talks. Upon relocating to Washington, my brother who was a member of the church began talking to me about the restored gosple. I orginally didn't want anything to do with it, but he was my brother and I loved him so I listened and debated the validity of the church. A year later, I finally allowed the missionaries to give me lessons. It was after they explained to me the fall of man, and the atonement that I felt a sense of absolute peace come over me. I was introduced to members of the church and learned that, the things I had heard were simply not true. I attended service two times after the missionaries taught me about Christ. In those two visits I felt the spirit like I had never felt it before. The families were true believers, not weekend followers. For the first time in my life I felt...Home. I was baptized 2 weeks later on June 30, 2005. It was the best decision of my life and it changed me like nothing else could.

How I live my faith

When I first joined the church in 2005 I was blessed to receive a calling in Sunday School. I had a handful of boys and 2 girls! Oh how they made me work for my blessings. Looking back, they are each entering middle school and I hold onto those dear memories as those beautiful children solidified my relationship with Christ. As I learned to teach the children, I gained a stronger testimony of my Saviors love for me. Now, I am blessed to be a teacher to the women in our church. During the three years that my son was in and out of the hospital, I missed a lot of church. Many of my Sunday services were held from the bedside of the hospital room. Now that he is better, I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve my sisters in Christ. I am getting to know each one of them in a way I never thought I would. Once again, as I am learning to teach, Christ is teaching me more about his love for me and for all of his children.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes. Mormons believe and love the Holy Bible. It is sacred and holy. It is the cornerstone of the gosple. The Bible is full of the history, doctrine and stories of all who witnessed Jesus Christ, the Son of God. More than that, the Bible is the word of God, written by holy men that were called by the spirit to record the gosple. Through the same revelations we also have and read the Book of Mormon, additional scripture that supports and exalts the Bible. Show more Show less