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Hi I'm Sharon

I grew up in Massachusetts. Most of my married life was on the central Oregon coast. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother and a grandmother. I have a bachelor's degree in Biology and a master's in Secondary Education and Library Science. Before I was married I was a Junior High School Librarian. My education served me well as our children came along. As the children grew, I sewed for a local boutique and mended for a local laundry. Later I owned a rubber stamp and brass stencil store, reflecting my love of paper crafting. Until my husband became disabled, I worked for the county solid waste district as an administrative assistant. For the three and a half years until his death, I cared for my brain-injured husband. Now I am retired and stay active in our local church unit, using my crafts to bring me joy and serve others.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, fully participating in everything our small branch and my parents offered; that is not to say that I didn't have to go through the same conversion struggle as someone who joins as an adult; I did. I remember going to a devotional at BYU and hearing the speaker assure us that God loves us and knows us, individually, by name. The import of that message went through me and the Holy Ghost confirmed its truth to my heart. Previously, I had had many special experiences with the scriptures that had also provided testimony. After marriage, I had several episodes of depression, when I wondered if it was worth believing the Gospel - if it was even true. Much like Peter, when he asked "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. (John 6:68)" I determined that if the Gospel were not true, I was at a loss to know of a better alternative. It was much better to believe and hope for the blessings of the Gospel than to wallow in doubt and despair. I still believe this, although a lifetime of working at living the Gospel has confirmed in me its truth and hope. I am a happy, hopeful person because of the Gospel. I "believe and [am] sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.(John 6:69)"

How I live my faith

When I first moved to my current home, I was asked to teach eight year old children. I loved that time each Sunday and the enjoyed interacting with them during the week, to strengthen their ties to the Gospel in their daily life. The last four or five years I have been a counselor in the women's organization, responsible for education and helping teachers to more effectively communicate lessons found in the scriptures and talks from our leaders. It has been a joy to see those lessons touch both the women teaching and those participating in them. I love being assigned to regularly visit a few women in our community. Sometimes I would not have gotten to know them, otherwise. We have shared recipes, homemaking tips, and especially strengthened one another in living the Gospel.