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Hi I'm Shirley Finlinson

I live in the western United States, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Since retiring, my husband and I spend more time together than we ever have before. We continue to learn more about each other and our love for each other continues to deepen. We have 22 grandchildren to love and get to know. They are scattered across the United States. I enjoy having the time to read, garden, and care for my yard. Reading is my passport not only to places, but to times and ideas and feelings. There is something about working in the dirt and watching things grow that I find very satisfying. I am also interested in family history. I would like my children and grandchildren to understand the hard work and sacrifices of their progenitors and realize that much of what we enjoy today is a result of the work and sacrifices made by others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were both Mormons, and so to begin with, I was a Mormon because my parents were Mormons. When I turned eight years of age, I was baptized and became an official member of the church. I still remember the special feeling I had then--it is hard to describe with words. I knew I had done something that was pleasing to God. As I continued to mature, I learned more about the doctrines of the church and most importantly, about the life, sacrifice, and atonement of Jesus Christ, who is our Savior and Redeemer. Through my own personal prayers and living the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I have received confirmation that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's church here on the earth. I have also learned that true happiness comes through serving God and others and being faithful and obedient in keeping God's commandments. I can't imagine my life without the safety and security that trusting in God brings to my life and that of my family.

How I live my faith

My faith is part of who I am. It has helped me make most of the big and little decisions of my life, shaping me into the person I am today. Before I was married, I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints in Austria for two years and learned to love that land and its people. After marrying my husband, I was given the opportunity to teach the children in the Church's organization for them. Later, I taught the youth of the church in the Church's organization for them. I also helped administer a girls' camp facility during the summer months for serveral years. My husband and I served in a care facility for the elderly for three years, where we held church meetings for residents there. The opportunity to serve the women of the church in the Church's organization for them has also been mine. Presently, my husband and I are serving a full-time mission for the Church while living in our own home. We help Church leaders, members, those who would like to be members, the younger full-time missionaries, young single adults, youth, and anyone else who needs our assistance in the area where we live. It feels good to help and serve others. It has made me a better person.