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Howard Cannon Sharp

President Howard Cannon Sharp

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Spouse: Marjorie T.
Served: 1980 - 1983
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Your Occupation: Salt Lake Temple Presidency until approx. 1Nov052
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Upon returning home in 1983, Pres. Sharp was invited to join the faculty of the University of Utah's Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, where he practiced and taught for 12 years. His subspecialty work involved initiating a urodynamic testing lab. and a pain clinic for women with chronic pelvic pain. He also taught pelvic and reconstructive surgery for women with pelvic relaxation's secondary to childbirth.

On May 1, 1988 he was sustained and ordained a patriarch for the Salt Lake Monument Park Stake. Sister Sharp has transcribed his blessingsand has served continuously in many church capacities: Stake Relief Society President, counselor in a University of Utah Stake Relief Society Presidency, Ward Relief Society Presidency counselor and severalteaching callings in that organization.

In 1995 the Sharps were called to a medical humanitarian mission in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where they served until March 1997. Duties included: counselor to the first Russian ever to be called as a Mission President, Pres. V.I. Efimov; lecturing in hospitals, clinics, government auditoriums, and teaching pelvic surgery in 3 hospitals; teaching English as a second language at several venues; proselytizingamong those who could speak English; caring and triaging medical care for sick missionaries in two missions; inspecting hospitals and doctors for the best places for missionary medical care; lecturing in hospitals in Armenia and inspecting them for humanitarian aid from the Church; developing protocols and posters teaching the hazards of tobacco, alcohol and drugs to school children. This latter is an ongoing program taught by nurses in the state (oblast) of Sverdlovsk, and has been adopted by the Church to be taught in several Eastern European countries and other parts of Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Since returning home, Pres. Sharp continues to teach school children about these concerns through a program of the Utah Medical Association. He serves on the Admissions Committee for the University of Utah Schoolof Medicine, continues to serve on the Missionary Medical Advisory Committee, and now is Patriarch for the Univ. of Utah Sixth Stake. The Sharps have been ordinance workers in the Salt Lake Temple since Dec.1997. On July 17, 2001, Pres. Sharp was set apart as 2nd counselor in the Salt Lake Temple Presidency and Sister Sharp as Assistant Matron. On October 31. 2002 they were called to serve another 3 years in the SL Temple Presidency, he as first counselor. They are enjoying their seven children and their spouses and their 23 grandchildren and two great grandchild.

On March 31, 2000, a mission reunion was held at the Riverton Stake Center, organized by Sisters Deann Maynard Gibson, Georgia Heywood, and Donetta Okelberry, and Elders Mark Eisele and Richard Gourley. Approximately 100 missionaries, spouses and a few children were fed a wonderful dinner, each missionary had an opportunity to elucidate on what has happened to them since leaving the mission and the Sharps showed slides of their Russian adventure. It was most gratifying to see missionaries come from many states, some all the way across the country, and to see that they have been stalwart in the Church and blessed with good families.

 
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