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Hi I'm Sheryl D. Carlson

I was born and grew up in a Christ-centered home. I am active in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I've been a single mother since 1991. My children are both adults now, and I am still single. It's tough realizing all the parental responsibilities with a son and a daughter. I have been abundantly blessed through the challenges that I have faced while raising my children alone. My faith in the Lord is strong because I know that He is with me always. I am the one who has withdrawn from him when I have doubted myself or when I have been discouraged. When you are surrounded by the storms of life and beaten down by disappointment, unfulfilled expectations, and fear of the future, It is very difficult to climb out of it alone, but it is also difficult to reach out and ask for help. When I broke my ankle a few years ago, I was in such a storm. I was given a Priesthood blessing by my brother. He said, "The Lord loves you. You need to let him love you." A few months after that, President Uchtdorf gave his talk in General Relief Society Meeting about the Forget-Me-Not flower. I knew that I was not forgotten, and I was able to recover from my depression and gain the strength I needed to change my life. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the beacon in the night that leads weary travelers home.

Why I am a Mormon

I think the better question is, why am I STILL a Mormon. I have had my moments of passive devotion, but the past 20 years have taught me that Heavenly Father truly loves me and is aware of me and my situations. I am His child, and He has blessed me throughout my entire life. The Church has an abundance of teachings and doctrine. Some are easier to understand and apply than others. The Atonement of Christ - the sacrifice that my Elder Brother made for me - is by far the most important doctrine to me right now in my life. So much is focused on Christ's atonement for our sins, and rightfully so; yet the Atonement encompasses EVERY aspect of our lives. Jesus knows my darkest moments and heart-wrenching anguish. If I can but remember to turn to Him for comfort and spiritual relief ... knowing that He is there for me is the strength that I rely on to keep moving forward. I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has born witness to me of Joseph Smith's work in restoring the gospel and organizing the Church. The Holy Ghost has testified to me that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are true scriptures. The teachings found in the Doctrine and Covenants are priceless. When I read that book of scripture, I hear the voice of the Lord. The Holy Ghost has testified to me that the power of the Priesthood has been restored, and I am the recipient of many - countless - blessings because of it. I am a Mormon because I can't imagine my life without what I know to be true. I hold onto that Iron Rod for dear life as I make my way through the mists of darkness, and I have faith of what I will find on the other side.

How I live my faith

I attend church regularly. I have had several callings in church. I served as the choir director in my last ward. What a joyous experience that was! I was able to share my testimony with the choir through the songs we sang each month. Now, I serve as the ward chorister, leading the congregation in song for Sacrament meeting. I coordinate the calendars with the different organizations and manage the Facebook page for our ward. It is a wonderful chance for me to get better acquainted with the members of this new ward. My bishop knew exactly what I needed to do to be of service through revelation from the Lord.