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Hi I'm Shirley

I was born in Scotland, in the U.K. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commonly known as a Mormon.

About Me

I married the most wonderful man in the world. We have two daughters who married returned missionaries who blessed us with nine grandchildren, and a soon to be great granddaughter. I love a great mystery so reading and writing are two passions of mine. Teaching is in my blood though; and so I have been a teacher for the past eighteen years of my life and have been retired now for over a year. I am ready to start the newest, most exciting phase of my life by serving a mission for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

We first met our friends while serving in the U.S. Air Force in Idaho. For me it all started when I was given a bushel of peaches. I had no idea what to do with so much fruit. She promptly grabbed a paring knife and came over to my house and we canned all those peaches together. I had never experienced such kindness from a perfect stranger. When I asked how I could possibly thank her, she told me to "pass it on to someone else" I had to know more about this good family and so she invited us to spend the evening with her and her family. We all had a family lesson together and finished up the evening with "peach crumble". I soon found out this family was a living example of how to live the Gospel in our day. And after going to their Church with them I found a whole host of people who were loving the Lord and loving their neighbor in a practical, do-able way that I wanted to embrace with my own family. I have learned so much about following the example of Jesus Christ. I have learned how to have a better purpose in life. Together Rich and I have raised our children and grandchildren to emulate His love. We have taught them to respect their God and one another. And through our Church experiences we have practiced what we preached to our children and later we taught our friends. And now we will go forth in joy to share His love with others.

How I live my faith

My husband and I have served in many callings in our church over the years. Yet none have been as satisfying as when we have worked together. We have taught all ages from five to adult and have often taught as companion teachers. Even while we were together in my secular occupation we enjoyed working together. We offset each other like two halves of the same coin. We are so blessed. Before we were recently called to serve a mission for our Church we worked in the Ogden Temple for four and a half years. We have worked together in Genealogy and Family History Centers both in learning and teaching capacities working with adults interested in finding out about their ancestral families and how to bring them even closer together. Raising children in a good Christian background was so important to us that we researched many philosophies. Finally we met a couple in Idaho who had nine children and were doing such a terrific job of raising them we had to learn more about how they were achieving this. In the process we learned that Jesus Christ was at the heart of their home. But in such a way it encompassed their whole daily lives. The more we learned the more we wanted to know for ourselves. We wanted a family we could have for all eternity and to live together with our Heavenly Father in the world to come. We wanted to be married in God's Temple for time and all eternity. We soon realized there was only one way that could happen and that was to join and participate in God's Living Church here on the Earth. So we joined in 1977. Today I still try to remember that it all started with a bushel of peaches. She told me to "pass it on." And so I have always endeavored to follow the teachings of Jesus, "to love one another". And now my children are grown with families of their own, I want to go on teaching my dearest friend's example of unconditional love, and spread these truths with others in Georgia, (Land of the Peaches) while serving on our mission together.