Hi I'm Cheryl Seely Savage
Wife, Mormon, mother of seven, musician, voracious reader, nature lover, prone to wanderlust, and work in progress.
I was born to Canadian parents, raised in Idaho, and graduated from Brigham Young University. I met my husband in college and we have lived in Utah, California, Pennsylvania, and most recently, Kansas. We have seven sensational kids! I love to read, write, garden, watch movies, travel, hike, camp, laugh, and play the piano. I am currently a piano teacher! I have also been an accompanist, voice teacher, professional blogger and an editor for a non-profit website. For several years I stopped doing all of those things to do what I love the most -- mothering. I love being a mom! I'm grateful I have the opportunity to be a stay at home mom and be with my children every day.
I was born into a Mormon family, and so the faith was taught to me at an early age. When I was eight years old, I was baptized into the Mormon faith, and I have never regretted it. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been an anchor to my soul during the hardest times in my life. Following the gospel has blessed me in so many ways. This doesn't mean my life is perfect! But it's happier. I love knowing that I'm a daughter of God and that this life has purpose. I love knowing that there are prophets leading and guiding us --today! I am so grateful for the knowledge of my Savior's atonement and sacrifice. Even more, I'm so grateful that I know my family will be together forever. I know this gospel is true!
One way I live my faith is by serving in my church. Our clergy is a lay clergy, meaning that all positions are voluntary and not paid. We believe that our Heavenly Father knows what service will help us grow and will help the people around us to grow, and so we are called to the services we render. Each calling I have held has been a great blessing in my life! Right now in our ward (congregation) in Kansas, I teach primary children (ages 4-5) on Sundays after our Sacrament Meeting. I love teaching my class because I get to sing songs, play games, and teach them the basic principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am also a Visiting Teacher. This means I visit with, serve, help, and pray for a few other women in our ward. It's a great way for us to take care of each other! In the past, I've helped plan get-togethers and meetings for the Relief Society sisters of the ward outside of Sunday church meetings. It's a chance we have to socialize with each other and become better friends, as well as learn more about the gospel and more about how to serve one another. I have also played the piano for our Sunday Relief Society meetings. Other things I've done to serve in the congregations I've lived in: I've accompanied and directed the ward choir, taught Gospel Doctrine (Sunday school), taught Cub Scouts, served as Primary president (running the primary in a ward), music chairman, and a counselor in the Relief Society presidency. I've also led the nursery music (kids 18 months to 3 years) and I loved that so much! There have been many more callings, none of them better or worse than the other. Each one was an adventure, and taught me so many things. Serving in the Church is a lot of fun. It pushes us and stretches us and teaches us things we never would have learned otherwise. Our lay clergy gives us such a great opportunity to learn and grow as we serve each other in our congregations!