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Hi I'm Sharisa

Mom of 5, Nana of 2, RN for 10 yrs, stay-at-home-mom now, yankee fan, cross-stitching, century bike rider I'm a mormon.

About Me

3 daughters married, 2 grandchildren and one on the way. 2 boys at home. Oldest boy leaving on an LDS mission this week! Worked as an RN for 10 years while raising my kids and decided to concentrate my efforts on my kids once my husband got settled in a good job. I've loved every minute of it...even the teenagers! Loving the role of Nana. I used to run and did several marathons, but after a total knee replacement at age 47, turned to cycling and I LOVE it! I have done a few century rides and love biking all over the bike trails of Utah. Married to the love of my life for 29 years. Sending my oldest boy on an LDS mission this week and will have one 16 year old left at home. Love to spend time with my family: playing games, dirt-biking, wake-boarding, houseboat at Lake Powell, taking walks, talking in the hot tub, watching the Yankees or BYU football or the UTah Jazz...if the family is together, that is my happy place!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ and strive to show that I am a disciple every day by the way that I live. I yearn to have the gift of loving others as he would love them and seeing them as he sees them and their true potential. I was born in the LDS Faith, but I feel everyone whether born in the faith or are first generation converts, have a time in their life where they have to choose for themselves if this is truly their faith and what they believe and if they have enough conviction to live the faith they have chosen. I remember this time for me was right after I got married and we moved to Arizona for a job. I realized that if I didn't want to go to church, or live the church standards...no one would know. I was far away from family and I could do whatever I wanted to do. I thought about this for a good week but came to the realization that I was not "me" without my faith and without my standards. All throughout my life I had lived the Lord's commandments and put them to the "test" and had truly found truth in the Lord's promise - "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and... "For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30). I was truly happy and free when I was living the Lord's standard and his commandments. From that time onward I have made the choice to be Christs full disciple of my own choice and strive to spread his love through the circle of my own influence. Through his work I have found more joy than I can ever say in words. It isn't always easy, but choosing to live His way and in His footsteps is truly the way. I'm so grateful that Joseph Smith was an instrument in the Lord's hands to restore His gospel on this earth. I feel the Holy spirit strongly in my life when I am obedient to His commandments. He doesn't make life easy for you, but you definitely feel Christ's atonement strengthening you so you are more able to bear life's burdens and trials. I love Jesus Christ. He is my Savior.

How I live my faith

I attend church every week to worship with my neighborhood congregation. I'm part of the largest women's organizaiton in the world and we spend our time helping our neighbors of any faith and striving to serve others in any way we can. I lead a Sunday discussion in this women's organization once a month on Sundays to strengthen one another in our faith and share our experiences to help one another. I am assigned to watch over 2 women in our congregation and visit them monthly and assist in any way I can when they may need my help. This can be when they need some help with getting their kids somewhere, cleaning their home, taking them a meal if they are having a busy time in their life, or just dropping by to chat when they need a listening ear. I also help plan a weeklong summer camp for the girls in the congregation ages 12-18 and help them with skills such as fire-making, knot-tying, cooking, survival skills, and food preservation. We have lots of fun singing around the campfire and truly sharing our sisterhood, even though we are a generation apart.