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Hi I'm Sharon

I'm originally a Colorado girl! Now, I call Utah my home and I'm a mother of 9 and a grandmother of 19. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

When I was 8 years old, our father bought a horse for the family. That horse became the love of my life until I was married! I spent many hours riding in the foothills of Colorado and when my father bought another horse, he and I rode together. Many cherished memories come from that period of time when I grew to love and appreciate my father even more and my admiration and respect for him was immense. He and my mother taught all of the family about Heavenly Father and the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I could easily imagine a loving Heavenly Father who knew and cared about me because I had an earthly father who was just like that! My parents provided an opportunity for me to go to college where I majored in French and was able to spend a semester abroad in France. During my time there I read the whole Book of Mormon for the first time straight through and I gained a strong witness of it's truthfulness. Seminary and religion classes had also instilled in me a love for the scriptures and the words of the prophets. Though I earned a secondary teaching degree and also nearly completed a Master's Degree, when I married I decided to devote all of my time to raising a family. Being a mother was the desire of my heart and we have been richly blessed with 9 children. My greatest challenges AND my greatest joys have come from the Lord's patiently tutoring me through the process of trying to raise a family to keep the commandments and to have faith in Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were grandchildren of the original "Mormon" pioneers. I grew up loving to hear of their harrowing adventures and stories about crossing the plains. I knew that my ancestors had sacrificed much to belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They had proved faithful, had served missions back to their homelands, and had endured to the end. That heritage of faith was comforting and gave me a sense of belonging and security. I was baptized when I was 8 years old. But it didn't mean that I knew for myself that the Church was true. First, I believed my parents and relied on their testimonies. I attended my church meetings, I graduated from Seminary and went to a church college where I loved each religion class I took. I loved to hear the testimonies of my professors and I believed them. But ultimately, I read the Book of Mormon on my own...cover to cover...and prayed to know it was true. The answer was a very comforting, sweet spirit that filled my whole being and seemed to say, "You already know it is true." From that time to this day, I have tried to keep His commandments. I know that Jesus Christ is the redeemer of the world and my Savior. When I make mistakes, I can repent and start over. I can partake of the sacrament and become clean again. I delight in the scriptures that testify of Jesus Christ, especially the Book of Mormon. I have read it many, many times. Joseph Smith translated this book from the ancient writing of prophets who lived on this continent. He was a prophet called of God and he received all of the priesthood authority to restore the true Church of Jesus Christ to the earth again in the latter days. Prophets continue to lead this Church today. The ordinances available in the temple have provided the way to live eternally with Heavenly Father if we remain faithful. This truly is the plan of happiness and salvation. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

From my first calling as a Visiting Teacher to other callings such as music chorister for the children in church, youth roadshow director, Youth conference specialist, Boy Scout leader, Gospel Doctrine teacher, president of each of the church auxiliary organizations to my current calling as the 16-17 year-old Sunday School Teacher I have experienced each time a feeling of inadequacy at first for that particular calling. But I have always accepted knowing that the Lord would strengthen me if I would act in faith, work hard, and seek his help continually. This has been one of the greatest blessings in my life as I have increased my own capacity to love others while serving and to develop talents and to gain knowledge and experience. I have gained confidence in the Lord keeping his promises. These church callings always came on top of the regular responsibilities of raising a large family who were also involved in many school, sport, music, scouting, and recreational activities. From the time that the children were young, we regularly set aside Monday nights as Family Home Evening time. This was not always without contention, but we persisted and we have been blessed. We also got up early and read the scriptures and prayed as a family before everyone headed out the door to school. Not only did the children learn about Jesus Christ, but they became excellent readers! We learned how to have fun together too, as we took many family vacations together in our old station-wagon and camped all over the state. Now, our children are grown and many, not all, are teaching these same values to their children. As a grandparent now, I am still learning humility and patience, and I continue to trust the Lord and try to emulate his ability to love unconditionally and patiently serve. In the coming months, my husband and I will begin to serve a full-time mission to Estonia where we will continue to be stretched and molded into more useful servants of the Lord.