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Hi I'm Cheri

I'm a child abuse survivor and former foster child. I love adventure, a good book, a good joke, and being a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Ogden, Utah. I have 8 brothers and 1 sister. I supported myself through college at Brigham Young University by scholarships and working sometimes 3 jobs. I met the love of my life at BYU, and have been married to him since 1987. We have 3 great children - we wanted more, but had several miscarriages. We are so thankful for the kids we have. I love life now. I'm married to my best friend, and we have such a great time together. My husband even loves to cook (which I count as a blessing everyday, since I hate to cook)! We love adventure, including skydiving, zip lining, biking, scuba diving, hiking and travel. I love warm, sunny places. I love inspiring books, a great joke, and chocolate.

Why I am a Mormon

Through the years of abuse as a child, and the loneliness of being in foster homes, I know that Heavenly Father was always with me, and loves me. Clinging to His gospel saved me, and is still my lifeline.

How I live my faith

I try to do what the Lord asks of me, even when it's hard. I know He loves me, and only asks of me that which is best. He's always been right! :) I'm currently the president of the young women age 12-18 in our congregation. This scares me to death, because I feel they are so precious, and deserve the best. I feel really inadequate, but if the Lord has asked me to do it, I know to follow Him. I like to help in the community - serving at the food bank, making warm hats and tying quilts for disaster relief, preparing scanned hard copy genealogical information for computer uploading, and helping at my kids' school. I'm glad to do something that feels worthwhile. The hardest thing I've had to do was forgive my abusers. I didn't think that was possible. But after years of help and prayer, I've been able to receive the Atonement as the healing salve that it is, and have actually been able to do what I thought was impossible in forgiving my abusers. The Lord has also healed my pain, so that is doesn't even hurt anymore. I still remember what happened to me for most of those first 17 years of my life, but no longer with such crippling sorrow.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

It's important to remember what the Priesthood is: a tool of service. The Priesthood only benefits those around the Priesthood holder - it can never be used to benefit the holder himself. It's kind of like a 6 foot spoon tied to your arm - you can only feed others with it! Or maybe like a life insurance policy - it never benefits the holder of the policy, just those around him. The Priesthood is also the power of God, and He gives it to whomever He needs. In ancient times, it was only given to the tribe of Levi. I don't know why He particularly chose that tribe, but then it was only that tribe that had the responsibility to perform God's ordinances and bless all the other tribes. That has since changed, and now He gives it to those worthy regardless of their tribe. Being female, I feel pretty busy in caring for my family and serving as president in our teenage girls' church youth group. To be honest, I'm glad I don't have yet another responsibility (to administer the ordinances of the Priesthood)! As a mother, I'm pretty much 24/7 on call to care for my family's needs, but I'm so glad that my husband is a worthy Priesthood holder, so he can also bless and care for our family - and me. Those who don't hold the Priesthood qualify for every single blessing the Priesthood holder enjoys, but the Priesthood holder carries the responsibility to use it worthily and to bless anyone, anytime in need. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No one's required to serve a mission, but I will be forever glad that I did! I served in German-speaking Switzerland. There is no way I would go door to door doing this for any other reason, except I know that this is true - this really is Jesus' Church, He loves everyone, He wants them to be happy, and to live with Him forever with their families. Show more Show less