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Hi I'm Sherry

I'm a Mormon. I was raised in Seattle and lived in Arlington, Texas from Sept, 2007 to May, 2009.

About Me

I am an African-American woman, 56 years old. I am newly disabled and proudly say I am a fully converted morman. I was baptized on March 6, 2005 and have 2 children, girls ages 38 and 34. My 34 y.o. daughter has 2 children, ages 13 and 6. They are the reason I live. I like to travel, do arts and crafts with my granddaughter, and creating memories with my grandchildren that will last a lifetime. I also like cooking, scrabble, reading scripture and teaching.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because this is the only faith that has the power to keep me through Jesus Christ our Lord. I do not yet have all the answer but I came to know this faith through a friend I met at a training class. We were both child care providers, learning how to teach other child care providers. She reached out to me and over the course of 10 years I was able to observe her faith. We never talked much about her being a mormorn, but after coming to dinner at her home on many occasions and observing her family life I made the decision to unite with the church, was baptized March 5, 2005, and took the steps to further my faith a year later. I love going to the temple and the peace I enjoy there. I believe that this is the true church, that God used Joseph Smith, Jr. to organize the church and to become a prophet. I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins and through his work in Gethsamane and on the cross I am saved and will live with God again. I belive that President Monson is the prophet on the earth today. I believe that the only way to God is through his son Jesus Christ. I believe that the Book of Mormon is the inspired word of God and is to be used with the old and new testaments of the Bible. I know this is the true church because I have studied and prayed to know the truth. I know this is the true church because of the joy I have in my soul as I live this Gosepl and follow the teachings of the Mormon faith. I know that God and Jesus Christ are real.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday. For me being a mormon is a 24/7 way of life. This is the only faith where I've gotten very serious with God and try to live my faith daily. I can see that every faith or church I've ever participated in has prepared me for my life with Christ as a mormon. I am a teacher in our women's organization and a past teacher of 12-14 year old girls, and a Library helper. In my community I'm known for my faith and people come to me if they need something. I share my faith without beating up on people by being in service to others. I love to help when I can, following our savior's example. As a disabled person I am limited in what I can do so I try to help out when I can. I am NOT on a secret mission and am not concerned about people who think they know about my faith (but don't). I call on other women who are active or not so active in the church. I read the scriptures daily, I read my monthly subscription of the Ensign Magazine, and I attend the temple most Wednesdays and most Ward Temple nights. I pray regularly, probably two or three times a day, and am trying to remember to ask God to help me with everything instead of messing things up first and then calling on God. I was concerned when the Lord said join this church. Concerned because I wasn't sure I was ready to give up all to follow Christ. But I did and I could kick myself for not doing it sooner. I am so happy now.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Sherry
No. The gosel of Jesus Christ is for every one. As an African-American person I've studied the gospel as it relates to blacks and the withholding of the priesthood, which was practiced prior to 1978. After studying many scriptures and one in particular I am convinced that the leaders of the church believed it was not time to allow blacks to hold the priesthood. While that statement on it's face is insulting to me, when you look at the example of Jesus as he sent out the disciples in Matthew, chapter 10 (verse 5) we see that Jesus did not send the disciples to all people immediately. The gospel was withheld for the samartians and the gentiles initially. We know that Jesus shared the Gospel with the Jews first and then gave instructions after his resurrection that the Gospel should be spread throughout "all nations". I believe that we must share this scripture (Matt 10:5) when talking about the priesthood otherwise it becomes an insulting opinion to tell someone it wasn't time for them to receive the gospel or priesthood. I think it takes prayer and study to come to peace with past practices of the church as it relates to blacks and the priesthood. I am at peace with the subject. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Sherry
We follow the scriptures admonition for modest attire. I love the mormon dress code as we don't have a need to wear expensive clothes or hairdos. We follow the a modest dress code which is also found in scripture. We believe in wearing our best clothes to church on Sundays and we do not believe in showing a lot of skin. I wear clothes at knee length or longer. I prefer longer skirts and dresses because I get cold and it's hard for me to get in and out of vehicles. I often shop at 2nd hand stores for church dresses and skirts and blouses just because I'm often looking for things that are not the latest fad. We are not really hung up on clothes so most people will not say anything if you dress differently than we do. We believe in letting the spirit guide you into wearing what you think is right. Our biggest custom is allowing people to find their own way and relationship God, and with Jesus Christ. This applies to dressing to attend church as well. We celebrate most holidays that people get off from work. In addition we celebrate Easter. I am not aware of ML King, Jr. celebrations in our church. Show more Show less