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Hi I'm Sheridan

I'm a 20-something girl who finds joy in simple things. I work with children with autism and other special needs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania and love that the east is my home. I'm currently working as a therapeutic support staff for children with autism and other learning disorders. I'm a college graduate with a BA in Psychology and am working towards getting a Master's and Specialist certification to become a school psychologist. My passion is to help families gain skills needed to function and be stable, so that they will succeed and be happy. I believe most of the world's problems wouldn't exist if family trouble was solved. When I'm not working, I enjoy being with the ones I love. I'm in charge of planning activities for our church young adult group, which is a perfect excuse to see my friends frequently. My favorite hobby is cooking. I also enjoy music of all kinds and singing. I love the great outdoors, seeing new sites and learning about other cultures. Though a terrible speaker of the language, I'm a studier of the spanish language and culture, and love it. In general, I like fun, and can find it by simply being with friends. So above all I love people, hearing their stories, laughing with them and helping each other through difficult things.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon church, my parents were converted shortly after they were married. Life wasn't so bad until I got to high school (amusing, but true), and that's when my faith was truly tested. Being a teenager in a public school was hard, you're constantly bombarded with the opportunity to make bad choices and often times you do, or at least stupid ones. Girls often face depression, low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness...and I experienced all of that. The gospel of Jesus Christ was my light- it gave me hope, peace and comfort. It taught me that I was a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father who cares about me, watches over me and will always hear and answer my prayers. It taught that when you screw up and make a mistake, the atonement of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, provides the way to help us be whole again. And nothing a teenage girl (or anyone any age) can do is too much too fix, or will stop Him from loving us. Looking back after the fact, I can see that even though life still wasn't easy and there will always be hardship, God was ever-present through that difficult time, and every difficult time I've had since. It's shaped me into who I am and I'm better because of it. I've learned that God doesn't always give us what we want, He gives what we need. And in the end what we need helps us to grow and makes us happier than we could ever imagine. Sometimes, I have to explain to people that no, I'm not naive or stupid. It's not that I haven't experienced the ugly parts of the world and that's why I'm so happy. Life isn't easy, but because of what I know and how I choose to live, it is happy. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I know Joseph Smith restored this gospel. I know that the Book of Mormon is true scripture and brings peace to the weary, searching soul. I know that God is my Heavenly Father. He knows each of us, He loves us, He hears and answers prayer, and He desires nothing more than to see us happy.

How I live my faith

Christ is the center of my faith. While on the earth He was a perfect example of love and service to everyone, no matter who or what they were. And so in general I live my faith by striving to be like Him. More specifically, I attend church each Sunday. Once a week I attend the young single adult scripture study class called Institute. We have a wonderful charismatic teacher who helps us to learn and feel the Spirit; and we can enjoy time to be social and have fun afterward. I also serve in our church as a leader of the young single adult group, helping to plan and create activities for them, which are usually carried out on weekends. This particular calling has given me the opportunity to meet so many fantastic people, who have become some of my best friends. But regardless of what day of the week it is, it all comes back to the everyday and life-long pursuit of emulating the Savior.