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Hi I'm Cheryl

I am a twin, I was raised a Quaker in Indiana, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 9 children, 2 of which were adopted. I have 20 grandchildren and counting. I went to college and after I got my Mrs. degree I took a break for 17 years before returning to school. I earned my AS degree as an interpreter for the hearing impaired then I earned my bachelors and Masters degree in Special Education. However I am an advocate of Home Schooling. I spend a lot of time gardening during the summer. I love to read and have started writing a book. It is written as if my Son with Downs is seeing our family grow up. Many years ago my husband and I read a book about a family in Texas which had many interesting experiences. At the time my husband said, "This isn't realistic - no one family could have that many things happen to them!" Well, they really can. We have had an amazing array of experiences which we truly never imagined we would have.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert. As a child my family moved across the street from a christian church. It was non denominational. My parents allowed my siblings and I to go but did not attend with us. When I turned 8 my parents asked what I wanted for my birthday and I told them I wanted them to go to church with us. They agreed to go but said they didn't want to go to that particular church. So we tried others in the community and my parents decided that they were most comfortable in the Quaker church. We attended that church for the next 8 years. However as I studied my scriptures I read that Christ was baptized as an example for us. Well Quakers -do not baptize. I went to my pastor and shared my desire with him. He patiently explained to me that the reason they do not baptize is because they did not have the authority to baptize and he did not know who did. Later when my brother joined the Air force he started looking for a church who had the authority. He found two who did indeed claim to have the authority. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days was one of those. He studied it, joined and then shared with the rest of his family the truths he had found. We were resistant to leave the church we had attended and the people we loved there. But we studied and prayed and learned for ourselves that Christs church has been restored to the earth and the authority to baptize has been restored. I became a member when I was 16 along with my twin sister and my parents and one grandmother. I know that it changed my life forever. I am so grateful for my membership and the teachings that have helped me raise my family and continues to help me live in this troubled world.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have had many opportunities to serve in the church. Because we are a lay church with no paid ministry, members who accept assignments to help in Sunday School or with the youth or in the adult organizations find that they grow in their testimonies as they serve. I have had many faith promoting experiences as I have served. As my son's were in scouts I was very active in the scouting program. When my girls were in the young woman's program I enjoyed working with them to achieve the goals called "personal progress" which helps the girls develop the qualities that they need to be spiritually strong and withstand the temptations the world throws at them. I have also had the opportunity to work in the woman's organization. By accepting the opportunities to help in these different ways, my life has been enriched. Serving made me grow in ways that I probably would not have grown. Serving helped me gain self confidence and strengthened my testimony. I am very grateful to belong to a church that gives us the opportunities for growth. Actively serving also helped me develop many friendships by working closely with the other members that I do not think I would have gained if I had just sat on the sidelines.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

To the best of my knowledge most Mormon missionaries are funded by their own savings and supported by their families. There are some who - to no fault of their own - can not afford to go, so there are funds made available. Members who can, donate money to the mission fund and the leaders distribute it as needed. But every effort is made to minimize the cost. I am blessed to be able to have 2 missionaries living in my home while they serve. The church has specific guidelines to keep the missionaries safe. So the Elders are never placed in a home, for example, where there are young teenage daughters. I do not have the cash to donate - but I do have an extra bedroom and bathroom that they can use and they add a wonderful spirit to my home. Show more Show less