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Hi I'm Shirley

I grew up in a large family on a farm in Nebraska, United States. My family is very precious to me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a mother of eight, I stay busy doing things for my children and grandchildren. Using pictures I have taken, I like to create books and games for them. We have spent many hours reading books together, putting puzzles together, and playing. Because sewing is one of my hobbies, I like to find fun things to make for their first birthdays such as pillows with a pocket for a cloth book. Reading is another hobby of mine and I can usually be found with a new book in my hand when I have some quiet time. Some of my great memories in recent years are in connection with trips that I have taken with my children. Slowly I am getting to visit areas that I have wanted to visit, some since I was in grade school. In particular, I enjoy historical sites as history is another area that I enjoy learning about. In recent years, I have found much more time to research and learn about my family's ancestors and have used this information to create games and a book for my family.

Why I am a Mormon

In my twenties, a friend bore his testimony about the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I thought he was one of those people who thought no one else could go to heaven, but the next day I kept feeling a sweet feeling when I thought about it. Finding the time and place, I went to church the next day where I was impressed with how they studied the Old Testament. I went home, read the assignment, and went back the next Sunday. Two young men asked if they could visit and teach me. I said no, not knowing who they were, but asked for a Book of Mormon. As I began reading that book, I knew it was true. The following Sunday I agreed to let them come. With each new concept, I knew what they were teaching was true. The hard part was when I knew that I needed to kneel down and pray, something I had not grown up doing. As I did, Heavenly Father began to change me, which changed my life. I agreed to be baptized, later served a mission, and was married in the temple. Because of the witness of the Spirit, I know that Christ is my Savior, that he restored his true church through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and that because of the priesthood which Christ has again given to men, my family and I can be together eternally, if we remain worthy. I am so grateful to know and understand that my ancestors are being taught in the spirit world and that I can help them to be together forever as families because my family and I have served as proxies for them to receive their covenants and ordinances in the temple. I know Heavenly Father knows and loves each of us and that when our time is right, He will reach out and help to bring us to the fullness of His gospel. I know that through daily prayer, studying the scriptures (which I love), and attending the temple often, I have been given the strength and guidance to make it through the trials of this life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's true church. I know all these things are true.

How I live my faith

Because family is so important to me, I have been volunteering at a Family Search Library where I get to help other people who come in to learn how to research for their ancestors. Much of the research I have done has been on the FamilySearch.org website where millions of records are now online. To help give back, I have taken time each week for the past few years to help index records so they can be put online for others to search. In particular, I have learned how to index Italian records even though I do not speak or write Italian.