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Hi I'm Sherese

I grew up on the island of Jamaica, I am a avid world traveler, a writer, student, a wife and I am Mormon!

About Me

I am originally from Jamaica but I have lived in a number of places which include California, Maryland and also Scotland. I now live in Arizona with my husband and I am currently in college. I enjoy traveling, meeting people, eating different cuisines, photography, swimming, writing, watching movies, reading, hiking and listening to music. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love decorating and enjoy beautiful art.

Why I am a Mormon

At 19 I started wondering what the purpose of life was or what the meaning of life is. I felt in my heart that there had to be something greater to life. It was during that time that my two older sisters were baptized into the church. My mother became furious with my sisters for getting baptized and warned my younger sister and I to never do likewise. However I started to feel a desire to learn more. I remembered feeling a wonderful peace unlike I have ever felt before while at church and as the Book of Mormon was read. However as the oppositions became more intense from family and friends I started to waver. My older sisters ultimately expressed to me that I needed to find out for myself of the truthfulness of the restored gospel. They testified of their faith in our Savior Jesus Christ and in his restored gospel. Then encouraged me to read Moroni 10:3-5. Once I read those verses I knew that I had to pray and asked the Lord himself and I knew that the Lord never leads us astray. That night I knelt in prayer and I remembered feeling this amazing peace. The next day for the first time the holy spirit bore witness to me that the church was indeed true that this was our Savior Jesus Christ church restored back to the earth. It was as if my Heavenly Father and my Savior were standing right next to me telling me so- it was so powerful and that truth sunk deep into my heart and will forever be in my heart. I know that this gospel is true and that we can be eternal families.

How I live my faith

I have been a Mormon for 13 years and throughout the years I have strove to read and ponder my scriptures individually and also as a family everyday. My husband and I attend church every Sunday. I actively participate in various activities and volunteer service opportunities in the church and in our community. We have served at the Salvation Army and have volunteered at various soup kitchens to feed the homeless. I have also had opportunities in giving rides to the grocery store, caring for the sick, helping someone to pack for a move, babysitting and helping to clean. Most importantly I strive to apply the principles of the restored gospel or the attributes of our Savior in my daily life. It's not always easy, but I try my best to ensure that the decisions that I am making are consist with the teachings of our Savior. I enjoy visiting and teaching the sisters each month and in helping with whatever their needs are. In my work in the Relief Society I get to help to build unity and love. I also have the opportunity to encourage greater acts of service in the home, in our community and joy in family life. I know that the church is true and I know that it makes our lives better. I came to know what the meaning of life is and what our purpose is when I accepted the restored gospel and because of the gospel I know true happiness. I cannot imagine a life without the gospel, it has blessed and helped me in my work and also in my academic studies.

What is being a Mormon like?

Seeking to grow in our faith in Jesus Christ by attending Church, studying the scriptures, spending time with family doing wholesome recreational activities as well as helping each other, getting an education, working hard, listening to the words of a living prophet, striving to be obedient to all of God's commandments, reading the Ensign, going to the Temple, doing Genealogy work, sharing the gospel with others, serving one another and engaging in daily prayer. These are acts that are done that helps me to have joy and gives me greater hope that I can return home to live with our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less