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Hi I'm Cheryl

I'm a single mother of five. I'm a domestic violence surviver. I work and go to school full-time. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a young woman growing up with gospel teachings I never envisioned the path my life would later take. In my early twenties I had become inactive in church and remained so for fifteen years. During those years of inactivity I had lost sight of the most precious and simple truths the principles of the gospel held. I chose unhealthy relationships that centered around addiction, verbal and physical abuse. As my children grew and I saw the effect my decisions had made on the course of their lives, I knew it was time to return to what I knew in my heart to be the path towards true and eternal happiness. I returned to church and began the arduous task of changing my life. Through the process of repentance I learned that I am a literal daughter of God, and as such, he would not want one of his daughters to accept the treatment I allowed myself to accept; both self inflicted and through the actions of others. Alma, a book of Mormon prophet, stated it best when he said that his joy became as exquisite as was his pain. The Savior's atonement is real and changes lives. I have a solid testimony of this reality.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the pure joy and happiness the gospel brings to my life. Because I have learned what comes of forgiving and asking for forgiveness. Because I have a responsibility to raise my daughters to know of the Savior and to live their lives in a way that allows them to reach their full potential. As a single mother, I need the Savior in my life to support me those responsibilities. I'm a Mormon because I have a testimony that this is the Lord's living gospel and it offers each and every one of us incomparable blessings.

How I live my faith

I've lived life both ways, by keeping the Lord's commandments and not keeping them, and I know through experience the only way to feel true joy in this life is to abide by the Lord's commandments. His commandments are simple and if we live them the promises given us are true. They are not confining; they are freeing. It is the things of the world that confine us and limit our potential. As I read and learn of the Savior's life, it helps me to endeavor to live as he did. I live my faith in the example I set for my daughters. I live my faith in the knowledge we are loved by a kind and loving Heavenly Father who wants us to be happy. I live my faith in the knowledge that the Savior's Atonement is for all and covers all sins and transform lives. It is in this transformation, I have experienced so many blessings in my life; too many to list here, but I will list some. I've gone to the Temple for myself and have been sealed to my parents for time and eternity. I have gone back to school and I am close to completing my bachelor's degree. One of my daughters is going to be a mother and I'm going to be a grandmother! I have one daughter serving a full-time church mission in El Salvador. My three younger daughters are all doing well in school (honor-roll) and they have no worries other than 'just being kids'. The stressors of living in a home ruled by addiction no longer takes that away from them. We now live in a home where Christ is the center of all we do and how we live our lives.