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Hi I'm Sheila

I have lived in Eastern Oregon 39 years. I am a wife, mother of 5, grandmother of 27, avid reader, and genealogist. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My husband of 43 years, my 5 children and their spouses, and my 27 grandchildren are the source of my greatest joy. I work on my family history, am a consultant helping others, and teach classes on various topics in this field. My idea of a perfect date is breakfast out with my husband and reading the local newspaper together. Then a walk. If I want to go out of town, it is to one of my children's homes or on a trip with some of my kids and their kids. I love sunsets, our dogs, making bread, putting my feet in cold water on a hot day and a hot game of pinocle.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born as the oldest of 5 to parents and grandparents who lived the gospel. Because of that, it may be presumed that my testimony of the restored gospel came easily and naturally. For the most part that is true! Honestly, I cannot remember a time when I doubted my faith. I consider this a tender mercy from my Heavenly Father. My life has been filled with difficult obstacles and tremendous blessings. Depression has overshadowed my live since my teens. Having a husband that has been called to church leadership responsibilities and a demanding professional career has taken him out of our home. Five kids in 8 years was exhausting. Now in my 60's, I know that my abiding faith as seen me through tough and overwhelming times. When I have searched for strength and counsel I have always relied on a Heavenly Father who loves me and knows my name.

How I live my faith

Some of my favorite time serving has been with the women of the Church. I have organized women's conferences and have visited women in need through the church's welfare program in our area and provided assistance. I have participated in leadership events and sat in counsel with the local leaders of our church. Another of my favorite activities is teaching. Teaching adults and teenagers is rewarding but the benefit is of greater worth to me as I learn more about my Savior and as I bear testimony of Him. Since our engagement, my husband and I have planned on serving a mission together. This has become a reality when on February 19th, 2015 we received a call to the Australia Melbourne Mission. We will be in record preservation and will learn how to digitally photograph historical documents that will aid in genealogical research. This is especially meaningful to me because my husband is half Australian and he lived in Melbourne as a child. This particular mission call bears witness to me that Heavenly Father knows me and knows the desires of my heart. Along with the work we will do, we will be able to connect with cousins my husband knew as a child.