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Hi I'm Cheryl

I grew up in central California. I love classical music and good literature. My grandchildren make me laugh! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, and the mother of four grown children, two of whom are now married. We also have two grandchildren. I love being a grandma! I have a bachelor's degree in English. I have worked as a free-lance writer. I enjoy meeting new people. I read classic literature, biographies, history books and children's books. I also enjoy sewing, especially quilting, and playing the piano. Even though I'm an adult, I'm still taking piano lessons. I love good music and think it brings such a great feeling to our home. I also enjoy the outdoors and hiking in the beautiful areas near my home. We enjoy spending time at the holidays as a family and any other time we can get together. Once a year we have a Family Conference with our immediate family where we have workshops, games, and lots of good food. We also meet with our growing extended families for reunions every year. Besides a wonderful family, I am blessed with some amazing friends who live near and far. I appreciate them for keeping contact with me through the years and have been blessed by their love and concern. I love to do volunteer work in the community and with my church.

Why I am a Mormon

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know that it is God's true church on the earth. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God as is the Bible. I see in my own life the benefits of keeping God's commandments. I am happy, and feel a deep sense of purpose and direction. I also see others' happiness as they follow Jesus Christ. There is a great feeling of love and acceptance in the Church. We genuinely care about others and want to help. I have felt that love many times in my church experiences. This happens in congregations of our church all over the world. My congregation numbers in the hundreds but I recently felt powerful love in a small congregation of about 25 church members on an island thousands of miles from my home. In that little branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they openly showed their love for the Savior by how they treated each other and us. The power of God's Spirit in their meetings and their love enveloped us. Our Heavenly Father loves us! He knows what is best for us and will guide us through difficult times in our lives to make the best choices. I know I can pray to Him and receive this guidance through the quiet impressions that come. After making a difficult decision once, I felt peaceful, even though I didn't understand at the time why it was the right decision. Since then, I have continued to feel peaceful about that decision. I am grateful!

How I live my faith

One way I live my faith is through service, both in specific church jobs and in everyday living. Over the years I have learned so much as I have worked with children, youth and adults in different church positions. I recently served as a leader over our church group of young women, who are ages 12-18. I found it very rewarding to watch them learn from and lead each other. I have also organized monthly meetings for our church's women's group. We meet to learn about topics such as finances, nutrition, family communication and genealogy. We also serve together. Recently our women's group sewed more than 100 cloth dolls for young patients and donated them to two area hospitals. In everyday living, I look for ways to help others. This is what our Savior did in his own life. Often the things I do are very simple: talk to someone at the store, make a phone call or a visit, write a letter or email, share a treat, or invite someone to share talents or abilities. I've felt the power of others' simple actions in my behalf, so I'm eager to help in the same way. The Gospel of Jesus Christ encourages me to follow the Savior and be more like Him. I have a long way to go, but I can feel His help. Every day I pray. I know prayer works because I have received many answers. I also read the scriptures every day to try to understand better what Heavenly Father would like me to do in my life. I feel I am a different person today because of God's influence in my life.