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Hi I'm Sheila

I am a wife, a mother of six, grandmother of fourteen and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a dairy farm in southeast Idaho and have been grateful all my life for the lessons I learned growing up. My parents instilled in me the value of working hard for the things I wanted in life and the need for an education, so after much hard work I graduated from BYU with a degree in English education. Later I earned a minor in library science and became a high school librarian. I am now happily retired, but still find pleasure in curling up with a good book in the afternoon. I also love to quilt, cook, camp with my family, and spend time with my grandchildren. My most important and fulfilling roles in life have been being a wife, mother and grandmother. These relationships are where I have experienced the greatest personal growth, and also found the greatest joy. Knowing that these relationships are Eternal is very important to me.

Why I am a Mormon

One important reason, I am a Mormon is my belief in the doctrines that teach of eternity. I was raised in a Mormon family, but everyone has to gain a testimony for themselves, in essence, everyone is a convert. Through my life’s experiences, studying the scriptures, learning from the teachings of our living prophets, and the witness of the Holy Ghost, I have come to understand the eternal nature of man. I know that I am a daughter of God and that I lived with my Heavenly Father before I came to this earth. This earth life was tailored to give me opportunities to progress through overcoming trials, temptations, and sorrows, as well as experiencing happiness and joy. I have been blessed with these experiences to help me learn to become more like Jesus Christ. I know that after I die, if I have lived the best I can and through the Atonement of my Savior Jesus Christ, I may once again return to my home in Heaven, and have the profound blessing of living with my family, my Savior and my Heavenly Father through eternity. Because of these truths, I know what my divine potential and destiny is which gives meaning and purpose to my existence here on this earth and makes every sacrifice I make worth it. For this I am eternally grateful.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by following the council of our church leaders and the example of my Savior. I try to be aware of the needs of others around me and serve them however I can. I try to be worthy of the Holy Ghost in my life to receive direction and help. I do this by studying the scriptures, praying every day, and trying to be humble and teachable. I also attend church each week to partake of the sacrament and to renew the covenants I have made with God. As I attend church each week I am taught and strengthened by others of my faith. I realized that I have been so abundantly blessed throughout my life, both temporally and spiritually, that I want to help others anyway I can. My husband and I have recently been called to serve a humanitarian mission in Romania, where I am sure we will be blessed far more than anyone else by our service to these people.