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Hi I'm Cheryl

I'm an attorney. I'm a mom. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a native Californian who lives in Northern California. I have a law degree and I worked for about 9 years in a Silicon Valley law firm in a corporate securities practice before moving to the North Bay and becoming a full-time mom. I have three children, aged 22, 21 and 18. I love to play tennis and enjoy hiking in the state park near our home.

Why I am a Mormon

Jesus Christ means everything to me. He is my Savior and the foundation of my life and I am grateful to be his disciple and a member of his Church. He has given us his gospel so that we can find happiness both in this life and through the eternities. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, because it is Christ's church. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God because it testifies of Christ. And I know that Christ speaks to us today through a living prophet. As I live the principles of the gospel, my life is blessed.

How I live my faith

I enjoy attending church each Sunday. I take the sacrament, a reminder of how I promised God at my baptism that I would follow him and be his disciple. I learn more about the gospel and have an opportunity to teach others as well. Currently I teach a class of 12-15 year old girls at church. I appreciate how our congregation is made up of all kinds of people in many different circumstances, but we are united by our devotion to Christ. And as Christ's disciples, we are committed to serving others as he would do. So service to others, at church, in my family, and in my community is central to how I live my faith.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Cheryl
My oldest daughter has served a mission and my son is currently serving missions. Their missionary service arises from their love of the gospel of Jesus Christ and their desire to share the blessings it brings into their own lives with others. My sister says, "How can they tell other people what they should believe?" But that's not what they are doing. They are simply sharing their beliefs and giving those who want to learn more the opportunity to do so. The gospel enriches our lives so much that it would seem selfish not to share it, like finding a great restaurant and not telling your friends about it or a great vacation spot and not letting anyone else in on the secret. But beyond that, the gospel contains the answers to what life is about and what we should be doing here. If we truly love others, we don't want to just watch them go through life without knowing the way when we have the opportunity to share with them what we know about finding happiness and fulfillment, both now and through eternity. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Cheryl
God loves all his children and wants them to return to live with him after this life. Because we are his children, we long to live with God again. But because God is a perfect being, he cannot abide with sinful people. None of us can go though life without committing at least some sins, which means that we are no longer eligible to be with God. Because God knew we would sin, he provided a Savior for us, his son Jesus Christ. Christ took upon himself the sins of all the world, every person who has ever lived, and though this act enabled us to be washed clean of our sins and reenter God's presence when we die. This is the grace of God. We demonstrate that we accept his grace by repenting of our sins, being baptized, following his commandments, and remaining faithful. For me, accepting God's grace is a daily process of remembering my own unworthiness and powerlessness to save myself, expressing gratitude for my Savior, repenting of my sins and staying focused on the path Christ has established for me. I know that even though I will continue to make mistakes and fall short throughout my life, as long as I remain focused on the Savior and do all I can to follow him he will save me. Show more Show less