What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Cheryl

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in the US. I have been married 47 years to the same wonderful man & have 5 children and 19 grandchildren.

About Me

I am happily retired with my husband of 47 years. Together we have reared a fun and loving family of four daughters and one son. Before our last daughter left the nest I began working in public school as a kindergarten para professional where I pursued my love of teaching children and being in a positive learning environment. When our last daughter went away to college I became an early morning scripture study teacher for the teenagers in my church. They filled our empty nest with the fun and love we had been missing. I did this for five years at 6:15am before I left for my school job and the teenagers went on to high school. When my husband retired we relocated to live by some of our adult children and grandchildren. We now have nineteen grandchildren ages one to seventeen. We have just recently enjoyed our very first cruise. It was to the Grand Cayman Islands and Cosomel Mexico. It was thrilling to snorkel, swim with the sting rays and dolphins in the beautiful Caribbean and to see ancient Mayan ruins that date back to Book of Mormon times. I love traveling, choir singing, reading, bike riding, and playing with the grandkids.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager I wanted to know the true purpose of life. It was important to me to make sure I was not wasting my one precious life following a wrong path. I love the words of the Savior in John 8:32 "And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." These words inspired me to seek the truth. My parents were not church goers so I went to the Mormon church with my best friend and her family. I also visited other churches and studied their doctrine. As I studied the scriptures and prayed to know the truth from my Father in Heaven, I received a witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was Christ's true church and that it had a living prophet and the correct teachings and ordinances I needed to guide me in this life and to prepare me to return to my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Over the years I have continued to study, pray and live the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This has deepened my understanding of the meaning of life and the need to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ in all I do. I married a good man who is an example to me and we have taught our children to live as the Savior taught us to live. We believe that our family will be together in the eternities if we obey the commandments and avail ourselves of the sealing ordinances preformed in God's holy temple. I know Joseph Smith was a latter-day prophet and his mission was to restore the true church to the earth to prepare the earth for the second coming of the Savior. I know the importance of every member being a missionary and spreading the gospel throughout the world. I have participated in missionary work and know the joy that comes from helping others find the truth for themselves as I did.

How I live my faith

I have had wonderful opportunities to serve in the church over the years while our children were growing up and now in retirement it is equally rewarding. There is always a place for Mormon members of all ages to contribute something and to feel needed and valued. Two years ago my husband and I served for 18 months as Church Education Missionaries in Russia. We worked with the youth and young single adults and their teachers and leaders. Most recently we were managers in our Bishop's Storehouse where we distributed food and other commodities to needy church members in the surrounding area. Currently I teach an adult New Testament class on Sunday. I I enjoy the subdivision where we live and I support the activities we have here that encourage strong families and a community spirit of friendship and cooperation.