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Hi I'm Cheryl

I've lived most of my life in beautiful Colorado. I have 6 terrific children and taught elementary school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have two passions. First, is my family. I'm the mother of 6 amazing children who make me very proud. They have given me 111 fabulous grandchildren who absolutely light up my life. We don't live near each other, so staying connected has it's challenges, but we're blessed to live in a technological world that helps make it possible to be a part of each others lives though the miles often keep us apart. They are my greatest accomplishment in this life and I cherish my role as their mother and grandmother. My second passion is my love for teaching. I taught elementary school for 15 years and treasure that rich experience of touching the lives of children. They came from such varied backgrounds and legacies, but each needed a smile, a touch, a listening ear and encouragement. Being a teacher is so much more than just educating and disseminating information, it is being a role model and an advocate. It's giving them a love for knowledge and the tools to become a life-long learner. Today I am retired, but continue to teach a weekly religion class to young adults, 18-30. Their needs are not that different from the 4th graders that I taught. They too, need positive feedback, support, and guidance as they set the course of their lives. I'm also interested in photography and enjoy scrapbooking. It has been a blessing in my life to have traveled extensively and I love creating books that help recall those beautiful places and memorable experiences.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been blessed to have a rich heritage of Mormon ancestors who passed their faith down to my grandparents, parents and to me. But, none of us can live "on borrowed light" forever. We each need to find what gives us direction and purpose in life. I have found in the Mormon religion the answers to the questions that all of us ponder. Questions like: Where did I come from? What's the point of life? What happens after this life? Why is life so hard?---can all be found in the teachings of this church. Eternal truths can be found in the Book of Mormon, an additional scripture that teaches of Jesus Christ. It clarifies and illuminates for me the teachings found in the Bible and deepens my love and appreciation for the Savior. At the head of our Church is a prophet and 12 apostles, just like the church that Christ set up in ancient times. I know I can always follow the direction of these leaders and find peace in a troubled world.

How I live my faith

My husband and I are currently working with single young adults ages 18-30. We meet each Sunday in a special congregation designed just for that age group. Sunday school classes and other meetings are held that target that age group and try to make lessons and discussion relevant to them and the struggles they face. I teach a religion class weekly for them, as well. Topics include: leadership, the scriptures, time management, budgeting, history of the church and developing Christlike qualities. We're heavily involved in their activities as well----dances, service projects, athletics, and we especially love the weddings. It will either keep me young, or make me old and gray fast.

What do Mormons believe about family?

When my fourth child was 6 months old, he didn't wake up one morning. He had died of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) during the night. The state sent a sweet nurse to come and counsel with us in our grief. She encouraged us to attend a support group of other parents who had also lost children to SIDS, so at her suggestion we did so. Following the meeting, I told my husband that I couldn't go back, that there was just too much sadness in that room. These people didn't know what had happened to their child or if they would ever see them again. Because of the beliefs of the Mormon faith, I am confident that my son lives with our Father in Heaven. Because my husband and I were sealed as an eternal family in the temple at the time of our marriage, I know that I will see my son again and that we will be a family again in the life that follows this one. What great comfort and peace this knowledge gives me and the strength to carry on in times of sorrow and loss. Family means everything to me and I am so blessed to know that mine is eternal. Show more Show less